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Where Should I Travel for My Birthday? 31 Best Places to Go

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Want to celebrate your birthday somewhere new this year? Great idea! But now you’re asking yourself, where should I travel for my birthday? Don’t worry; this article lists some great inspirational birthday trip ideas.

Your birthday’s approaching, and you’ve decided to travel to celebrate it. You’ve taken another trip around the sun, so why not see more of this beautiful planet? But with so many birthday destinations worldwide, you’re probably wondering, where should I go for my birthday?

To answer that question, you need to consider your priorities. What will guarantee the best birthday getaway possible for you?

Are you planning a 30th birthday adventure, or is another milestone birthday looming? Are you traveling with family or friends, or is this a solo trip (after all, it’s YOUR birthday)? Do you crave white sand beaches, or are quaint Medieval towns more your thing?

Perhaps you want to travel on a budget, or maybe you’re looking for luxury. You might want to limit yourself to a birthday weekend road trip. Or you might want one of those epic birthday trips that changes your life.

Traveling can be the best present you can give yourself. You can buy the latest gadget or some high-end perfume, but those won’t last long. The memories and the experiences you gain from your travels will stay with you forever.

So let’s make it easier for you. Here’s a comprehensive list of birthday trip ideas, meaning you can celebrate in style and have the best birthday vacation ever. 

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Cheap Birthday Trip Ideas

Let’s be honest. Most of us don’t have the luxury to travel whenever and wherever we want. Many people save money for the entire year to travel. If you’re stretching the dollar, you need a budget-friendly destination that delivers the best value.

Here are some cheap travel destinations that make excellent birthday vacation ideas:

1. Chicago, Illinois

Aerial view of Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan
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Like New York but more affordable, Chicago is an excellent destination for a birthday trip. It’s one of the best places to visit in the US for good reason. Lakeside style, cutting-edge culture, and Midwestern charm combine to provide unique energy.

This exciting city has plenty of fun things to do, many free or pocket-friendly. Here are some fabulous Chicago must-dos:

  • Walk the Magnificent Mile. You can spend money at this retail and dining hub, but the sights are legendary. You’re handy for Navy Pier with its amazing views. Check the skyline from the water on this architecture boat tour on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.
  • Enjoy the stunning art and architecture at the Chicago Cultural Center. There are free concerts, exhibitions, and the world’s biggest stained-glass Tiffany dome.
  • Visit Lincoln Park Zoo, which is free and open every day. With the Chicago CityPASS, you can get discounts on other must-see attractions, including the Shedd Aquarium and the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, formerly the John Hancock Center.

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See Related: Top Most Beautiful Cities in the World to Visit

2. Cancun, Mexico

Aerial View of Cancun, Mexico

Want to spend your birthday lazing on pristine white sands overlooking crystal blue waters? For a sensational beach vacation without the Maldives price tag, visit Cancun, Mexico. With its buzzing party scene, Cancun is also an exciting place for a birthday celebration. 

Transportation is especially affordable. Cancun’s Hotel Zone is close to the airport, and many resorts include shuttles in their all-inclusive packages. Inexpensive public transport also makes it cheap to explore. Here are some Cancun must-dos:

  • Relax on one of the many white sand beaches – Playa Delfines is Cancun’s largest. Look out for dolphins, or grab a birthday selfie next to the famous name sign. Other free beaches include Playa Chac Mool and Playa Marlín.
  • Visit the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tour also includes lunch and a tequila tasting.
  • Bag a bargain at Mercado 23. One of Cancun’s oldest markets, this gives a taste of authentic Mexico. Check out the fabulous souvenirs and delicious food.

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See Related: Tulum vs Cancun: Which is Better to Visit? 

3. San Antonio, Texas

Hotel Emma in the Peal District of San Antonio, Texas
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While Austin, Dallas, and Houston get all the limelight, San Antonio, Texas, is an underrated Southern gem. What better than a birthday celebration with a little added Texan hospitality? And if you’re on a budget, this city gives quite the bang for your buck.

