Top 10 Fantasy Destinations

Tired of the same old trips? Then look no further for the best in adventures and luxurious excursions. Here are Travel Channel's picks for the best destinations we’re sure you’ve never visited.

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Gangnam Style

Gangnam Style

Korean rapper Psy performs his hit, “Gangnam Style,” which pays homage to the rich and lavish lifestyle common to the Gangnam-gu District in Seoul, South Korea. The YouTube sensation has garnered almost 300 million views and more than 3 million “likes.” Gangnam District officials awarded the rapper with a plaque and named him an honorary ambassador. 960 1280

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COEX Aquarium

COEX Aquarium

The Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) Aquarium -- home to about 600 species and 40,000 fish-- has 90 exhibition water tanks, including Amazonian World, The Inca Empire, Ocean Kingdom and Seven Seas exhibits. In a tunnel-like atmosphere, visitors can view fish, sharks, otters, polar bears and other marine life. 960 1280

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Gangnam-gu District

Gangnam-gu District

In addition to it being a popular shopping district, the Gangnam District is the wealthiest neighborhood in South Korea -- home to politicians, actors, major corporate headquarters and the banking and financial industries. 960 1280

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Bongeunsa Temple

Bongeunsa Temple

Bongeunsa became one of Korea’s 14 major temples in 1902. The Buddhist temple is located on the slope of Sudo Mountain in Gangnam-gu, across the street from the COEX Mall. If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway, the temple offers a Temple Stay Program, which allows visitors to experience the life of a monk for a few hours. 960 1280

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Kimchi Field Museum

Kimchi Field Museum

The Kimchi Field Museum provides visitors everything they need to know about kimchi, a key component of Korean cuisine. The museum is split into 3 different sections: kimchi’s history, the process of making kimchi and information on Korea’s other traditional foods. Plan ahead and sample kimchi at a tasting event held each month at the museum. 960 1280

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Trade Tower

Trade Tower

At 748-feet tall, the Trade Tower is one of the tallest buildings in South Korea. Located in the Gangnam-gu District, the Trade Tower, ASEM Tower and COEX InterContinental Seoul make up the World Trade Center Seoul, also commonly known as COEX or the Convention and Exhibition Center. 960 1280

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Samsung Town

Samsung Town

Gangnum is home to several big corporations, including Hyundai, the automobile manufacturer, and Samsung, the multinational IT and electronics company. In fact, Samsung’s headquarters is so large that its office park in Seoul is usually referred to as Samsung Town. 960 1280

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Han River

Han River

The Han River -- the 4th longest river on the Korean peninsula after the Amnok, Duman and Nakdong rivers -- flows north of the Gangnam neighborhood. Once used as a trade route to China, the banks of the river are now pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths in Seoul. Restaurants and cafes are located along the paths, and afterwards, locals or tourists can walk or bike over select bridges to burn off a few calories. 960 1280

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Ogeum Station

Ogeum Station

Heading to Seoul’s Gangnam-gu District for a little shopping? Hop on the subway and take Line 3 or Line 5 to the Ogeum Station. 960 1280

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Garosugil Street

Garosugil Street

Known for its fancy boutiques and Asian-fusion eateries, we suggest tourists visit Garosugil Street. In this popular area, bars have live music, cafes serve fusion-style Korean desserts, and yes, there’s even a Latin club where you can dance the night away. 960 1280

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Korea City Air Terminal

Korea City Air Terminal

One of South Korea’s airport terminals, the Korea City Air Terminal supports Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines. Travelers can easily fly into the Gangnam to sample the tasty cuisine at local restaurants and or spend some time and money shopping at a few boutiques. 960 1280

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Simone Handbag Museum

Simone Handbag Museum

Simone Handbag Museum -- divided into 2 halves, a 20th Century and Contemporary section and a Historic Section -- chronicles the history of the handbag from 1550 to present day. Most of the handbags are European, with some contemporary bags from the US. In addition to the 300 bags assembled for more the $1 million, the 10-storey museum offers workshops for Korean designers to work rent free, a section for craftsmen to produce bags and 2 shops. 960 1280

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Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego)
Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego)

Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego)

Located just across from the San Diego Bay, Hotel del Coronado is one of the largest wooden structures in the US. Built in 1888, the hotel has gone on to host presidents, royalty and celebrities, like Charlie Chaplin back in the day. 960 1280

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The US Grant Hotel (San Diego)

