Sometimes you need a break from the routine, to head out of town with a group of like-minded pals. But where to go? That depends, of course, on the interests of the guys in question. It's nice to have an active, outdoor component to the trip, but a getaway with friends is more likely to appeal to everyone involved if it includes more than exercise and fresh air. One of these seven diverse destinations might fit the bill for your crew.

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1. Austin, Texas

With more than 250 live music venues, this state capital almost literally thrums with rhythm. Starting at well-known spots such as the Continental Club and Antone's, you and your friends could happily spend several evenings listening to top-notch music at different clubs. But beyond Austin's famous music scene are other pleasures, such as the fascinating LBJ Presidential Library, downtown's 10-mile Town Lake hike-and-bike trail and — this is Texas, after all — horseback riding at sunset.

2. Monterey Peninsula, California

Are you and your friends crazy about golf? There may be no place in America with more courses — two dozen and counting. Nor is there likely any place with such a high concentration of famous links, from Cypress Point and Pebble Beach, to Spyglass and Spanish Bay. But the peninsula is also known for seriously good restaurants, stunning land-meets-sea vistas and premier attractions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which enthralls adults as well as kids.

3. Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

This Midwest village with just 961 residents is home to one of America's top resorts, the Osthoff Resort. The adjacent 292-acre lake offers some good angling, with bass, trout, pike and walleye among the fish you can catch. But the real guy-magnet here is Road America, one of the longest, oldest and most beautiful permanent road-racing circuits in the country, winding 4.05 miles through 14 turns. Watch the races or, if you want in on the action, sign up for a high-performance driving course and get on the track yourselves.