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Journeys of the Rich and Famous

Who says you can’t tour the world like the stars? OK, so you probably can’t rent out the whole hotel or shut down the city for a private event, but we all could use a little VIP treatment now and then. Follow the example set by celebrities — whether you can afford that $1,000-a-night suite or not.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Before the excitement of the upcoming World Cup and Summer Olympics, celebrities like Madonna, Gerard Butler, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have long flocked to Rio's Ipanema Beach for a piece of tropical paradise (and perhaps a few caipirinhas at Carnival).
A-List Accommodations: Fasano Hotel, Copacabana Palace
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St. Barts

St. Barts

This glamorous Caribbean island boasts glitzy nightlife and glamorous sunbathing at St. Jean beach where you can rub elbows with celebrities like Jay-Z and Beyonce or Jessica Alba, who dock their yachts at the glistening port.
A-List Accommodations: Eden Rock, Hotel Saint Barth Isle De France
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St. Tropez, France

St. Tropez, France

This Cote d'Azur seaport continues to attract celebrities including Cindy Crawford, Tom Cruise, Rihanna, P. Diddy, Jack Nicholson and Catherine Zeta-Jones to its over-the-top beach clubs like Club 55, first made famous by French beauty Brigitte Bardot.
A-List Accommodations: Intercontinental Carlton Cannes, Villa Romana Club & Restaurant
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Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach, Sydney

With its world-famous surfing and sailing under the Harbour Bridge to Coogee's cliff tops, Bondi Beach attracts celebrities like Nicole Richie, Hugh Jackman, Paris Hilton and Leonardo DiCaprio when they are looking for a little adventure Down Under.
A-List Accommodations: The Park Hyatt in the Rocks, InterContinental Hotel
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Just a 2-hour flight from Los Angeles, it's no wonder this Mexican resort city has become a mainstay for stars like Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Seacrest and Julia Roberts looking for a little rest, relaxation and … margaritas.
A-List Accommodations: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Esperanza, One&Only Palmilla
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Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

Of Hawaii's many islands, Maui seems to attract the most star power, whether it’s Paris Hilton vacationing with her flavor of the week or Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox tying the knot on its romantic coast. Who are the other stars giving Hawaii a resurgence of star power? Owen Wilson, Oprah, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears, to name a few.
A-List Accommodations: Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea
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Anguilla

Anguilla

One look at Anguilla’s cerulean waters is all it takes to see why stars like Uma Thurman, Paul McCartney, Michael Jordan, Michael J. Fox and Liam Neeson picked this sunny spot in the Caribbean to unwind.
A-List Accommodations: Viceroy Anguilla, Cap Juluca
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Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

One name -- George Clooney -- comes to mind when you conjure up images of Lake Como. Can't you just see yourself relaxing at his oceanfront 18th-century villa alongside Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and half a dozen of his other famous pals? Well, one can daydream.
A-List Accommodations: Villa D’Este, Grand Hotel Tremezzo
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South Beach, Miami

South Beach, Miami

She may still be "Jenny From the Block," but it's no secret that Jennifer Lopez has spent plenty of time in sexy South Beach. Miami's bustling nightlife and Art Deco charms have also convinced stars like the Kardashians and Shakira to vacation stateside.
A-List Accommodations: Fonatinebleau, The Delano
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Necker Island

Necker Island

Richard Branson's 74-acre private island estate has been rebuilt after a tragic fire in 2011 (when Kate Winslet heroically carried his mother to safety). We're sure it will continue to host the very rich and very famous, such as Oprah, Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg, for years to come.
A-List Accommodations: You have to join the ranks of these gazillionaires to afford to rent out this private estate.
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Turtle Island, Fiji