History buffs will enjoy a birthday trip visiting the world-famous Alamo. San Antonio’s Pearl District is where to go for great Texas food. And nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful parks and river walks. Here are some wallet-friendly San Antonio delights:

  • Visit the Alamo, Texas’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 7.7-mile trail includes five historic missions – all free. This guided tour of historic San Antonio includes many other fascinating sites.
  • Stroll along the San Antonio River Walk. This tree-lined walkway keeps the San Antonio River company for several miles. It’s bursting with amazing shopping and fine dining venues.
  • Chill out at the beautiful Japanese Tea Gardens, another free San Antonio attraction. You’ll find them at Brackenridge Park, where you can ride a mini train!

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See Related: Best Breweries in San Antonio

4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia offers both ends of the price spectrum. But a sensational birthday getaway here needn’t cost the earth. There are many affordable things to do in the City of Brotherly Love. 

Philly’s links to the Founding Fathers mean there’s plenty of history to explore. The city’s also a cultural hub with a world-class music scene. Try these for a budget-conscious birthday trip to Philadelphia:

  • Learn about the birth of America. You can visit the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, and Congress Hall for free or just a few dollars. Learn about some famous Philly bars, too, on this history pub crawl.
  • Step back down America’s oldest residential street, Elfreth’s Alley. This guided walking tour of Old City Philadelphia takes all the must-see historical spots. 
  • Catch some free live music. World Cafe Live, Trilogy Nightclub, Spades Restaurant & Lounge, and the Caplan Center all put on free gigs from time to time. A special shout-out to Shere-e-Punjab for its great Indian cuisine plus live music combo.

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See Related: Cheapest Places to Fly Around the World

5. Budapest, Hungary

Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary
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If you’re thinking of a European city for your birthday trip but don’t want to splurge, the Hungarian capital is a good option. Eastern Europe is generally cheaper, but Budapest is among the cheapest cities in Europe.

Like Paris or London, Budapest has beautiful castles, rivers, and gardens. It’s easier on the pocket – useful for planning a 20th or 30th birthday on a budget. And there are some great bar hopping opportunities.  Here are some birthday vacation ideas for Budapest:

  • Stroll along the Danube Promenade, one of Europe’s most beautiful embankment walks. You’ll see stunning buildings plus the picturesque Fisherman’s Bastion. For a birthday treat, take this dinner cruise down the Danube
  • Explore the labyrinth at Buda Castle. Tickets to the magnificent castle and its maze of tunnels are very reasonable. Then, climb Gellért Hill for breathtaking views.
  • Wish yourself a Happy Birthday with pastries from Budapest’s beautiful Neo-Gothic Central Market Hall. Finish the day bar hopping on this tour of the Ruin Bars in District 7

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See Related: Best Group Vacation Ideas with Friends

Luxury Birthday Trip Ideas

These destinations will deliver if you’re not on a budget and want the ultimate luxurious birthday travel experience.

6. Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

Maui, the second-largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, is a popular destination for a luxurious birthday trip. Hotel guests at luxury beach resorts are promised the ultimate relaxing vacation: white sand beaches, delicious food, spectacular scenery – a tropical paradise.

For a truly indulgent birthday getaway, head to Kapalua Bay, rich in upscale hotels and private beach hideaways. At the best resorts, you’ll want for nothing. If you like exploring, rent a car for a mini road trip. Here are some fun Maui activities:

  • Go snorkeling. There’s great snorkeling from Ka’anapali Beach, and you’ll see a rainbow of tropical fish. Or see turtles on this catamaran trip to Molokini Crater. Take this private plane tour over Molokini for a bird’s eye view.
  • Experience a Luau. Front Street in Lahaina has Maui’s most vibrant nightlife and is home to the Old Lahaina Luau. This promises the authentic Hawaiian experience, with traditional cuisine and dancing.
  • See the sunrise from Haleakala Mountain.  This Haleakala sunrise tour organizes transport and breakfast. Linger in Haleakala Park to see the sky-high waterfalls.

