If you're running out of ideas for your birthday, you're not alone. It's not easy to top last year's party or the one before. Leaving the planning to a family member or best friend is fine if you like the element of surprise, but it can also lead to an underwhelming day or an event you'd rather avoid. Imagine your brother-in-law volunteers to plan your special day, and then you end up at a Japanese spa for three hours, sitting silently with random strangers. Sometimes it's best to take things into your own hands. Here are six destinations you can explore to celebrate your birthday in style.
1. The California Coast
One way to shake up your birthday celebration is to get out on the open road. California's Pacific Coast Highway is the perfect road trip destination. From night-club-friendly Los Angeles to stylish wine country in Napa, you can find everything you could possibly want for a birthday celebration while traveling along the Pacific Coast.
Another benefit of exploring California's coast is that everything is located within a few hours' drive. But if you'd prefer a hands-free birthday, you can embark on cruises from Los Angeles that will take you north or south on calm, clear waters. There's really no way to go wrong with a California birthday.
2. Las Vegas
Sin City, as it is often called, suffers from a bad reputation for shady clubs and illicit activity. In reality, Las Vegas is the perfect destination for an upscale birthday. All you need is two to three days to experience it all. With dozens of amazing shows and concerts performed nearly every night, you can have your pick of everything from Broadway favorites such as Hamilton and Mean Girls to classic standards such as Cirque du Soleil performances and drag shows.
Las Vegas is also home to high-end restaurants serving awe-inspiring cuisine. From fresh seafood to iconic French and Italian fare, the options for food and wine are endless. After a five-star dinner, you can spend the rest of the night partying in one of many Las Vegas clubs that don't close until the sun comes up.
3. New York City
If Las Vegas is the city of high-powered parties and endless shows and performances, New York City is the top destination for art, architecture, and swanky cocktail bars. There's so much to explore across NYC's five boroughs that you could spend an entire week celebrating your birthday there. If you only have two days to spend in the Big Apple, here's the perfect birthday itinerary to help you experience the best the city has to offer:
- Visit the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and then take a walk in Central Park
- Explore 5th Avenue on foot
- Snap pictures of St. Patrick's Cathedral
- Eat dinner at one of New York's Micheline-starred restaurants such as Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare or Le Bernadin
- Head to Grand Central Terminal and the New York Library on Day 2
- Check out New York's iconic architecture such as the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center
4. New Orleans
The American South is a land of unique culture and complex history. If you want a birthday celebration like no other, head to New Orleans, Louisiana for a three-day holiday. New Orleans has been through a lot in recent years, but it will still charm its way into your heart with Southern hospitality, one-of-a-kind Cajun food and culture, and the can't-miss nightlife on Bourbon Street. If you're a fan of live music and great food, New Orleans is going to be your first choice for a birthday celebration you will remember forever.
The memories you make while traveling will last a lifetime. Visiting a new city means you don't even have to make specific plans to amp up your celebrations. Add all of these destinations to your travel bucket list, and you'll have your birthday celebrations sorted for years to come.