We traveled to Arizona a few years ago and drove across some desert areas. I have not been to any of the areas listed above. I care nothing for desert towns as I've lived with gorgeous lush green grass, beautiful trees and overall pretty landscape too long. Desert towns seem sad to me with little to no beauty. I guess if it had been all I had ever known then I would likely feel differently. Of the places listed, Palm Springs would be my choice.
Conscious always gives me fits. I always want to put in two "s's" in occasionally and I always want to put two "c's" in vacuum instead of two "u's."
This goes back to March and the extreme flooding our area received, that's as current as I can come up with. We were "high and dry" here in our new house. We live up on a hill and our old house was in an area that would hold water. We never came close to flooding but water would be all around and I like this "high and dry" feeling a lot!