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See Related: Best All-Inclusive Resorts Without a Passport

7. Tuscany, Italy

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An Italian vacation will give every other luxury birthday destination a run for its money. Tuscany can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so go for broke.

Breathtaking countryside, magical Medieval towns, and sumptuous cuisine make any birthday trip special. Experience La Dolce Vita in a Tuscan villa like Casale Scola Cetona, with period furniture, amazing views, and your pool. 

Here are some essential Tuscan treats:

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See Related: How Much is a Trip to Italy

8. Palm Springs, California

San Jacinto Mountains panoramic view in Southern California
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Palm Springs is a desert city in California known for its luxury resorts and nightspots. This sun-soaked oasis is the perfect decadent birthday destination.  

In the height of summer, you might want to stay poolside till the nightlife kicks off. Or you could seek the cool of the local designer shopping malls. There are plenty of other Palm Springs attractions to fill your time. Here are some of the best:

  • Take a trip to the awe-inspiring Joshua Tree National Park. This Joshua Tree itinerary tells you what not to miss. Go off-road for the best Joshua Tree experience.
  • Pamper yourself. The Palm Springs area is known for its health spas fed by natural hot mineral springs. There are also tons of wellness opportunities, including this Desert Healing Experience
  • Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. You’ll be spoilt for Insta-worthy views from the world’s largest revolving cable car. For old-school sightseeing, take a ride in a covered wagon. 

Where to stay:

See Related: Best Restaurants in Palm Springs

Best Birthday Getaways for Milestone Birthdays

Wondering where to celebrate your milestone birthday? Let’s see some of the ideal vacation spots.

9. Milestone Birthday 21: New York City, New York

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New York City has unique thrills for all age groups. When you’re young, its effect is mindblowing. So what could be better than a 21st birthday soaking in all that electric Big Apple energy?

I spent my 21st birthday pounding the Manhattan streets, and that was enough to give me a buzz. But the city’s so full of cool things to do it’s hard to choose. Here are a few:

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See Related: Where to Stay Outside of New York City

10. Milestone Birthday 30: Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

Your 30th birthday is looming – you want to say farewell to your 20s in style. With that 30th birthday comes some sophistication (there must be an upside). 

The Canadian metropolis is a great destination for a 30th birthday celebration. You can explore your cultured side while enjoying plenty of thrills. This buzzing university city is stuffed with history while embracing a breezy “live and let live” vibe.

Some ideas for your birthday trip to Toronto:

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11. Milestone Birthday 40: Key West, Florida

View of Beaches in Key West, Florida

Raising a family, a career, or a business in your early middle years can be exhausting. Your 40th birthday is the perfect excuse for some revitalizing me-time. A beach trip to the Florida Keys is a surefire way to recharge those batteries, whether on a solo trip or with friends.

Key West, the most southerly of the Florida Keys, delivers a Caribbean-style birthday getaway – so think white sand beaches, rum punches, and fresh seafood. Plus, there are all kinds of outdoor adventures on offer. Here are some 40th birthday trip ideas:

  • Explore the coral reef. You might see turtles and dolphins on this snorkeling adventure. Stay dry while you watch the wildlife on a glass-bottom boat tour.
  • Attempt the infamous Duval Crawl. Duval Street is nightlife central in Key West, and a 40th birthday celebration demands a visit to some of its 40+ bars. Learn about Ernest Hemingway’s connection with Key West’s bars – and taste key lime pie – on this Hemingway walking tour.
  • Visit Fort Zachary Taylor. Not only is there a glorious sandy beach, but there’s a National Historic Monument with historical reenactments. And you can go fishing, scuba diving, and paddleboarding. 

