Crammed into a primo plot of Mediterranean-fronted real estate along the French Riviera, Monte Carlo, Monaco’s glamorous, jet-setting reputation far exceeds its miniscule size. Measuring in at less than one square mile, it’s the world’s second-smallest country after the Vatican. Set nine miles east of Nice, France, and just five miles west of the Italian border, you’ll find perpetually sunny skies, a who’s-who rolodex of ritzy residents, and countless things to do in Monaco. The pint-sized principality claims a seven-centuries-long legacy tied in to the royal Grimaldi clan.
Notably, Americans went gaga when Prince Rainier III married actress Grace Kelly, making her the Princess of Monaco back in the 1950s. And nearly a third of Monaco’s population today are millionaires. But you needn’t be a royal, millionaire, or James Bond to experience some of the best things to do in Monaco.
Wander the tiny territory’s sparkling port, littered with mega-yachts. Stroll streets that turn over with wow-factor cars (especially each May, when Grand Prix race cars take over). Plus, there’s Monaco’s famous high-rolling casino, spectacular gardens, an actual prince’s palace, and destination-worthy museums, too.