The US Grant Hotel (San Diego)

A fixture of downtown San Diego, the US Grant Hotel was built by Ulysses S. Grant (son of the president). The younger named the hotel in his father’s honor; today the hotel boasts 270 guestrooms and a roster of famous guests that have included 12 US presidents. 960 1280

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Beverly Hills Hotel

Beverly Hills Hotel

Opened in 1912, the famed Beverly Hills Hotel hosted the Silent Age’s great stars, from Rudolph Valentino to Gloria Swanson. The hotel was designed by Pasadena architect Elmer Grey, in the Mediterranean Revival style. 960 1280

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The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs, CO)

The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs, CO)

The Broadmoor was built in the early 20th century as the “Grand Dame of the Rockies.” Sitting at an elevation of 6,230 feet above sea level, the hotel was one of the finest resort destinations during the Gilded Age. 960 1280

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Nottoway Plantation & Resort (White Castle, Louisiana)

Nottoway Plantation & Resort (White Castle, Louisiana)

Take a stroll through the largest antebellum mansion in the South. Built in 1859, Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, LA, has 3 floors, 6 staircases, 3 bathrooms and a whopping 64 rooms. 960 1280

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The Cincinnatian Hotel

The Cincinnatian Hotel

The Cincinnatian Hotel has been a landmark of downtown Cincinnati since 1882. The hotel, originally known as the Palace Hotel, spans 8 stories, and was built in the French Second Empire architectural style. 960 1280

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NYC's Plaza Hotel

NYC's Plaza Hotel

Located across from Central Park, the famed Plaza Hotel is one of the prized jewels of Manhattan. The 20-story luxury hotel was featured in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It was also one of the main settings for the book version of The Princess Diaries. 960 1280

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Colorado's Stanley Hotel

Colorado's Stanley Hotel

We all know of this historic Colorado hotel as the setting for The Shining. Overlooking Rocky Mountain National Park, this 140-room neo-Georgian hotel in Estes Park also boasts a ghost adventure package; a stay in a haunted room is included. 960 1280

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Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Set against New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this property dates back to 1865, and is spread across 1,700 acres in the town of Whitefield, NH. 960 1280

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Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island)

Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island)

This historic hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, stretches back to 1887. The hotel boasts views of the Straits of Mackinac, which you can enjoy from the comfort of a rocking chair, on the world’s longest porch. 960 1280

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Castle Hotel and Spa (Tarrytown, New York)

Castle Hotel and Spa (Tarrytown, New York)

The Castle Hotel & Spa is just 30 minutes from Manhattan, and offers great views of the Hudson River. More than 100 years old, the property has roots in America’s Gilded Age. 960 1280

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The Biltmore Hotel (Coral Gables, Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel (Coral Gables, Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL, with built by a business magnate in 1926. At the time of its construction, which cost a total of $10 million, the property was the tallest building in all of Florida. 960 1280

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Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina)

Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina)

The Biltmore Estate, nestled on 8,000 acres, was built by a member of the Vanderbilt family between 1889 and 1895. The property is still in the family, with tours of its gardens and stunning interiors open to the public. 960 1280

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The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

Built in the 1920s, the Heathman Hotel is located at the corner of Salmon Street and Broadway in Portland, OR. The 10-story structure was built to host the rich timber barons and politicians of the day. 960 1280

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Notre Dame de Paris
River Cruise on the Seine

River Cruise on the Seine

Spend some quality time with someone you love while you cruise along the magnificent Seine River. Thirty-seven bridges run along the river in Paris, like the Pont Alexandre III, the city’s most ornate, extravagant bridge. And if you’re lucky enough to visit Paris in summer, make sure you enjoy the 3 artificial beaches set up along the river. Sand, palm trees, beach chairs and chaise lounges are brought in to create “Paris Beach,” which is usually set up from late July to mid-August.  960 1280

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Explore the City of Light by taking a Paris sightseeing tour of its not-to-be-missed attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Georges Pompidou Center, Notre Dame de Paris, Basilica of the Sacre Coeur and Palais Garnier. 960 1280

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Le Bistrot Paul Bert

Le Bistrot Paul Bert

Looking for a traditional French bistro? Get a bite to eat at Le Bistrot Paul Bert, but call ahead for dinner reservations because the restaurant’s 2 dining rooms are always crowded at night. An impressively stocked wine cellar, cheese cart, hearty dishes and laid-back, efficient staff are all reasons why you visit this bistro. For about $50, guests have the option of getting the prix fixe, which is 3 courses. Inexpensive wines are on the chalkboard, whereas expensive ones are on the wine list. 960 1280

