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  1. Welcome to Las Vegas

    The Bellagio's fountain show entertains visitors nightly. In the background is Bally's Las Vegas, left, and Paris Las Vegas, which has a 50-story Eiffel Tower replica in front. Over 37.5 million people visit Las Vegas each year. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Fremont Street Experience

    Located in downtown Las Vegas, this exciting pedestrian promenade is home to approximately 16 million lights, making it one of the largest LED screens in the world. (Brian Jones / Las Vegas News Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Looking for Lady Luck

    Casion visitors play slot machines at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Dunking Elvis

    An Elvis impersonator performs a slam dunk during the 2007 NBA All-Star Game on February 18, 2007, at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. (Jesse D. Garrabrant / NBAEGetty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Grand casinos

    Lights from passing vehicles are seen in front of the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Poker face

    Jamie Gold, right, of California and Paul Wasicka of Colorado go head-to-head on the final table of the World Series of Poker no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event at the Rio Hotel & Casino on Aug. 11, 2006, in Las Vegas. Gold outlasted more than 8,700 other poker players to win the top prize of $12 million. Wasicka won just over $6.1 million for finishing second. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Glitz and glamour

    A Canon display is seen inside the Las Vegas Convention Center at the Consumer Electronics Show. Las Vegas is the nation's top business travel destination, with easy airline access, numerous hotel rooms, low rates, plentiful convention facilities and a wide range of dining and entertainment options. (Karl Polverino / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Over-the-top entertainment

    Performers ride a Volkswagen Beetle across the stage during a preview of "The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil" at the Mirage Hotel & Casino on June 27, 2006, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A New York minute

    The New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas recreates the Manhattan skyline, complete with replicas of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge. (Courtesy of MGM MIRAGE) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Entertainment mecca

    Kenny Chesney performs "Out Last Night" at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 5, 2009. (Mark J. Terrill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Tying the knot

    From left, Elvis Presley impersonator Norm Jones plays guitar as Bruce Barnett of Virginia Beach, Va., escorts his daughter Gayle to her wedding ceremony at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Graceland is the oldest wedding chapel in Las Vegas and offers ceremonies with or without Elvis impersonators. (David Mcnew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Explosive attraction

    The $25 million, newly redesigned volcano display in front of the Mirage Hotel & Casino features 150 choreographed FireShooters sending fireballs more than 12 feet in the air and a custom soundtrack created by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images for MGM Mirage) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. A night on the Strip

    Hotels and casinos line the Las Vegas Strip. From thrilling roller coasters to erupting volcanos to art museums, Las Vegas' many attractions appeal to people of all ages and interests. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Fight night

    David Diaz and Manny Pacquiao fight during the fourth round of the WBC Lightweight Championship at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on June 28, 2008, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won in a ninth-round knockout. (Harry How / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Day at the races

    Rookie driver Shawn Langdon earned his first No. 1 qualifying position of his career at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2009, in Las Vegas. (Richard Wong / NHRA via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Fabulous shopping

    The Juicy Couture retail store at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is seen before the grand opening February 5, 2009, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images for Juicy Couture) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Stunning shows

    Buyi Zama as “Rafiki” in the opening number “The Circle of Life” from THE LION KING Las Vegas. (Joan Marcus / Disney) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. A slice of Italy

    Visitors take a gondola ride at The Venetian in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Get into the groove

    Dina Buell, left, and Carla Giordano, both from California, dance at the pool at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino during Rehab, the resort's weekly pool party, in 2005 in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Let’s get this party started

    Party goers gather for the grand opening of LAX Nightclub Las Vegas in 2007. (Chris Weeks / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Big laughs

    Comedian Ellen DeGeneres performs at a taping of ''Ellen's Even Bigger Really Big Show'' during The Comedy Festival at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in 2008 in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. A kingly stay

    The Excalibur Hotel and Casino features a castle motif with newly refurbished hotel rooms. (Courtesy of MGM MIRAGE) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A dancing fountain

    Visitors are silhouetted against the backdrop of The Bellagio's fountain show on the Las Vegas Strip. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 5/20/2009 11:59:43 AM ET 2009-05-20T15:59:43

Traverse City, Mich., from $105 per room per night
This summer hotspot on Lake Michigan has a citywide hotel promotion, Sizzling Summer Special, that includes reduced hotel rates, a $10 coupon at the Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos, 25 percent off at participating restaurants, and discounts at wineries, shops, spas, and golf courses. See the full details here. Midweek rates start at $105 per room per night at five hotels, including the Fairfield Inn & Suites; add $20 for weekend rates.

