25 American Cities for the Ultimate Girls’ Trip
Whether you’re the planner, the one who’s down for anything, the overpacker or the hot mess, we gathered the 25 best cities in the U. S. for a girls' trip.
25 Best American Cities for a Girls’ Trip
Who runs the world? Girls. And who needs a vacation? Girls. Nothing beats a holiday with your girlfriends. It could be a wild bachelorette party in Las Vegas or a classy wine getaway in Napa Valley with your mom and sisters. But when it comes down to it, you don’t need an excuse to bring the ladies together. Girls just want to have fun.
Whether you’re the planner of the group, the one who’s down for anything, the overpacker or the hot mess, we gathered the 25 best cities in the United States for a girls’ trip. We include destinations for beach vacations, ski trips, foodie escapes and desert getaways. Call your friends, and let’s go!
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Florida tourists often overlook Fort Lauderdale and head straight to Miami. But not so fast! Fort Lauderdale may actually be the better option for a girls’ trip. It’s less crowded, the beaches are just as nice (if not, nicer), and the city offers plenty of spas, shopping and dining.
What sets Fort Lauderdale apart is the 165 miles of canals that run through the city. Get on the water and book a boat tour — Fort Lauderdale Tiki is a super fun floating tiki bar charter (yes, you read that right) for up to eight people. For something tamer, the Jungle Queen is an iconic dinner and show sightseeing cruise that will sail the group through the Venice of America.
If you want an unforgettable (maybe a little forgettable) vacation, head to Nashville. It’s one of the best cities for a girls’ weekend. It’s loud, it’s exciting, and it’s fun. Pull on the cowboy boots, and check out the buzzing downtown area. Rows of honkey tonks blast live music all day.
When you’re tired of walking and would rather dance while getting a tour of the city, consider Off The Wagon Tours, a tractor that pulls a wagon full of people through the city. You really don’t see that every day.
Asheville, North Carolina
Head to the mountains for a girls’ getaway in Asheville. There’s plenty of outdoor adventure, shopping and restaurants in this trendy city. If you plan a girls’ trip during the summer, pack a bathing suit and tube down the French Broad River. If you visit during the winter, soak in hot tubs with a view at Shoji Resort and Spa.
No matter the season, spend half a day shopping at the local artisan galleries throughout the River Arts District. Asheville is also known as “Beer City,” so organize a brewery tour to taste local brews with the girls.
Align your chakras in Sedona, a desert town in Arizona that’s surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. When you’re not hiking one of the Red Rock trails or searching for vortexes, get your aura read at Mystical Bazaar.
Sedona is known for its vibrant arts community, so be sure to schedule time for shopping in town. Our best advice? Arrange a hot-air balloon ride to experience this beautiful city from the sky at sunrise.
Key West, Florida
Head to the southernmost point in the continental United States for the ultimate girls’ trip. Key West’s quirky atmosphere and island vibes are perfect for a quick vacation. Jumping in the ocean is probably one of the best things to do in Key West, so organize a snorkel charter with the ladies to swim in the turquoise water and explore marine life.
Key West is also known for its incredible sunsets, so head to Mallory Square for the city’s famous Sunset Celebrations. And don’t forget to embrace all of the Margaritaville vibes.
Napa Valley, California
If Napa Valley doesn’t scream girls’ trip, then we don’t know what does. Spoil the ladies with the best food, wine and spas in the world. There are about 500 wineries in Napa Valley, and while it’s tempting to visit all 500 in one go, it’s best to stick with one town such as St. Helena, Yountville or Oakville and tackle the wineries at a leisurely pace.
Other than sipping stellar wines, be sure to take advantage of Napa’s culinary scene. The only challenge to planning a girls’ trip to Napa is not being able to do or see everything. Oh well, you’ll just have to look forward to another reunion in wine country.
Spas, shopping, dining, dancing, craft beer — yup. Denver is the ultimate place for a girls’ getaway. The historic Larimer Square in Lower Downtown (LoDo) is the perfect spot for a Denver shopping spree. After maxing out the credit cards, venture to Little Man Ice Cream for a much-needed treat.
There are plenty of museums, sports, breweries and dispensaries to keep the group occupied. Denver is fun for the girls because it has options for things to do with any group, depending on the mood.
Las Vegas, Nevada
If you want pure fun with no strings attached, take the girlfriends to Las Vegas. Relax before getting rowdy with a spa treatment at one of the resorts. Then, opt for a boozy brunch to get the party started.
Depending on how things escalate, swing by Magic Mike Live in true girls-night-out fashion. Recover by booking a daybed at a resort and lounging by the pool. Then, repeat.
It’s not hard to plan a girls’ trip to Austin. Live music, trendy bars and southern hospitality make it a welcoming city.
But when you’re not shopping for cowboy boots downtown or sipping cocktails on Rainy Street, book an ATX Party Boat for fun on the water. The tour offers captained pontoon rentals for groups, which depart from the west side of town and motor down the Colorado River toward Lake Austin.
West Yellowstone, Montana
Book a cozy cabin, and visit West Yellowstone with the girls. The town is known as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park and boasts plenty of outdoor adventures. The area has a surprising array of options for dining and drinking, thanks to pubs, restaurants and coffee shops that are ideal for a girl group.
The only problem you’ll run into is deciding whether to bike, fish, ski, shop, eat, horseback ride, gamble or relax. Don’t forget the cowboy hats.
Palm Springs, California
For those looking to trade a big city for a desert escape, then Palm Springs is the answer. With an average of 350 days of sunshine, you’ll want to go pool hopping at popular hotels, which are open to the public. The Saguaro has an Instagram-worthy pool and live DJs on the weekend.
