There’s nothing quite like a trip with friends when you’re looking for an entertaining getaway. Whether you’re looking to travel domestically or internationally, there are plenty of fun places to go with friends in the United States and around the world.
No matter what kind of vibe you’re going for, these destinations have something for every type of friend group to enjoy themselves on their vacation. Once you’re committed to the trip, choose your favorite destination and start planning your fun!
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Fun places to go with friends include:
- Las Vegas
Fun places to go with friends: top destinations
Mexico is a great option for group friend trips regardless of what kind of “fun” you’re looking for on your vacation. With borders open and no negative COVID test or quarantine required, Mexico is an easy destination for Americans looking to get away.
The Caribbean epicenter, Cancun takes the cake when it comes to fun places to go with friends. Whether you choose to stay at a resort in Cancun or rent out a villa in boho Tulum, there’s something for everyone on the Yucatan Peninsula. Rent a car while you’re here to take turns driving to places like Chichen Itza, the ancient Mayan ruins, or Isla Mujeres, a tiny island off the coast perfect for escaping reality.
Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun, located just 20 minutes from the airport, offers swim up suites and a variety of different activities to help you and your friends make the most of your Mexican vacation.
Vibrant Mexico City has endless options for keeping busy on a friend trip. Escape rooms, bowling, and nightlife are all readily available when you’re itching to have some fun with your friends. Check out X. When you’re ready for more arts and culture, you’ll find yourself spoiled for options. Visit Casa Azul, Frieda Kahlo’s former residence with Diego Rivera. Here you can see everything from her X to her Y. The Anthropology Museum is so massive you could spend an entire day wandering the halls, immersing yourself in Mexican history and culture. Outside of the city, take a day trip to the remains of the ancient city of Teotihuacán.
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas is a favorite destination of West Coasters with plenty of quick and easy direct flights from airports like San Francisco, Phoenix, Denver, and Seattle. All offer the ability to be margarita-in-hand in well under 5 hours. Enjoy the nightlife in downtown Cabo or head out on a daytime boat tour or fishing expedition.
Cabo is full of beautiful beaches and awesome options for treating yourself at luxury all-inclusive resorts. Looking to explore beyond the beach? Rent a car with your friends and road trip up the Baja California peninsula to towns like Todos Santos and La Paz.
Discover the best places to stay in Cabo San Lucas.
2. Las Vegas
The quintessential party trip destination, Las Vegas is never going to lose its appeal when it comes to fun places to go with friends. The party scene is world-famous, with popular DJs playing music from daytime pool parties straight through the night. However, there are plenty of other sides to Sin City.
Las Vegas has long been a hotspot for some of the world’s best exhibitions. Bodies: The Exhibition uses real, preserved human organs and full corpses to give us a glimpse at what we all look like on the inside. Titanic: The Exhibition is full of fascinating artifacts and stories from the world’s most famous shipwreck.
While the city is full of glitzy resorts and off-the-strip hotels, our favorite places to stay with friends in Vegas include Aria and the Wynn/Encore. In addition, this is one of our favorite destinations on the West Coast to explore on a road trip with friends.
Looking for a fun place to go with friends on the European continent? Greece is one of our favorite destinations for group travel and it’s particularly wonderful when traveling with your friend crew.
Choose the island to best suit your group, whether you’re looking to party on Mykonos, relax in a villa on Crete, or explore nature on the more off-the-beaten-track island of Skopelos. You can’t go wrong with the stunning beaches of Greece, the delicious locally made wine, and the laidback island time (that extends to the mainland!).
Upbeat Medellin, chilled out Cartagena, or bustling Bogota are all great options for a friend trip to Colombia with direct flights from many places across the United States. You can’t go wrong with a group trip to Colombia as you’ll never be at a loss for fun activities, delicious restaurants, and side excursions from wherever you choose to stay.
Medellin, the city of eternal spring, is a great year-round option for friend trips. Try paragliding from the beautiful mountains outside of the city, or take a day trip to Guatape, one of the most colorful cities on Earth. From Guatape, you can visit nearby El Pinol, a massive rock with over 700 stairs to the top. Once you’ve made the climb, enjoy taking a breather looking out over the beautiful, lake-strewn vistas. Travelers can also take a tour to one of the former residences of Pablo Escobar nearby.
You can also check out more of the best countries to visit in South America for inspiration.
Canada opened its borders to vaccinated Americans on August 9th, 2021 which means US citizens can explore their neighbor to the north for the first time since early 2020.
Montreal and Vancouver are two of our favorite destinations for having fun with friends. Both cities have a thriving restaurant scene, with plenty of options for both high-end cuisine and street food. They are also both surrounded by beautiful scenery with plenty of parks and open spaces for those looking to keep the adventures within their travel bubble.
Ready to start planning your trip with your friends? Troupe makes it easy for groups to vote on which destination they want to visit, share itineraries, choose accommodations, and more! Check it out here.
For more on these destinations, check out:
- Hidden Gems in Mexico
- All-inclusive Water Park Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean
- Where to Stay in Tulum
- The 5 Best Swim-up Rooms in Cancun
- Summer in Vancouver
- Things to do in Bogota, Colombia
- 3 Quiet Greek Islands
Or if none of those float your boat, try exploring Ireland’s capital and enjoy the best of Dublin.