Where To Celebrate The Big Ones: 5 Birthday Destinations To Consider In 2019
Birthdays only come around once a year so there is no harm in treating yourself or going away to celebrate a friend’s big day.
Getting a few pals together and jetting off for a few days is a great way to celebrate – not just someone’s birthday but the friendship in general.
But where should you go?
Here, we list a few of the best possibilities and, no matter your budget, there will be something here for you.
1. Plum Island, Massachusetts
This one might seem a bit out there but it is definitely a location to add to the bucket list and a birthday is as good an excuse as any to cross it off.
Bird-watchers and plant lovers have over 800 species of fauna and flora across the island to take in on Plum Island while sun worshipers can check out the sandy dunes and lounge along the North Shore coastline.
If you’re on the European side of the Atlantic, Massachusetts might seem like a bit of a trek but there really is something for everyone on the jaw-dropping island so it’s truly worth the effort.
2. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
There are few locations on earth that will take your breath away quite like the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
Aside from taking in the awe-inspiring scenery, you can try your hand at countless activities with sand sledding and sand-boarding among the stand out options.
Test your limits on a challenging trek along the 3.5-mile Music Pass, enjoy horseback riding and at the same time, admire a mix of verdant forests, alpine lakes and sand dune fields.
If Colorado is a bit far away, your nearest National Park is always worth considering if you’re looking to get away from grey pavements and soak up some of the best that nature has to offer.
3. Montreal, Quebec
Situated north of Vermont, Montreal has often been referred to as the ‘Cultural Capital’ of Canada – and it’s easy to understand why.
With the Notre-Dame Basilica standing out as the pick of the bunch, the city was once nicknamed la ville aux cent clochers (the city of a hundred steeples) while the Botanical Garden is one of the most surreal and visually striking settings that one could possibly lay their eyes upon.
With 190 acres of thematic gardens and greenhouses, you could genuinely spend hours here taking it all in.
Elsewhere in the city, you have the Mont-Royal, you can check out the famous Saint-Paul Street, try out some poutine and, well, there’s too much to even list… Just check it out!
4. Weimar, Germany
If history is your thing, then the often-overlooked city of Weimar in Germany is certainly worth considering.
With a castle or ‘schloss’ found around almost every corner, Weimar truly is a must for those inspired by the remnants of a bygone era. As the epicentre of Germany’s age of enlightenment in the 18th century, the heart of Weimar still beats strong.
Oh, and if you have an interest in classical music and culture, the city will almost certainly tickle your fancy as it’s the home of Bach and Liszt while philosopher Nietzsche also penned some of his most controversial work in the area.
5. The North of England
Forget Brexit, there is plenty to see and do in the UK, apart from politicians shouting at each other on the telly all day.
While London is often spoken about as a great tourist spot, cities such as Manchester or Newcastle have also grown in reputation in the last few years.
Particularly for a group in their 20s or 30s, the nightlife in some of these towns and cities in the north of England are great places to visit.
There is more than just nightlife of course, with a host of Premier League and other top sporting teams in the region, it is easy to plan a weekend to remember.
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