Get Away, Girls! 7 Perfect Places for Your Next Ladies’ Weekend
Everyone needs a vacation now and then — and the only thing better than going on vacation is taking off with your best girlfriends.
The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to a weekend getaway: You can pick a place near your hometown or jet across the country to experience an entirely new city for a few days. That’s why you should consider the following seven ideas as a jumping-off point. One might be the perfect fit for your next girls’ trip, but you might also find yourself inspired by the suggestions to forge your own path.
No matter where you go, though, one thing is for sure: You and your girls will have an amazing time. Here are our seven best suggestions of where to go:
Charleston, South Carolina
Need a healthy dose of Southern charm? Then head to Charleston, South Carolina, where antebellum architecture, bright paint colors, horse-drawn carriages and palm trees will envelop you in that Dixie state of mind you seek.
Of course, Charleston is more than its looks alone: The city has easy access to the beach, which is a perfect place to head on your girls’ getaway. On top of that, it has an incredible culinary scene, and there’s no better thing to do on vacation that eat incredible food.
You’ve probably heard that Portland is a haven for hipsters, but it’s also a destination for those who aren’t rocking waxed moustaches, extra-large glasses or ironic tattoos. You and your girls will love exploring the city’s craft beer scene, which we promise won’t disappoint.
Because Portland has such a young population, you’ll find the city is packed with unique and delicious food spots. Aside from a plethora of food trucks, you will also have to try Portland’s famous VooDoo Doughnut, where flavors include maple bacon and the Memphis mafia, which features fried banana chunks drizzled in chocolate and peanut butter. Yum.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Portland has a very chill vibe, but that may not be what you and the girls are going for this year. If that’s the case, liven things up with a trip to Las Vegas.
You already know the attractions that Sin City has to offer: incredible pools, year-round sunshine, clubs, champagne and casinos. You can make your trip even more special by going to see a concert together — especially one the men in your life would rather not attend with you. Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, among others, have Vegas shows that would cement this as one of the best girls’ trips ever.
Our nation’s capital has more to offer than a whole bunch of monuments, although those are pretty fun to visit. Still, you’ll want to infuse your girls’ weekend with a bit more excitement than that, but don’t worry: D.C. has got you covered with more than enough activities for a weekend.
Because you’re on vacation, you won’t want to make any one in the group responsible for driving – especially in the city where parking is limited. A safe and seriously fun option would be to rent a party bus to take you around D.C. or, better yet, from D.C. to a winery just outside the city. Some companies even operate wine tours, which take participants from D.C. to the best wineries where they can drink, be merry and get home safely afterward.
Traverse City, Michigan
You might be thinking, “Michigan?! For a girls’ trip?” However, Midwesterners know the truth, which is that Michigan has quite a lot to offer tourists. There’s perhaps no place better to prove the point than Traverse City.
This is the perfect destination for an outdoorsy squad of women. Wintertime weather — read: Midwestern snowfall — means you and the ladies can hit the ski slopes and cozy up in cabins. During the summer, the snow melts away to reveal gorgeous beaches. The city celebrates warm weather with plenty of festivals you will all love.
Newport, Rhode Island
It doesn’t get much more quaint than the New England coast. You’ve heard so much about Cape Cod, and while that’s certainly a possible destination for your getaway, you might want to consider Newport, too.
Newport is just as quintessentially Northeastern as Cape Cod, but with one fun twist: the Gilded Age mansions. Yes, you and your girls can spend a full day scoping out gorgeous pieces of iconic real estate — can you imagine trying to get your significant other to partake in that?
Once the dream house-scoping is through, the city has everything you’d expect of a New England port: a harbor, plenty of chowder and boat shoes galore. So, pack yourself a pair of white jeans, throw on some shades and give Newport your best Jackie O impression.
Let’s end on a musical note: Austin, Texas, has an incredible live music scene. Aside from its most iconic music festivals — hello, SXSW — Austin has a plethora of bars and music venues where up-and-coming and well-loved musicians rock out every night of the week.
Austin’s close enough to Mexico that its culinary scene is very much south-of-the-border inspired. This is great news on its face, but it also means you and your girls can sip some of the nation’s best margaritas all weekend long. Have you ever had any better news than that?
Where Will You Go?
These seven places are examples of ways to transform your girls’ trip from ordinary to extraordinary. Find the city that has the most amenities — and restaurants and adult beverages — in line with your tastes. Then, book and don’t look back: You all deserve a weekend away, and there’s no better way to spend some time off than with your girlfriends.