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Seven Places Not to Take Your Mother


For the mom who likes to travel, a gift card to a bed and breakfast or some quality luggage makes a superb Mother's Day gift. Or take it a step further and whisk Mom away on a trip! You're sure to finally transcend the brilliance of your over-achieving siblings after escorting Mother Dearest to a lovely beachside resort or a series of cosmopolitan city museums.

Do not, however, take Mom to the wrong destination, or you'll end up at the kids' table again come Thanksgiving. Based on the premise that your mother is a classy lady who enjoys cultural pursuits and worries about you a lot, we've compiled a practical list of places she probably won't want to visit -- destinations where death, sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll are prevailing themes. These are spots where raucous crowds rule, nudity is prevalent and the adrenaline flows like beer.

Okay, we're typecasting a bit. Some moms actually love wet T-shirt contests, extreme sports and tropical hurricanes (the alcoholic drink, not the storm system). It's true; we've seen them on cruise ships. If your mom is a wild child, consider our slideshow a must-visit list. But if not, think carefully about the kind of trip your mom might enjoy. Would she like peering at preserved parasitic creatures or running from an aggressive Spanish fighting bull? Then don't subject her to these seven trips.

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