Where to stay:

See Related: Hotels in Key West

12. Milestone Birthday 50: Bali, Indonesia


Your half-century is a big deal. This is trip-of-a-lifetime territory; you want to stretch yourself before it’s too late. Bali, the “Isle of the Gods,” will take you to another world. Its jungle landscapes and ancient temples provide the perfect backdrop to a 50th birthday trip.

The good news is it’s not expensive. You might want to stay a while to explore the dramatic landscapes, amazing local cuisine, and fascinating culture. These are Bali’s must-dos:

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See Related: Organic Restaurants in Bali

13. Milestone Birthday 60: Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

To celebrate your 60th, you might want to take it easy. Not too easy, though – you’re not ready for the comfort of cruise culture. Magical Venice, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, is the ideal destination for a 60th birthday trip.

Riches surround you. Art lovers and history buffs are spoilt for choice. The same goes for gourmets – check out this Venice tasting tour. To sweeten the deal, everything’s close by. Here are some ways to treat yourself in Venice:

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See Related: Top cities in Northern Italy

Best Birthday Trip Ideas By Zodiac Sign

Still confused? Perhaps your zodiac sign can provide some birthday trip ideas. Here’s the best travel destination for each zodiac sign according to their personality traits:

14. Aries Birthday Trip: Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Skytree
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Aries equals adventurous and spontaneous, and that’s exactly the energy of Tokyo. Every day in the buzzy Japanese capital is an adventure.

So, you can tap into ancient culture, shop your socks off, or feel hurtling into the future on the bullet train. This would make a great 30th birthday destination, too. Here are some Tokyo treats:

  • See the city from above. There are tons of observation decks to choose from. These include Tokyo City View and Tokyo Tower; the tallest tower is Tokyo Skytree.
  • Visit Electric Town. This is the Akihabara shopping hub, a paradise for diehard anime, manga, and gaming fans. Then be super spontaneous and visit the Owl Cafe, a few minutes’ walk away. Yes. Real owls. 
  • Learn to love sake. The best place to experience Japan’s signature spirit is Kurand Sake Market. Try sake-plus-beef at this wagyu and sake pairing session. And find some out-of-the-way dives on this Tokyo bar hopping tour.

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See Related: Tokyo vs Kyoto – Which is Better?

15. Taurus Birthday Trip: Amalfi Coast, Italy

Aerial View of Positano, Italy
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You’re Taurus, you appreciate beauty. And while there’s no shortage of glamorous birthday trip ideas, Italy‘s Amalfi Coast hits the spot perfectly. Everything’s picturesque, from the clifftop gardens to the gorgeous beaches.

The Medieval architecture will fill you with awe, while the Path of the Gods trail supplies breathtaking views. Here are some beautiful things to do in Amalfi:

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See Related: Best Car Museums in Italy

16. Gemini Birthday Trip: London, England

Financial District of the City of London
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Geminis – your dual nature makes London the perfect place to celebrate your birthday. Ancient traditions share space with modern excitements; centuries-old castles sit next to state-of-the-art skyscrapers.

And if you’re poised between youth and – well, not youth – wouldn’t this make a great 40th birthday destination? Check out some of London’s superb mix of attractions:

  • Meet a Beefeater at the Tower of London. You’ll be just across the River Thames from the Shard, home to London’s highest observation deck. The Shard is one of 80+ London must-sees covered by the London Pass.
  • Follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps. Visit his Globe Theatre, a few minutes from the Tate Modern art gallery. Want a classy birthday dinner? Choose The Globe’s Swan Restaurant overlooking the Thames.
  • Climb the O2. From the roof of this entertainment center, which opened in 2000, you’ll see Christopher Wren’s 17th-century masterpieces in nearby historic Greenwich.