Turtle Island, Fiji

What superstar doesn't value their privacy? This super-secluded resort has nearly 100 staffers on hand to cater to a maximum of 28 guests at a time. Both Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears have honeymooned here (with their now exes).
A-List Accommodations: Turtle Island
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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's mutual attraction is rumored to have been sparked at the picturesque cliff-side Hotel Santa Caterina while filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith -- and with vistas like that, who could blame them?
A-List Accommodations: Hotel Santa Caterina
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The privacy that these over-the-water bungalows provide (not to mention the romance) have attracted stars like the Kardashians, Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, Rob Lowe, Sharon Stone and Charlize Theron.
A-List Accommodations: Four Seasons Bora Bora, Bora Bora Nui Resort
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Malibu, Los Angeles

Malibu, Los Angeles

Of course, the No. 1 beach for celebrity-spotting would be right in their own backyard. Here, David Beckham catches a wave with sons Cruz, Brooklyn and Romeo in Malibu.
A-List Accommodations: Malibu Beach Inn, Four Seasons Los Angeles, Chateau Marmont
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Maldives

Maldives

A gorgeous island in the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka, this exotic locale has lured stars like Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, Kate Moss and Jude Law to indulge in its warm waters and pristine white sands.
A-List Accommodations: Velassaru Maldives, Kanuhura
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Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga comes with baggage. Lots and lots of baggage packed with elaborate costumes, including this interesting creation. Don't travel with her unless you're willing to fork over some money for her luggage fees.
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Mel Gibson
Do we really need to explain why? His infamous rants during cell phone conversations with his ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva are reason enough to add Mel to our D-list.
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Russian Hockey Team
It's always fun until someone gets kicked off a plane. The Russian hockey team celebrated too hard after beating Canada in the World Junior Championship. The players were removed from a Delta flight for allegedly being too drunk to fly.
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Naomi Campbell
You may not want to share a taxi with hot-tempered Naomi Campbell. New York City Police filed a harassment report after a limo driver claimed the fashion icon slapped and slugged him while he drove her through midtown. No formal charges were filed.
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Joe Jonas
Make sure Joe Jonas follows proper security measures before heading to the airport. The 23-year-old singer was detained in Abu Dhabi after security officials found a set of cooking knives in his carry-on luggage.
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Josh Duhamel
Don't let the brooding good looks fool you, but Josh Duhamel made our list. The actor refused to turn off his BlackBerry, and he was escorted off an airplane last December. No one's above airplane safety protocol, Mr. Duhamel.
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Kevin Smith
Traveling with Kevin Smith? Be prepared to share elbow room or catch a different flight. The movie director was thrown off a Southwest Airlines plane even after he bought 2 seats -- policy requires larger passengers buy 2 seats. Kevin was on standby, boarded a plane that had an available seat, but the captain would eventually oust him off.
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Dave Chapelle
Think before you make travel plans with Dave Chapelle. While flying on a private jet, the comedian grabbed the pilot's arms and asked how long the flight would be. The pilot made an emergency landing in Pittsburgh after Chapelle freaked the crew out. Dave's publicist said he just had to use the bathroom. Sorry, Dave, but if a trip to the restroom results in an emergency landing, you're probably doing it wrong.
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Paris Hilton
Keep a safe distance from Paris Hilton. You never know what might show up in her "friend's" purse. The celeb was busted for cocaine possesion in Las Vegas last August. At the World Cup in South Africa, she was arrested after marijauna was found in a purse she claimed belonged to a friend. The charges for the latter case were dropped.
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Tony Allen
No travel games for Memphis Grizzlies Tony Allen (far left) and O.J. Mayo. The basketball players got into a fight on the team's plane over a gambling debt in a card game called Boo-Ray. Ix-nay on the card games, guys.
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Charlie Sheen
It's best if you steer clear of Charlie Sheen altogether. He's already started the New Year off in the tabloids, taking Vodka shots with 'female companions' in Las Vegas. Charlie's latest scandal comes a few months after the actor flipped out in the New York Plaza Hotel, forcing his paid trickster to lock herself in the bathroom.
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Lindsay Lohan
You really can't travel with Lindsay Lohan because she's usually spending time in bars, behind bars or in rehab. Since 2007, Lindsay has been busted for 2 DUIs. Don't count on her to keep her travel documents straight either. In May 2010, the celeb told a judge she missed her court date because someone stole her passport after a trip to Cannes. It wasn't because she was partying into the wee hours of the morning?
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1. Whistler, British Columbia
1. Whistler, British Columbia

1. Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler, British Columbia
The 411: Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains, this Canadian destination is one of the top mountain resorts in North America.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Fairmont Chateau, Four Seasons

A-List Visitors: Heidi Klum, Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah, Tom Cruise, Hilary Swank, James Gandolfini
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St. Moritz

St. Moritz

St. Moritz
The 411: The village is located at 1,856 meters above sea level in the middle of the Engadin valley in Europe. Known for its dry, sunny climate year-round, it's a winter sports haven.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Badrutt's Palace, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, Kulm Hotel

A-List Visitors: Prince Charles, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley, George Clooney, Ivana Trump, Rupert Everett
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Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos
The 411: This Mexican destination offers beaches, world-class hotels and spas, fishing, golfing and water sports.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Las Ventanas, One & Only Palmilla, Esperanza Cabo, Casa Dorado, Villas Del Mar

A-List Visitors: Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Alex Rodriguez, Scarlett Johansson
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Kona Beach in Hawaii

Kona Beach in Hawaii

Hawaii
The 411: With 6 major islands featuring beaches, volcanoes, mountains and a unique culture, Hawaii offers something for everyone.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Halekulani, Kahala Hotel & Resort, Turtle Bay, The Royal Hawaiian, Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Grand Wailea Resort, Four Seasons Maui

A-List Visitors: Jennifer Garner, Rihanna, Randy Jackson, Matt Damon, Ben Stiller, Pierce Brosnan
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Doctor's Cave Beach in Jamaica

Doctor's Cave Beach in Jamaica

Jamaica
The 411: This Caribbean island features beaches and a tropical climate. The residents are known for their friendliness and love of sports such as cricket, and track and field.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Golden Eye, Half Moon, The Ritz-Carlton, Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Royal Plantation, Rockhouse Hotel

A-List Visitors: Michelle Williams, Patrick Dempsey, Sigourney Weaver, Carmen Electra, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Mandy Moore
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole
The 411: This Wyoming town is one of the best-kept secrets for winter. It has the longest continuous vertical rise of any ski area in the US, rising 4,139 feet from the valley floor to the top of Rendezvous Mountain.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Amangani, Four Seasons, Spring Creek Ranch

A-List Visitors: Jim Carrey, Sandra Bullock, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, Matthew McConaughey, Ron Howard
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St Bart's

St Bart's

St. Bart's
The 411: This French West Indies island is just 8 square miles and home to an eclectic mix of iguanas, night-blooming cactus and fabulous beaches.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Eden Rock, Hotel Taiwana, Hotel Le Toiny

A-List Visitors: Tom Hanks, Mick Jagger, Lorne Michaels, Harrison Ford, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas
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Fiji

Fiji

Fiji
The 411: Fiji has 333 tropical islands, most of them are uninhabited. The islands have sandy beaches, rainforests, villages and a main city called Nadi.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Shangri-La, Turtle Island, The Wakaya Club

A-List Visitors: Pierce Brosnan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Simpson, Bill Gates
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Miami

Miami

Miami
The 411: This city in Florida is one of the state's most popular vacation spots. It is well-known for beaches including South Beach, trendy nightlife, the Art Deco district, Calle Ocho and Little Havana.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: The Delano, The Setai, The Shore Club, Villazzo Villas, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Mandarin Oriental

A-List Visitors: John Mayer, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce, Martha Stewart, Katy Perry
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Aspen Colorado

