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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 7/6/2009 10:09:29 AM ET 2009-07-06T14:09:29

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: Through September

The deal
The sidewalks are starting to sizzle, so why not ride out the heat wave poolside? For a cool respite during the dog days of summer, we recommend a pool-themed package at one of these stylish city hotels. It’s all about the scene at these happening hotel pools, so grab your best suit and make a splash in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Boston. Priced from just $149/night, these glamorous pools, with accommodations to match, will help you beat the heat without sinking your savings.

San Diego: Pool party at the Hard Rock Hotel from $149/night
The Hard Rock Hotel has launched a decadent pool party package to help you rock out on the weekends all summer long. Overlooking the city’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel’s rooftop pool and lounge is hosting Intervention Sundays at Float. This daytime pool party features celebrity DJs, tasty cocktails, and private cabanas for lounging. Book the hotel’s Intervention Stay Package from now through August 30 at rates from $149 per couple. The deal includes a studio room on any Sunday night through summer, VIP guest access to the party deck, and two wristbands for entry to Intervention. Party on, dude.

Las Vegas: Everything under the sun at Mandalay Bay from $198/night
Get a little wet and wild in Vegas this summer with this special offer from Mandalay Bay. This lavish resort features an 11-acre pool area complete with a lazy river, several lagoons, and an extensive beach (with 2,700 tons of sand, undertow, and 6-foot swells for hanging ten). Book the all-inclusive Everything Under the Sun special, and you’ll enjoy free, unlimited drinks and dining at the Beach Bar and Grill. Plus, cash in your $100 cabana credit, also included, for hours of stylish poolside lounging, or try your luck at the resort’s legendary 3-story beachside casino. This deal goes for $198/night and is available through July 30.

Los Angeles: The standard downtown L.A. from $245/night
LA’s Downtown Standard is the place to swim with the big fish: Celebrities of all stripes (photographers, musicians, actors, and models) regularly ascend to the rooftop pool lounge to drink and loaf about on its vibrating waterbeds. This summer, you too can experience the glamorous scene. After dark, the dance-party DJs spin well into the early hours, while the lights of downtown L.A. add their Tinsel Town twinkle to the scene. Summer rates for guestrooms start at $245, including entry for two to this outdoor urban outpost; nightly admission for non-guests is $20.

New York: Renewal Day Package at the Hotel Gansevoort from $250/Day
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s fashionable Meatpacking District, the stylish Hotel Gansevoort is an ideal hideaway, especially on hot summer days. It’s hard to top a refreshing swim in the 45-foot-long pool on the 15th floor. The hotel’s Renewal Day package guarantees you a prime poolside seat with one free drink at the aptly-named Plunge rooftop bar. Plus, you'll also enjoy a one hour-long massage or facial and one free fitness class! This package is available weekdays through September 30 and starts at $250 per person. Even though this daytime deal doesn't include overnight accommodations, the spa treatment alone is valued at $120 or more and the perks will make your day even brighter. Nightly summer rates for guestrooms start around $265.

Boston: Summer meltdown offer at the Colonnade Hotel for under $269/night
Situated in Boston’s hip Back Bay neighborhood, the upscale Colonnade Hotel is home to the city’s only rooftop pool, a glamorous urban oasis with impressive views of the Boston skyline. By day, sunbathers recline on lounge chairs sipping frozen daiquiris. In the after hours, the place comes alive with sunset cocktails and live music. Ten things not to do in New York City

From now through Labor Day, guests can enjoy the rooftop atmosphere with unseasonably low hotel rates. Book a 2-night weekend stay with the Summer Meltdown special, and pay less the higher the thermometer climbs. Rates start at $269 minus the temperature on the first night of your stay, and $269 on the second night. Hope for long hot days and don’t worry if you forget your SPF at home — sunbathers receive free samples of Shiseido sunscreen from now through September 6.

Miami: Bed & breakfast at the delano from $325/night
This trendsetting South Beach hotel raised the standard for Miami's hotel-pool scene when it opened in the 1990s, after designer Philippe Starck created a shallow 150-foot-long pool, framed it with graceful palm trees, piped in classical music underwater, and named the whole area the Water Salon. Today, his posh oasis still provides the perfect poolside atmosphere. Try the hotel’s Bed and Breakfast package, which includes overnight accommodation and breakfast for two. Summer rates start at $325/night.

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

The catch
Swimsuits not included

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