"IT'S A SIN!"

The Seven "Deadly" Sins on Vacation

  1. Envy! The Celebrity Helicopters company provides bird's-eye views of L.A.'s most famous houses, including Eddie Murphy's 77,000-square-foot mansion. The starting price for a half-hour ride is $189 a person. (Courtesy Celebrity Helicopters)
  2. Envy! Look down on the sprawling house of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas in the Hancock Park area of L.A., which is shown above just right of center. The power couple also owns the house on the left. (Frederick M. Brown/Newsmakers/Getty)
  3. Gluttony! At Amarillo's Big Texan Steak Ranch, you can sit on a stage and attempt to wolf down a 72-ounce top sirloin steak, a shrimp cocktail, a salad, a dinner roll, and a baked potato—all within an hour. The prize if you succeed? Your $72 meal is free. (Courtesy Big Texan Steak Ranch)
  4. Gluttony! The Simpsons spoofed Big Texan Steak Ranch as "The Slaughter House," where you kill your own steer and race to finish a 16-pound cut. Homer's opponent died from "beef poisoning." In real life, the beef is nonlethal, but you still have to sign a liability waiver. (Courtesy Big Texan Steak Ranch)
  5. Greed! Albert C. Barnes amassed a mammoth personal collection of artworks, including 181 Renoirs (a world record) and 69 Cézannes (another world record.) Much of his hoard is now on display at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pa. (Courtesy The Barnes Foundation)
  6. Greed! Van Gogh's Postman (1889) is one of the many rarely seen oil paintings on display at the former Barnes mansion in Merion, Pa. (Courtesy The Barnes Foundation, 2007)
  7. Lust! At the Hedo II resort, in Negril, Jamaica, activities include silly couples games, nude volleyball, body painting, and pole dancing. (Courtesy Hedonism Resorts)
  8. Lust! Depending on the day and your mood, at Jamaica's Hedo II resort you can snorkel and sun on the Prude side or strut like a peacock at the Nude side's beach and pool. (Courtesy Hedonism Resorts)
  9. Pride! The Heartland Spa is there to help if you have a little too much body to take pride in. The homey, 16-room converted dairy farm is in a Chicago suburb. (Courtesy The Heartland Spa)
  10. Sloth! Hole up at the Roxbury boutique motel in Catskill, N.Y. Choose up to 20 DVDs at a time from the 400-disc library and have your own film festival on a high-definition plasma TV, like the one in the room called George's Space Pad, above. (Courtesy The Roxbury Motel)
  11. Sloth! The Genie's Bottle room at the Roxbury Motel includes a 70-gallon soaking tub and a built-in TV. Never has indolence been so glamorous. (Courtesy The Roxbury Motel)
  12. Wrath! Thai boxing—called muay Thai—allows you to do moves and hit targets that are illegal in the other martial arts, including kicks below the belt to non-groin areas. (Courtesy Fairtex Muay Thai Fitness)
  13. Wrath! Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. In San Francisco, take a drop-in class for $10 at the 15,000-square-foot Fairtex Muay Thai Fitness center. (Courtesy a hundred visions and revisions/Flickr)

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