It can be difficult to choose a destination for your next big girls’ trip. Not only are there many amazing places to visit, but you also might have friends who enjoy different types of activities and trips. So, before you spend a lot of time researching destinations ideas, check out these fun girls’ vacation ideas.
Visit California for Wine Tasting Tours
A quick getaway without the kids means you’re free to enjoy adult-only leisurely activities, so consider touring some of California’s wineries. The Napa and Sonoma Valley area sits north of San Francisco, making it a good option for you and your gal pals. You could stay in San Francisco to make exploring the city simple, and plan a day trip to Napa Valley. There are several touring companies that offer shuttles to and from the city to nearby wineries. You can even choose a tour that includes a tour of Alcatraz, a train ride, a hot air balloon ride, or a tour of Castello di Amorosa.
Alternatively, you could plan a trip to San Diego and visit the wineries in San Diego’s East County or Temecula Valley. The wine tasting tours in the area are designed to appeal to large groups of people. You can also combine your wine tasting tour with a San Diego food tour to check out some of the best eats in the area.
Take a Weekend Shopping Trip in Chicago or New York City
Head to New York City or Chicago for a fun-filled weekend of shopping and sightseeing. Both cities have a plethora of landmarks and attractions to explore, as well as good food and a variety of shopping options.
In Chicago, take some time to explore Millennium Park before heading west to stores lining Michigan Avenue. You’ll find everything from the Hershey’s store to Tiffany & Co. along this strip, and plenty of good restaurants to try, including Miller’s Pub, the pub that was used in the movie The Lakehouse.
New York has even more options for shopping and sightseeing, but it’s also more crowded than the Windy City. For upscale shopping, consider spending the day exploring Central Park and the stores lining 5th Avenue. If you prefer smaller boutiques and unique finds, check out the shops in SoHo, the Lower East Village, and Williamsburg — there are plenty of outdoor cafes in these neighborhoods to enjoy while you shop too.
Rent a Cabin in the Smoky Mountains
If you prefer a mountain retreat, but still want to have plenty of places to explore and things to do, you should rent a cabin in the Smoky Mountains, near Gatlinburg. If you choose to venture away from the tree-lined mountain views you have at your cabin, you’ll find plenty of things to do and places to explore.
Downtown Gatlinburg has an array of artisan shops to explore. The area is known as the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Trail, and it has more than 120 businesses selling handmade wares. You can also channel your inner child at Dollywood, in neighboring Pigeon Forge, or check out one of the area’s distilleries to taste test some moonshine.
Take an Alaskan Cruise
If your group is keen on exploring parts of the Great Outdoors you wouldn’t normally see at home, take an Alaskan Cruise. These cruises offer unprecedented views of the Alaskan landscape and glaciers. Cruise ships often sail into the Alaskan Inside Passage, where you’ll find masses of lush green islands, bays, and fjords, and because Alaskan cruises are only available between May and September when there are longer stretches of daylight, you’ll have a better chance of seeing whales, bald eagles, sea otters, and other wildlife.
The key to planning a successful girls’ trip is choosing a destination that has activities everyone in your group can enjoy. So don’t be afraid to veer away from more cliche beach vacations and explore other parts of the country.