A wise woman once sang that girls just want to have fun, and traveling is no exception. Travel is off to a strong start in 2023, and the girls' trip is poised to make a post-pandemic comeback. It looks like this is the year ladies everywhere will finally make time for that long-awaited girls' trip.
Not just for bachelorette parties anymore, the girl's trip is becoming more and more popular with women who understand the importance of making time in their busy schedules for their girlfriends.
This list of the 8 best U.S. destinations for a girls' getaway can help with that, so grab your girls and discover which city is right for you.
This list includes destinations other than the most obvious popular choices, such as Nashville, Napa Valley, Las Vegas, or New York. While these cities are great options for a girls' getaway, it seems that almost everyone has been there already and got the same photos.
Let’s dig a bit deeper and think outside the box.
1. Annapolis, Maryland
This small capital city has a lot to offer visitors, making it a good choice for a girls' getaway no matter the season. Annapolis was once the nation’s capital, and those looking for some history can tour many old buildings and museums, including the famous U.S. Naval Academy Museum.
Enjoy the views and cruise the Chesapeake bay, and afterward, explore the vibrant arts and cultural scene at any of the galleries and performances in town. If you happen to visit in the fall, make sure to check out some of the city’s outdoor festivals and activities.
2. Cannon Beach, Oregon
While it might be known from the film The Goonies, Cannon Beach is often referred to as the Pacific Northwest version of the Hamptons. Situated on Oregon’s stunning coastline, Cannon Beach is a small-town gem. Offering galleries, wineries, breweries, and everything else you need for a weekend of fun with friends.
3. San Juan, Puerto Rico
It’s no surprise that Puerto Rico makes this list, as it’s becoming more and more popular with travelers for a long weekend trip. What makes San Juan perfect for a girls' getaway is that it offers the best of both worlds. San Juan is a sunny Caribbean beach destination, as well as the cultural capital of Puerto Rico. Meaning you can get your dose of history and culture and then head to the beach for some sun and surf.
4. Sedona, Arizona
Probably the most well-known addition to this list, Sedona still deserves a spot as a great girls' getaway destination. Not only can you and your friends relax at many different spas, but hiking and horseback riding through the desert, wine tasting, and shopping are also all on the agenda. Winter girls trippers will also find Sedona’s hot desert temps ideal for escaping those seasonal blues.
5. Catalina Island, California
Perfect for both those seeking adventure and relaxation, Catalina Island is a great choice for a girls' getaway. Easily reachable from the LA area, Catalina offers many activities, from zipline tours to hikes that cross the entire island, there is no shortage of activities to get your heart rate up.
For those looking for something a little more chill, the endless number of beaches and lounge bars can help you out with that. Catalina also restricts the number of cars allowed on the island, adding to the relaxing nature of the island.
6. Charleston, South Carolina
One of those towns that almost seems as if it’s from a movie set, Charleston is definitely becoming a popular choice for a girls' trip. Ride in rickshaws, brave a ghost tour, explore the pier and then dine at one of the many trendy restaurants. Charleston offers so many activities for friends to enjoy and is increasing in popularity, so those looking to beat the trend should not wait to book this trip.
7. Anna Maria Island, Florida
There are so many popular girls' trip locations in Florida, but Anna Maria Island is included on this list for those looking for something a bit lesser-known. This barrier island lies in the Gulf Of Mexico, not far from the Tampa area. It offers a seven-mile white sand beach, incredible sunrises and sunsets, and overall tranquil island life vibes.
Anna Maria is not spoiled by large hotels or high-rise condos, and you and the girls can explore the island by bike and then eat freshly caught seafood off the fishing pier.
8. Burlington, Vermont
Now easily reachable by train, Burlington is one of those cities that is so picturesque you wonder how it’s real. Located on the shores of Lake Champlain, this little Northeast gem offers many activities for a girls' trip. Spend your time shopping, maple syrup tasting, boating, or relaxing at the spas overlooking the lake and mountains. For a small city, Burlington also has an impressive bar and restaurant scene. Of course, if your girls' trip includes any ski bunnies, Burlington is also an ideal winter destination.
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