11 Best Bachelor Party Destinations

Congrats dude, you’re getting married. But first, the inevitable end of your singledom must be properly honored with a man-bash unlike any other. Here are our picks for the world’s most bromance-friendly destinations.

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Rappelling in the Cascade Mountains
Rappelling in the Cascade Mountains

Rappelling in the Cascade Mountains

Host Bert Kreischer and Brandon and Sue West prepare to go rappelling in the Cascade Mountains just outside of Portland, OR. 960 1280

  

30-Foot Waterfall

30-Foot Waterfall

Bert jumps from a 30-foot-tall waterfall while canyoneering in the Cascade Mountains. 960 1280

  

Getting Ready to Surf Steamer Lane

Getting Ready to Surf Steamer Lane

After everyone makes the jump, Bert, Sue and Brandon get ready for their next Oregon adventure. 960 1280

  

Preparing to Bomb a Hill

Preparing to Bomb a Hill

Bert, Sue and Brandon prepare to bomb a hill in Portland, OR. The term “bombing a hill” refers to the act of riding down a hill without carving or turning. 960 1280

  

Bombing a Hill

Bombing a Hill

Bert, Sue and Brandon join a group of hipsters to bomb the hill in Portland, OR. 960 1280

  

Seguin Island Lighthouse

Seguin Island Lighthouse

Built in 1857, Seguin Island Lighthouse is Maine's tallest and second oldest lighthouse -- located roughly 3 miles from the mouth of the Kennebec River. 960 1280

  

Preparing to Go Lobster Fishing

Preparing to Go Lobster Fishing

Brandon, Sue, Bert and commercial fishermen prepare to go lobster fishing in Casco Bay off the coast of Portland, ME. 960 1280

  

Smiling for the Camera

Smiling for the Camera

Sue and Brandon smile for the camera with their lobster bait while aboard their commercial lobster boat. 960 1280

  

Bert Looks on Amusingly

Bert Looks on Amusingly

Sue and Brandon help move lobster traps from one side of the boat to the other while Bert looks on amusingly. 960 1280

  

Lobster Close Up

Lobster Close Up

A close-up look at one of the lobsters Bert and his travelers caught in Casco Bay. 960 1280

  

E.A.T. Lobster

E.A.T. Lobster

Brandon, Sue and Bert bring their fresh lobsters to E.A.T. Lobster to be cooked for dinner. 960 1280

  

Kite Scudding Lessons

Kite Scudding Lessons

Sue, Bert and Brandon get a lesson on kite scudding while on Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, ME. 960 1280

  

Bert Goes Kite Scudding

Bert Goes Kite Scudding

Bert tries his hand at kite scudding on Pine Point Beach. 960 1280

  

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Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot, Cambodia

Known throughout Cambodia as the coveted weekend getaway destination, Kampot is a much needed reprieve from the chaos of Phnom Penh. Eco resorts like Ganesha and Eden Eco Village line the river while secret lakes and waterfalls abound for early morning canoeing and swimming. Rent a moto and take a drive up the winding roads of Bokor Mountain or over to La Plantation’s organic pepper farm and sample some of the world’s best. 960 1280

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Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia

Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia

Just off the coast of Cambodia near the border of Thailand, Kong Rong Sanloem sits unaffected by the worries of mainland and city life. A stay at either Lazy Beach hotel or Saracen Bay Resort delivers white sand beaches and an uninhibited view of the Gulf of Thailand. Sunset cocktails are recommended for full vacation mode. 960 1280

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Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Take the dirt roads back into the forest of Mondulkiri and experience a Cambodia most tourists never know exists. Full of hikes, waterfalls and winding paths for moto riding, this oasis is one of Cambodia’s best kept secrets—until now. The Worldwide Fund for Nature protects a significant amount of the area and there are eco-accommodations like Nature Lodge that make the environment a priority. 960 1280

