Enjoying a vacation with friends is a whole different experience from a family vacation. It’s a chance to have fun, over-indulge, and take part in those not so family friendly events. From sporting events to nightlife to music festivals, there’s a destination for every group of friends no matter how wild or conservative they are.
1. New Orleans, Louisiana
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Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has rebounded back to a city with a unique culture and landscape. If you’re daring enough, you can go during Mardi Gras in March to soak up all the festivities, just be sure to book your hotel early. Any other time of year, you can enjoy authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine such as etoufee, gumbo, and jambalaya. If you’re a night owl, travel down to Bourbon Street in the French Quarter and have a hurricane, a local cocktail
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
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To indulge your wild side, Las Vegas is the prime vacation destination. Anything you want to do is available, from cruising the strip to attending a minor league baseball game, and everything in between. Be sure not to miss Old Las Vegas, which is a throwback to the beginning of Las Vegas. It may not be as extravagant as the strip, but you are sure to find gambling, cheap drinks, even cheaper buffets. But remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
3. St. Louis, Missouri
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While St. Louis hasn’t always been a tourist’s destination, its charm lies within the fact it’s off the beaten path. No tourist traps or high price hotels here. Take a visit to the top of the Arch or go watch the city’s legendary baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. Downtown has several casinos for the gambler as well. Better yet, many public attractions such as the Zoo, Science Center, and Art Museum are all free. Before you leave, make sure to sample local delicacies such as pork steaks, toasted ravioli, and gooey butter cake.
4. Austin, Texas
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Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World”, Austin, Texas has much to offer for the vacation-goer. The city has over 300 days of sunny weather and lots of parks, Austin is a great spot for staying outdoors. If you’re into sports, the University of Texas is right downtown for basketball, baseball, and football games. Nightlife is bustling with local brews, such as Lonestar Beer, and every genre of music. With a city motto such as “Keep Austin Weird”, there’s no reason not to go.
5. Hartford, Connecticut
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Another less tourist-traveled city is Hartford. However, that doesn’t mean you and your friends can’t have a good time. The Hartford Party Starters is a group that began in 2010 to enrich Hartford’s downtown nightlife. They often organize pub crawls and dance parties, so you can have a few beers, and meet some of the locals. Be sure to book your hotel so you don’t have to walk far at 3 AM. For those with eclectic taste, the North End of the city is a bustling urban area, and has the Cricket Hall of Fame, the English pseudo-baseball game. Check it out and learn a bit about the game that no one seems to understand.
From coast to coast, America has quite a selection of vacation choices for you and your friends. It just depends on your interests where you want to go. Don’t forget about accommodation though, from a hotel in Connecticut to a penthouse in Las Vegas. However, be rest assured that there is a city for you somewhere. Unless you want to see Stonehenge. Then you’re out of luck.