With memories of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day fading in the rear-view mirror of your mind for yet another year, thoughts should now turn to one of the most important days on the calendar—in my totally unbiased opinion of course! (Kids – are you reading this?)

Father’s Day is celebrated all over the world with a flurry of neckties, socks, golf balls, power tools, and barbecue accessories! This one-day homage to “Dad” is a great way to say “thanks” to the old slipper-wearing, remote-control-hogging guy in your life.

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JeniFoto / Shutterstock

But, this June 21st, why not surprise him with an amazing trip for a change? If you want to ensure your “Papa’s got a brand new bag” this Father’s Day, take a peek at some of these great locations we’re sure he’d love to visit.

1.) Hilton Head Island, South Carolina – (alternative gift: that bag of golf balls!)

If golf is your Papa’s bag, make his buddies green with envy by treating him to a weekend on the greens of Hilton Head Island. With over twenty top quality golf courses to choose from in the area, he may not hit a hole-in-one, but he’ll have a whole lot of fun trying!

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aceshot1 / Shutterstock

For the non-golfing Dads, there are still plenty of reasons to check out the delights of Hilton Head. Located on twelve miles of sandy, Atlantic Ocean beachfront, the area has an annual calendar bursting with events and festivals,  including some Dad faves like “Barbecue Fest,” “Chili Cookoff,” and “Winefest!” If your Papa Bear is more of a nature lover, then perhaps he’d like to spend Father’s Day with the local dolphins, manatees, and turtles (oh my!)

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StacieStauffSmith Photos / Shutterstock

So, no matter what he’s into, go ahead and tuck a few tickets to Hilton Head into that pair of socks before you gift wrap them!

Fly direct or connect into Hilton Head (HHH) or nearby Savannah (SAV) and Charlotte (CLT) for a Father’s Day he’ll always remember.

2.) Lake Berryessa, Napa Valley CA – (alternative gift: that bottle of wine?)

If your Pa leans more toward a life aquatic, then a trip to gorgeous Lake Berryessa is sure to make a splash this Father’s Day!

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Andrew Zarivny / Shutterstock

Glistening in the lush, agricultural Napa Valley, Lake Berryessa offers a wide choice of water based activities such as kayaking, tubing, fishing, and water-skiing.  Gaze skyward to the east for a chance to glimpse a golden eagle, soaring over two thousand acres of wildlife preserve, and visit the impressive three hundred feet tall Monticello Dam.

But, a word of warning! Stay far away from the sinister looking, bell-mouth spillway, locally known as the “Glory Hole,” as it can draw forty eight thousand cubic feet of water into its seventy-two feet wide mouth—per second! That’s a pretty big drain! But don’t worry—it’s well signposted and protected.

Of course, water is the last thing Dad should be thinking about when in Napa Valley. One of the premier wine regions of the world, the area surrounding Lake Berryessa boasts no fewer than four hundred and fifty wineries, but of course we’re not suggesting Dad visit all of those—at least not in one trip!

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Juancat / Shutterstock

Wine tasting and water activities are sure to put a big smile on Dad’s face this year, so grab some seats to San Francisco (SFO) or Sacramento (SAC), and enjoy the short, two hour scenic drive in either direction, to snag a lakeside Father’s Day he’s sure to raise his glass to.

3.) Dubrovnik, Croatia – (alternative gift–yup–yet another necktie!)

If water skiing and golf seem, shall we say, a tad too adventurous for your old man, and perhaps he can be categorized as more of a visual, cerebral type, (a.k.a – he likes TV and crosswords!) then we have a surprising choice for you. The ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia! Why Dubrovnik, I hear you ask?

We have three reasons. Firstly, the walls of Dubrovnik are the filming location for the fictional city of “King’s Landing,” the home of the throne from the popular HBO television series, “Game of Thrones.” Seriously cool.

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Hakat / Shutterstock

If that doesn’t make your Pop leap off his chair and onto a plane, how about our second reason? Croatia is credited as being the home of—the necktie! Yes, that perennial Father’s Day favorite was originally worn by 17th Century Croatian soldiers. The style was adopted by the fashionable Parisians, who amended the word “Croat” to “Cravat,” and started a trend across Europe. The rest, as they say, is ancient history!

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supergenijalac / Shutterstock

Our third reason is simple. Dubrovnik is a stunningly awesome city to visit. Its ancient medieval walls are some of the best preserved in the world. A walk around its walled harbor will evoke thoughts of battles from years gone by.

The city streets are quintessentially old school Europe, the archways, domes, statues, and cobblestones, all adding immense character to this incredible UNESCO World heritage site. This city will fill you with awe as you stroll through its marble streets, and gaze out over the many islands dotting the Adriatic Sea.  This year, let Dad take the necktie off, and relax in the enchanting, ancient home—of the necktie!

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Nadezhda1906 / Shutterstock

Fly into Dubrovnik (DBV), to give Dad an unforgettable trip into the past!

Whatever you decide—Croatia or necktie, Hilton Head or golf balls, Napa Valley or a bottle of vino—give (insert whatever you call your Father here) a break from opening jars, taking out the trash, and catching spiders for a day with a trip of a lifetime, and hey, who knows? It might even give him some ideas for next Valentine’s or Mother’s Day? Win, win!

Where’s the top place you’ve ever visited with your Dad?  Let us know in the comments and, Happy Father’s Day from all of us at CheapOair!

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Brian Lees

Brian Lees is a Content Writer and Editor with 21 years of experience in the travel industry and a lifetime of personal traveling memories. Originally from Scotland, Brian is a big fan of soccer, family, friends, and food. He's now happily settled on South Shore Long Island with a wife, 2 kids, and a dog to keep him busy! Between trips to Jones Beach, he's happy to keep the CheapOair blog filled with travel insights for you all.