Top 5 Tackiest Tourist Traps


Liberace Museum

Just one of Liberace's many custom pianos.
Just one of Liberace's many custom pianos.
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When it comes to tacky towns, Las Vegas, Nev., may take the cake. The town is the definition of a tourist trap -- built in the middle of nowhere for the sole purpose of taking money from tourists. Vegas is known for colorful hotels and loud, packed casinos with unusual themes. In recent years, the gambling mecca has tried to steer away from these themed casinos that dominated the landscape in the 1980s and 1990s, but it still holds a tacky allure.

Enter Liberace, an entertainer that prided himself on loud, outrageous costumes and an extravagant, garish home life. The famous piano player once referred to himself as a "One-man Disneyland." Put Vegas and Liberace together and you have the makings of one tacky museum, which is kind of the whole point. For $15 you can see 18 of his famously decorated pianos, as well as some of the over-the-top wardrobe of the world-famous entertainer -- including the 200-pound (90-kilogram) "King Neptune" outfit. His jewelry collection and some of his luxury cars are also on display. Just one word to the wise, if you have an aversion to sequins, you might be better off avoiding the Liberace museum.