Bachelor parties, Father's Day, or a big birthday celebration – there's no shortage of reasons to get away with the guys. The next time you boys need some time off from the girls, skip the afternoon outing in favor of a full-blown guy trip.Bachelor parties, Father's Day, or a big birthday celebration – there's no shortage of reasons to get away with the guys. The next time you boys need some time off from the girls, skip the afternoon outing in favor of a full-blown guy trip.
Our friends at ShermansTravel.com have thought outside the sports-golf-beer-swilling box (though those vacations are all options, too) to round up the 10 best activities and destinations for guys.
Think catching swordfish and marlin in Panama, smoking ribs and grilling steaks in Napa, and, yes, downing liters of beer in Munich, the capital of Oktoberfest (hey, it's a cultural experience).
Text and captions courtesy of ShermanTravel.com, adapted from "Top 10 Guy Trips."
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There may be no better place on earth for beer lovers than Bavaria, Germany’s largest state. The capital city of Munich is home to the world-famous Oktoberfest, but there’s plenty of sud-sipping to be done in Bavaria all year long.
Beer gardens and beer halls abound, as do centuries-old breweries whose output adheres to the strict "purity" standards set forth in 1516. With so many places to lift a glass and say prost!, there might be much time for sightseeing; but if a break is necessary, there are plenty of castles, monasteries, medieval villages, lakes, and mountains to explore.
Not everyone can own a Michelin-starred restaurant, but there’s no better place to learn the basics than the Culinary Institute of America in Northern California’s Napa Valley. The C.I.A. offers a variety of culinary Boot Camp vacation courses, including a very macho grilling class that teach students how to grill the perfect steak, smoke ribs, and concoct an authentic Kansas City-style marinade.
If it gets too hot in the kitchen, steer the trip towards one of Napa Valley’s superb restaurants or enjoy the fruit of the vine at one of the Valley’s 400-plus wineries.
Cubs-crazed Chicago is tailor-made for guy trips; but after a day full of sports, pizza, and jazz, head out for a relaxing day at the spa (about a third of U.S. spa-goers are men).
Get a superb hot-lather shave, haircut, or a back massage (or waxed) in masculine surroundings – think pool tables, brown leather chairs, and ’40s pin-up-girl posters – at the 316 Club Barber Spa. The spa even comes equipped with flat screen TVS in the lounge and treatment cabanas.
Former boy scouts looking for a wilderness camping adventure should plan their guys' trip to Death Valley, California, where deep-rock canyons, old mining camps, and the arid Panamint Mountains beg to be explored. See it all via 4x4 by spinning some wheels in the sand of the Dumont Dunes, some of the tallest dunes open for off-road riding.
Set up camp under the stars and test survival skills (the land is populated by wild donkeys, coyotes, and snakes). Be sure to pack plenty of drinking water – about 2 gallons per person, per day.
Even a die-hard Yankees fan can’t deny Boston's place in baseball history. The beloved Sawx are such an integral part of the city’s identity that even ambivalence is considered blasphemy. Their fans are fanatical and their home, Fenway Park, looks very much like it did when the first game was played there in 1912.
The best time for a guy trip to see the boys of summer in action is – well, the summer – but no matter the time of year, Fenway Park is open for tours. Park for a behind-the-scenes look at one of baseball’s most famous franchises.
Nestled between Big Bend National Park to the west and the Rio Grande to the south, the rugged landscape of small-town Lajitas, Texas, can inspire even the slickest city slicker to don a ten-gallon hat, pack a pistol, and settle in for a heated game of poker with his pals.
The best place to corral your inner cowboy is during a guys' trip the upscale Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa’s Badlands Hotel, which recreates a Wild West frontier town feel – complete with tumbling tumbleweeds and a wooden boardwalk, albeit with modern comforts and amenities. Resort guests can easily arrange outings into the great outdoors from hunting to hiking to horseback riding.
Las Vegas is the ultimate spot for excess, a place where boys can be boys and indulge in the activities guys love: gambling, girls, and nightlife. The Hardwood Suite at the Palms Casino Resort will transform your trip into one of Hangover-esque history – think a basketball half-court and scoreboard, a massive hot tub, a full bar, and ”NBA-sized” beds. More basketball touches like a lavish locker room and jerseys are courtesy of Palms owner George Maloof, who also owns the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Models wearing cheerleader and referee uniforms will even act as hosts.
If the only bit of trivia in your repertoire about Panama is that it has a famous canal, it’s time for a trip to Central America. Panama is full of surprises; that it’s an excellent spot for sport fishing is one of many.
Grab the guys and head south for a “reel” good catch (get it?) – Panama’s waters are home to swordfish, marlin, and even some shark species. Even if the fish aren’t biting, the landscapes alone are worth a guys' trip trek – exploring the country’s tropical rain forests and untouched beaches isn’t a bad way to spend a weekend with the fellas, either.
Take a guy trip to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, can be rewarded with tee time at the TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players Championship.
No matter the level, playing a course that's as steeped in golf lore as this one is an experience best shared with the boys.
The “Man” in Manly Beach isn’t the only reason for its guys' trip allure. Known as the Bondi Beach of the north, this strip of Sydney sand attracts hordes of visitors looking to kick back and ride the waves (and perhaps steal a glance at topless sunbathers, a regular sighting on local Australian beaches). Bikinis (or lack thereof) aside, men who'd rather focus on the water can master killer waves by enrolling in a local surf school and learning from the pros. Plus, once the sun goes down, head out and enjoy Sydney’s legendary nightlife.