Four Places for a Guys' Getaway

From San Diego to St. Andrew's, we round up the best spots for a boys trip 

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You’ve been talking about a guys’ getaway for a while now, and you’ve finally got the opportunity to make it happen. Maybe you’d like to slip away with some friends for a buddy trip, or maybe you want to treat your dad to a father-son adventure. Either way, here are four destinations to help you create some quality man-made memories. 

Be Sinatra-Suave in Sin City, Las Vegas, Nev. 

Las Vegas is an obvious choice for a guys’ getaway—for good reason. This is the place where money can be lost but male bonding can be found. You’ll need to log some casino time in the big, flashy hotels on the Strip. Just try not to lose track of the clock during your winning streak, because Vegas has so much more to see, do and eat.  

Make time for a big, over-the-top dinner, some cocktails and at least one show—you can take your pick from a variety of options, including Blue Man Group, magician David Copperfield or one of the many Cirque du Soleil shows. Head to Dream Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to do some laps in a Ferrari racecar, or check out The Neon Museum, where you can stroll through a boneyard of retired neon signs.  

Dive Into U.S. Naval History, San Diego, Calif. 

Tour U.S. Navy ships in the birthplace of naval aviation: San Diego. A must-see is the famous USS Midway aircraft carrier museum, featuring 29 restored aircraft, flight simulators and a self-guided audio tour. 

Another must is The Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to the Star of India, the oldest active sailing ship in the world (built in 1863). During Fleet Week (Sept. 8 to Oct. 4 this year) you can also see flyovers and displays of navy jets, helicopters, vintage aircraft and more. 

Go Mad Men in the Big Apple, New York, N.Y. 

Celebrate the end of the hit TV show Mad Men by visiting New York and tracing the path of Don Draper’s debauchery. 

First stop is the Grand Central Oyster Bar, where, in Season 1, Don and his ad-agency colleague Roger Sterling went overboard with oysters and martinis. Then take in Matthew Weiner's Mad Men exhibition (costumes, scripts and sets) at the Museum of the Moving Image (until June 14). Complete the experience by dining at popular haunts like Keens SteakhouseSardi’s and the Roosevelt Hotel.   

Make a Pilgrimage to the Home of Golf, St Andrews, Scotland 

If it’s a memorable golf trip you’re after, head to St Andrews, home of the legendary Old Course—the place where much of the game’s history began. 

This public course is like a landscape painting, with its iconic Road Hole and Swilcan Bridge, which may just be the most-photographed spot in golf. At the nearby Fairmont St Andrews, staff will set up tee times at other courses, including the Torrance and Kittocks layouts. A post-golf whisky tasting is highly recommended.