15 Girlfriend Getaways in the U.S.
City living, beach bumming, cocktail sipping, spa pampering... What's better than a fun weekend vacation with your girlfriends?! It's time to get the crew together and pack your bags!
If you're looking for ideas of where you should pack up and get away with your girlfriends for the weekend, I've got you covered! Below are 15 Girlfriend Getaways in the U.S. so you can live it up with the ladies.
New York City, NY
NYC is chock-full of things to do on a girlfriend getaway. I mean...hello...Carrie Bradshaw & Crew?! There is so much you can do with the ladies when you're in town! You can brunch, shop, drink, museum hop, and sight see. You can see plays, shows, musicals, and even crazy street performers. You can explore the many neighborhoods and dine in the best restaurants. It's a must do at least once with your girlfriends. Read more in my New York City guide right here!
When you get to Miami you almost feel like you've escaped into another world. The air is spicier, the people are hotter, and the music is louder. Some of my best memories of Miami were girls weekends when we would explore the streets of South Beach, lounge by the pool with our mojitos, and soak in the Latin vibe that is practically palpable on the streets of SoBe. Head to Miami for a girls weekend in the fall, winter, or early spring to avoid the high temperatures and humidity (because no one wants humidity to battle their hair).
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara is a perfect destination for a girl's trip because you have the beach, the city, and the wine country. Does it really get any better than that? You can pamper yourself by staying at a luxury resort, like the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara; head into town and do a food tour with Taste Santa Barbara Food Tour; go wine tasting along the Urban Wine Trail, or escape into the Santa Ynez Valley for some wine country living. It's practically impossible not to fall in love with Santa Barbara when you visit.
Sedona (along with a few other cities in the Southwest) is ideal for those of you who want to get away to pamper yourselves for the weekend. Escape into the desert to stay at a spa resort for a relaxing retreat with the girls. There are plenty of properties that also offer yoga retreats and other activities for you to chill out and enjoy.
If you and your girlfriends love country music, barbeque, whiskey, and kicking your boots up at the local bar, head to Nashville for the weekend! This city has so much to offer for a girl's weekend from live music to soul food. Head to the bars for a night of karaoke and some bourbon, or spend your days exploring the many outdoor activities that this city has to offer.
Charleston has been getting some serious attention lately, and for very good reasons. This adorable South Carolina city does not fall short on southern charm or hospitality at all. Come here with the girls to explore the cobblestone streets, the city's quaint architecture, take a cooking class, or shop around the downtown areas. This city is definitely on the top of my list to visit with my girlfriends!
If you and the gals are looking for a place to relax along the Northeast coast of the U.S., try visiting the charming town of Nantucket. This destination, which is just off the coast of Cape Cod, is perfect for those of you who like a little "polish" to your beach vibe. Stay at a cozy B&B, browse the downtown boutiques, or head out near the water for a day. Be sure to indulge in all the seafood you want while you're there!
Austin used to be a best kept secret of Texas, but that's all changed in recent years thanks to big events, like SXSW, coming and exposing the city for it's incredible, unique, eclectic culture. Come to Austin with your girlfriends and keep it weird! You'll find so much to do from funky food spots, to hip(ster) bars and lounges, and even plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.
Savannah is another destination that's perfect for the group of girls who want to get a taste of southern charm and hospitality! Walk through the historic parks and squares of the city and enjoy your time outside, or set up a weekend at the spa and pamper yourselves with soothing full body treatments. You'll also walk away feeling comfortable and happy with all of the delicious food choices down there...
What's not to love about America's wine country? This is really the ultimate girlfriend getaway if you want to relax with a glass of wine in the countryside with your besties. It doesn't get much better than Napa's rolling hills and spectacular vineyards. Go wine tasting, hit the spa, and check out the stunning 1800s/1900s architecture around the downtown area. You'll also find lots of art shops, local boutiques, and unique markets and restaurants along the riverfront area. All around a fabulous cultural destination for girlfriends!
New Orleans, LA
Even though most people think of New Orleans as just a party town, NOLA is actually a perfect destinations for girlfriends who want to get away to experience that southern eclectic culture. You can walk through the streets of the French Quarter, browse the boutiques of Magazine Street, sign up for a cooking class to learn how to cook Cajun food, watch some jazz or burlesque shows in the evening, and indulge in desserts at popular places like Cafe du Monde.
The Windy City has so much to offer visitors, especially for a fun girl's weekend. Stay downtown and walk around the Riverwalk, go on an architecture boat tour, visit Lincoln Park, or dine at one of the many world-renowned restaurants in town. There are plenty of museums, shopping districts, wine bars and lounges, and other things to enjoy. This city seriously has so much for you and your girls to experience during your visit. Check out more things to do and where to stay in my full Chicago guide right here!
San Francisco, CA
There's so much to love about this wonderful city by the bay. San Francisco has the architecture, the world-class dining, the shopping, the weather... It's an ideal urban destination for girlfriend getaways because there is so much to explore and do while you're there. You can head to Hayes Valley for some shopping and dining, step into a bar or cafe in the Mission, or visit some of the local wine bars in the downtown area. You can check out more on San Francisco in my City Guide right here!
If your idea of a fun girl's getaway is an outdoor adventure, then Denver might be an ideal destination for you. In the summer months, you have practically every outdoor activity you could ever imagine for you and the girls to enjoy (hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, etc.); and in the winter months, you have skiing, snowboarding, and other cold weather activities available all around the city. You could even take a mini day trip to the Rocky Mountains if you wanted!
Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs has always been a popular spot for their trendy hotels, luxurious spas, and upscale restaurants. You and the girls could head downtown to shop for vintage goods, step into an eclectic wine bar, or spend the day doing outdoorsy things like horseback riding or hiking. It's a unique destination that hasn't lost it's stylish charm over the years.
What are other U.S. Girlfriend Getaways that you love? Comment below with other suggestions!