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See Related: A Trip from London to Stonehenge

17. Cancer Birthday Trip: Paris, France

Louvre Museum Paris with iconic glass pyramid and visitors
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Being emotional and sensitive, you Cancers will welcome a birthday trip to the City of Love with open arms. You’ll instantly fall in love with this romantic city

You’ll enjoy fine dining par excellence, romantic riverside walks, charming boulevards, and stunning art galleries. Here are some Paris must-dos:

  • Climb the Eiffel Tower. Arrive early to avoid the crowds and enjoy the city’s best view. Celebrate your birthday with a romantic Eiffel Tower photoshoot.
  • Explore the artsy neighborhood of Montmartre. This is home to the lovely Sacré-Cœur church. And nearby is the Wall of Love, where “I Love You” is written in 250 languages.
  • See the Mona Lisa’s smile. Her home, the Louvre Museum, is just a short drive from the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Where to stay:

See related: Budget Paris Travel Tips

18. Leo Birthday Trip: Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Active and creative, Leos will love the Bangkok vibe. One of the best places to visit in Thailand, the city’s always on the go. So, it’s the perfect birthday destination for energetic souls.

From the splendor of golden temples to the dizzying vibrancy of the marketplaces, you’ll find plenty to enjoy. Put these on your Bangkok to-do list:

Where to stay:

See related: Plan a Trip to Thailand

19. Virgo Birthday Trip: Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu

Virgos will love nature and structure in their lives and appreciate the Mayan ruins at Machu Picchu National Park. In addition to the world-famous historical sites, there are wildlife sanctuaries and waterfalls to enjoy.

This fairly strenuous trip would make a great 30th birthday adventure. Whatever your age, ensure you’re in reasonable shape before hitting the Inca Trail. Don’t miss these essentials:

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See Related: Travel Insurance for South America

20. Libra Birthday Trip: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Aerial of Canals, one of the things Amsterdam is famous for
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Smart, friendly, and justice-loving, Libras will love a birthday trip to fair-minded, friendly Amsterdam.   The 60 miles of canals make this city special. There’s also culture to feast on, not to mention hearty Dutch cuisine. Here’s how to tap into the Amsterdam vibe:

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See Related: Reasons to Visit Amsterdam

21. Scorpio Birthday Trip: Las Vegas, Nevada

Panoramic night view of the Las Vegas Strip
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Scorpios are fiery, passionate people, and the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas will give them a larger-than-life birthday adventure.  Las Vegas is a city that never sleeps. There’s always something dramatic going on. And if you’re not into gambling, don’t worry – there’s plenty more to do in Sin City:

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See Related: Restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip

22. Sagittarius Birthday Trip: Iceland


How do we satisfy the independent, wanderlust spirit of Sagittarius? The mountains, glaciers, and springs of Iceland, of course.

You’ll engage with some unique and dramatic natural wonders – and this Iceland itinerary would make a perfect 21st or 30th birthday weekend. Here are a few of the outdoor adventures awaiting you:

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See Related: Best Hotels in Iceland for Northern Lights

23. Pisces Birthday Trip: Waterford, Ireland

Reginald Tower in Waterford, Ireland
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Birthday trip ideas for Pisces must appeal to their dreamy, romantic nature. A birthday getaway to Ireland is the perfect solution. Escape to the Emerald Isle for myths and legends, fairytale castles, and untamed countryside.

One of the best coastal towns in Ireland, Waterford oozes traditional charm. You’ll find wonderful hospitality and hints of a Viking past. Some Waterford must-dos:

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See Related: Best Fairytales Castles to Visit

24. Capricorn Birthday Trip: Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

Capricorns are determined, dependable creatures. They deserve a truly exhilarating birthday getaway. The party island of Mykonos, Greece, will give these hardworking folk the perfect refreshing vibe.

As well as amazing beaches and nightspots, there are historic sites to explore. And don’t forget the mouthwatering local cuisine. Here’s how to enjoy a Mykonos birthday:

  • Have a party cruise. Watch the sun go down on this catamaran cruise with an open bar. Or if you want an eight-course meal, try this boat trip plus lunch option. 
  • Learn about the local delicacies. There are tons of food tours available, including this souvlaki-making course, this wine-tasting session, and this fish meze feast.
  • Enjoy the watersports. You can go wakeboarding, kneeboarding, and even flyboarding like a super-hero from some of Mykonos’s many amazing beaches. Not to mention parasailing, jet-skiing, and scuba diving adventures.

