Monaco's sensational position on a broad, steep peninsula that bulges into the Mediterranean continues to draw the rich and famous; its harbor sparkles with mega-yachts, and its posh properties are angled toward the nearly perpetual sun. As you might expect, all this glitz doesn't come cheap. Eating is expensive, and even the most modest hotels cost more here than in nearby Nice or Menton. For the frugal, Monaco makes a great day trip by train or bus.
- High stakes and high style Even if you aren't a gambler, the gold leaf and over-the-top rococo in the casino are definitely worth a long look.
- Princess for a day Follow in Grace Kelly's footsteps with a visit to the Palais Princier, the official residence of the royal family, including heir apparent Prince Jacques.
- Walk in the park Yes, Virginia, you can afford to visit Monte Carlo—that is, if you head to its magnificent Jardin Exotique de Monaco.
- The Undersea World One of the world's best oceanography museums, the Musée Océanographique is an architectural masterpiece in its own right.
- Hit the beach The chic-est spot on the entire French Riviera, Monaco's waterfront is well known for its private clubs and people-watching.