When: June 12–Sept. 10, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 8 percent. Based on double occupancy. Whether kids stay free and whether breakfast is included will depend on the hotel chosen.

Contact: visittraversecity.com.

Las Vegas, from $129 per room per night
The Summer Splash package at the Signature at MGM Grand includes accommodations in a junior suite and breakfast for two adults and all kids under 10. Each junior suite has a kitchenette and a pullout sleeper sofa; some also have balconies with a view. The hotel has a pool and is smoke-free, plus there's no casino, which makes the MGM Grand more family-friendly than many other hotels in Vegas. Rates start at $129 per room per night, a savings of about 10 percent.

When: Through Aug. 31, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 9 percent. Based on double occupancy; kids under 18 stay free. Use promo code SUM016.

Contact: 800/727-0007, signaturemgmgrand.com.

Jackson Hole, Wyo., from $135 per room per night
The Hotel Terra's Passport to the Parks package includes accommodations, breakfast daily for two adults, a seven-day parks pass for Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks for each person in the reservation (a $25 per person value), and a guidebook. The hotel is less than a mile from Grand Teton and about an hour from the south entrance of Yellowstone. Rates start at $135 per room per night, or $540 for the required four-night stay.

When: Through Sept. 30, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 14 percent. Based on double occupancy; kids under 18 stay free. Requires a four-night stay. Kids' items on the breakfast menu start at $6.

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Contact: 800/631-6281, hotelterrajacksonhole.com.

New Orleans, from $169 per room per night
The Dino-Snore package at the W New Orleans includes accommodations; a copy of "Goodnight NOLA", a New Orleans-themed "Goodnight Moon–style picture book; and four passes to the Audubon Zoo's Dinosaur Adventure (a $46 value). The exhibit features 16 life-size animatronic dinos, including a T-Rex. Rates start at $169 per room per night. Upgrade to the W French Quarter for $20 per room per night.

When: Through Sept. 15, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent or a $2 per night occupancy tax. Based on double occupancy; kids under 18 stay free.

Contact: 504/525-9444, starwoodhotels.com.

Tampa, from $159 per room per night
At the InterContinental Tampa, if you book one weekend night, you receive a free second night or a free additional room on the same night. The hotel is near the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, and Busch Gardens. Rates start at $159 per room per night.

When: Through Sept. 30, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 11 percent. Based on double occupancy; kids under 18 stay free. Use promo code ILE3P. Valid Thursdays through Sundays only.

Contact: 866/402-0758, intercontampa.com.

New York City, from $179 per room per night
The Apple Core hotels in New York City are offering the City Safari package, which includes accommodations, breakfast daily, two tickets to the Central Park Zoo, and lunch for two at the Central Park Zoo Café. Five centrally located hotels make up the Apple Core brand. All hotels are within walking distance of Midtown attractions like Times Square (with a giant Toys "R" Us store), shops along 5th Avenue (including American Girl Place) and the zoo. Rates start at $179 per room per night.

When: July 1–Aug. 1, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 14.25 percent and a daily occupancy fee of $3.50. Based on double occupancy; kids under 18 stay free. The discount (up to a $40 value) will be applied to your final hotel bill.

Contact: 800/567-7720, applecorehotels.com.

Scottsdale, Ariz., from $199 per room per night
The Summer Splash package at the Fairmont Scottsdale includes accommodations and a $100 per night food-and-beverage credit. During summer months, the resort hosts Dive-In Movies, family-friendly flicks shown on a theatre-size screen at the main pool each Friday and Saturday. There are also lawn games like badminton and croquet, a water park, a free Kid's Club, and a Teen Hangout. You can use the credit at any of the hotel's four restaurants and on room service. Rates start at $199 per room per night.

When: Through Sept. 20, 2009.

Details:  Does not include taxes of 12 percent. Based on double occupancy; kids 17 and under stay free. Use promo code PSSP.

Contact: 866/540-4495, fairmont.com/scottsdale.

Vail, Colo., 3 Nights, $463 per room per night
The Epic Summer package is a three-night itinerary that includes all meals, transportation, gondola rides in the Rocky Mountains, horseback riding, hiking, and a full day of rafting. There's also time to shop and relax on your own. You'll stay at the Keystone Resort. Rates start at $695 per person for three nights (which works out to $463 per room per night). There's also a six-night itinerary for $500 more per person. As an exclusive bonus, you can also book pre- and post-trip nights at 20 percent off the normal rate when using 9KBUDGET as a promo code.

When: June 25–Sept. 6, 2009.

Details: All taxes and fees included. The rate for kids between 6 and 12 is $545.

Contact: Vail Resorts, 888/538-3742, epicsummer.com.

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