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Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris

Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris

Located near the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower, Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris has 5 restaurants, 12 categories of rooms and suites, a well-stocked mini bar in each room, a cellar with more than 35,000 bottles of wine and more! You can’t miss getting a luxurious spa treatment at the Dior Institut au Plaza Athenee, either. 960 1280

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Champs-Élysées Shopping

Champs-Élysées Shopping

Go shopping along the Champs-Élysées . This area has a little something for everyone. Big spenders can shop at high-end shops like Hugo Boss, Christian Louboutin, Swarovski and Peugeot Avenue Paris. And there are more reasonably priced spots for frugal shoppers like Gap. Take a break from shopping in Paris and visit the Arc de Triomphe or indulge yourself at a nearby restaurant -- you’ll instantly realize why this is a prime area for people watching. 960 1280

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Parisian Bakery

Parisian Bakery

Take a 2-hour Parisian bakery workshop and discover how real French bread is made! Go behind the scenes of real French bakery to learn how to make baguettes and croissants. And then, enjoy tasting your bread -- fresh out of the oven. 960 1280

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Le Meurice

Le Meurice

Stay at the 5-star Le Meurice Paris, where all rooms and suites feature a private entrance, private bar with refrigerator, twice daily maid service, digital interactive television system, traditional shoeshine service and more. For $128, the hotel’s wine tasting allows guests the chance to savor the best French wines, picked by the head sommelier. This hotel is just a short walk away from a few tourist attractions, including the Louvre, Place de La Concorde and Musee d’Orsay. 960 1280

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Tuileries Palace and Garden

Tuileries Palace and Garden

Visitors to the Tuileries Palace and Garden instantly realize why this crowded spot is the place to be in the spring and summer. During the weekend, it’s not uncommon to see locals lying on the lawn and chatting with friends while thousands walk through the gardens and the palace’s grounds. After the death of her husband Henri II in 1559, Catherine de Medicis had the palace built, featuring a large Italian-style garden to remind her of her home in Tuscany. 960 1280

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Casino de Paris

Casino de Paris

Contrary to what the name might suggest, Casino de Paris is a well-known music and performance hall, and not a gambling casino. After it was built in 1730, the building served many purposes, including being used as a fireworks display venue, before it was converted into a cinema and music hall. African-American actress and singer Josephine Baker was one of many notable people to perform at Casino de Paris.  960 1280

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Four Seasons Hotel George V

Four Seasons Hotel George V

Experience the elegant charm of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, located just steps away from the Champs-Elysees. Swim a few laps in the indoor pool, enjoy eating a classic French meal at Le Cinq restaurant or get a 4-hands massage at the spa. For families in Paris, the hotel provides babysitting services as well as a staff on-hand to provide personalized programs for younger guests both in the hotel and around Paris. See more must-see Paris attractions! 960 1280

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Meadow Brook Hall (Rochester Hills, MI)

Meadow Brook Hall (Rochester Hills, MI)

Explore the fourth-largest historic home in the United States. Spanning 110 rooms, the 88,000 square-foot mansion was built in a Tudor Revival style, between 1926 and 1929, by the widow of auto pioneer John Francis Dodge. The mansion and surrounding 1,400-acre grounds were donated to Michigan State University in 1957. 960 1280

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Hearst Castle (San Simeon, CA)

Hearst Castle (San Simeon, CA)

This Mediterranean Revival-style mansion was designed for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst by Julia Morgan, the first woman architect licensed in California. Morgan’s vision, shaped over the course of a 28-year collaboration with Hearst, features 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, 127 acres of gardens and so much more -- including the world’s largest private zoo. 960 1280

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Flagler Museum (Palm Beach, FL)

Flagler Museum (Palm Beach, FL)

Once hailed by a New York newspaper as "more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world," this 55-room mansion, built by oil tycoon Henry Flagler in 1901, later came close to demolition -- until one of Flagler’s granddaughters saved it in 1959. You’ll need a good 2 hours to tour the property -- must-see stops include the Louis XV-style Grand Ballroom and the atrium garden. 960 1280

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Hillwood Estate (Washington, DC)

Hillwood Estate (Washington, DC)

Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post had 3 estates, including Mar-a-Lago on Palm Beach Island. Donald Trump now owns that one, but the real star of Post’s collection is Hillwood Estate. Post loved this urban oasis in the heart of DC more than any of her other estates -- her ashes are interred in the estate’s Rose Garden. The biggest draw is the estate’s decorative arts collection, from Faberge eggs to 18th and 19th-century French art. 960 1280

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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (Akron, OH)

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (Akron, OH)

This swanky country estate ranks as the 12th largest house in the United States. The Tudor Revival-style home, which originally spanned 3,000 acres (it’s now on 70 acres), was built between 1912 and 1915 by the founder of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Above the manor’s front door is a stone inscription: “Non nobis solum,” meaning, “Not for us alone.” In keeping with that motto, the estate is open seasonally to the public. 960 1280

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens  

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House (Grosse Pointe Shores, MI)

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House (Grosse Pointe Shores, MI)

This 87-acre estate, just northeast of Detroit, was the home of Edsel Ford (Henry’s son) and his wife, Eleanor. Before her death in 1976, Eleanor stated that the property be used for the “benefit of the public.” Today, visitors can tour the 20,000-square-foot home to see the intimate family photos that take you back to 1927, when the home was built, and beyond, to the home’s heyday in the 1940s. On the grounds, be sure to check out Josephine Ford’s child-sized playhouse, built by her grandmother in 1930. 960 1280

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Oheka Castle (Huntington, NY)

Oheka Castle (Huntington, NY)

Head to Long Island’s Gold Coast for a tour of this sprawling estate -- the second-largest private home in the US. The estate comprises 127 rooms and over 109,000 square feet. Oheka was built between 1914 and 1919 to serve as the country home of investment banker Otto Hermann Kahn (the name Oheka is an acronym for his name). Oheka also served as partial inspiration for Gatsby’s estate in Fitzgerald’s novel. 960 1280

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Moody Mansion (Galveston, TX)

Moody Mansion (Galveston, TX)

Step into turn-of-the-century splendor at this sprawling 28,000-square-foot, 4-story mansion. Completed in 1895, the estate was the home of American financier William Lewis Moody Jr. – once proclaimed by TIME magazine to be one of the 10 wealthiest men in America. Now a museum, the estate offers tours of 20 rooms. Among the beautiful touches is a gold leaf ceiling in the dining room. 960 1280

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Virginia Robinson Estate (Beverly Hills)

Virginia Robinson Estate (Beverly Hills)

Beverly Hills is home to plenty of jaw-dropping homes, but only one is open to public tours. This 6-acre estate, once home to Harry and Virginia Robinson (of Robinson’s department store), was built in 1911. The estate’s architectural highlight is its playhouse/pool pavilion, which was added in 1924. Its memorable features include a reflecting swimming pool, as well as Tuscan columns and arches with sgraffiti, an Italian style of wall décor similar to fresco. 960 1280

Virginia Robinson Estate  

Pabst Mansion (Milwaukee)

Pabst Mansion (Milwaukee)

This Flemish Renaissance Revival-style beaut was home to German-American beer baron Frederick Pabst between 1892 and 1908. The property was later purchased by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and for the next 67 years, it served as home to 5 archbishops. Centrally located in downtown Milwaukee, the estate is open year-round to the public, offering visitors a chance to behold the estate’s signature feature: intricate woodwork. 960 1280

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Glensheen (Duluth, MN)

Glensheen (Duluth, MN)

This 7.6-acre estate was built between 1905 and 1908 by lawyer and businessman Chester Adgate Congdon. The lakefront property features 38 rooms, and an exterior inspired by neoclassical French and English touches. Throughout the house are fine works of art by American and European masters of the day. But the mansion also has a dark side: In 1977, Congdon’s daughter and her nurse were murdered here. While tour guides at the mansion were once prohibited from speaking about the murders, today they’ll speak briefly about it ... upon request. 960 1280

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Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Dutchess County, NY)

Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Dutchess County, NY)

This gorgeous home in the tranquil hamlet of Staatsburg, NY, is regarded by architecture scholars as one of the finest examples of an estate built during America’s Gilded Age. Tour the grounds and see a massive portico, balustrades, floral swags and pilasters that all add up to one big impression: The owners sure had it good here. 960 1280

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Biltmore Estate (Asheville, NC)

Biltmore Estate (Asheville, NC)