Aspen Colorado

Aspen
The 411: Located in a pristine mountain valley at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River, Hunter Creek, Castle Creek and Maroon Creek, Aspen plays host to many events and is known for its winter sports.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Aspen Mountain Club, The Little Nell Hotel, Hotel Jerome, Sky Hotel, The St. Regis

A-List Visitors: Mariah Carey, Heidi Klum, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Jack Nicholson, Oprah Winfrey
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Shoal Bay Anguilla

Shoal Bay Anguilla

Anguilla
The 411: This British territory in the Caribbean is made up of one main island and a few smaller ones. It's a quiet country with beaches and friendly residents.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Cap Juluca, St. Regis, Altamer, Cerulean (a private villa for rent)

A-List Visitors: Robert DeNiro, Denzel Washington, Caroline Kennedy, Glenn Close, Matt Lauer, Sheryl Crow
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It all started in Liverpool where John Lennon formed a band called the Quarrymen with Paul McCartney and George Harrison. 960 1280

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After the Quarrymen, the lads formed The Beatles, and from '61 to '63 they played 292 shows at Liverpool's Cavern Club. 960 1280

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Over 40 percent of the US population saw The Beatles' historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. 960 1280

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The Beatles recorded virtually all of their groundbreaking singles and albums at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London. 960 1280

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In 1967 John and Paul wrote the double-sided single "Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever," inspired by childhood haunts. 960 1280

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Beatles fans pose for photos imitating the iconic "Abbey Road" album cover. 960 1280

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved into NYC's Dakota building in 1973. John was murdered outside the Dakota on Dec. 8, 1980. 960 1280

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Strawberry Fields is a 2.5-acre section in New York City's Central Park dedicated to the memory of John Lennon in 1985. 960 1280

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The focal point of Strawberry Fields is a mosaic of a single word, the title of Lennon's 1971 song "Imagine." 960 1280

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Candles, flowers and pictures adorn the "Imagine" memorial at Strawberry Fields on the 29th anniversary of Lennon's death. 960 1280

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Sunset Strip

Sunset Strip

The mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard, better known as Sunset Strip, passes through West Hollywood, extending from Hollywood on Harper Avenue to Beverly Hills at Sierra Drive. 960 1280

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Capitol Records Building

Capitol Records Building

The Capitol Records Tower, located in the Hollywood Boulevard commercial and entertainment district on Vine Street, was built in 1956, and is considered one of the city's historic landmarks. 960 1280

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame, located near the Kodak Theatre, consists of more then 2,000 celebrity permanent public monuments (stars) on more than 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. 960 1280

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The Viper Room

The Viper Room

The always-popular Viper Room nightclub on Sunset Strip, which opened in 1993, was once partly owned by Johnny Depp, and is infamous for the drug-related death of actor River Phoenix. 960 1280

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Kodak Theatre

Kodak Theatre

Located in the Hollywood and Highland Center shopping mall and entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue, the Kodak Theatre was built in 2001 and is the first permanent home of the Academy Awards. 960 1280

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Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign

The iconic Hollywood Sign, which is about 45 feet high and 350 feet wide, was created in 1923. 960 1280

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Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont

Modeled after a French chateau in France's Loire Valley, the Chateau Marmont was built in 1927. Chateau Marmont has been referenced in songs, seen on album covers and has been a high-end place to crash for some of the biggest celebrity party animals. 960 1280

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Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Located on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theatre has played host to many of the biggest movie premieres. 960 1280

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Hand and Footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Hand and Footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Quite possibly the most revered "blonde" in history, Marilyn Monroe left her handprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre after the release of her movie Gentleman Prefer Blondes in 1953. 960 1280

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Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl

Seating almost 18,000 people, the Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural amphitheater in the US, and is set against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills. 960 1280

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Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive

If shopping is what you fancy, there is no better place in Hollywood than Rodeo Drive. The 3-block stretch is lined with boutiques and shops: Versace, Prada and Jimmy Choo, to name a few. 960 1280

