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Despite the local government's best efforts to clean things up in southern Nevada and make Las Vegas more of a "family friendly" destination, there's still a good deal of unbecoming aspects that are impossible to avoid. Driving on Paradise Road and seeing glorified advertisements for call-girls isn't exactly the greatest way to start one's morning, and frankly, there's only so much alcohol to be drank, cigarettes to be smoked and money to be lost. If you've found yourself bored with the so-called Entertainment Capital of the World, we've got a few drastic diversions that are all just a day trip away -- all of which are markedly cheaper than indulging in yet another played-out show or overpriced restaurant. Read on if you're dying to escape.
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We recently embarked on a 3,600 mile journey that crisscrossed the Southwest, touching parts of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. The cliché stops were nothing short of awe-inspiring, but we found five must-see areas along the way that showcased exactly what this region of the country is all about. Read on if you're eager to get your wheels turning.
Gallery: Southwest America
Where was your photo taken: Just below South Point Park on the very southern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii, which is unequivocally my favorite state in America. It's the southernmost point of the entire United States, which gave me a great sense of pride when seeing the (not technically) Southernmost Point Buoy in Key West.
Where do you live now: Raleigh, North Carolina, y'all!
Scariest airline flown: A Continental flight from Newark to Raleigh in late 2003. I'm fairly certain we flew directly through one of the most turbulent thunderstorms this world has ever seen. Extreme drops in altitude, terrified flight attendants and a lady beside me that "came to Jesus" during the voyage to really cap things off. If I'm being completely honest, it was the only time in the sky where I had a very genuine fear that I may not land in one piece. Oh, and I've flown Ryanair as well -- no sweat there!
Favorite city/country/place: I'm going to take some liberties with this one. My favorite city in the world is Köln, Germany. There's nothing quite like stepping off of the train, hanging a left and being greeted by the towering Cathedral (or Dom, as it were). The entire city is awe-inspiring, and the aged beauty and warm locals give it a leg up over the more well-known Berlin. My favorite country is the United States of America. I've yet to encounter another nation where cowboys, nomads, beach bums and mountaineers all feel at home, and the sheer amount of variety makes it a treasure trove for explorers. I can cruise the Highway to Hana and call a moose my friend in Denali National Park without ever needing a passport -- not bad, eh? I just can't settle on a favorite place, so here's two: the gorgeous isle of Maui and the snowmobiler's heaven that is Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.