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5 Places to Visit in Your 30s

Add these destinations to your must-see list.

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5 Places to Visit in Your 30s

Alongside tulips and windmills, the global image of Amsterdam is one of a city entwined with water. Since its development in the 17th century, Amsterdams Canal Ring has grown to be one of the worlds most unique urban landscapes. And celebrating its 400th birthday in 2013, the Canal Ring not only remains a historic and beautiful water network through the city, but a stunning backdrop for fantastic cultural and sporting events throughout the year.

Gain a fresh perspective in eye-opening places, from an underrated European city to the mountains of Nepal.(Getty Images).

In your 30s, you've matured as an adult and you know more about what you want out of life. You've hit significant career milestones and set yourself up for financial success. And with a padded income, you're itching to explore exciting destinations without cutting corners. Where should you travel as a 30-something? Whether you're yearning for adventure, relaxation or a meaningful cultural experience, consider crossing these must-see places off your list for an unforgettable getaway.

San Francisco

San Francisco features jaw-dropping scenery, top-notch cuisine, world-class art and beautiful vistas. At one point in your life, you have to catch sight of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise or sunset while the fog moves across the East Bay. And while San Francisco is known for its urban splendors, vibrant neighborhoods and eclectic galleries, the city also boasts plenty of green spaces and parks that are ideal for embracing the great outdoors and communing with nature. Tour Alcatraz Island, check out the fine art of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and sample authentic bites in Chinatown or at the bustling Ferry Building Marketplace. Cap off your visit with a trip to one of East Bay's top wineries, such as Hawkes Winery, Sausal Winery or Field Stone Winery.

Quebec City

Luring foodies, culture vultures and Francophiles alike, Quebec City offers a rich heritage and storied sites dating back to the 18th century. Old Quebec is paved with cobblestones, and you must visit Marché du Vieux-Port de Quebec to shop for artistic treasures. Sample delicious delicatessen foods, and pick up produce to try your hand at a local recipe. Other can't-miss activities include exploring Place-Royal and the Quartier Petit-Champlain, along with soaking in the breathtaking city views along the Terrasse Dufferin.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Consider yourself a "Game of Thrones" fan? Then pack your bags for Croatia, the backdrop of the King's Landing on the hit HBO series. In Dubrovnik's Old Town, a prime filming location for the show, you can catch sight of the narrow streets, outer walls and fortified structures seen throughout the series. Aside from the obvious appeal for Game of Thrones fans, Dubrovnik lures visitors with its seaside scenery, sublime beaches and historic charm. Plus the Old Town is full of charming cafes, unique bars and must-see attractions including the Dubrovnik Cathedral and Rector's Palace.

Kathmandu, Nepal

It doesn't get much more awe-inspiring than Nepal. Kathmandu, Nepal's largest city, earned its name from a legend where a sage named Ne settled in the Kathmandu Valley. Explore the city by rickshaw or taxi, or take a bus when traveling longer distances across the country. During your visit, sample a momo, the country's simple and delicious dumpling, before climbing the 350 steps it takes to get to the top of Swayambhu, known as the Monkey Temple. There are many incredible sites to visit in Kathmandu, from ancient temples to vibrant gardens. In the 1920s, Kaiser Shamser, a field marshal, constructed the Garden of Dreams after he visited an estate in England to complement his palace. While the 2015 earthquake did cause some damage, the gardens are still beautiful and many iconic sites have been restored or stayed intact.

Amsterdam

If you haven't yet visited the Netherlands, Amsterdam offers plenty of enticement for planning a trip, including excellent bars, restaurants and quirky coffee shops. Stroll along canal-lined streets as you savor a coffee, before making your way to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum to get your art fix. Nature lovers, especially fans of tulips, must see the Keukenhof's tulips and the flower strip. After soaking in the scenery, tour Heineken, the world-famous brewery, or take a respite in Vondelpark. Other must-dos in these legendary European city include exploring Amsterdam by bike and checking out the creative, forward-thinking designs in P. C. Hooftstraat, a prime shopping thoroughfare.


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