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Known best for the 12th century temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has quickly developed into a bustling city. The famous pub street attracts all sorts of characters with its competing street parties—between Angkor Wat and Temple Bar—while the edges of town are host to more docile retreats. Artisans Angkor, a silk farm with free tours and a socially minded business concept, and Bees Unlimited, an educational guide to protecting local bees and honey, provide a way to explore modern Cambodia. 960 1280

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A wave of youthful enthusiasm is driving a country rocked by genocide into a new era. Gain your historical bearings at the Royal Palace and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, but transport back to the present with a cultural evening at the Meta House and a sunset dinner by the Mekong River. Fully embrace the daily lives of these smiling people at Russian Market and sample a traditional Khmer meal at the hip Eleven One Kitchen. 960 1280

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Chiang Rai, Thailand

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Away from the famed sandy beaches of Thailand’s coast, the northern city of Chiang Rai acts as the perfect stopping point for Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle between Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. Travelers are given more than one reason to get off the beaten path, from finding the best khao soi soup at Phor Jai restaurant, stunning landscapes and ornate temples — the intricate White Temple is a bucket list staple. 960 1280

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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Stick to temples and food for the daytime experience while nighttime is definitely for the parties. The Grand Palace is a must, while taste-testing the city with Bangkok Food Tours should be on every foodie's list. The popular backpacker nightlife is on Khao San Road, but for those looking to avoid this type of crowd, the more local scene is at Sukhumvit Soi 11. 960 1280

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Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Bordering Myanmar in Northern Thailand, Kanchanaburi proves to be more than just a stopover destination. For the outdoor adventurer, Erawan National Park and quieter Sai Yok National Park provide some of Thailand’s best waterfalls, hikes and cave exploration. Check out the laidback lifestyle scene on the River Kwai and its infamous bridge. 960 1280

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Krabi Province, Thailand

Krabi Province, Thailand

Krabi Province is all about the coastal life. Full moon parties, white sand beaches and overwater cliff climbing have been summoning travelers from all over the world for more than 20 years. Go swimming at Phra Nang Beach, paint yourself neon for a rave on Koh Phi Phi or catch a sunset in Kantiang Bay. 960 1280

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Phetchaburi, Thailand

Phetchaburi, Thailand

Get outside of Bangkok and off the heels of tourists in the working town of Phetchaburi. Its rich history, ancient temples and mystical caves attract people from around the world. Don’t miss Wat Kamphaeng Laeng dating back to 12th Century Khmer architecture and the Tham Khao Luang cave. 960 1280

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Legian, Indonesia

Legian, Indonesia

On the famous Bali Island coast, Legian is the “just right” spot as it’s sandwiched between the high end Seminyak and backpacker Kuta beaches. Accommodations and entertainment come in mid-range prices, while the surf and scenery are priceless. Catch the sunset at TAO Rooftop Bar and dance the night away at Eikon. 960 1280

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Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud, Indonesia

Eat, Pray, Love readers will recognize Ubud as the setting for the conclusion of Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey, and this part of Bali truly is as romantic as she makes it seem. Whether it’s a spiritual quest or simply getting in touch with nature, Ubud has a little something for everyone. Plan to see the iconic rice terraces and venture over to White Lotus for a yoga class. 960 1280

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

The incredible topography of Ha Long Bay makes this an iconic destination of Vietnam. Massive land structures shoot straight out of the blue-green ocean and provide an otherworldly view while cruising through by boat — Dragon Legend tours are one of the best in deals and name. Kick back for a luxe overnight trip exploring caves and feasting on fresh seafood. 960 1280

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Busy streets packed with food stalls and revving scooters let you know you’ve arrived in Vietnam. The Gustave Eiffel designed Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral and the Jade Emperor Pagoda let you know you’re in Ho Chi Minh City. Still frequently referred to as Saigon, this city with a controversial past is now a vibrant, modern destination. 960 1280

