Did the summer slip away before you had a chance to get away with your pals? You don't need to wait another year to make it happen. If deciding where to go and what to do has been the sticking point, we've got that problem solved. The best way to make memories and strengthen your bond on a group trip can be to learn or try something new together. To help, we've rounded up some awesome getaway ideas around the world. You just might return home closer friends than when you arrived.
1. Try scuba diving.
With a prime location on Palancar Reef, Allegro Cozumel is a beloved spot for divers. The property also offers guests an expert-guided diving experience package. Those who opt for the package will get premium guest accommodations with a special in-room wetsuit drying rack, private check-in, one free dive tank per day, free equipment storage and care at the dive shop, admittance to a semi-private pool, and more.
2. Hunt down your dinner.
Viceroy Snowmass in Aspen, Colorado, has taken hunting to the next level with an adventurous activity called “You Catch, We Cook.” The property has partnered with Aspen Outfitting Company to offer guests a chance to go out and hunt their next meal. Following a successful hunt in the countryside, Viceroy Snowmass’ executive chef, Will Nolan, teaches participants everything there is to know about turning their catch into a meal. (The season dictates what guests can bring back to the property for preparation.) Bonus: This luxe resort is close to all the trails in the Aspen/Snowmass area. Hiking is beautiful here, and a spa awaits after a day of exercising in the fresh air.
3. Overcome your fear of heights.
Toronto has all the typical features needed for a great weekend away with your best buds: top-notch restaurants, lively bars, concerts, and museums. But when you want to go beyond the basics, head to CN Tower’s EdgeWalk attraction to fix that fear of heights once and for all. Or, practice your axe-throwing skills at BATL before sipping away the rest of the day at North America’s first sake distillery, Ontario Spring Water Sake.
4. Take a cigar rolling and rum pairing lesson.
sits on the pristine white sand of renowned Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana. We recommend breaking up your beach time with a private cigar rolling lesson at the resort, which can also be combined with a rum pairing class. The resort has a cigar, rum, and coffee lounge, where staff can help you and your crew select the best cigar suited to your taste. Take your pick and puff it in the lounge.
5. Conquer stage fright.
Remember how you and your best friend always encouraged each other to go for what you wanted, such as trying out for the school musical, cheerleading squad, or basketball team? That shouldn’t stop now just because you’re all grown up. Relive the good old days at . The hotel’s new Guitar Rockstar package includes an in-room guitar upon arrival, exclusive VIP access to a notable historic blues club, private guitar lessons from a local musician on the rooftop, and the chance to play on stage with a local band at one of Austin’s famous music venues. And if you feel a bout of stage fright coming on, well, that’s what friends are for.
6. Learn archery.
All of you can channel your inner Katniss Everdeen at the Occidental Papagayo, an adult-only hotel in Costa Rica. The archery course offered here will teach you the skills of the sport, as well as its history. Guests can also bike, kayak, and take an assortment of guided tours. Plus, you won’t need to spend any time discussing where to eat each night. The hotel has two international a la carte restaurants, a buffet with international food, a snack bar, and a lobby bar with great views.
7. Go ice climbing together.
If you and your bestie are outdoorsy types, then Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, just might be the vacation spot for you. In addition to hiking, visitors can go ice climbing (yes, even beginners). All you need is an experienced guide helping you along. Rockaboo Mountain Adventures is a local favorite. Guided ice walks through Maligne Canyon, the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park, are also available through SunDog Tours or Maligne Adventures. Plus, the Canadian Rockies offer one of the best backdrops for snowshoeing.
8. Give beer a chance.
If you and your friends often choose to spend Sunday afternoons at a local winery, it might be time to shake up your routine. And what better time to do just that than when you’re on vacation? Explore the Charleston brewery scene before crashing at the Andrew Pinckney Inn in the downtown area. Housed in two historic buildings dating to the 1860s, this hotel offers Townhouse Suites that sleep upwards of six guests. A complementary, locally-sourced breakfast is also served on the rooftop terrace. Upon arrival, guests are presented with a six-pack of assorted local craft beers, branded pint glasses (to keep), and classic Southern snacks.
Visitors to Charleston can also buy tickets for a three-and-a-half-hour guided tour of local microbreweries. The tour includes samples as well as information about the surprising history of beer in Charleston and the fine art of craft brewing. Top off the journey with a stop at the Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House, which offers 48 draught beers.
9. Test the waters with kayaking.
Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is a fun beach destination, but Murrells Inlet, south of Myrtle Beach’s main drag, is a quieter, little-known gem. Black River Outdoors conducts amazing kayaking tours that are great for first-timers. After your outing, you can walk or boat right along the inlet and listen to live music. You can even stop for a drink or bite at different spots as you go along. (The area is known for its fresh seafood, and locals love Wicked Tuna.)
10. Dip and sip.
Paso Robles, California, is the place to go to bathe in mineral-laced waters that bubble up from the earth. Folks have been flocking here since the 1800s, when the thermal waters were believed to cure all manner of maladies. Some people believed in its curative powers so much that they drank it. While you and your friends shouldn’t go that far, snapping some selfies as you soak is definitely in order. Explore the River Oaks Hot Springs Spa, Franklin Hot Springs, and the Paso Robles Inn. At Paso Robles Inn, winery-themed spa rooms are available, with natural spring-fed sulfur hot tubs on big balconies. This is wine country, after all, so you’ll want to tour the vineyards as well. You can even visit some by horseback — another Instagram-worthy moment.
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