There’s nothing better than having a big vacation with all your friends. It’s the worst when you go somewhere amazing and have to get everyone caught up when you get home. You have to tell the same stories over and over, and everyone ends up wishing that they’d been able to go with you.
This fall, plan a big group getaway so all of your friends can go. You’ll end up having even more fun than if you went with just a few of them. Memories will be made and you be able to reminisce over them after everyone gets home.
But where is a big group supposed to go? There are certain spots better for smaller vacations, so if you’re going to travel with a big group, stick to these big U.S. cities. You’ll love wherever you end up going because there will be so much do and plenty of city blocks to explore.
1. San Diego, California
California is one of those U.S. spots that people dream about going to if they’ve never been. Chances are, there’s going to be at least one person in your friend group who hasn’t been there but wants to go. The problem will be narrowing down which part of California you’re going to see, and that’s when you should check out San Diego.
San Diego has beaches and restaurants unlike any other because it’s such a fast growing city. There’s also the world famous San Diego zoo you can all visit. When the sun sets, there’s plenty of nightlife to try out so you don’t have to stop the party until everyone’s ready to go home.
2. New York City, New York
Let’s face it, when you think of a place for a big group getaway to happen, you think of New York City. There’s so many famous locations to visit like Central Park and 30 Rock, plus endless places to eat and shop. Once you find a place to stay, you could plan out a vacation as long as you’d like. Your group will never run out of things to do.
3. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is one of the rising cities in the country. Its history with country music has collided with the media world, attracting stars and fans alike. You can travel here with your friends to enjoy locally made whiskey and hear rising artists. You won’t be able to walk down a street without hearing music play, so sit back on the Cumberland river and rest easy — after you pack with an ultimate guide, your trip won’t be missing any fun or entertainment.
4. Boston, Massachusetts
It doesn’t matter where you’re seeing Boston in the winter or summer, there will be lots to do for your group! You can tour gardens or see museums that will blow you away with gorgeous views. Catch an outdoor movie or see historic sites. Whatever your friends want to do, there will be something for them.
5. Washington, D.C.
Who doesn’t want to go to Washington, D.C.? People spend their entire academic careers being taught American history, so go see it in person. Tour the capitol building and see museums that will have Abe Lincoln’s hat or Dorothy’s red slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Your group could also pose by wax figurines and see live performances if museums aren’t their style.
6. Chicago, Illinois
It was once said that everything in Chicago is big, so it’s the perfect spot for a big group getaway. The Willis Tower and John Hancock Center will give your group the best views of the city so you can take it all in. Enjoy an afternoon at the Navy Pier with its rides and shops. Chicago is also home to some of the best comedy groups, so if you go out for a night you’re all in for a good laugh.
7. Miami, Florida
Miami is bursting with life, culture and things to do. There’s the classic way to enjoy Miami, which would be laying out a beach towel with all your friends and spending the day in the sun and the surf. You can also see the night life and experience the downtown culture, which moves like the waves with the people wanting to experience a true Miami night.
8. Seattle, Washington
After the 1962 World’s fair, Seattle was left with two attractions that would become famous — the Space Needle and the Seattle Center Monorail. Both are must-sees for large groups. Your friends would also love to see the Museum of Pop Culture. From relics from the Star Trek series to horror films, you’ll be able to see artifacts from your favorite parts of pop culture.
9. Charleston, South Carolina
People who say that they’re going to Charleston, South Carolina are often couples looking for a romantic getaway, but the city isn’t just for celebrating love. Large groups go there all the time to see the historic downtown area and the beauty it captures. It’s a getaway spot your friends won’t want to miss.
10. San Francisco, California
San Francisco is where you and your big group can capture the iconic feeling of being in California. You’ll be able to see the Golden Gate Bridge and take pictures by it. You’ll visit streets that are so steep the houses look like they’re built sideways into the ground. Plus, you’ll have local restaurants you can’t find anywhere else.
Group vacations can be difficult to plan since you’ll need large areas to accommodate everyone. Big groups also mean that you’ll need to figure out transportation accommodations ahead of time and find more activities that everyone will like, since it’s hard to make everyone happy with just one or two choices.
Stick to these big cities and your big group getaway is sure to be a blast. Big cities like New York and Chicago are made to be exactly where you want to go when you have a diverse group of people. See everything from museums to comedy shows so when you go back home, everyone will have had the trip of a lifetime.
Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Ruffled, and more!