No matter the activity, meeting up with old friends almost always includes retelling shared stories and lots of laughter. Your buddies have seen you through your life's greatest moments and your most challenging setbacks, so why not show your appreciation by planning a guy's trip to a great destination where you and your friends can make more memories that you'll be talking about for years to come.
Road trips aren't just for the young. There are hundreds of great routes that are ideal for a guy's trip, from historic Route 66 to any of the other 150 scenic byways designated by the Federal Highway Administration. Consider stops at your favorite national or state park, baseball stadium or a fun roadside oddity such as the World's Largest Office Chair in Anniston, Alabama. Remember to update your automobile club membership, tune-up the car and drive the speed limit.
Viva Las Vegas
A trip to Las Vegas is the perfect retreat for a group of friends. Aside from the Strip and gambling, you'll also find great live music and theater, delicious cuisine and golf. It's also close enough to take a bus tour to the Hoover Dam, or see the natural beauty of the Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon. Vegas.com recommends shows including The Rat Pack is Back at the Rio and Hitzville at Planet Hollywood. The Quad Resort & Casino's Auto Collections also displays 250 of the world's most unique cars and vehicles.
Your history buff friends would love a chance to travel through time to places such as Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. This living museum has staffers dedicated to sharing all aspects of life in the 18th Century, says Mark Evan Chimsky, editor of "65 Things to Do When You Retire." Keep traveling through time by visiting Civil War battlegrounds including Gettysburg, Penn. and other mid-Atlantic historic locales.
Florida certainly lives up to its nickname of the Sunshine State. From historic St. Augustine to Daytona Beach, Miami, the Keys and the quieter Gulf Coast, there's something for every guy. You and your buddies can visit beaches, experience a diverse nightlife, play sports and feast on delicious seafood. If you get there in the early spring, be sure to check out the many spring training camps for the nation's Major League Baseball teams including rivals the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
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Make a Pilgrimage
For a trip of a lifetime, book editor Mark Evan Chimsky recommends the pilgrimage of walking the Camino de Santiago or The Way of St. James in Spain. The route spans hundreds of miles and was an important Christian pilgrimage during the medieval era, and even earlier during pagan times. Today it's a popular tourist trek for those willing to test their endurance. "You'll encounter others who are on their sacred journey – and you'll have time to connect with your own self as well," Chimsky says.
Dude, Where's My Ranch?
Have a real-life "City Slickers" moment by visiting a dude ranch with your buddies. Be prepared to ride a lot of horses, rope cattle and help out at the ranch. Many ranches across the country also offer activities such as hiking, hunting, fishing and rafting; depending on where they're located, the ranches will be open at different times throughout the year. Since ranches are also popular with families, be sure to pick one that caters to adults. DudeRanch.org allows users to filter ranches by many variables, including adults only.
The largest state in the union is the perfect destination for a guy's trip. Find your inner rugged man by camping, fishing, hunting and living off the grid. For those in need of a bit more comfort, there are also a number of chartered tours and cruises that include visits to majestic national parks, rain forests, kayaking along the coastline, dog sledding and watching birds and wildlife. Apparently you can also see Russia from your guest house!
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For guys who aren't afraid to show their spiritual sides, a yoga or meditation retreat is a great opportunity to feed the soul or just get away from it all, adds editor Mark Evan Chimsky. Retreat hosts range from religious groups to nondenominational gatherings and spas, so be sure to research the right getaway for you and your friends. RetreatFinder.com offers a searchable database of thousands of locations.
Sports and Leisure
Nothing says guy's trip more than a sporting event. Travel to a NASCAR race, a coveted boxing match, your favorite basketball team's playoffs or the World Cup, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2014. If you can't agree on your favorite sport to watch, why not make a trip to the 2016 Summer Olympics, also in Brazil?
Related: AARP Travel Tips
The Conventional Route
For those who are hobbyists or aficionados of something very specific, planning a guy's trip to an expo, convention or meeting is a great way to get together and do what you all love. Ideas can include conventions such as Comicon and the annual National Model Railroad Association meeting, trade shows such as the International Consumer Electronics show or gatherings such as the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
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