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Paramount Studios

Paramount Studios

Founded in 1912, Paramount Studios on Melrose Avenue is America's oldest existing film studio and the only remaining major film studio in Hollywood.
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Hollywood Forever

Hollywood Forever

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery located on Santa Monica Boulevard is the final resting place for some of Hollywood's most talented. It was founded in 1899 and, on the verge of bankruptcy in 1998, was bought, restored and refurbished by Tyler Cassity of Forever Enterprises. It is still active today. 960 1280

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The Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Referred to by some as just "The Hotel," the Beverly Hills Hotel opened in 1912 as the first building in the greater area, and is partly responsible for the creation of the surrounding city of Beverly Hills.
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Mammoth Tragedy at La Brea Tar Pits

Mammoth Tragedy at La Brea Tar Pits

While excavating in the La Brea Tar Pits in order to build an underground parking garage for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art next door, a nearly intact woolly mammoth skeleton was discovered. It is now on display at George C. Page Museum on Wilshire Boulevard. 960 1280

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Oprah Winfrey films her talk show while sailing on Sydney Harbour with native Australian actor Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer. 960 1280

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In a red-white-and-blue bikini top, Linda Hogan celebrated the Fourth of July with son Nick Hogan (center) and boyfriend Charlie Hill (right) aboard her aptly named yacht -- 'Alimoney' -- in Miami, FL. 960 1280

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Leonardo DiCaprio and his girlfriend Bar Refaeli are spotted together on a yacht in Porto Cervo Sardinia, Italy. But she wasn't the only supermodel on board; Naomi Campbell also enjoyed the sun and a swim. 960 1280

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Jenny from the yacht? Jennifer Lopez and her husband, Marc Anthony, relax on designer Roberto Cavalli's yacht in Monaco. 960 1280

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Also enjoying Cavalli's yacht, Mariah Carey shows off her pre-pregnancy body on holiday in Salerno, Italy. While on-board, the pop star frolicked with friends and enjoyed a nice glass of wine. 960 1280

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After being stopped in Corsica for having cannabis in her bag, Paris Hilton jet-skis and poses for sister Nicky while vacationing on a yacht in Sardinia last July. 960 1280

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Jessica Simpson plants one on Eric Johnson on a private yacht in Capri, Italy. The couple celebrated the star's 30th birthday in July with friends and Jessica's sister, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, on board. 960 1280

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Light beach reading? Kevin Spacey is spotted relaxing on a yacht in Sardinia, Italy, near Porto Cervo, where he enjoyed the company of friends and pal Quincy Jones (not-pictured). 960 1280

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Beyonce lets her hair down and looks crazy in love while on vacation in the South of France with husband Jay-Z and some friends. 960 1280

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A rather buff-looking Simon Cowell was seen relaxing on his luxury yacht in the South of France. The usually tough critic was in good spirits enjoying a smoke and even waving to photographers. 960 1280

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On-again couple Jude Law and Sienna Miller have never looked happier behind shades and big smiles on a holiday with friends in Ibiza, Spain. 960 1280

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Heidi Klum is one hot mama. The 37-year-old mom of 4 soaked up the Mediterranean sunshine while watching husband, Seal, and her kids jet-ski off their yacht in the Italian Riviera. 960 1280

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After a short trip to Saint Tropez while vacationing in the South of France, the fashion-forward Kate Hudson docked in the Port of Nice to catch a private plane. 960 1280

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Kim Kardashian keeps up with her blackberry while sunbathing in a barely-there bikini on a yacht with sister Kourtney in Miami. 960 1280

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Shortly after Kate Winslet and husband Sam Mendes split after 7 years of marriage, she was spotted in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, relaxing with a cup of tea and a cigarette. 960 1280

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Demi Moore gets a leg up on the New Year celebrations in St. Barts, boarding a $350-million yacht reported to be the most expensive in the world owned by friend and Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. 960 1280

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