5 Birthday getaway ideas

Oct 16, 2009 at 6:55 a.m. ET

Are you tired of the monotony of the same joints you visit weekend after weekend? Spread your wings! Use your birthday as a good excuse to visit another city in search of excitement. Here are our top five birthday getaway ideas.

Woman meditating in Sedona

Las Vegas

There's no doubt that Las Vegas has to be first on this list. Las Vegas is perfectly constructed for a birthday getaway. Take your gal pals and paint Sin City red.

If you somehow get tired of the amazing shows, endless gambling, fine dining and everything else Las Vegas has to offer, consider taking a day trip to the Grand Canyon or the Hoover Dam. If, however, you can't get enough of what Vegas itself has to offer, we can't blame you. Besides, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

Palm Springs

For a beautiful birthday destination, head to Palm Springs. Not only is the scenery spectacular, there are a number of activities that are available virtually year-round — from golf to horseback riding and from swimming to hiking.

The great thing about Palm Springs is that you can experience world class golfing in the day and then partake in clubbing at night with a hip, vibrant crowd. Take your buddies or go by yourself and meet new people.

South Beach

If your idea of a good time includes world class beaches, beautiful people and nightclubs for as far as the eye can see, South Beach is the mecca of your desires. Take a few compadres and we guarantee that boredom won't enter the picture.

Only have a day or two for your birthday getaway? No problem, South Beach can jam a week's worth of fun into mere hours. With the hot spots so close and the all day action, you may not even have time to sleep!

New York City

For a birthday getaway destination with endless possibilities, you can't go wrong with the Big Apple. If you want sophistication, New York has it in abundance. Want to party the night away? New York has you covered.

If you have never been to NYC, to avoid drowning in its vastness, be sure to take a friend who knows her way around New York. That way, you can get down to business (having fun!). Another idea is to hire a tour guide who will show you the places to see and things to do in New York.


Not everyone wants an action packed getaway. Some of us deal with too much hustle and bustle of city life and just want some peace and quiet for a change. If that sounds like you, head to Sedona, Arizona for your birthday destination.

Sedona is a small city of around 12,000 people. That said, its beauty and spirituality are immeasurable. Stay at one of the bed & breakfast inns in the area and you can immerse yourself in peace and tranquility.