Everybody knows that places like Venice and Paris are great destinations for couples, and that Washington D.C. and Rome are go-to trips for families, but where in the world should a group of friends go?
People are asking that exact question now more than ever, especially on Pinterest — the search for “group travel” is up 367% from last year.
But despite its growing popularity, planning a vacation with a group of friends is tricky. Not only do you need to find a hotel that everyone can afford or a house that everyone can fit in, you need to pick a place that appeals to everyone, whether they’re foodies, adventure-seekers, beach bums, or history buffs.
These 16 destinations should cover everyone.
Napa Valley, California, US
You can’t go wrong with wine country. Bike tours and wine tastings are great for groups, and when you’re not sipping on vino you can can relax at one of the many villas in the area, take hikes in the surrounding hills, or head into nearby Sacramento for some city living.
If you don’t have time to take a full-blown European vacation, Montreal is a great compromise. The cobblestone-covered city will make you feel like you’ve hopped across the pond, and it’s perfect if you only have a long weekend to get away. The history buffs in the group will love it as much as the foodies.
Nashville, Tennessee, US
Nashville has become a hot spot for groups in recent years. It has an amazing music, food, and nightlife scene, which will please almost anyone.
Iceland became the place to see in 2017, and if you haven’t made it there yet, gather your friends and go now. For nature lovers who want to do a bit more than your average camping trip, Iceland can’t be beat — there’s the famous Blue Lagoon, Ring Road, dramatic black sand beaches, and, of course, the Northern Lights.
“Game of Thrones” fans will love exploring “King’s Landing,” since Dubrovnik was the main filming location for it on the show. Others will enjoy checking out some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, exploring the historic Old Town and it ancient city walls, or wandering through the store and restaurant lined Stradun. Dubrovnik’s nightlife is pretty wild, too.
If you can make it to Munich for Oktoberfest you’ll find yourself at one of the world’s wildest parties. However, even when it isn’t Oktoberfest, Munich is still an exciting city rich with art, history, and, of course, beer. For the outdoorsy, there are mountains and glaciers for hiking, biking, and skiing, or stunning lakes to laze at in the summer.
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
This tiny town features a plethora of activities: there’s surfing, fishing, boating, diving, zip lining, white water rafting, horseback riding, and, of course, pristine beaches to lay out on, making Tamarindo an ideal spot for a friend-filled beach vacation.
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
For those looking to party there’s Bourbon Street, for those looking to eat there’s an unrivaled culinary scene, for those into history there’s the French Quarter, and for those into music there are jazz clubs on every corner. Win-win.
There are hundreds of street vendors and markets for adventurous foodies, a bustling nightlife for those looking to go out, and world-famous hot springs and beaches for those looking to relax.
The Hamptons, New York
Going to the Hamptons can get pretty pricey, but if you travel with a group you’ll get the best deals on house rentals and transportation. Your days will revolve around relaxing, whether you’re on the beach, lounging poolside, or strolling through the adorable towns.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
If you and your friends are trying to relive your college glory days with a Spring Break-esqe vacation, look no further than Punta Cana. The city has dozens of all-inclusive hotels to choose from, and the beaches are stunning.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague has it all; the history, the scenery, and the adventure. Plus, it’s less expensive to travel to than Europe’s more popular destinations.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, US
You don’t need to drop big bucks in Aspen or Vail for a picture-perfect winter vacay. Hit up Steamboat Springs instead, where both ski passes and accommodations are more affordable, especially for groups.
Hoi An, Vietnam
This charming city in Vietnam has something for everyone, but, more importantly, it’s relatively cheap. If you’re looking for an exotic location that will fit into everyone’s budget, this is the spot.
While it was considered a dangerous place until not all that long ago, an impressive public transportation system, beautiful architecture, and rich culture and history has turned the city into a hotspot for visitors.
With its famous local cuisine as well as its abundance of art and music, it’s hard to hate Madrid. There’s also plenty of history, shopping, and scenery to take in.
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