Take an Around-the-World Trip Close to Home

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Dreaming of a trip around the world, but short on time and money? Head to Vegas, the only city in the world where you can hit Venice, Paris, and Cairo before lunch, says Real Travel magazine.

Start your day with a gondola ride through the canals of the Venetian hotel. A singing gondolier, glimpses of the Rialto Bridge, and the aroma of fine Italian food can lead you to forget you’re actually in a baking stretch of American desert.

Better still, when Italy pales, France is just a few steps away. Take in a café au lait and croissant under the shadow of a mini Tour Eiffel, or hit the casino where waitresses serve cocktails in Tour-Eiffel-shape glasses.

It’s a ten-minute bus ride from Paris to Egypt. There, you can step inside the Great Pyramid, filled with guest rooms of live tourists instead of burial chambers. Outside is a replica of the Sphinx. “It is, of course, better than the original. It’s so perfect that it’s no longer anything like the real thing,” says Phoebe Smith in Real Travel. “It’s what you’d call unashamedly hyper-real.”

At dusk, take a stroll through New York, New York to admire the skyline. A bit more compact than the real Manhattan, the Vegas version includes the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and Statue of Liberty in one iconic cluster. Pretzel and ice cream vendors hawk their wares outside of the throbbing Coyote Ugly Bar.

While a trip to Vegas is a great way to check out attractions from around the globe, don’t forget to see a bit of Vegas itself. Downtown Vegas is a concentrated buzz of garish showgirls, slot machines, and flashing lights.  Smith says, “Nothing here is trying to be anything or anywhere other than Las Vegas.”

Source: Real Travel

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