In the mountains of Asheville, NC, this luxurious Châteauesque-styled mansion awaits. Built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895, Biltmore is the largest privately owned house in America – it spans an astonishing 178,926 square feet and 250 rooms. You’ll be fascinated to see how the era’s wealthy lived: Tour highlights include an indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, 2-story library and early 20th-century exercise equipment. 960 1280

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River Cruise on the Seine

River Cruise on the Seine

Spend some quality time with someone you love while you cruise along the magnificent Seine River. Thirty-seven bridges run along the river in Paris, like the Pont Alexandre III, the city’s most ornate, extravagant bridge. And if you’re lucky enough to visit Paris in summer, make sure you enjoy the 3 artificial beaches set up along the river. Sand, palm trees, beach chairs and chaise lounges are brought in to create “Paris Beach,” which is usually set up from late July to mid-August.  960 1280

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Explore the City of Light by taking a Paris sightseeing tour of its not-to-be-missed attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Georges Pompidou Center, Notre Dame de Paris, Basilica of the Sacre Coeur and Palais Garnier. 960 1280

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Le Bistrot Paul Bert

Le Bistrot Paul Bert

Looking for a traditional French bistro? Get a bite to eat at Le Bistrot Paul Bert, but call ahead for dinner reservations because the restaurant’s 2 dining rooms are always crowded at night. An impressively stocked wine cellar, cheese cart, hearty dishes and laid-back, efficient staff are all reasons why you visit this bistro. For about $50, guests have the option of getting the prix fixe, which is 3 courses. Inexpensive wines are on the chalkboard, whereas expensive ones are on the wine list. 960 1280

Rob Hyndman, flickr  

Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris

Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris

Located near the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower, Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris has 5 restaurants, 12 categories of rooms and suites, a well-stocked mini bar in each room, a cellar with more than 35,000 bottles of wine and more! You can’t miss getting a luxurious spa treatment at the Dior Institut au Plaza Athenee, either. 960 1280

Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris  

Champs-Élysées Shopping

Champs-Élysées Shopping

Go shopping along the Champs-Élysées . This area has a little something for everyone. Big spenders can shop at high-end shops like Hugo Boss, Christian Louboutin, Swarovski and Peugeot Avenue Paris. And there are more reasonably priced spots for frugal shoppers like Gap. Take a break from shopping in Paris and visit the Arc de Triomphe or indulge yourself at a nearby restaurant -- you’ll instantly realize why this is a prime area for people watching. 960 1280

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Parisian Bakery

Parisian Bakery

Take a 2-hour Parisian bakery workshop and discover how real French bread is made! Go behind the scenes of real French bakery to learn how to make baguettes and croissants. And then, enjoy tasting your bread -- fresh out of the oven. 960 1280

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Le Meurice

Le Meurice

Stay at the 5-star Le Meurice Paris, where all rooms and suites feature a private entrance, private bar with refrigerator, twice daily maid service, digital interactive television system, traditional shoeshine service and more. For $128, the hotel’s wine tasting allows guests the chance to savor the best French wines, picked by the head sommelier. This hotel is just a short walk away from a few tourist attractions, including the Louvre, Place de La Concorde and Musee d’Orsay. 960 1280

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Tuileries Palace and Garden

Tuileries Palace and Garden

Visitors to the Tuileries Palace and Garden instantly realize why this crowded spot is the place to be in the spring and summer. During the weekend, it’s not uncommon to see locals lying on the lawn and chatting with friends while thousands walk through the gardens and the palace’s grounds. After the death of her husband Henri II in 1559, Catherine de Medicis had the palace built, featuring a large Italian-style garden to remind her of her home in Tuscany. 960 1280

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Casino de Paris

Casino de Paris

Contrary to what the name might suggest, Casino de Paris is a well-known music and performance hall, and not a gambling casino. After it was built in 1730, the building served many purposes, including being used as a fireworks display venue, before it was converted into a cinema and music hall. African-American actress and singer Josephine Baker was one of many notable people to perform at Casino de Paris.  960 1280

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Four Seasons Hotel George V

Four Seasons Hotel George V

Experience the elegant charm of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, located just steps away from the Champs-Elysees. Swim a few laps in the indoor pool, enjoy eating a classic French meal at Le Cinq restaurant or get a 4-hands massage at the spa. For families in Paris, the hotel provides babysitting services as well as a staff on-hand to provide personalized programs for younger guests both in the hotel and around Paris. See more must-see Paris attractions! 960 1280