Where to stay:

See Related: Best Greek Party Islands

25. Aquarius Birthday Trip: Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

Aquarius pays attention to detail and appreciates technology, making Shanghai one of the better birthday trip ideas. There’s plenty to appreciate in this futuristic metropolis.

Shanghai is also home to some fascinating historical landmarks. And the diverse food scene means tons of opportunities for delicious birthday feasts. Here’s how to celebrate in Shanghai:

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See Related: Guangzhou Opera House

Best Birthday Trip Ideas By Interest

You want to spend your birthday doing the thing you love best for the biggest treat. So what better than a birthday trip that embraces your special hobby or interest? Here are a few suggestions to help you.

26. For Wine: Napa Valley, California

Welcome Sign in Napa Valley
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The Napa Valley wine-growing region is the ideal 40th-birthday destination for wine buffs. Or if you need to educate your palate, how about choosing this for a 20th or 30th birthday trip?  

A trip to Napa Valley in northern California is perfect for wine lovers of any age. Countless tasting tours are available- why not celebrate your big day tasting sparkling wine? Real enthusiasts should base themselves in St. Helena, home to 150 wineries. But don’t miss Napa Valley’s other attractions:

  • Take the Napa Valley Wine Train. You’ll enjoy a 36-mile there-and-back journey from Napa to St. Helena. The Glamorous Dining Experience includes a three-course meal plus wine tastings. 
  • Visit a Medieval castle. The one winery you mustn’t miss is Castello di Amorosa. This masterpiece resembles a 14th-century Tuscan castle thanks to 700-year-old construction techniques and a million antique bricks. As well as cellars, there’s a moat, a drawbridge, and even a torture chamber. This trolley tour includes a visit to the castle.
  • Explore the countryside. Trails such as the Napa Valley Vine Trail and the Skyline Trail offer spectacular lakes, waterfalls, and redwood-covered hillsides. Let e-bikes take the strain or see the sights in a motorbike sidecar. Or take in all the beauty on this balloon ride over the vineyards

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See Related: Where to Stay in the Napa Valley 

27. For Car Lovers: Bowling Green, Kentucky

Vintage red Corvette on display at National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green - classic car exhibition.
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Gearhead, car nut, motorhead – whatever you call yourself, you love the automobile. Would it surprise you to learn that a quiet Kentucky town will hit your sweet spot regarding birthday treats? Bowling Green is home to the National Corvette Museum.

The museum aims to celebrate this American icon, as it contains the world’s only Chevrolet Corvette plant. But you won’t just be admiring classic cars. There are birthday thrills galore in Bowling Green if you’re interested in anything mechanical. Check some out:

  • See 70 classic Corvettes. The basic National Corvette Museum ticket also includes interactive exhibits. Cool Corvette souvenirs are in the gift shop, and you can refuel at the Stingray Grill.
  • Drive a Corvette. Opt for the full-day experience, and you can take a C8 Corvette for a spin around the NCM Motorsports Park’s 3.2-mile track. You’ll also tour the Corvette plant. Plus, there are racing simulators and high-speed go-karts.
  • See other great machines. The historic aircraft at Bowling Green’s Aviation Heritage Park are free to visit. At the Historic Railpark Train Museum, you can climb aboard five restored railcars. And whaddaya know? Bowling Green’s just an hour’s drive from Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum in Elizabethtown.

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See Related: Things to Do in Williamstown, Kentucky

28. For Hiking Enthusiasts: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Woman exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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Planning a hiking trip for your birthday? Make sure you pick a truly majestic backdrop. Although there’s no shortage of fabulous hiking trails worldwide, the Rocky Mountains provide some of the most spectacular.

