The Smart Traveler

August 19, 2007

RESORTS

A suite deal -- for $40,000

What does $40,000 buy? If you're an average American, it's nearly your annual household income. If you're a well-heeled traveler, it's one night at the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, a two-story, 10,000-square-foot hideaway with a $700,000 Jacuzzi that juts over the Las Vegas Strip, a rotating bed beneath a mirrored ceiling and around-the-clock butler service. The Playboy-themed escape, which opened last fall at the Palms Casino Resort, is the most expensive of 101 hotel suites featured in an annual survey by Elite Traveler. The suites were judged on luxury, location, privacy and one-of-a-kind design.

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[LOS ANGELES TIMES]

10 FOR THE ROAD

Best amusement parks

Top 10 amusement parks outside Orlando, Fla., based on popularity among tripadvisor.com users and the Web site's editors:

1. HersheyPark, Hershey, Pa. 2. Busch Gardens, Tampa, Fla. 3. Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, Ohio 4. Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio, Texas 5. Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 6. Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, N.J. 7. Paramount's Kings Island, Kings Island, Ohio 8. Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park, Gatlinburg, Tenn. 9. Coney Island, Brooklyn, N.Y. 10. Paramount's Carowinds, Charlotte, N.C.

TOURS

Frightening Philly

If Betsy Ross is too tame for you, then the Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour featuring terrifying tales from Philadelphia may be more to your liking. The Omni Hotel at Independence Park, with the Constitutional Walking Tour and Haunted Express, is offering the tour Wednesday through Saturday nights at 7:30 through Sept. 29, with an extended schedule in October. More than 15 frights and sights are highlighted on the 75-minute walking adventure. Tickets are $17.50 for adults and $12.50 for children ages 3-12. Call 215-525-1776 or go to spiritsof76.com.

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[ASSOCIATED PRESS]

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