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21st Birthday Trip Ideas in the US

You are finally 21 but where do you want to celebrate? Here is a list from San Diego to Nashville of the best 21st-birthday destinations in the US.


The time has finally come! An age that many of us look forward to for many reasons. Turning 21 has become an age that is so significant in US culture. For us living here, it means finally being able to participate in adult activities and also a sign of maturity. Either way, we believe it is an age worth celebrating in an extravagant way. Naturally, you might want to hit up your local club and party the night away with your friends. However, if you want a birthday celebration that will truly be memorable, we suggest checking out these amazing birthday trip ideas.

Best 21st Birthday Destinations

San Diego

downtown San Diego
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For the most part, when most people think of California, they immediately picture Los Angeles and Hollywood. However, we cannot leave out the lovely city of San Diego. It's one of the many great birthday destinations you can visit in the US. You’ll find fascinating activities to do and see in this beautiful city. From their eclectic selection of restaurants to their wide variety of nightlife neighborhoods, San Diego is a place you’ll find endless fun at.


For some of the best nightlife, you can find, head down to San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. You’ll find incredible bars, nightclubs, and delicious restaurants all in one place. A local favorite is Smoking Gun. Known for its signature disco ball punch bowl and arcade section, you’ll be sure to have a blast all night long.

If you’re looking for a beachy vibe, Pacific Beach, or PB, is another part of San Diego known for energetic nightlife. With streets lined with fun bars and pubs, it is the perfect place for bar hopping. Check out El Prez while you're out there and catch a fantastic sunset view as you sip on their tasty cocktails.

Take A Kayak Tour

If you want to get adventurous for your 21st celebration, we recommend going to La Jolla and doing a Kayak Cave Tour. On this tour, you’ll be able to get up close and see the beauty of San Diego’s natural beauty, all while peacefully exploring the ocean.

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Robert's in Nashville, TN
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Nashville, Tennessee is one of the best cities to choose for a legendary 21st birthday party. Their iconic music scene will have you and your friends dancing all night. Also, find a wide selection of tasty BBQ all over the city. With so much to offer, Nashville is a great place to visit for any occasion but will be sure to make your 21st extra special.


Prepare yourself for nights full of excitement and Country music. As you walk down Nashville’s famous Lower Broadway section, you’ll be welcomed by bright flashy signs that light up the night. You can find modern-day nightclubs such as Nashville Underground, where they play all the great hits you can ask for.

If you’re looking for a classic, “Honky Tonk” style of fun, Tootsie’s is the place to be. They’re known for hosting big name artists and playing country music that will keep you and your friends entertained for hours.

Ride in Style

Hop on a Nashville Golf Cart Tour and get ready for a wild ride! What better way to see the city than by hopping on a 90-minute golf cart sightseeing tour? This wonderful experience comes with your own personal guide that will help you discover Nashville from a native's point of view. When you’re ready, you can just hop off and visit any of the local restaurants or bars you please.


Public Market Center in Seattle
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Head up to Washington and see what makes Seattle special. This city caters to anyone looking for a unique getaway. You’ll find that much of the nightlife in Seattle caters to younger crowds with modern day club life and trendy shopping locations. Whatever experience you’re looking for, Seattle will have something to make your birthday getaway extra fun.


It is no surprise that Seattle boasts some of the greatest nightlife in all of Washington state. Not only are their bars intriguing and full of character, but their late night activities such as live music venues and top notch comedy shows are also incredibly entertaining. If you’re looking for a notable area to visit, head to Capitol Hill and discover a variety of exciting bars and lively nightclubs. One spot you will definitely want to experience is the Rhino Room. This massive bar has a one-of-a-kind interior design inspired by Egyptian minimalism. With pyramid-shaped light fixtures, gold leaf walls, and mirrored pillars throughout, you’ll be enticed by all the details.

You can also head over to the local favorite, Unicorn. Filled with a carnival like atmosphere, this bar comes with a vast selection of activities to choose from. From skeeball tournaments to their video game section, you'll find a never-ending supply of fun here.

Go On A Foodie Tour

One of the most famous attractions in Seattle is the Pike Place Market. With more than 500 vendors, you can find items ranging from handmade jewelry, beautiful fresh flower bouquets, and new foods to try! If you’re a fan of mac and cheese, head over to Beecher's for some of the most delicious mac you’ll ever try. Afterwards you can grab a few drinks over by Old Stove Brewing. They carry unique local brews that go great with the views you see from their balcony seating.


Artwork in Miami
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From sunrise to sunset, Miami is one of the most prominent hubs for nightlife in the US. As you walk through South Beach, you’ll see crowds lining the streets and partygoers clinking glasses of mixed cocktails. It won’t be difficult to find fun anywhere in this city, making it the perfect spot for your 21st birthday party.


With several different options to choose from, you won’t need to go far to find high-quality clubs and lounges over in South Beach. You'll hear places playing a wide variety of music from Latin, to hip-hop, and even EDM. Swing by Club Space and dance the night away. Their top-notch DJs spin great music until 5 AM, giving you plenty of time to party it up.

Explore Art In Wynwood

Consider going on Miami’s local art walk to see some spectacular pieces. Located in Miami’s art district, Wynwood is known for having incredible pieces of street art placed on every corner. You not only get to see more of the city but also view all of the artistic works that local artists have curated throughout the years. Every second Saturday of the month, you may also take part in the popular nightwalk. You'll find various food trucks and sellers set up here so you can enjoy some tasty treats while exploring the lively streets.


Dining in Boston
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A wonderful journey awaits you in the city of Boston. Home to many captivating sites and historic areas of interest, you may find yourself needing more time to explore this amazing destination. Whether you want to go catch a game at Fenway Park, or re-enact the Boston Tea Party, there always is something new waiting for you to discover.


You’ll find many spots in downtown Boston that will ensure your 21st birthday is filled with lifelong memories. One spot you may want to make reservations for is Yvonne’s. A classy, dimly lit bar and restaurant that is known for delicious dishes and crafty cocktails. Their elaborate decor combined with elegant service makes for a fantastic celebration. Afterward head on over to Regina’s Pizzeria. Here, you will get to try some of the most iconic pizza slices in Boston, along with a lively party atmosphere.

Explore The Waterfront

If you’re a foodie looking to try some amazing local delicacies for your birthday celebration, then head over to the waterfront in South Boston. With fan favorite restaurants such as Yankee Lobster and the Barking Crab, you can get a taste of freshly caught seafood that will truly change your life.

For those art lovers, check out Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art museum, or the ICA. Explore the vibrant visual arts that are offered and see unique exhibits from prominent artists. You’ll also be able to catch stunning views of the harbor, as you look out from its glass-filled walls.

Plan Your Getaway Today!

Here at Celebration Wishes, you’ll see that planning the perfect 21st birthday getaway trip is easy with our easy-to-use website. Reduce the burden of preparing by making use of our free tools and websites that allow for customization.

As you choose your destination and which activities you’d like to do, check out one of our sample registries for inspiration on how to create a custom registry for your upcoming celebration!

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