Hooray! You’ve reached your 30s, the time of your life when you’ve matured through your 20s, gaining wisdom and insight, and you’re probably the most financially stable you’ve ever been. With your newfound perspective and increased assets, your world is open to a whole new set of destinations. With a deeper understanding of life, you can expand your experiences to new activities and destinations you’ve never even dreamed of exploring. If you’re looking to celebrate this era, plan a trip to some of the best places to travel in your 30s!
With so many amazing destinations around the world, it can be difficult to choose which is the best place for you. To make your planning and research easier, we’ve compiled this handy guide to what we consider to be some of the best places to travel in your 30s. Learn more about each location and our outstanding Select Registry properties in each destination. When you stay Select, you’re guaranteed a unique experience like no other because each of our properties is handpicked for their top-notch service and beautiful setting. Learn more about some of the experiences our properties offer including outdoor adventures!
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Known as The Big Easy, New Orleans has a reputation for late-night haunts and rowdy visitors, but a trip to this down-South city is perfect for your 30s. With so much more to explore than just the bar scene along Bourbon Street, NOLA is filled with historical sites, music venues, and delicious cuisine. As a more mature adult, you’ll come to have a deeper appreciation for the city when you make time to learn about the vibrant culture of New Orleans.
Where to Stay
Canal Street Inn: Experience a unique stay in an original New Orleans mansion built in 1912. Surrounded by lush elms, live oaks, and fruit trees, the property is located along Canal Street in the heart of downtown New Orleans. As a guest, you will enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning as well as snacks throughout the day.
The Shenandoah Valley
A stunning display of natural wonder, the Shenandoah Valley encompasses about 200 miles of land from West Virginia into Virginia. Nestled between two mountain ranges, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Allegheny Mountains of the Appalachian chain, the Shenandoah Valley is surrounded by unparalleled beauty. Bordered on either side by the Potomac River and the James River, the valley stretches almost the entire length of the Shenandoah River for which the region is named. With such a varied landscape, the Shenandoah Valley and the surrounding towns offer countless outdoor activities from hiking and biking to fishing and kayaking. Active people will love escaping to the mountains for a week of adventures!
Where to Stay
Brierley Hill Bed and Breakfast: When staying at the Brierley Hill Bed and Breakfast, guests can select from rooms in the Main House or the Lexington Cottage Suite. From both buildings, you’ll have amazing views of the valley and mountains that make up the region. For an extra special experience, choose a room with a private deck, Jacuzzi tub, or fireplace.
L’Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast: With a gorgeous on-site garden and restaurant, L’Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast serves up gourmet dishes with some of the freshest ingredients in the area. Experience a taste of the Shenandoah Valley with a local wine while relaxing on the front porch.
The Inn at Vaucluse Spring: The Inn at Vaucluse Spring property creates a community atmosphere with six separate guest houses spread out on the 44-acre property. When you book a stay with the inn, you can opt for the elegant Manor House, which dates back more than 200 years, or one of the smaller buildings, including a charming 1850s log cabin.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Another excellent destination for outdoor adventurers, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is one of the best trips to take in your 30s. If you visit during the warmer months, you can try some of the many things to do in Jackson Hole in the summer. Two of the country’s most beautiful national parks are located here—Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Explore the mountains by horseback or hike one of the many mountains.
Where to Stay
The Bentwood Inn: Named one of the Unique Lodges of the World by National Geographic, the Bentwood Inn is one of the best places to stay in Jackson Hole. Set on three-and-a-half acres of gorgeous land, the inn blends the comforts of a luxurious bed and breakfast with the stunning natural landscape that surrounds it.
California Wine Country
Northern California is known for its prime conditions for viticulture. Spanning across several valleys, including the most popular Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, California’s wine country includes more than 400 vineyards. This region is one of the best places to travel in your 30s when you can enjoy a laid-back getaway to the country, cruising from each winery to sample the area’s best-known commodity. Aside from visiting the vineyards, travelers can take advantage of the other great outdoor activities like hiking and biking.
Where to Stay
Inn at Occidental of Sonoma Wine Country: When you stay at the Inn at Occidental of Sonoma Wine Country, you can dine in their Wine Cellar room for a taste of the local vinos. Each room at the inn is decorated in its own unique fashion, so your experience will be unlike any other guests there. All rooms feature a fireplace, and most rooms include a large Jacuzzi tub.
Applewood Inn Restaurant and Spa: Located within the Russian River Valley, known for its Pinot growing, the Applewood Inn is just an hour from San Francisco, so guests can make a day trip into the city while still enjoying the relaxing pace of the wine country. The recipient of a Michelin star in 2011 and 2012, the inn’s restaurant adds a Mediterranean flare to traditional area dishes.
The Gables Wine Country Inn: Relax amid three acres of lavender gardens and redwoods at the Gables Wine Country Inn. Start each morning off with the inn’s famous three-course gourmet breakfast, then spend the day exploring Sonoma County. At night, you can unwind on the back deck beneath large redwoods.