BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - April 7, 2011) -, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, heats things up with its list of Top 10 Desert Destinations featuring its favorite cities in desert land. Most of the locations to make the list are here in the US and offer scenic getaways, attractions, culture, great shopping and dining but we've also included some global destinations in our top 10 including Casablanca for romance, Dubai for glitz and Sharm El Sheikh for adventure.

For those looking for an alternative to a beach getaway, below is a roundup of five of the desert destinations to make the list:

Las Vegas, Nevada - Love it or loath it, Las Vegas is the leviathan of desert destinations. It's a city of mega hotels: Mandalay Bay, New York-New York, The Mirage, Luxor, Bellagio, and Paris -- all waiting to fulfill your fantasies. Shows, world-class shopping, and some of the best restaurants anywhere are here too. It long ago ceased to be a mere magnet for North Americans. Europeans flock here too. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic each offer nonstop London flights to Las Vegas. Search and compare cheap flights to Las Vegas.

Four Corners - It's the anti-Vegas. Remote and resplendent, pilots like to point it out from 35,000 feet. It's Four Corners -- where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado kiss. Back down to earth the view is more intimate. It's steeped in Navajo culture: arts, handcrafts, and ceremony. It's also home to a great getaway-from-it-all resort called Amangiri. You get there via a winding road descending into a valley. And as you descend, leave the real world behind. Search and compare cheap flights to Four Corners.

Dubai, UAE - More than a commercial crossroads, Dubai is a prime tourist draw. An air bridge from London puts golfers, shoppers, and sunbathers in one of the hottest (literally and figurative) destinations anywhere. Revel in the warm waters just off Jumeria, site of the area's best beaches. There are bars, clubs, and restaurants aplenty -- most located in the major hotels. Earthier ambience? Dine on a dhow as it cruises The Creek. Search and compare cheap flights to Dubai.

Casablanca, Morocco - Romance in the western reaches of the Sahara? Play it again, Sam. Casablanca Bar conjures up Bogart and Bergman, aided by a pianist who plays songs from the film. More romance? Take the Aïn-Diab coast road that runs between the El Hank lighthouse and Sidi Bou Adrrahmane mausoleum, a small village accessible solely at low tide. Balance the old with the new. In the city, visit the Mâarif district. This is where you'll find emerging Morocco. Search and compare cheap flights to Casablanca.

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt - Relatively removed from the tumult, this Red Sea resort is one of be most sublime scuba venues in the world. Coral reefs and almost a thousand species of fish make the Little Mermaid mad with jealousy. Cutting-edge cuisine clusters in the center of the city, in the Naama Bay area. Break from traditional tourist temptations and head for Ras Mohammed, at the south-most tip of the peninsula. It's a national park, preserving this extraordinary area the way it was. Search and compare cheap flights to Sharm el-Sheikh.

The remaining desert locales to make's Top 10 Desert Destinations also offer plenty of sunshine and an early start to summer. They include Scottsdale, Arizona; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Tucson, Arizona; Flagstaff, Arizona and Palm Springs, California. For all the details on these hotspots, visit's top 10 lists are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of content on our blog and throughout our site. To see all the expert advice, tips, articles and guides we offer, click on the new Travel 101 tab on the home page. There you will find the new Departure Gate section of the site, a jumping off point to our full array of expert content.

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