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Though Hanoi is another bustling city in northern Vietnam, it’s easy to access much needed greenery at the nearby Hoan Kiem Lake and a little further away Ba Vi National Park. For a look at an authentic downtown experience, walk the streets of Hanoi Old Quarter to admire the colonial architecture and grab the best bowl of traditional beef pho at Pho 49 Bat Dan. 960 1280

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Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, a transitory town on the coast, between north and south Vietnam, is known for its tailor-made clothing and relaxing environment. This is a good place to kick back and have a drink or two. Don’t be fooled by the chilled out vibes. The town turns it up every lunar cycle for a vibrant full moon party filling the quiet streets with music, colorful lanterns and traditional plays. Book early as the event draws quite a crowd. 960 1280

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Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa, Vietnam

For a bit more of a perspective on rural life, head north to Sapa. Although this northern region can get cool in the winter, Sapa shouldn’t be missed when visiting Vietnam. The impressive mountains surrounding this town offer a perspective on rural living as they are home to indigenous tribes and a traditional way of life. Head into the hills with the local guide group Sapa Sisters—a social enterprise run entirely by local women—or discover the Sapa Square for colorful handicrafts. 960 1280

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL as most travelers call it, is quickly becoming a destination hot spot. Since the public transportation system is cheap and easy, touring this bustling metropolis is a walk in the park. After checking off the obligatory view of the Petronas Towers, move on to the real reason people visit: taste testing the hawker stalls. Head to Chinatown and Little India to experience this cultural amalgamation with hole-in-the-wall eateries serving up authentic, savory cuisine. 960 1280

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Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan is known for having more than 2,000 Buddhist temples, which are currently being restored to UNESCO standards. The recent increase in tourism is bringing more reasons to visit this rich, historical city. The location has catered to foodie travelers as cuisine from regions near and far have settled here. Most notable is the recent opening of Sharky’s restaurant, an artisan eatery focusing on locally grown produce and, surprisingly, expertly produced cheeses. 960 1280

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Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

Irrawaddy River, Myanmar

Experience Myanmar like an old school explorer by cruising down the massive Irrawaddy River. It runs north to south, bisecting the entire country and connects major cities Mandalay and Bagan. Luxury line Sanctuary Ananda has cruise options for up to 11 nights of slowly watching the world go by. There are ships for any budget, though — most taking day trips into river towns and glimpsing impressive cultural pieces like the Maya Tha Lun Pagoda. 960 1280

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Singapore

Singapore

Being nicknamed the cleanest place in Asia doesn’t come cheap, but splurging in Singapore is well worth the accompanying price tag. About half the size of Hong Kong, this equally modern island off the southern coast of Malaysia has everything from an impressive skyline, Ferris wheel included, to world-renowned fine dining experiences like famous Restaurant ANDRE. “Since 2010, Restaurant ANDRE has been listed in World’s 50 Best Restaurants Award for six consecutive years and the Best Restaurant in Singapore,” said Marketing and Communication Manager Wendy Huang. 960 1280

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Si Phan Don, Laos

Si Phan Don, Laos

As a landlocked country next to the more popular Thailand and Vietnam, Laos falls under the radar of most travelers. It’s left places like the 4,000 Islands, or Si Phan Don, on the famous Mekong River seemingly untouched. Humble roads for riding bikes, porches for simply watching the sun rise and set and a host of natural beauties like curious dolphins and flowing waterfalls call to adventurers searching for authenticity.  960 1280

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Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane, Laos

Contrasting sharply to cities like Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is the chronically laid back Laos capital, Vientiane. Though the hustle and bustle is starting to make its way into development projects and construction, the bulk of tourism here still revolves around drinking Beerlao at sunset on the bank of the Mekong and slow paced visits of cultural sites like the Laos National Museum or Buddha Park. Accommodations are still fairly traditional, however there are some homier options, like Mandala Boutique Hotel that combine budget comfort and Laos culture. 960 1280