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Monte Carlo Harbor

Monte Carlo Harbor

Check out these magnificent yachts docked in Monte Carlo Harbor, the rich-and-famous playground that served as a location for the James Bond movie GoldenEye. Take in the impressive sights of rococo buildings and mountains on the Bateau Bus (water taxi) or hop aboard a yacht cruise. 960 1280

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Oceanographic Museum

Oceanographic Museum

Rising from the cliff-side rocks, the Oceanographic Museum is home to a treasure trove of sea life: seahorses, sharks, cuttlefish, sea cucumbers and more. The building itself is a monumental work of art: It took 11 years to build, using 100,000 tons of stone from southeastern France. The museum marked its 100th anniversary in 2010. 960 1280

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Prince’s Palace of Monaco

Prince’s Palace of Monaco

Take a tour of the Prince’s Palace. For the past 700 years, these stately grounds have been home to the Grimaldi dynasty -- most notably, the late Prince Rainier III and the glamorous movie star-turned-princess, Grace Kelly. The palace’s state rooms are open to the public during the summer. 960 1280

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Hotel de Paris

Hotel de Paris

Relax in the heart of Monaco at the Hotel de Paris. This luxury resort hotel opened in 1863; today it’s regularly listed on the annual Conde Nast Traveler Gold List. Strike gold with exceptional dining (3 restaurant choices, showcasing Mediterranean gourmet dishes), along with airy, spacious rooms like this. 960 1280

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Opera de Monte Carlo

Opera de Monte Carlo

Take in a performance at the Opera de Monte Carlo. The opera house opened in 1879, commissioned by the Grimaldi family to showcase Monte Carlo as more than a Riviera playground. Today the opera house presents classical musical performances, ballet and philharmonic acts -- all from the small-yet-luxurious comfort of this 524-seat auditorium. 960 1280

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Palace Changing of the Guards

Palace Changing of the Guards

Round the clock, these officers stand guard outside of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. See the stately Changing of the Guard each day at 11:55 a.m. The guards themselves are composed of an infantry division with 119 officers and sentry. Their motto: “Honor, loyalty, devotion.” 960 1280

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Larvotto Beach

Larvotto Beach

Soak up the sun on Larvotto Beach. Set against a backdrop of luxury apartment buildings, this glamorous beach is home to high-end restaurants showcasing seasonal local seafood (grilled sardines, mussels and more), as well as jet-ski and sea-kayak rentals to cool off in the refreshing Mediterranean waters. 960 1280

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Le Metropole Shopping Center

Le Metropole Shopping Center

You can’t leave Monaco without doing some shopping, so head to the Metropole! This shopping gallery spans 3 floors, with 80 boutiques (and names like Kenzo and Swarovski) that define exclusive. Lest all this proves too pricey for your credit card, there’s always plenty of window-shopping to enjoy, accompanied by glittering period chandeliers. 960 1280

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Monte Carlo Casino

Monte Carlo Casino

"Bond, James Bond." It's here, at the Monte Carlo Casino, that our favorite British spy uttered those words. Step into this world of cool, decadent entertainment, and try your hand at blackjack, stud poker and Trente et Quarante, a 17th-century gambling card game that hails from France … you might just win. 960 1280

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Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Grand Prix

Take a supercar test-drive at the Monaco Grand Prix. Held each year on the Circuit de Monaco, the race has attracted a bevy of Hollywood A-listers through the years, including film producer George Lucas and actor Leonardo di Caprio. The first run began in 1929; today the annual race makes up the Triple Crown of the racing world. 960 1280

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Helicopter Tour of Monte Carlo

Helicopter Tour of Monte Carlo

Feel like James Bond and see Monaco by helicopter! Take in incredible aerial views of Monte Carlo’s most jaw-dropping attractions -- the Prince’s Palace, the Monte Carlo Casino and the Monaco Grand Prix racetrack -- along with the sheer beauty of this stretch of French Riviera coastline. 960 1280

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Prince of Monaco’s Vintage Car Collection

Prince of Monaco’s Vintage Car Collection

A prince needs his cars. See nearly 100 classic cars of all makes and models that make up this high-priced collection. How pricey? When the Prince of Monaco auctioned off 38 cars from his massive collection, the asking price for one of the oldest was about $43,000. See the luxury car collection yourself at the Terraces de Fontvieille, a museum and multipurpose hall. 960 1280

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