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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 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 5/29/2009 11:37:19 AM ET 2009-05-29T15:37:19

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: Through 2009

The deal
Bachelor parties, birthday celebrations, or, ahem, Father's Day — there's no shortage of reasons to get away with the boys. When in need of some time off from the ladies, why not skip the big night out in favor of a full-blown vacation? We've rounded up six deals, pairing activities and destinations, for great guys-only getaways. Choose from a baseball package in Boston, a token Las Vegas escape in a tricked-out suite, an unlimited golf package in St. Kitts, and more. Best of all, prices start from just $139 per night.

Las Vegas: Party package from $139 per night
Las Vegas is the ultimate spot for excess, a place where boys can be boys and indulge in the activities guys love: gambling, girls, and nightlife. At the Palms Resort & Casino, ultimate high-stakes gaming awaits you at the resort’s 95,000-square-foot casino, featuring more than 80 popular table games and a state-of-the-art race and sports book center. After dark, head to the dance club Rain to hear pulse-pounding beats from the hottest local DJs or indulge in the ultimate man-fantasy at the world’s only Playboy Club with bars, blackjack and bunny dealers. For the best value, we suggest the Party Package including a one-night stay in a junior suite, a $30 dining credit, spa access and VIP Nightlife Line Pass from just $139 per night.

Death Valley: 4-night camping tour from $195
Former boy scouts looking for a wilderness camping adventure should look no further than Death Valley, California, where deep-rock canyons, old mining camps, and the arid Panamint Mountains beg to be explored. This 4-night itinerary offered by Green Tortoise Adventures includes a trek into the colossal Ubehebe volcanic crater, visits to nearby desert hot springs, and marvelous hiking through narrow layered rocks of Mosaic Canyon. Set up camp under the stars and test your survival skills, and pack plenty of drinking water for the duration of your strip. This low-priced outdoor adventure starts at just $195 per person, with departures available on November 6, November 26, and December 11, 2009. An additional $59 fee covers the cost of camping fees and food.

Boston: Baseball package from $235 a night
Even a die-hard Yankees fan can’t deny Boston's place in baseball history. The beloved Boston Red Sox are such an integral part of the city’s identity that even ambivalence is considered blasphemy. Their fans are fanatical and their home, Fenway Park, looks very much like it did when the first game was played there in 1912.

Guys-only tripsLocated just a short ride away, the Omni Parker House is offering sports fans an affordable "Boston Baseball" package. Highlights include deluxe guestroom accommodations for two with breakfast daily, and two tickets to a Red Sox game. This package is available through 2009 and starts from just $235 a night.

St. Kitts: Indulge in value package from $299 night
For a truly decadent dudes-only getaway, look no further than the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. Located on the golden sands of the popular North Frigate Bay beach area, the posh property boasts 450 upscale guestrooms and suites, a full-service spa, Vegas-style casino, and an 18-hole championship golf course with amazing ocean views. Close to the resort, opportunities abound for boat charters and scuba diving excursions. Starting at just $299 per night, the resort’s "Indulge in Value" package includes unlimited rounds of golf at the top-rated Royal St. Kitts Golf Club and unlimited gentleman’s spa treatments at the Emerald Mist Spa. This package is available now through December 18.

New Mexico: Guys getaway package from $580
Explore the phenomenal desert scenery of New Mexico by mountain bike with this affordable "Guys Just Wanna Have Fun, Too" package in sunny Santa Fe. This two-person package includes a 2-night stay at the upscale Inn on the Alameda, free daily continental breakfast, and 24-hour bike rental with free trailhead transportation, nutrition bars, energy drinks, and more. Plus, after a full heart-pumping day of desert riding, give your stiff muscles a break with a free 50-minute massage in the comfort of your guestroom. Package rates start at just $580, and include a $40 gift certificate for dinner at Much Gusto restaurant.

Barbuda: Caribbean island getaway from $1,999
Reward your hardworking dad with this posh Father’s Day getaway in the Eastern Caribbean. Located on the tranquil island of Barbuda, just a quick boat ride from Antigua, the stylish Lighthouse Bay Resort offers airy oceanfront suites with private balconies and plenty of exciting activities such as deep-sea fishing excursions, guided horseback riding, and jeep tours. With the "Private Island Getaway for Father’s Day" package, mom and dad will enjoy a 3-night stay in a spacious one-bedroom suite with three meals daily and unlimited wine and beer.

Other package highlights include free cognac and a Cuban cigar for dad upon arrival, a special Father’s Day champagne brunch for two, an afternoon lobster spear-fishing excursion and a deep-tissue, 1-hour massage for dad. The offer is available from June 18 through June 24, and starts at $1,999. You can also add up to two additional guests for just $250 a night; children age 10 and under are free.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Airfare is not included with any of the deals.

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