Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk? Crime fighting Dirty Harry knew his bad guys like the back of his Magnum, and you can too with crime themed capers across the USA. Don’t worry, it’s all perfectly legal — from checking out jails, to being at the scene of the crime – you can learn all about villains on these vacations…
You dirty rat! Figure out who the bad guy is tryna get the boss in jail at the Sopranos Last Supper show in Las Vegas. Based on the hit TV drama, watch and singalong with Tony, Paulie and the gang in 90 minutes of entertainment, including dinner if you select the VIP option. Go from the dark side to the good guys by staying at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, which is currently hosting the CSI: The Experience exhibition, where visitors have the opportunity to play the role of a crime scene investigator as they try to piece together the puzzle from three different crime scene mysteries. The CSI experience is completed with a personalized CSI Diploma for everyone who solves the cases.
There is no escape! Closed in 1963 and now open to visitors is one of America’s most famous prisons, Alcatraz ‘The Rock’, is a popular tourist destination in San Francisco. Walk trough ‘Cell Block’ and see the walls that housed gangsters such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly. You’ll learn about the famous escape from Alcatraz, the prison’s notorious inmates and much more on this tour. Pretend to be part of the crime scene alongside Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery in the film ‘The Rock’, which had a scene using the balcony of the penthouse suite at the Fairmont Hotel. Or if you’re chicken, at least take advantage of civilian freedom and visit the Club One Health Center & Spa.
From bang bang to bust, the cowboys of the Wild West to the white collar criminals of today, find out the history of American Crime at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. Over three floors you can crack a safe, learn about capital punishment instruments and ride in a high speed police chase — in interactive exhibits of course. Find out the story behind America’s most famous criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde, and try out more modern techniques of ballistics and DNA testing. Feel like a member of the Secret Service as you check out the 16 lush acres of garden at Wardman Park Marriott Hotel, which has hosted US Presidents and foreign dignitaries, accustomed to the luxury of VIP suites.
Stick ‘em up! Armed robberies still happen, but not so much with cowboy hats. See the typical Wild West with a San Antonio Highlights Tour, including The Alamo. If you’ve ever heard of Davy Crockett, then this is the place he died, fighting with others for independence against a Mexican general. You don’t even need to imagine what happened when you can experience it yourself on the Texas Adventure part of the tour, where you’ll hear the firing of guns and smell cannon shot as per the Battle of the Alamo. Return to the civilisation of the Crowne Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk, where you can have a splash in the pool, take a spin in the whirlpool and lounge back watching sports at the pub — a far cry from the dingy saloons of yore.