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Hot desert deals from $89 a night

/ Source: Sherman's Travel

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Travel by: Through November 26

The deal
Whether drawn by the spectacular desert scenery, the bright lights of Las Vegas, or the burgeoning art and music scenes in progressive Arizona enclaves, travelers continue to flock to the American Southwest in droves. Summer temperatures may be high, but the deals are even hotter! Brave the heat in style with these six sizzling specials, including a wild weekend in Vegas, a Grand Canyon getaway, a Scottsdale spa retreat, and more. Prices start from $89/night.

Try your luck at one of the ultimate desert hotspots in Sin City, the Mandalay Bay resort. This cool Vegas oasis features an 11-acre aquatic area, complete with a wave pool, lazy river, three swimming pools, and an ever-popular beachside casino. From now through September 10, visitors can take advantage of the resort’s affordable Summer Escape package which includes a Fly Back Free credit for a return roundtrip flight to the resort, a $100 cabana credit, plus a $25 credit for drinks and food at Mandalay Bay Beach. Package rates start at just $89/night

From rugged mountain ranges to plains filled with tall Saguaro cacti, the Sonoran Desert region around Tucson provides a solid glimpse of the diverse desert habitat in southern Arizona. At the secluded, sand-colored JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson Resort & Spa, guests can go hiking and mountain biking on several onsite trails through surrounding cacti forest or golf on the challenging 27-hole desert golf course. The Southwestern-influenced Hashani Spa has a full menu of traditional and regional treatments including specialized massages, body treatments, and fitness classes. Rates through September 7 start at just $169/night.

Offering spectacular views of Arizona’s stunning Paradise Valley, the award-winning Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is a premier destination for spa lovers, less than 10 minutes by car from Scottsdale. Resort guests can explore the surrounding “Valley of the Sun” with guided nature walking and mountain biking tours, opt for private fitness and yoga classes, or simply unwind with a relaxing dip in the resort’s heated Watsu pool. Plus, from now throughout 2009, resort guests who book a 3-night stay will receive an extra nights’ accommodation at no additional cost, as well as a $50 resort credit. Rates throughout summer start at just $189/night.

Consider an unforgettable fall camping adventure in stunning Death Valley, California, a place where deep-rock canyons, old mining camps, and the arid Panamint Mountains beg to be explored. This 4-night itinerary on offer from Green Tortoise Adventures includes a trek into the colossal Ubehebe volcanic crater, visits to nearby desert hot springs, and hiking treks through narrow layered rocks of Mosaic Canyon. Set up camp under the stars and test your survival skills. This low-priced outdoor adventure starts at just $195 per person, with departures available on November 6, November 26, and December 11. An additional $59 fee covers the cost of camping fees and food.

Surrounded by the picturesque red rock canyons of southwestern Utah, the Red Mountain Resort and Spa offers an exciting mix of top-rated fitness and hiking programs and more than 50 signature treatments at its state-of-the-art spa. Guided activities can be purchased à la carte, but for a really rejuvenating desert escape we suggest the Summer Super Deal. Highlights include nightly accommodation in a deluxe mountain guestroom, daily morning hikes, and three nutritious meals per day.

Nearly 400 national parks can be found all across America, and feature breathtaking vistas, rock formations millions of years old, and more.

Plus, guests who book this offer can take advantage of unlimited fitness and wellness classes, including water workouts, meditation, and Tai Chi, as well as free bike rentals and more. The offer is available through August 31 and costs just $199/night.

This 7-night southwestern adventure from Caravan Tours lets you visit some of this country’s most picturesque desert regions and national parks. Departing from Phoenix, you’ll drive north to Montezuma’s Castle, the historic site of 12th- and 13th-century Native American cliff dwellings. Next, you’ll explore the majestic Grand Canyon and cruise through the ravines of the 185-mile-long Lake Powell.

Other tour highlights include a jeep tour of Monument Valley, scenic drives through the amazing limestone formations of Bryce Canyon National Park and the astounding sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park. The trip costs just $995, a price that covers hotels and transfers for the duration of your tour as well as some meals. Various departure dates are available through October, but book soon for best availability.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Pack plenty of water before setting out for these arid regions.

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