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10 Alternatives to the Las Vegas Vacation

10 Alternatives to the Las Vegas Vacation

Las Vegas alternatives abound for the adventurous traveler. Learn about 10 Las Vegas alternatives that combine gambling with some local flavor.

Author's Note: 10 of the World's Most Touristy Cities

I did most of my traveling before I had kids and before I had money to spend on luxuries like hotel rooms with their own bathroom and food served by a waiter instead of a vending machine. This history of traveling unencumbered and on-the-cheap has probably fueled my overblown fear of looking like a tourist. As I said, there's no shame in being a tourist. We're all out-of-towners at some point. Why not embrace the cluelessness? Why not wait in line for the overpriced double-decker bus tour? Why not eat at the tacky jungle-themed restaurant where the waiters are dressed as toucans and lemurs? Why not turn down the self-consciousness dial for a few days, open up the guidebook and join the herd? Maybe I'll see you in Orlando.

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