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It isn't easy to pick the top ten in a world full of great destinations, but we can name some seniors should NOT visit.... Tehran, Baghdad, Kabul ... nah, enough of the negatives. Here’s a quick list of ten favorites:

1. Las Vegas NV: Once in Sin City, the world is yours! You don't need to go anywhere else. For Broadway, check into the New York New York Hotel. For France, visit the Paris Resort. For Italy, go for Bellagio and The Venetian Hotels. For Caribbean, surf at Mandalay Bay. For classic Rome, march into Caesars Palace. For ancient Egypt, try the Luxor.

Some of the best entertainment and dining in the world can be found just within a few blocks on the famous Las Vegas Strip. While strolling there, and all for free, you can see the night light up by an erupting volcano, a sky-high ferris wheel and much, much more.

2. New York NY: If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere. It’s up to you to take full advantage of the Big Apple. The city that never sleeps offers posh Manhattan hotels, endless world-class Broadway entertainment, exotic dining and scads of upscale shopping on Fifth Avenue. 3. London: This noble old town is a nostalgic haven for those looking for British history. You’ll find almost as much great stage entertainment on its West Side as on New York’s Broadway. Some senior tourists say the London food ain't as good as in Paris or Rome. However, the wonderful sights, sounds and royal parades make up for all the boiled beef pies and soggy scones you’ll encounter.

4. Paris: Ah, everyone knows that’s the traditional destination for romantics of all ages. The French food, wine, historic sites and ambiance are all there. Young and not so young, the women are beautiful, the men handsome and sidewalk cafes are charming. During the day, you’ll love sipping your café au lait as the rest of the world strolls by. At night, it’s nobody else’s business what you do.

5. Helsinki: A mixture of historic past and contemporary pizzazz. The Finnish seafood in restaurants and at the waterside harbor shops is the freshest and best in Europe. The people are friendly, and the prices are still relatively moderate, because the town isn’t yet crowded with tourists. Don't go there in the wintertime unless you enjoy shushing, skating or shivering.

6. Venice: A Renaissance city of infinite charm and history, with romantic gondola rides for lovers of all ages. If you find restaurants where the locals dine, the experience can be the best in the world.

High-scale shopping in Venice is great, but if you're venturing through Italy, take one of those old roads that all lead to Rome to find bargains. If you’re an ancient history buff, Rome is great.

7. Amsterdam: It is a charming old city, with wonderful architecture, great museums, excellent restaurants and lovely canals. Check out the clubs where innovation and raunch rule the night. Rumors are that city officials are trying to tone down the famed red light district and drug culture. You can be sure they won’t stamp out all the illicit and licit fun Amsterdam offers visitors.

8. Los Angeles: All right, we must admit it’s mostly a huge spread of bedroom communities connected only by crowded freeways. But Hollywood and Beverly Hills are there, with shopping and dining glamor and glitz. The Southern California climate and Malibu beaches attract surfers, kids and retirees. Restaurants, especially ethnic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, Italian and French are varied and plentiful.

9. San Francisco: You won't find Tony Bennett's heart there, unless it’s served sauteed in some exotic Far Eastern restaurant. This is perhaps the most beautiful city in the U.S., but seniors shouldn’t expect to be able to stroll up and down its steep hills too easily. Instead, ride the clanging and colorful cable cars for an inexpensive and most enjoyable day or night excursion.

Dining at Fisherman's Wharf can be fun, followed by strolling the waterfront. The city’s Chinese neighborhood is one of the biggest outside of China itself, and features great restaurants. Where local families eat are the very best.

10. Shanghai: If you’ll be visiting the Orient, you can be sure Hong Kong and Singapore are wonderful destinations. Shanghai is also a sparkling, busy modern city, with skyscrapers, exotic restaurants, shops and busy streets and waterways.

Of course, there are many, many more interesting cities for seniors to visit, but hey, we had only enough energy today to list some favorites.

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