Get ready to leave your 20s behind and greet the big ‘3-0’ with these perfectly tailored 30th birthday trip ideas.
Are you feeling a classy and boozy vibe for your birthday getaway? Head to the Napa Valley with your friends for a weekend of wine tasting. Want to take it easy and relax on the beach? Choose an island in the Caribbean to welcome your 30s with sunshine and sea views.
These trips were all handpicked to offer a blend of fun activities, beautiful places, and unique experiences to help you greet your 30s in style.
30th birthday trip ideas include:
- Wine tasting in Napa
- Enjoy nature in Costa Rica
- Beach relaxation in the Caribbean
- Brewery tours in Denver
- Food tour of Mexico City
- Fun and games in Austin, Texas
The best 30th birthday trip ideas
1. Wine tasting in Napa
A trip to the Napa Valley is just the right amount of fun-meets-sophisticated when it comes to 30th birthday trip ideas.
The options for wine tastings range from maximum bougie to ultra laidback. Head to V. Sattui where you can grab a glass of white or red along with all the nibbles your heart desires (think: local cheeses and fresh bread). Then, bring it all to their outdoor picnic tables for a laid-back afternoon.
Alternatively, book a seated tasting and barrel room tour at Artesa where the views over the valley can’t be beaten. And if you’re looking for something a little more out of your 30th birthday bash, there are plenty of other activities to do in Napa besides winetasting.
Where to stay: Archer Hotel in Downtown Napa puts you in the center of everything and their rooftop bar + restaurant is the perfect place to wind down in the evenings.
2. Enjoy the nature in Costa Rica
Is your ideal 30th birthday trip idea something a bit more wild? Literally?
Head to Costa Rica – one of the most bio-diverse countries on Earth – where you’ll have your pick of nature destinations. Venture to Manuel Antonio National Park where you can mingle with rainforest wildlife or lounge on secluded stretches of jungle-side beach.
When you’re ready to relax, it’s all about the peaceful town of La Fortuna, located at the base of Volcano Arenal. Here, you can indulge in wild hot springs or hike through tranquil nature.
Need more excitement? Check out the surf town of Tamarindo, a lively backpacker town on the coast where you can take beginner surf lessons or go ATVing.
Where to stay: For those not wanting to leave the resort (great for couples’ trips) you’ll love Hotel Villa Caletas on the Pacific Coast where the jungle meets the sea.
3. Beach relaxation in the Caribbean
If you’re looking to just chill out after your roaring 20s, set your clock to island time with a visit to the Caribbean. Nothing is more relaxing than a beach vacation and, depending on who you’re traveling with, there’s an island to suit every type of 30th birthday trip.
Traveling with your besties? Head to Punta Cana where you have the option to take it easy or get a little rowdier at all-inclusive resorts like the Hard Rock Punta Cana with a massive casino, bowling alley, pool parties, and more.
Traveling with your family? Head to the island of Grenada, known as the “spice island” of the Caribbean where you can tour chocolate plantations, snorkel at underwater statues, and hike in the rain forest.
Couples, on the other hand, will love the island of St. Lucia with its perfect beaches, romantic hotels, and laid-back lifestyle.
4. Brewery tours in Denver
While bachelor and bachelorette parties in Denver are all the rage right now, it makes for a wonderful 30th birthday trip for all the same reasons. In particular, the breweries of RiNo will be the highlight of your Denver vacation. This hip neighborhood is overflowing with great craft breweries, making it easy to hop from one to the other throughout the day.
Where to stay: The Kimpton Hotel Monaco is perfectly located in Downtown Denver.
5. Food tour of Mexico City
While there are plenty of well-known foodie destinations in the United States, you can’t get much better than the cuisine of Mexico’s capital city. Wander the streets of La Condesa and Roma Norte where delectable scents ooze out from trendy restaurants on every block. Try an upscale brunch in the greenery-filled back garden of Huset or enjoy amazing cocktails and small bites at Cicatriz.
Seafood might not be the first thing you think of eating at an elevation of over 7,000 feet, but Mexico City’s La Docena serves up some of the best oysters, grilled octopus, and ceviche you’ll find anywhere.
6. Fun and games in Austin, Texas
These days, Austin is a popular group trip destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties, but it’s also one of our favorite 30th birthday trip ideas.
While other party destinations are more suited to your 20s, *ahem* Las Vegas, Austin offers birthday celebrators a wider range of fun things to do. Hold onto your inner child with activities like Peter Pan mini golf or embrace your sophisticated 30s with fine dining at Jeffrey’s.
Where to stay: Find a home stay in Austin and book directly on Troupe.
Alternatively, consider spending the weekend at a music festival to celebrate your 30s!
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More travel inspiration
Have you decided which of these 30th birthday trip ideas is right for you? If you need more inspiration, check out places to go for a 21st birthday, ideas for a 40th birthday trip, or 50th birthday trip ideas.
Don’t forget to check our group trip planning checklist to make sure you’re not forgetting to pack anything important.
If you’re ready to plan more trips while you’re at it, check out these girls’ trip ideas, where to travel in 2022, or start planning a trip to Bogota, Colombia— one of the best countries to visit in South America.