By: Erin Konrad
Have you finally made it through your 20s? Well, congrats! Now that you’ve built up that bank account of yours, you can travel to all those places on your bucket list. So, here are some ideas for trips to take in the United States while you’re celebrating your 30s!
Wine Tour of Napa, CA
Now that you’re a little more mature, you probably choose more expensive alcohol. To honor your distinguished tastes and amazing palate, head to Napa Valley, California for tours of local wineries. Not only will you get to sample the wares, you’ll also get to enjoy the breathtaking views available in this area.
If you’re all about finding the perfect pairing between your Chardonnay and your meal, head to Cakebread for a $55 interactive wine/food pairing tour (which includes a tour of the winery and an educational tasting). Want to visit multiple wineries on your trip but not sure how to fit it all in? Take advantage of Intimate Wine Tours, a company that helps plan winery tours for small private groups (perfect if you’re traveling with a group of friends). They can even organize a picnic lunch to enjoy out amid the gorgeous scenery.
Don’t forget to check out Napa’s amazing dining scene while you’re there as well. The area is home to many talented Michelin-star chefs who serve up cuisine fit for those with a discerning palate. If you’re in the mood for Japanese, there’s Morimoto Napa featuring a menu from Chef Morimoto (who gained fame on Iron Chef). For more traditional, classic dishes, head to one of Chef Thomas Keller’s many restaurants, like The French Laundry or Bouchon.
Music Festivals in Austin, TX
Are you a true music connoisseur? If you’re eager to attend a concert, Austin, Texas has some of the best festivals in the entire world. Now that you’re in your 30s, you obviously have better taste in music, so it makes sense you’d want to check out shows at a venue like Austin City Limits. This festival is an annual event (usually in October) that happens over the course of two weekends. There are eight stages and over 140 bands, so you’ll definitely be able to hear some awesome tunes. Plus, while you’re at the festival, there are tons of dining options featuring eats from local Austin establishments.
Another great music festival is the world-famous South by Southwest (SXSW) that happens every March. It’s a truly global event with bands from over 63 countries, featuring shows in pretty much every musical genre. The festival also offers conferences, film screenings, and comedy shows so you can enjoy multiple artistic outlets.
Camping in Moab, UT
Just because you’re grown up now doesn’t mean you still wouldn’t enjoy a good ol’ fashioned camping trip. There are so many beautiful camping spots in the US, but now that you’ve got some extra money to spend, you can take advantage of the best kind of camping trip: glamping! You can take in the beautiful scenery without sleeping on the floor! Under Canvas in Moab, Utah provides travelers with luxurious, upscale tent accommodations that include king beds, private bathrooms with showers, and lounging areas. You can also pick the lodging that fits your needs; options range from deluxe tents to safari tents that all fit various numbers of campers. There are also camping packages, where Under Canvas organizes lodging, activities (like hiking, whitewater rafting etc.), and lovely extras like in-tent massages. This option ensures you don’t have to stress about any of the details of the trip – and since you can afford all this now, you can treat yourself to a camping trip in style!
Tropical Vacation in Hawaii
Need to just take a break from your hectic life? Instead of traveling to far-flung locales and roughing it in a hostel, you’re probably more in the mood for a relaxing, rejuvenating trip to the Hawaiian islands. On this trip, make sure to skip the tourist traps and just take in the lush scenery. If you’re traveling without kids, you can forgo the obligatory, populous locations like Oahu and Maui. Instead, consider choosing quieter islands like Kauai, which are less likely to be swarmed by tourists.
There are tons of lodging options, but you deserve the best – which is probably the St. Regis Princeville in Kauai. This luxury hotel is located on 9,000 acres of resort land in Princeville at Hanalei. The resort offers upscale rooms, many different dining options, a golf course, and a spa that will allow you to take advantage of some true ‘me’ time. Isn’t it time to ditch your stressful everyday life, and head to Kauai for a tropical getaway?
Museum Tour in New York City, NY
If you visited New York City in your younger years, it was probably hectic to fit in as many tourist attractions as you could. Back then, if you visited museums, you were practically running through the exhibits to make sure you saw everything in a short amount of time. There’s just too much to see! Well, now that you’re in your 30s, you have the ability to truly take in what exhibits you’re interested in, and you’re more likely to have the time to fully appreciate each museum.
While there are classics like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, consider expanding your horizons and venture out to the lesser known, hidden treasure museums in NYC. Take a short ferry ride to explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum to get a truly eye-opening introduction to what the immigration experience was like around the beginning of the twentieth century. There’s a wonderful audio tour, as well as self-guided tours that can help you explore the exhibits (including an interactive area where you can access actual passenger records). Another interesting option is The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. People from around the world were affected by the terrorist attacks in New York on 9/11, so the exhibits are both sobering and moving. There’s a memorial and multiple exhibits to honor the victims and demonstrate how the city was affected.
People in their 30s are better able to fully experience the world – you’re not so stuck on the small things anymore! So why not plan one of these five trips to help immerse you in all the many things the US has to offer? Don’t forget to head to BUCKiTDREAM for more info, and post those pics to Facebook, Twitter, or Insta!