29 destinations to visit in 2009
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Las Vegas( Jae C. Hong / Associated Press )
Place: Las Vegas
Why it's a hot ticket in 2009: Bargains, bargains, bargains. Remember when Sin City was synonymous with "cheap getaway"? It seems like ages ago. After the gambling mecca went glam and morphed into a chic adult playground, some weekend rooms on the Strip zoomed past $200 and into the stratosphere (the atmospheric zone, not the casino-hotel).
No more. The economic downturn has humbled Vegas, which toward the end of 2008 was logging about 10% fewer visitors than the year before. Average hotel rates were down more than 9%.
-- Jane Engle
Pictured: The fountains of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino