For some, a girls’ weekend trip is an annual event, while for others it’s a long overdue reunion. Either way, you deserve it! Below you can read about 17 of the best destinations for a girls weekend getaway in the US and internationally. Each city offers something different.
Your dream trip with girlfriends might be spending a 3-day weekend wine tasting in Napa Valley or shopping in Paris. Or maybe your crew might prefer something more exciting, like riding the sand dunes of Las Vegas in an ATV or parasailing off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. If you are planning a trip with friends, I hope this list inspires you!
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Destinations for a Girls Weekend – US
There’s no doubt that you hear Napa and Sonoma and think of wine! Your friend group can experience some of the finest wineries in the Western Hemisphere when you take a wine country tour of both valleys. Or enjoy a glass of your favorite varietal at one of the Michelin-star restaurants that Napa is known for.
If you prefer scenic outdoor activities, Skyline Wilderness Park has lovely trails for all skill levels.
Napa and Sonoma are both home to a large art scene. You can tour local art galleries or explore Napa’s impressive di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, which has both indoor and outdoor installations.
Charleston, South Carolina is the perfect place for a relaxing retreat, surrounded by palm trees, antebellum mansions, cobblestone streets, and glamorous cocktail bars.
I suggest staying in the French Quarter, so you’re near everything there is to do. For the ultimate luxury girl’s getaway, book a stay at The Charleston Place in the heart of historic Downtown Charleston. Nearby you can shop your heart out on King Street or take a horse and carriage tour of the many historical landmarks in Charleston.
Savannah, Georgia boasts the largest historic district in the US, and it can only be described as stunning which is why it makes the list as one of the best destinations for a girls’ weekend.
The entire downtown area has 18th-century homes lining city squares with tiered water fountains and bronze statues in the middle. Everywhere you look are ancient oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. In between are fabulous restaurants, great boutique shops, and important historical sites.
A girls-only trip has to include botanically-themed cocktails at the rooftop garden, Myrtle & Rose. Go for the bar’s exclusive weekend Jazz Brunch or go in the evening to enjoy the sunset over Downtown Savannah.
The desert city of Scottsdale is famous for its luxury resorts and golf clubs, but that’s just the beginning. Get a designer bungalow for the girls at the luxurious Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, which is home to the decadent Palo Verde Spa. Nearby you can go on an outdoor adventure and explore the hiking trails at McDowell Sonoran Preserve or Pinnacle Peak Park.
Take a day trip to Scottsdale Fashion Square, where you’ll find endless shopping and restaurants. Old Town Scottsdale is a treasure, with its historic southwestern buildings and adobe structures. Just walk down Main Street and you can peruse old false-front stores that house gift shops and fun boutiques.
5. Austin/Hill Country
For a fun Texas experience, grab your best suede fringe and cowboy boots and head to Austin. The girls will love a weekend road trip full of iconic experiences.
Go horseback riding at Lone Star Ranch, just south of Austin, where even beginners will have a blast on trail rides.
If hitting the trails isn’t for you, take a pedicab tour of Austin’s fun art murals (including the “Greetings from Austin” mural!). Or consider touring the handful of food truck parks found across the city of Austin! The Picnic and South First Food Court are two of the most popular parks.
Did you know that there are twenty wineries within an hour of downtown Tucson? You can go on a wine tour or enjoy a local blend with dinner at a 5-star restaurant. Tucson has also been named an official UNESCO City of Gastronomy so you’ll want to use the opportunity to try out some of the city’s top restaurants. Make sure to get a table at a restaurant at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails or The Monica.
Tucson is one of the best destinations for a girl’s weekend if your crew loves the outdoors. Go for a nature walk at the Saguaro National Park to see the massive cacti that can grow up to 175 years old! Or head to Tucson Mountain Park, with its hiking trails, natural history museums, and a theme park made from old Western movie sets.
Check out some of the best resorts in Tucson for your perfect girlfriend getaway!
Fully embrace your role as a tourist in Chicago and plan on doing all the classic Chicago things. Stay on Michigan Avenue’s Cultural Mile, where you’ll find plenty of places to stay worthy of a girl’s trip, like The Langham (it has an amazing spa) or LondonHouse (with epic views from its rooftop bar).
Be sure to check out some of the top-notch museums around Museum Campus. The Field Museum is home to the largest T-Rex fossil ever found, and it’s next to the Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. Art lovers won’t want to miss a visit to The Art Institute of Chicago.
You can take a cruise on the Chicago River to see the city from the water. Or, head to a rooftop bar for a birds-eye view! Enjoy a drink with your best girlfriends at Restoration Hardware, known for its glamorous interiors or at Cindy’s Rooftop for some of the city’s best scenery. For a little bit of luxury, why not take an afternoon tea? Fabulous spots include Palm Court at the Drake and Pavilion at The Langham.
Of course everyone needs to take a picture with the Bean in Millennium Park, but allow for extra time. The park also offers large green spaces, art installations, and more that you’ll want to explore (including the adjacent Maggie Daley Park)!
8. Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a great destination for a bachelorette party or even just a weekend where you let loose with your besties! Dress up and enjoy the party scene at all of the best nightclubs or play the slots in a fun setting at Paris Las Vegas. Both the spicy Magic Mike show at the SAHARA Las Vegas and Absinthe at Caesar’s Palace are great entertainment for a girls night out.
Be sure to take a morning to walk along the Strip to see the Bellagio fountain, stunning resort lobbies (we like the Wynn, Caesar’s Palace, and Bellagio), and take a photo in front of the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign (close to the Four Seasons hotel). We think you will love a girls trip to Las Vegas!
9. Santa Fe, New Mexico
If you’re craving a warm-weather girl’s weekend, consider Santa Fe. Plan at least half a day to explore the downtown historic district.
Check out the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi or the 17th-century San Miguel Chapel. While you’re in the area, enjoy dinner of New Mexican cuisine at The Shed or have tapas at La Boca.
You can’t go wrong with a visit to the beautiful art museums in downtown Santa Fe, including the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, and the New Mexico Museum of Art.
10. Newport, Rhode Island
If your group needs a digital detox on the East Coast, there’s no better place than Newport, Rhode Island. Retreat to this coastal town on Aquidneck Island, where you can enjoy the sound of the waves rolling in while you enjoy all the creature comforts.
Book an afternoon cruise of the harbor on a vintage lobster boat to truly immerse yourself in Newport’s history. See the iconic Kennedy Compound from the water while you sip on Del’s Lemonade.
Back on shore, take on the 3.5-mile-long Cliff Walk, a paved walkway that runs along the shoreline with great ocean views.
Or go on a trolley tour of the Gilded Age mansions and Breakers resort along the eastern shore. End your day at the Bodhi Spa in downtown Newport, where you can enjoy a soak in Roman baths.
Nashville is a must-visit for music lovers, with live entertainment venues lining Music Row! This popular spot had to make the list of destinations for a vacation with friends because they’re so much to see!
Don’t miss a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and get your tickets for a performance at the intimate Bluebird Cafe or Grand Ole Opry.
Nashville is also home to lush, green outdoor spaces. Lining both sides of Nashville’s waterway through acres of parkland and surrounding the entire downtown region are 23 miles of paved greenway trails for pedestrians and cyclists. If you prefer to go on the river, you can take a kayaking tour to see downtown Nashville from a new perspective.
12. New York City
A trip with the girls to NYC should begin with a stay at a Manhattan hotel. This will give you easy access to all the sites, just a short walk or a quick subway ride away! Stay at one of the luxury hotels along the edge of Central Park (we recommend The Quin or JW Marriott Essex House) or go with a boutique hotel in SoHo or the Village!
Make sure to have brunch at La Mercerie of the vegan-friendly Butcher’s Daughter. For a fun breakfast, stop at Ellen’s Stardust Diner where performers sing throughout your meal.
Half a day is enough to explore the mega stores at Times Square before seeing a Broadway Show. See the flagship stores of every retail store and luxury brand along 5th Avenue in Midtown and people watch at Rockefeller Center. Top off your trip with a Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3 or a cocktail at Lillie’s Victorian Restaurant.
13. Palm Springs
Palm Springs is iconic for being the go-to vacation destination for celebrities in the 20th century, and it still holds onto that glamour today. Enjoy the luxury of this oasis retreat that is made for cocktails and a shopping spree.
Spend every morning over mimosas and avocado toast on outdoor dining patios surrounded by palm trees.
Make time to explore the malls and outlets along Palm Canyon Drive or visit the art galleries and museums.
Known for its rich early colonial history, Boston boasts its own unique offerings for a girls’ trip. Take a historic walking tour of downtown, then kick back at one of the city’s many rooftop bars for stunning urban views. Lookout Rooftop and Bar at Envoy Hotel is a favorite.
Don’t miss a chance to visit the gorgeous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It’s an art museum inside a reconstructed 15th-century Venetian Palace that was built by an eccentric heiress. And don’t miss a chance to explore Little Italy where you can eat all of the pasta at one of the area’s restaurants followed by cannoli from Mike’s Pastry.
Destinations for a Girls Weekend – International
15. Cabo San Lucas
A vacation in Mexico just might be one of our favorite girls weekend getaways. Two things are a requirement when you’re on a weekend in Cabo- hitting the beach and enjoying the great nightlife downtown.
I suggest booking a decadent all-inclusive oceanfront resort, so you have access to restaurants, spa services, and private sandy beaches! For the best bars and dance floors, look around the marina in Cabo San Lucas. Check out Monkey Business Bar for great tequila and get your dance on at El Squid Roe.
For a girls trip to London, book a Victorian flat in Kensington or splurge on a luxury hotel in Westminster for the best views.
Plan on some big attractions while you’re here, like the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace or a tour of the breathtaking Westminster Abbey.
You won’t regret taking the ladies for high tea at the glamorous SoHo tearoom, Sketch. Or have cocktails at the very pink Tonight Josephine in Waterloo, where you’ll want to take selfies with the iconic neon signs!
Indulge in a very Parisian girls’ trip with mornings spent sipping coffee at street cafes and every afternoon walking this beautiful city.
Also, if you’re going to shop, Paris is the place to do it! Check out the designer stores along the Champs-Élysées or spend a few hours at Galeries Lafayette.