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Luang Prabong, Laos

Luang Prabong, Laos

Go to where the rivers converge, the Nam Khan and Mekong, to find Luang Prabong. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this Laotian city has gracefully combined traditional urban design with 19th and 20th century colonial architecture. The location provides access to nearby mountains, Kuang Si waterfalls and, of course, ample temples. To immerse yourself in the slow, quiet vibe of Laos, visit the Vipassana Temple and Park to try the meditation technique of the local monks. 960 1280

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Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng, Laos

Long established as a devil-may-care backpacker destination, this town actually shut out these types of travelers in 2012 by closing down the drug-induced partying and reckless river tubing. Since then, it has returned to the reason people flocked here in the first place: the serene river and peaceful environment. Going back to the basics, the Organic Mulberry Farm Restaurant is not to be missed as well as a lazy afternoon floating down the river. 960 1280

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Dubai

Dubai

Dubai
A new cruise ship terminal is set to open in Dubai in 2012, allowing a total of 5 ships to dock at a time (currently, there is only space for 2). Expect more ships to add Dubai to their itineraries, and consider cruises to the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf and those that follow the Spice Route to India and Asia.
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Singapore

Singapore

Singapore
Long a popular destination for foodies, Singapore will become easier to cruise to this year thanks to a brand new terminal. While here, check out the infinity pool on top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel -- made up of 3 giant towers connected by a sky terrace on the roof.
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Europe

Europe

Europe
OK, so cruising in Europe isn’t exactly new … but this year, more ships are slated to stay in the Mediterranean through the winter instead of making their traditional journeys to the Caribbean for the season. This winter, consider taking a cruise to the Canary Islands or Morocco during off-peak months for a fraction of the price.
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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro
With Rio the host of the World Cup, the 2012 UN Earth Summit and the 2016 Olympics, the city is expected to be a hot destination over the next few years. Luckily, the city is investing plenty of money in the existing cruise port, making travel to nearby attractions even easier.
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Canada

Canada

Canada
Canada is quickly becoming a more popular cruise destination. This year, Carnival, Regent Seven Seas and Disney are all adding new Canada cruises to their rosters.
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Galveston

Galveston

Galveston
Galveston, TX, is fast becoming the home port to a number of megaships. Carnival and Royal Caribbean both have ships docked here now, and the Disney Magic and Crown Princess are set to begin sailing from Galveston later in the year.
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London

London

London
A new cruise port is set to open in London in preparation for the mass influx of visitors to the city for the Olympic Games.
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Australia

Australia

Australia and New Zealand
Cruising down under is heating up this year, thanks to the additions of ships in Melbourne and Sydney by Princess, Celebrity, Carnival, Holland America and Royal Caribbean. In addition to circuits of Australia and New Zealand, new itineraries even include trips to Fiji and New Caledonia.
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New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans
N'awlins is back! For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, the port will be full of cruise ships again this year. Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian will all be offering cruises from the Big Easy.
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Jamaica

Jamaica

Jamaica
Royal Caribbean recently opened a new port in the small 18th-century town of Falmouth, Jamaica, making it the fourth cruise port in the country. Visitors to Falmouth can easily visit Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, each about 30 minutes from the port.
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Honduras

Honduras

Honduras
Set to open later this year, Trujillo on the Banana Coast will be Honduras's first port. Cruisers will be able to explore Honduras's pristine beaches and marvel at its lush tropical rain forests.
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Mississippi

Mississippi

The Mississippi
The Mississippi has seen a steep decline in cruising in recent years after its 2 biggest cruise lines went bankrupt. But fear not! Two new cruise lines are setting their sights on the Mighty Mississippi: one with a totally refurbished steamboat named the American Queen, and another with a brand-new paddlewheeler named the Queen of the Mississippi.
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Eiffel Tower, Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris

A popular spot for marriage proposals has also made the list of the top spots for suicides in Europe, leading paranormal investigators to investigate the grounds around the Eiffel Tower. Further, the legend of a young man who planned to propose to his love on the Eiffel Tower, then pushed her to her death when she declined, continues to make the rounds. Her laughter and then screams can still be heard at the site. 960 1280

  

The White House, Washington D.C.

