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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 7/15/2009 9:39:35 AM ET 2009-07-15T13:39:35

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Travel by: Through November 26

The deal
Whether drawn by the spectacular desert scenery, the bright lights of Las Vegas, or the burgeoning art and music scenes in progressive Arizona enclaves, travelers continue to flock to the American Southwest in droves. Summer temperatures may be high, but the deals are even hotter! Brave the heat in style with these six sizzling specials, including a wild weekend in Vegas, a Grand Canyon getaway, a Scottsdale spa retreat, and more. Prices start from $89/night.

Las Vegas: Mandalay Bay summer escape from $89/night
Try your luck at one of the ultimate desert hotspots in Sin City, the Mandalay Bay resort. This cool Vegas oasis features an 11-acre aquatic area, complete with a wave pool, lazy river, three swimming pools, and an ever-popular beachside casino. From now through September 10, visitors can take advantage of the resort’s affordable Summer Escape package which includes a Fly Back Free credit for a return roundtrip flight to the resort, a $100 cabana credit, plus a $25 credit for drinks and food at Mandalay Bay Beach. Package rates start at just $89/night

Tucson: JW Marriott Star Pass Tucson Resort and Spa from $169/night
From rugged mountain ranges to plains filled with tall Saguaro cacti, the Sonoran Desert region around Tucson provides a solid glimpse of the diverse desert habitat in southern Arizona. At the secluded, sand-colored JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson Resort & Spa, guests can go hiking and mountain biking on several onsite trails through surrounding cacti forest or golf on the challenging 27-hole desert golf course. The Southwestern-influenced Hashani Spa has a full menu of traditional and regional treatments including specialized massages, body treatments, and fitness classes. Rates through September 7 start at just $169/night.

Scottsdale: Fourth night free at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain from $189/night
Offering spectacular views of Arizona’s stunning Paradise Valley, the award-winning Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is a premier destination for spa lovers, less than 10 minutes by car from Scottsdale. Resort guests can explore the surrounding “Valley of the Sun” with guided nature walking and mountain biking tours, opt for private fitness and yoga classes, or simply unwind with a relaxing dip in the resort’s heated Watsu pool. Plus, from now throughout 2009, resort guests who book a 3-night stay will receive an extra nights’ accommodation at no additional cost, as well as a $50 resort credit. Rates throughout summer start at just $189/night.

Death Valley: 4-night camping tour from $195
Consider an unforgettable fall camping adventure in stunning Death Valley, California, a place where deep-rock canyons, old mining camps, and the arid Panamint Mountains beg to be explored. This 4-night itinerary on offer from Green Tortoise Adventures includes a trek into the colossal Ubehebe volcanic crater, visits to nearby desert hot springs, and hiking treks through narrow layered rocks of Mosaic Canyon. Set up camp under the stars and test your survival skills. This low-priced outdoor adventure starts at just $195 per person, with departures available on November 6, November 26, and December 11. An additional $59 fee covers the cost of camping fees and food.

St. George: Summer super deal from $199/night
Surrounded by the picturesque red rock canyons of southwestern Utah, the Red Mountain Resort and Spa offers an exciting mix of top-rated fitness and hiking programs and more than 50 signature treatments at its state-of-the-art spa. Guided activities can be purchased à la carte, but for a really rejuvenating desert escape we suggest the Summer Super Deal. Highlights include nightly accommodation in a deluxe mountain guestroom, daily morning hikes, and three nutritious meals per day.

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Plus, guests who book this offer can take advantage of unlimited fitness and wellness classes, including water workouts, meditation, and Tai Chi, as well as free bike rentals and more. The offer is available through August 31 and costs just $199/night.

Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion & more, 7-night tour from $995
This 7-night southwestern adventure from Caravan Tours lets you visit some of this country’s most picturesque desert regions and national parks. Departing from Phoenix, you’ll drive north to Montezuma’s Castle, the historic site of 12th- and 13th-century Native American cliff dwellings. Next, you’ll explore the majestic Grand Canyon and cruise through the ravines of the 185-mile-long Lake Powell.

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Other tour highlights include a jeep tour of Monument Valley, scenic drives through the amazing limestone formations of Bryce Canyon National Park and the astounding sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park. The trip costs just $995, a price that covers hotels and transfers for the duration of your tour as well as some meals. Various departure dates are available through October, but book soon for best availability.

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

The catch
Pack plenty of water before setting out for these arid regions.

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