We all need to take a breather every once in awhile—one that doesn't include screaming toddlers, stripping down for surly TSA officials, or lost luggage. For a minimal-impact retreat, we highly recommend you hop on your friendly 10 East (pre-gridlock), and scoot on down to Palm Springs for a sun-filled sabbatical. In two-and-a-half hours max, you'll be sipping spicy margs and sedating your nerves.
For those P.S.-goers not in the know, there's plenty to do apart from spa treatments and sun-worshipping. This town is quickly ditching that Geriatricville, U.S.A. rep for some swank street cred. Groove to the the best classic-rock cover band you've ever heard, take a mid-century architecture tour (peep Elvis' old home), or shop 'til you drop at the raddest resale boutiques (those grannies have to give away their garments at some point!). So, print out our handy Palm Springs getaway guide, make a road-trip mix, and get ready to either unwind or explore—we'll let you choose your own adventure.