Palm Springs

Palm Springs's claim to fame may have been as the playground for Old Hollywood, but the desert resort town is now where a new generation of vacationers go to lounge poolside and catch live music acts. And as a new set of road trippers descends every weekend and in April (hello, Coachella) upon the small 95-square-mile strip, the dining scene is also being overhauled. Young talents are stepping up the restaurant scene, while new-wave cocktail bars go well beyond the Manhattan. The food is now refreshed and delicious—exactly how you'll feel after leaving the swank city.