And for relaxed shopping, the city center hosts Village Fest every Thursday evening with street music, live entertainment and food stalls. At night, head to Red Barn for local live music, wild dancing and cheap drinks.
If you have a group of friends who are into skiing and snowboarding, then book a trip to Killington. This cute ski resort is perfect for all skill levels.
Balance out the sports with a relaxing spa day. The Killington Grand Spa offers a warm maple sugar scrub that’s made with Vermont maple syrup. When it’s time to let loose, the Wobbly Barn Nightclub turns up with live music and themed parties.
Park City, Utah
Mines, wines and alpine spas will make for a memorable girls’ trip in Park City. While it’s known as winter’s favorite town, it’s a great place year-round.
For something a little different, sign up for Fox School of Wine’s mines and wines tour. A sommelier pairs snacks with wines during a three-hour group tour that heads into the historic mines (sensible shoes recommended). Park City has an array of restaurants, bars, art, culture, spas and, of course, incredible skiing. A foolproof girls’ trip is inevitable.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Fun fact: Forbes ranked Santa Fe the No. 1 city in the U.S. for female-owned businesses. If that’s not a reason to plan a girls’ trip to Santa Fe, then we don’t know what is!
Besides excellent food and desert weather, check out all of the art galleries and museums. Of course, you’ll also want to visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and pay homage to this fascinating female artist.
Willamette Valley, Oregon
If you and the girls love adventure and wine, then consider Willamette Valley for your next girls’ trip. It’s a smaller version of Napa Valley and home to some of the best wines in the world.
Have each of the girls choose one vineyard to tour, and make a game plan to tackle each winery. Willamette Valley has incredible food, too, so be ready to splurge on some stellar meals.
Charleston, South Carolina
Head to Charleston for an Instagram-worthy girls’ trip. The cobblestone streets, rainbow-colored buildings and rich history make it a super fun place to explore (and have photoshoots).
Take the ladies for makeovers at Largo Salon. Once you’re all dolled up, check out happy hour at Uncork Charleston for wine and charcuterie boards. And don’t skip a sunset cruise around Charleston Harbor with (the appropriately named) Carolina Girl Yacht.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Put your party pants on for a girls’ trip to New Orleans. It’s about to get wild in the best way possible. The great thing about NOLA is that you can balance exploring a cool city with unforgettable nights on the town.
During the day, book a mural and graffiti art walk that takes you to the best hidden art in NOLA. When it gets dark, take the girls to an intimate music venue called Bacchanal, which has a shady courtyard for small-stage performances and an incredible wine list.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Rent a cozy cabin in Jackson Hole and plan an off-the-grid girls’ weekend. If you visit during the winter, then take advantage of the ski resorts. Cross-country skiing is an excellent activity to do with the girls.
If you visit during the summer, though, even better. In true Wild West fashion, saddle up on a horseback riding adventure through the grassy plains. At night, no matter the season, check out Millionaire Cowboy Bar — it’s like stepping into a western film, complete with saddles for barstools and plenty of space for line dancing.
Located on Florida’s panhandle is a cute beach town called Destin. It has uncrowded beaches, relaxing spas and high-end food. Wake up in the morning with group yoga on the beach, and then grab a coffee and explore the town.
Paddleboarding is a super popular activity in Destin because you’re likely to spot a dolphin in the water. If the group would rather kick back on a boat, you can charter a private catamaran and go snorkeling off the coast.
Savannah screams girls’ weekend. Book a tour with Savannah Slow Ride to experience a traveling tabletop powered by a 15-person bicycle, complete with a tour guide/conductor/DJ (what a job).
When you’re not exploring the city via bicycle bar, relax at the beach on Tybee Island. It’s an awesome spot to soak up the sun and splash in the waves.
Los Angeles, California
Big cities are great spots for girls’ trips because there’s plenty of options for things to do, and Los Angeles has everything. Depending on the mood of the group, hike Runyon Canyon for an outdoors activity. When it’s time to shop, visit The Grove outdoor mall.
The best way to tackle the food in L.A. is to have each member of the group pick a restaurant so that you all get a chance to try something different and new. When the sun goes down, head to a drag show at Hamburger Mary’s for fun entertainment.
Nantucket, a charming coastal town, comes to life in the summer. Plan a girls’ weekend full of boutique shopping, sunny beach days and lobster rolls. One of the best ways to see Nantucket is by bike. Pack a picnic, and take a scenic loop to Sconset and back.
But don’t skip the chance to get on the water, as there are plenty of sunset cruises that will take your group around the harbor. If you want to embrace the Nantucket way of life, plan a clambake with the girls (complete with a bib, white wine and laughs).
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Pagosa Springs is a small town in southwest Colorado known for its hot springs and surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. A girls’ trip to Pagosa Springs is a combination of adventure and relaxation.
In the summer, you can paddle, float or tube down the San Juan River. In the winter, plan a dog-sledding adventure with your girlfriends. But no matter what time of year it is, the natural hot springs are the main attraction, and there are plenty of spas where you can enjoy them.
San Diego, California
Soak up the sun, and slather on the sunscreen in San Diego. When you’re not drooling over the surfers at the beach, check out the local wineries and breweries.
And, of course, when it comes to food, eat all the fish tacos you can find. There are some really cool Airbnbs in San Diego, like this oceanside cottage. Dibs your room now.
The great thing about Miami is that you’ll all be able to find something you all want to do — whether that's a pool party, jet skiing in the ocean, relaxing at a spa, renting a yacht charter, or shopping on Lincoln Avenue. Plus, it boasts great weather year-round.
If the vibe is to relax, there are plenty of resort pools that offer cabanas and poolside service for the girls to enjoy. If you’re feeling more of a party vibe, we suggest dressing up and heading for a rooftop bar.