35 Best Destinations for a 21st Birthday in the USA

Looking for somewhere special in the United States to spend your 21st birthday?I’ve put together this comprehensive list of US destinations designed to inspire.

From national parks and scenic beaches to big cities and vibrant nightlife. There’s a birthday destination in the United States to suit every style.

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

If you want to party, Las Vegas is a fantastic place to celebrate turning 21. The strip is filled with nightclubs, bars, casinos, and luxury hotels.

However, that’s only some of what Vegas has to offer. Just a short drive away, you’ll find famous landmarks, including:

  • The Grand Canyon
  • Hoover Dam
  • Valley of Fire

2. New York City, New York

New York City is another iconic place to celebrate a 21st birthday. The city has a wide range of fantastic museums and parks as well as iconic landmarks such as:

  • The Empire State Building
  • Times Square
  • The State of Liberty

Consider spending your special day at a luxury restaurant or watching an incredible Broadway show.

3. Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles mixes city life with the coast, making it another fantastic birthday destination. For art enthusiasts, LA boasts an incredible selection of museums, including:

  • The Getty Center
  • Los Angeles Museum of Art
  • Museum of Contemporary Art

Alternatively, consider the thrills and spills of nearby theme parks. Some of the most popular theme parks here include Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood.

4. Miami, Florida

With near year-round warm weather, Miami is a paradise for a beach lover’s 21st birthday.

The city is known for its vibrant nightlife scene, which attracts some of the best DJs in the world. Meanwhile, Miami’s rich culture and lively art scene mean there’s plenty to keep you entertained throughout the day.

5. Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii, is one of the best places I’ve ever visited and a great place to spend a birthday.

Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, go hiking or try your hand at surfing. The island of Oahu in Hawaii has something for everyone.

6. Nashville, Tennessee

If you love Country music, a birthday in Nashville, Tennessee, is perfect. The city is home to a variety of music halls for live entertainment. Meanwhile, the city’s parks are ideal for picnics and bike rides.

7. San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California, is renowned for its stunning natural beauty. Popular attractions include:

  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • Alcatraz
  • Pier 39

San Fransico is also one of the best gay-friendly cities in the US, with the Castro district the hub for LGBTQ+ nightlife and events.

8. Orlando, Florida

There is an almost endless list of things to do in Orlando for your birthday. The city is the entertainment capital of the world and home to famous theme parks, including:

  • Walt Disney World
  • Universal Orlando
  • SeaWorld

However, for more laid-back experiences in Orlando, consider exploring the city’s natural beauty. Popular spots include nearby Winter Park and Wekiwa Springs State Park. Meanwhile, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is just a short drive away.

9. Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs, California, offers a unique combination of luxury, history, and natural beauty. Perfect for a relaxing 21st Birthday break.

The city of Palm Springs is famous for its unique mid-century modern architecture. Meanwhile, the near year-round sunshine is perfect for hiking or exploring the tranquil natural hot springs.

10. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is an excellent 21st-birthday destination. The city offers a blend of history, culture and entertainment, resulting in world-renowned museums such as:

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Field Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago is also a haven for foodies. The city is home to some of the best restaurants in the United States, and it has a thriving culinary scene that offers a wide variety of cuisines.

11. Boston, Massachusetts

Another fantastic city birthday destination is Boston. The city is home to a thriving cultural scene and has some incredible history with popular attractions that include:

Consider expanding your trip to Boston with an island trip to Nantucket. Alternatively, check out one of the city’s fantastic food tours.

12. Washington DC

Washington, DC, is an excellent destination for a long weekend birthday trip. The city is rich with American heritage with landmarks and attractions that include:

  • The National Archives
  • The Jefferson Memorial
  • The Library of Congress

However, Washington DC’s nightlife shouldn’t be overlooked. The city has several high-end bars and restaurants perfect for celebrating and dancing the night away.

13. Memphis, Tennessee

If you’re looking for a unique birthday getaway, check out Memphis, Tennessee. This city marries rich musical heritage with culinary delight and riverside charm.

Memphis isn’t just another urban getaway; it’s a deep dive into the roots of blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll with popular sites that include:

  • Sun Studio
  • Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  • Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

14. Key West, Florida

Key West is a sun-soaked paradise at the southernmost point of the continental US. This city has something for everyone, from a thriving culinary scene to America’s only living coral barrier reef.

So whether you want to spend your birthday exploring the outdoors or relaxing as you indulge in delicious food, Key West has got you covered.

15. Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado, is a birthday destination that’s often overlooked. However, the city offers a vibrant atmosphere with plenty of activities for young adults.

Denver has a thriving craft beer scene and numerous breweries to explore. For those who love the outdoors, the city provides easy access to nearby national parks and ski resorts.

16. Maui, Hawaii

If you’re looking for an incredible relaxing destination for your birthday, Maui is just the place. Relaxing on the beach, snorkelling with sea turtles and exploring the Olowalu Reef are just some of the best things to do here.

However, Maui isn’t all beaches. You can visit the city’s expansive pineapple farm to learn how the fruit is processed and even taste it.

17. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, renowned for its jazz scene, provides a sophisticated backdrop for a birthday celebration. For a unique experience in the city, check out Mardi Gras World to learn about the history behind the famous Mardi Gras floats.

18. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is the first World Heritage City in the United States. The city is filled with incredible historic museums and buildings of incredible importance.

However, there are plenty of things to see and do here besides visiting museums. The city of Philadelphia is renowned for the Philly Cheesesteak. Meanwhile, the Hop Sing Laundromat speakeasy is a must-visit.

19. Seattle, Washington

Seattle is a versatile US birthday destination that’s often overlooked. Yet, this city has a lot to offer. From hot air balloons to escape rooms, sailing to billiards and bowling, there’s no shortage of things to do here.

20. Napa Valley, California

If you’re looking for a low-key birthday destination, consider Napa Valley. This region of Northern California is famous for its picturesque natural scenery and world-class wine.

There are many activities to enjoy in Napa Valley, including:

  • Hiking to the summit of Mount St. Helena
  • Hot air balloon rides
  • Visiting famous wineries

Meanwhile, the city also boasts a lively music scene with plenty of opportunities to catch an intimate concert.

21. San Diego, California

Known for its incredible beaches and fun-filled attractions, San Diego is a great place to visit for your 21st birthday. Some of my favourite things to do in San Diego include:

  • Brunch at Medina
  • GoCar Ride to Loma
  • Escape Room
  • Axe Throwing
  • Speedboat ride around San Diego Harbour

22. Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina, has more to offer than gorgeous scenery and natural landscapes. The city provides fun, especially for adventurous and artistic types.

You can spend your birthday enjoying tasteful delights at Sweet Home Celebrations. Alternatively, if you’re visiting with friends, check out the Picture Project CLT Selfie Museum.

23. Atlanta, Georgia

The city of Atlanta, Georgia, has a lot to offer tourists visiting for a birthday. Consider something sophisticated, such as high tea at the Swan Coach House. Alternatively, consider visiting the World of Coca-Cola to learn more about this world-famous drink.

If you’re looking for an eccentric experience while in Atlanta, Fernbank After Dark is a must-visit. The after-event hosts live science demonstrations, outdoor explorations, and exciting exhibitions. Plus, they serve tapas.

24. Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara is the perfect relaxing birthday destination. The city is adorned with exotic shorelines and beaches. Meanwhile, its evening entertainment of cabarets, bars, and restaurants is sure to delight.

25. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Do you love to explore the outdoors? Then how about spending your 21st birthday at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona?

Here, you can take on endless trails, take panoramic photos of the desert or even go rafting down the Colorado River.

26. Laguna Beach, California

With incredible ocean views and a wide range of tourist attractions, the city of Laguna Beach is an excellent option for a birthday weekend. During your trip to Laguna Beach, I recommend visiting:

  • Crystal Cove State Park
  • Pacific Marine Mammal Center
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • Heisler Park

27. Vail, Colorado

If your birthday is in winter, Vail, Colorado, is a fantastic place to visit. This is one of the best places for skiing in the United States. Whether you’re a ski beginner or a pro, the terrains offered are catered to every level.

28. Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia, boasting a rich history and a range of speciality museums. However, if you’re not into history, don’t rule out Savannah altogether, as the city also benefits from the following:

  • Ghost Walking Tours
  • Lucas Theatre
  • Savannah music festival

29. Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria, Virginia, probably isn’t the first place in the US you think of when planning a birthday getaway. Nevertheless, this city boasts a fantastic history. As George Washington’s hometown, you’ll find much colonial history embedded in the city’s walls.

Alexandria is also a great place for outdoor adventures. The nearby Dora Kelley Nature Park has several fantastic hiking trails and biking pathways, as well as quaint picnic areas.

30. Austin, Texas

Known as the world’s music capital, Austin, Texas, is a great place to have a memorable birthday.

If your birthday is in the fall, then be sure to visit the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The event hosts big names such as Sza, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Paramore.

Alternatively, check out some of the city’s comedy shows or famous restaurants, such as Gabriela’s Downtown and Fonda San Miguel.

31. Boulder, Colorado

If you love to hike, Boulder, Colorado, should be at the top of your list of places to visit for a birthday. The city holds extensive hiking trails covering all levels of expertise.

Alternatively, if you fancy shopping while in Boulder, check out Pearl Street Mall, which has an extensive number of stores.

32. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is a popular tourist destination in South Carolina. The city is predominantly known for its amusement parks, beaches, and theatre shows.

However, the city also has some fantastic party spots and evening entertainment. My personal favourite of which is the Polynesian Fire Luau hosted at the Historic Hawaiian Inn.

33. Portland, Oregon

If you’re a foodie, Portland is a great birthday spot. This culinary city boasts a large food truck scene from various cultures. For a birthday sweet treat in Portland, check out Donuts or Salt and Straw.

34. San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio is often overlooked for a birthday break. Nevertheless, it has a lot to offer. Known for its Hispanic cultural influence, the city has some great museums and authentic restaurants.

One of my favourite things in San Antonio is visiting the Japanese tea garden. The garden has some fantastic koi ponds, exotic flora, sculptures, and bridges.

35. San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is the largest city in Puerto Rico and is a unique and exciting destination for a 21st birthday. This city is where new and old meet.

The Old San Juan is lively and filled with charming and colourful architecture. Meanwhile, New San Juan is modern, with rooftop bars and underground clubs that play reggae and salsa music.


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