Partier? Relaxer? Whatever type of vacation you want, we have a pick for you.
Vacation means very different things depending on who the traveler is. Some may see it as a time to head to a beach for a week of partying, while families with young kids may want a vacation to relax but still keep the little ones occupied.
Based on what type of traveler you are, we’ve picked out the perfect destination for your next getaway.
COLLEGE CLASSMATES: PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO
If you’re in college, chances are you want to unwind from the school year with parties and friends. Popular destinations like Los Cabos and South Padre are good choices, but we’re fond of Puerto Vallarta along Mexico’s Pacific coast. It’s a little less rowdy than Cancun, but there are still plenty of mixed drinks by the pool and late-night partying to be had. And while the waters aren’t quite as pristine as those in Cancun, the beaches are undeniably beautiful and water activities abound.
SOLO: NEW YORK CITY
No matter if you’re 18 or 80, there’s something for everyone in New York City. Spend your days checking off tourist sites such as Times Square and the Statue of Liberty, marveling at museum after museum, and dining at some of the finest restaurants in the world. In a city of more than 8 million people, you likely won’t feel alone and are bound to meet some friendly locals or other tourists while exploring the Big Apple.
YOUNG COUPLE: CARMEL, CALIF.
Choosing a coastal southern California city means you’ll be in prime position to enjoy those famous rocky cliffs over the Pacific Ocean. Located in Monterey County, Carmel (or Carmel-by-the-Sea) is a charming town with cozy inns, numerous art galleries and boutique stores. There’s ample outdoor activities like hiking, surfing and sailing in the area, or couples can head to the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course, just a 10-minute drive away.
BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE PARTY: MIAMI
We love Nashville and Denver for less traditional bachelor and bachelorette parties, but there’s a reason Miami is a favored travel spot. The beautiful beaches, renowned food scene and celebrity-grade clubs that stay open until 4 a.m. make it pretty perfect for all types of groups. So whether the group wants to party until the wee hours, soak up some sun by the water or find the best Cuban sandwich, they can do it all here.
FAMILY WITH YOUNG KIDS: HONOLULU
Honolulu is a bustling city in Oahu with gorgeous beaches, a variety of hotels and easy access from the airport. The year-round sun, excellent surfing, hiking at Diamond Head and laid-back Hawaiian culture make it a must-visit for many travelers. And with kid-friendly activities like snorkeling and sandcastle-building — and plenty of chain restaurants to appeal to picky palates — it’s a fun spot for the whole family.
FAMILY WITH TEENAGERS: TELLURIDE, COLO.
If you’re a ski- or snow-loving family, a trip to Colorado is a must. Once a mining town, Telluride is located in the Rocky Mountains and a top pick for snowboarding and skiing enthusiasts. The town has charming boutiques, art galleries and plenty of restaurants to warm up with hot chocolate. Above the town is Mountain Village, and a free, 13-minute gondola ride connects the two, so travelers can explore both areas.
RETIRED COUPLE: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Founded in 1670, Charleston still maintains its small-town vibe with cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and Civil War-era buildings. There are beautiful churches and mansions lining the roads, relaxing beaches are a short drive away, and the Charleston Jazz and Heritage Festival is held here. The endearing city operates at a relaxed pace, making it ideal for travelers who want to stroll the streets and take in its history.