Best Summer Mancations
"Guy's Getaway," "Bro-cation" -- whatever you want to call it, more and more men are rounding up their best buds and heading to exciting destinations in North America for some much-needed vacation time, and with good reason. With summer here, they’re taking advantage of some great outdoors and adventures … and wild nights. From thrilling activities to hitting the after-hours scene in a buzzing city, these "mancations" are destined to encourage some serious male bonding -- 6-pack of beer not included.
Gambling in Atlantic City, New Jersey
But the party doesn't really get started until nightfall, when the casinos are at their peak. Head to Caesars Atlantic City, which has a whopping 145,000 square feet of gaming space. Need to get some nightlife in? The hotel recently opened Suite 7400, a rooftop pool scene with rotating DJs. Over at Borgata, pokerheads can ante up in the million-dollar renovated poker room, including the new, exclusive, high-limit poker lounge. With the millions you will win, celebrate with a package at the Spa, voted best spa for men by SpaFinder.
Surfing in Santa Monica, California
After a long morning of riding waves, check out the number of interesting characters on Venice Beach before heading to Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, where the wet bar features classic 1920s-inspired cocktails, and farm-to-table FIG restaurant serves a mean plate of short rib and pancetta meatloaf.
Extreme Outdoor Adventures in Carefree, Arizona
Intrepid travelers can scale a 12-million-year-old boulder pile for unforgettable rock climbing in the Sonoran Desert, take on thrilling white-water rafting on Salt River, take a rugged, off-road Hummer tour, soar through the skies piloting a powered towplane and go full speed on mountain bikes. Check in at The Boulders resort, which offers some prime views from its recently enhanced casitas and helps facilitates all the outdoor activities.
Golfing in Austin, Texas
Not a pro? The 312-room resort recently launched The Game Changer all-inclusive package: This "boot camp" includes a private evaluation for guests to improve their golf game. While in Austin, check out some of the vibrant city's iconic music festivals like Austin City Limits.
Beer and BBQ in Napa Valley, California
Guys should check in to Calistoga Ranch, a 48-room resort where food is the highlight. In fact, guests can conjure their inner Paul Bunyan with the resort's wild pig or fowl hunt in Guenoc Valley, dropping a line for bass or diving for abalone. Best of all, you can bring your catch back to the resort's kitchen where you’ll learn to clean, prep and BBQ the fresh cuts.
NASCAR Driving in Daytona, Florida
Nightlife in New York City
Dream Hotel Midtown's new Ava Rooftop Lounge features stunning views and cocktails by Liquid Lab NYC. End your night at Bedlam, a Victorian-themed bar and lounge with plenty of taxidermy to keep you amused and some of NYC's best DJs to keep you dancing until 4 a.m.
Glacier Experience in British Columbia
The Conrad Glacier Experience, launched this year, is a new summer trek in Bobbie Burns that has adventurous guests hiking, navigating wild canyons with bridges and rungs, ascending rock slabs next to waterfalls, zip line crossing and traversing rock walls next to glaciers -- all within a breathtaking landscape. Talk about burning calories.
The adventure is accessed by exhilarating helicopter rides in some of the most remote wilderness areas in North America should you need a new cover photo for your Facebook page.
Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky
Grab some beers and throw down your wagers at Churchill Downs, which turns into a major nightlife attraction with Downs After Dark. Check into the Brown Hotel, a historic, swanky crash pad with a 2-story lobby and lots of love for all things Louisville.