Top places for a guys’ trip
Whether searching for relaxation or a transformative experience, look no further than these four different options for guy getaways.
While most great getaways can be considered gender-neutral, we have a brief roundup of vacations – ranging from once-in-a-lifetime adventures to relaxing weekends designed to recharge and reconnect – to inspire you next guys’ trip.
Hit the links
No matter if you and your friends are scratch golfers, bogey golfers or a combination of the two, there are an abundance of golf vacation packages to suit groups of all sizes and skill sets. If your foursome (or groups of foursomes) is up for a trip across the pond, journey to the birthplace of the game, Ireland. With more than 300 courses, including a number of world-renowned courses, the scenery doesn’t get any better than that on the Emerald Isle. If you’d like to hit the links stateside, check out Travel Channel’s list of the Best U.S. Golf Courses. Avid golf fans will want to check out iconic courses, such as Augusta National and Pebble Beach, while guys more interested in the nightlife than the greens might prefer The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
(Tip: 5 Best Practices for Traveling with Golf Clubs)
Find your adventure
While hunting, fishing, camping and hiking trips are longstanding, adventurous “mancations,” those seeking more of an adrenaline rush should check out National Geographic’s list of 10 extreme adventure lodges in the world. While one trip requires you to scuba dive to your underwater accommodations (a former undersea marine lab) another getaway takes you to a cliffside retreat, which only is accessible via a combination of ziplines and hiking trails or by scaling 1,312 feet of metal rungs and cables.
Sit and sip
Not big on a grand adventure? Travel to Kentucky and explore the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which stretches from Louisville to Lexington, and visit all 11 distilleries. This tour offers visitors a firsthand look at the art and science of crafting Bourbon and educates them on the rich history and proud tradition of Kentucky’s signature spirit. Start in Louisville and track your visits along the trail by collecting stamps in your Bourbon Trail-issued passport. A full passport will earn you an official Kentucky Bourbon Trail T-shirt. Check out this handy trip planner to help you get started.
Eat your heart out
When all else fails, pick a destination with great food and never-ending entertainment. A weekend trip to Chicago can check off both the “food” and “entertainment” boxes for your guys’ getaway. Chicago’s reputation for exceptional deep dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches and hot dogs (yes, hot dogs) is well deserved. These Windy City staples can be found in multiple locations throughout the city. After you’ve satisfied your taste buds, head over to The Second City and catch an improv show to laugh off all the calories.
New Orleans is another city known for its culinary panache and fun nightlife. Ever heard of Gumbo, Jambalaya or Bananas Foster? Ever heard of Emeril Lagasse, Donald Link, Susan Spicer or John Besh? NOLA has earned its reputation as a food mecca and any visitor in town for more than a few days will receive an education in Cajun vs. Creole cuisine. Whether staying in the French Quarter or in downtown New Orleans, no guys’ trip would be complete without a visit to the infamous Bourbon Street.
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