Rocky Mountain National Park has over 300 miles of great trails incorporating many ecosystems. Cliffs, forests, alpine lakes, and mighty mountain peaks will be seen. ViaTravelers’ hiking expert Cait spent her 30th birthday here and can testify to the grandeur on offer!

As well as some inspiring hiking, there are other things to do in the Rockies. Try these on your birthday trip:

  • Gaze into three reflective lakes. This is on the 3-mile Emerald Lake Trail near Estes Park. This three-lake route is so stunning, so it’s very popular – go early. While in the area, try some Colorado wines at Snowy Peaks Winery. If your legs are aching, enjoy an e-bike tour from Estes Park.
  • See Rocky Mountain art. The breathtaking scenery of the Rockies is particularly inspiring, and there are galleries galore in Estes Park. Look for a unique birthday gift at Wynbrier Wildlife Gallery, Wild Spirits Gallery, and the Arts Centre of Estes Park. 
  • Seek a pika. On the jaw-droppingly gorgeous 9-mile Mount Ida Trail, you’ll likely see tons of cute marmots and pika. As this challenging trail is on the more remote western side of the Rockies, it won’t be too busy.
  • If you’d like a local guide, plenty of hiking tours are available. This hike includes transportation from Boulder or Denver.

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See Related: Best Running Trails in America

29. For Sports Enthusiasts: Dallas, Texas

Sunset view in Downtown Dallas, Texas
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Recently topping Sports Business Journal‘s list of Best Sports Business Cities, Dallas is a no-brainer for a sports fan’s birthday bash. After all, the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Dallas Stars make their home here. The city also plays host to another four professional sports teams. 

As well as premier games at world-class arenas, other sports-related activities exist to enjoy. Here are some winning ideas:

  • Watch the Mavericks and the Stars. Both have their home at the American Airlines Center, Dallas’s top sports venue. Check here for upcoming games. Hardcore baseball fans won’t want to miss George W. Bush’s baseball collection at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. This tour guides you through the whole complex.
  • See the Cowboys. Nip along Interstate 30 to the AT&T Stadium. This arena hosts rodeos and wrestling, too – check the events calendar. You can also enjoy behind-the-scenes stadium tours – this tour provides transport from Dallas. While in the neighborhood, visit Globe Life Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers.
  • Party while you play golf. Topgolf Dallas is where golf meets video gaming. You can order party treats to your tee, and you won’t have to worry about losing the microchipped golf balls. 

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See Related: Golf Bachelor Party Destination Ideas

30. For Chocoholics: Brussels, Belgium

Grand Place in Brussels with historic guildhalls and bustling tourism.
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A chocolate birthday cake is a given. Serious chocoholics, though, need more than this to make their birthday special. A chocolate-themed birthday getaway is the only solution.

Two great venues deserve honorable mentions – Cadburyworld in Birmingham, England, and Cologne’s Chocolate Museum. But save them for next year. Where you need to be is the chocolate center of the universe: Belgium. Here are a few sweet ideas for your Brussels birthday trip:

  • Take chocolate seriously. You can learn more about the stuff and taste the pralines at Choco-Story Brussels. Look out for the Manneken Pis statue nearby. The Belgian Chocolate Village is a few miles away, famous for its chocolate statues. Why don’t they melt?
  • Create your own treats. There are stacks of chocolate workshops available. At this session, you’ll make 30 scrummy chocs to take home (or to eat straight away).  
  • Enjoy! Browse the numerous cafés and chocolatiers showcasing every kind of choccy delight. Start at Neuhaus in the Grand Place, where you’ll get stunning architecture and nibbles. There are many curated choc-tasting tours like this one, though you can easily do it yourself. Add Belgian waffles, beer, and whiskey to your chocolate for the absolute birthday indulgence. 

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See Related: Day Trips from Brussels

31. For Animal Lovers: Sri Lanka

Aerial view of Colombo, Sri Lanka modern buildings with coastal promenade area
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Sri Lanka, one of the world’s most gorgeous island destinations, is where animal lovers should head for the best birthday trip. The country’s beautiful and varied habitats are home to a staggering range of beasts, birds, and sea life.

