10 Alternatives to the Las Vegas Vacation

Monte Carlo, Monaco
The Monte Carlo Casino, pictured here around the turn of the 20th century, has long been the world's premier luxury gambling spot. © PoodlesRock/Corbis

Monte Carlo is not your typical gambling destination -- at least not for the typical tourist, anyway. It's a city of yachts, diamonds and old money, its most famous attraction the centuries-old Monte Carlo Casino. There is no neon here.

The casino, of course, will accept new money, too, so if you're looking for something a bit classier in your next gaming vacation, the tiny city-state of Monaco welcomes you. Located on the French Riviera, it's a world away from the likes of Las Vegas or Macau or Atlantic City. James Bond gambled at the Monte Carlo Casino. In more than one movie.

The casino requires formal attire -- tuxedos for men, gowns for women -- and it looks like an actual castle, not an imitation of one [source: Delaney]. If you want to have the full-on Monaco experience, go in May, during the Formula One Grand Prix; it's the only remaining F1 course on city streets, not a race track [source: Monaco F1].