Positive energy. Lighthearted adventure. Quality bonding time. Few experiences nourish and revitalize a woman's spirit quite like a girls' trip. Getting the ladies together for a vacation can be tricky, but the right price and an exciting itinerary make even the shortest journeys well worth the effort. Squeeze in a weekend escape at a luxurious resort, or reconnect with nature — and your gal pals — on a rural retreat. Text your partners in crime and let them know you're considering one of these fabulous American destinations for your next girls' getaway.
Whether you're planning a desert excursion or a quick weekend escape, St. George, Utah, delivers beauty at every turn. The roughly two-hour-long drive from Las Vegas is worth the trip alone, with endless blue skies and stunning rock formations along the route. St. George is an outdoor recreational paradise with access to fishing, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking and biking trails, and Zion National Park. Unwind in Downtown St. George, where the eclectic architecture perfectly matches the vibe of the flourishing arts community.
When it comes to fabulous girls' trips, New York City is kind of a no-brainer. The Big Apple is a wonderland of skyscrapers and architectural styles, famous filming locations, and a vast diversity of cultures — perfect for a memorable and unique retreat. Need a flawless skyline view for a group Instagram shot? Visit Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. Itching for some new wardrobe staples? Shop to your heart's content on Fifth Avenue and in Downtown Soho. Art and history buffs have their pick of museums, and foodies can decide between gourmet eateries and the iconic NYC food carts.
Whether you're jet skiing on the crystal blue water or hitting the slopes in the wintertime, Lake Tahoe is the perfect destination for your circle of sociable, outdoor-loving girlfriends. Spend an afternoon swimming and picnicking under the shade of the towering pine trees on Pope Beach, then head to the surrounding state parks for some prime hiking routes. If you don't fancy breaking a sweat, drive the 72-mile long Ring Road to capture Instagram-worthy photos of the Sierra Valley.
Lexington is one of the South's most underrated destinations and belongs on your girls' trip shortlist. Situated on Kentucky's ever-expanding Bourbon Trail, this walkable college town has a fun and funky vibe perfect for a birthday or bachelorette weekend. Head for the historic distillery district and savor delicious brews inside stylishly refurbished warehouses. If you have any urban art lovers in your gang, make an afternoon of mural hunting and photography. Lexington is also the Horse Capital of the World. Book a tour at one of the hundreds of horse farms to learn more and meet Kentucky Derby winners.
With its majestic mountains, canyons, and sprawling alpine meadows, you can't go wrong with a girls' getaway in picture-perfect Big Sky, Montana. The ski resort town is a noted winter escape, with extensive slopes far less crowded than in California or Colorado. That's not to say Big Sky isn't worthy of a summer retreat too, though. Whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, and mountain trail exploration are all on the table, as is the local hospitality. Whether you're relishing a hearty elk steak or a flight of craft beers, the friendly townspeople are happy to offer recommendations.
California has its share of girls' trip-worthy destinations, but Santa Barbara stands out for several reasons. Laid-back beaches suit tourists looking for a more relaxing getaway, with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. The spectacular Santa Ynez Mountains greet beachgoers returning to tree-lined Milpas Street for shopping and dining experiences, like watching the cooks hand-make tortillas at La Super-Rica Taqueria. Visit local wineries on the Urban Wine Trail, or hire a local surf instructor and learn to ride the waves.
If your girls' getaway needs unpretentious, youthful energy with historic charm, then Providence, Rhode Island, might be your city of choice. This lively college town hits all the right notes, with eateries, galleries, and shops in several walkable neighborhoods. Check out the made-from-scratch pasta at Trattoria Zouma, then head for The Arcade, the nation's first enclosed shopping mall. Tour the Renaissance City by gondola to ogle historic architecture, or head to nearby Newport for a beach day.
Las Vegas is the unofficial girls' trip destination — why else would the city identify as fabulous? From celebrity chef-curated menus and private spa suites to top-tier stars in residence putting on regular shows, Vegas has everything a girl could need to feel luxurious. Head to Downtown Fremont Street for a taste of vintage Vegas, or hit The Strip to try your luck at the newest casinos, gaze at the lavish decor, and dance at the hottest nightclubs. Need a break from the crowds? Carpool less than an hour away to the Valley of Fire State Park or Red Rocks Canyon.
Chicago's metropolitan vibe is distinct from New York City's, and it's worth exploring with the girls if you've already done NYC or need a more affordable destination. North Michigan Avenue, or The Magnificent Mile, is a hub for tourists and locals alike. Spend an entire day browsing boutiques, touring famous museums, ogling exquisite architecture, and taking in the beautiful lakefront. Then, make time for group massages and mani-pedis at one of the local spas. Don't leave town without trying Chicago's signature deep-dish pie at Giardino's Pizza.
Atlanta is a hot southern destination full of exciting surprises and innovative design. Explore historic neighborhoods on the Atlanta BeltLine, a 22-mile network of trails where locals and visitors can escape traffic and navigate the city at their leisure. The Ponce City Market in the Old Fourth Ward is an up-and-coming destination that pays homage to Atlanta's history. Housed in the old Sears building, the retail and residential complex is also an amusement park. Indulge your inner child on The Roof with some carnival rides and mini-golf, all while enjoying some of the best views in Georgia.
Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder, Colorado, is a quaint small town with lots of big city flavor. You won't have to make the 30-minute drive to Denver for exceptional cuisines or high-end shopping. Stroll along the Pearl Street Walking Mall for your pick of local shops and farm-to-table restaurants, then pose for some group selfies with the thousands of tulips imported from Holland each year. Continue your tasty journey at the local breweries or head for the foothills, where over 200 miles of hiking trails await.
Natchez is synonymous with elaborate Antebellum mansions and lush greenery, but there's more to discover in the oldest city on the Mississippi River. Not far from New Orleans, Natchez has a very similar vibe at a fraction of the cost — and with smaller crowds. Dig into juicy barbecue ribs at the Pig Out Inn, a decades-old barbecue eatery, and taste locally-made rum, wine, and beers. Book a haunted evening tour of the 100-acre Natchez City Cemetery, or keep things light in the Riverside district at the Mississippi River Casino boats.
Located on the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee makes for an unforgettable girls' trip that's also super affordable. The underrated destination serves up plenty of indulgences, from boutique shopping in trendy neighborhoods to sipping locally distilled spirits at craft cocktail bars. Let loose after dark on the riverboat pub crawl, or discover regional talent at local music venues. Don't forget to explore the lakefront before leaving town.
Famous for its high-quality Pinot Noir and stunning views of the Cascade, Oregon Coast, and Calapooya mountain ranges, Willamette Valley is an undersung treasure of the Pacific Northwest. This emerging wine region produces distinct varietals at over 200 wineries perfect for an afternoon of wine-tasting with the girls. Tour the landscape on a bike ride through the Willamette Valley Scenic Trail or rent a car and visit Eugene or Salem. McMinnville's historic district is worth an overnight stay. With modern amenities and one of the most beautiful Main Streets in the U.S., you'll find plenty of Instagram-worthy shots.
Savannah, Georgia's, historic beauty isn't just for romantic escapes. Located on the Savannah River, the coastal southern city's cobblestone streets and Spanish moss-draped oak trees are the perfect backdrops for an elegant girls' trip. Downtown has one of the largest national historic landmark districts, and a walk through the neighborhood reveals various architectural styles from several eras. Indulge in comfort foods at the City Market, a hub for shopping and dining, or seek out some thrills on a haunted tour after dark.