Basing yourself near Mirissa in the south makes you handy for many wildlife-spotting opportunities. You’ll also be near some glorious white sand beaches. Or choose Saraii Village eco-tourism resort at Weerawila. Here are some birthday trip ideas:

  • Watch whales. You might also see dolphins on this boat trip from Mirissa. Then head down the beach to Turtle Point, where you can go scuba diving or snorkel with turtles. If you take this 1-hour snorkeling session, bring an underwater camera! For more turtles, visit the Turtle Hatchery at Mahamodara.
  • See big beasts. At Yala National Park, you can go on a leopard safari. The park’s also home to sloths and mongooses. See elephants and peacocks on this open-side jeep tour of Udawalawe National Park.
  • Pet a poor pup. Animal SOS Sri Lanka is one of the world’s largest dog sanctuaries. Take a train or bus to Ahangama and then travel by tuk-tuk, asking for the Dog House.

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How to Find the Best Places to Go For Your Birthday

When planning a birthday trip, there’s lots to consider. Here are a few tips for finding the best places to go for your birthday:

1. Consider your interests

When you’re looking for birthday trip ideas, it’s important to consider your interests. It’s your birthday getaway, after all. 

What do you like to do? What are you looking for in a birthday vacation? If you have specific interests, finding the perfect spot will be easier.

2. Do your research

Once you know your goals, start researching. Research different cities, towns, and countries to see what each has to offer. Check ViaTravelers INSPIRATION tab to give you some great ideas!

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You might discover an area that seems perfect for you but you never even knew existed.

3. Don’t forget about safety

You don’t want to worry about safety spoiling your birthday party. Make sure the area you choose is relatively safe. And take sensible precautions to ensure your birthday trip goes as smoothly as possible.

Buy travel insurance, for example, with nomad specialists SafetyWing to give you peace of mind. 

4. Ask for help

Asking friends, family, and co-workers about their vacation experiences might be helpful. Someone may have been to an area perfect for your birthday trip. Their input might lead you in the right direction.

5. Think about the cost

Be realistic about cost. Consider and stick with a price range when planning your birthday trip. It’s easy to pay for accommodation and tours up-front. If you stick to your budget, you won’t have to worry about vacation finances.

6. Plan, plan, plan

Organize as much as you can beforehand. Try to book tours and fix timetables in advance. That way, you won’t be wasting precious party time planning what to do next. And you can always cross something off your to-do list if you need time to recover after some heavy partying!

Whatever destination you choose for your birthday, do things you love doing. Don’t go for what’s trendy; do what you enjoy, and you’ll have a great birthday trip. Happy birthday!


Where is a good place to go for your birthday?

Some of the best places to go for your birthday include Las Vegas, New York City, and Paris. These fabulous destinations offer the complete package, from world-class restaurants and entertainment to awe-inspiring architecture and landmarks.

The big-city vibe also adds a party buzz to your trip. A beach vacation hits the spot if you want a party atmosphere, so consider Cancun or Mykonos for a 21st birthday trip.

What are some birthday vacation ideas?

Consult your personal bucket list. Checking off a must-see place is a great way to celebrate your birthday. Or base a birthday getaway around your special likes and interests. You don’t need to please others. It’s your birthday party, after all. 

If you’re bringing the family, consider London, Amsterdam, and Chicago. These awesome cities are packed with family-friendly attractions and fun things to do.

Where should I go on my birthday?

There are so many amazing places to celebrate a birthday. But New York City, London, Paris, and Las Vegas are all thrilling cities. Try to visit them at least once – maybe for a 30th birthday or the big four-O.

A birthday trip should be a treat – a break from the working world. You want to be sure of delicious food, too. Try Tuscany, Bali, or Sri Lanka for a magical birthday escape.

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