The White House, Washington D.C.

Sitting presidents have walked the halls of the White House for many years, but it’s been said that the ghosts of a few past presidents, namely Andrew Jackson, Harry Truman and Abraham Lincoln, continue to wander the most famous address in the United States. Some say that Lincoln paces during times of crisis, while the ghost of former First Lady Abigail Adams has been said to carry laundry to the East Room. 960 1280

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The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

One of the most well-known landmarks in the world, visited by more than 10 million visitors each year, the Great Wall of China is considered by some to be among the most haunted. Upwards of two million workers lost their lives building the wall and some tourists have said they’ve seen ghosts walking along the wall, even hearing marching footsteps. Others have experienced sudden headaches and nausea at the Great Wall. 960 1280

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Queen Mary Hotel, Long Beach, California

Queen Mary Hotel, Long Beach, California

On dry dock in Long Beach, located right next to an active Carnival cruise ship, you’d never know that the Queen Mary is haunted. Go on-board for Sunday Brunch, a historical walking tour or a stay in one of the restored staterooms. At night, however, guests have reported paranormal activity, claiming to see the ghosts of children who drowned in the ship’s pool, even a “lady in white” roaming the storied cruise ship. 960 1280

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Wrigley Field, Chicago

Wrigley Field, Chicago

The Curse of the Billy Goat is well-known by Chicago Cubs fans, dashing the team’s playoff hopes year after year, but far fewer know that the Cubs’ own Wrigley Field is said to be haunted. The authors of Field of Screams say it’s the most haunted ballpark in the country, frequented by the ghosts of announcer Harry Caray, songwriter Steve Goodman and Charlie Grimm, team manager in the 1930s and 1940s. 960 1280

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The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

The Kremlin is not only one of the most recognizable buildings in Moscow, it’s also said to be one of the most haunted. The ghosts of infamous leaders, like Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lennon, have appeared to security guards walking the grounds late at night. Witnesses have noted an intense chill in the air preceding the appearance of Stalin. As for Ivan the Terrible, his ghost has been seen near the bell tower some evenings. 960 1280

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First Avenue Nightclub, Minneapolis

First Avenue Nightclub, Minneapolis

Made famous by Prince in the 1980s, First Avenue Nightclub in Minneapolis has had everyone from Tina Turner to Soul Asylum to Depeche Mode on stage, in some cases even serving as the launch pad for musical careers. However, few realize that the nightclub may be haunted by a blonde woman wearing a green jacket. As the story goes, the woman hung herself in the ladies room and her ghost still turns up there today. 960 1280

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The Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum, Rome

Gladiators, prisoners and slaves, even exotic animals, like lions and tigers, all met untimely deaths underneath the Colosseum, and their spirts can still be felt to this day. Tour guides and visitors have reported experiencing paranormal activity at the Colosseum, like screaming and moaning, as well as the roars of lions, even crowd cheers. The ghosts of Roman soldiers have also been seen at Colosseum entrances. 960 1280

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Old Spaghetti Factory, Vancouver, Canada

Old Spaghetti Factory, Vancouver, Canada

A popular eatery, some also know the Old Spaghetti Factory for the ghost of a tram conductor for the Number 53 trolley car who continues to frequent the restaurant years after a crash in the early 1900s. It’s believed that he was killed by way of an underground collision under the restaurant. Others have seen a second ghost described only as a “little red man” who whispers to servers in the kitchen. 960 1280

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Madame Tussauds, Las Vegas

Madame Tussauds, Las Vegas

At Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas, you’ll find everyone from Brad Pitt to Gwen Stefani to Jerry Springer, all made from wax, of course. But you may also be privy to the paranormal, particularly near the wax Tupac Shakur, who was killed just a few blocks away. Museum guards have claimed to hear laughter and clinking glasses, as well as experienced the feeling of being pushed away by ice cold hands inside the museum. 960 1280

  

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