As you might know by now, I’m a big proponent for travel and the discovery of new home away from home, as I believe it enlivens the senses and helps you build long-lasting experiences that material things just simply cannot beget.
Any getaway can be lovely and getting away with your significant other, or with your little family, is usually at the top of my to-do list. However lately, I’ve also been toying with the idea of planning a girls-trip (it all began from a girls’ night out at Piora). Every now and then, it's also nice to just venture away with your closest girlfriends (see my latest and greatest in Lisboa). Some might even venture to say that this is an absolute necessity!
This goes for whether you want to reconnect, enjoy a specific occasion together, or simply let loose. As you can imagine, there are loads of destinations that are just perfect for your getaway with the girls! So in this post, we have a guest feature that will take a look at the five best U.S. cities for just such a vacation – Austin, Montana, New York, Maui, and Seattle!
1) Austin, Texas
Noted by Red Books in a 2013 post on the best girlfriend getaways, Austin has a lot of the charm and intrigue of a big city without the general clutter and exhaustion. Known for its incredible indie music scene, Austin can be laid back and festive all at once, offering you and the girls a wonderful location to simply hang and reconnect.
2) Glacier National Park, Montana
If your group is into natural beauty and has a bit of a wild side, nothing tops Glacier National Park. Forget about the American southwest, because this is truly the most beautiful national park in the United States. It's also superb for hiking or camping. In an article detailing must-see destinations in the U.S., Dial-A-Flight notes that a stay in this park outside of the peak June-September season can offer you isolation with the nature and sights. If you're looking to reconnect with your friends, this seems like the perfect getway location! Glamping anyone?
3) New York, New York
This one is a no-brainer since it also happens to be yours-truly’s hometown. Okay okay, maybe it's a common, tired vacation recommendation, but there's simply no place like it if you and the girls want to live large for a weekend! (You can also leave it to Rockshic to offer plenty of recs, be it culinary, shopping, or simply people-watching!). You'll have the chance to indulge in world-class shopping & dining, spectacular tourism destinations, and catch a Broadway show or two (a recent highlight for me has definitely been Waiting for Godot)! With so many options, you're guaranteed to NEVER be bored. Just make sure you save up plenty before the trip!
4) Maui, Hawaii
Ummm… Maui brings me back to the summer of 2006, where I spent over a week in this tropical paradise with some of my closets friends (must go back!). I’d do it again in a heart-beat, and would love to share with you some of my favorite moments from that trip almost eight years ago (can't even believe it's been that long!).
If you have a particularly active bunch of girlfriends, Travel & Leisure recommends Maui as "sporty" getaway (it is also relentless beautiful and the surest way of feeling like you've just been transplated to another world entirely). Yoga is big at the resorts and there are plenty of light, healthy meal options. But the best way to enjoy Maui is simply to get out on the water, whether that means surfing, paddling, or just swimming. The article also recommends your group stay at Lumeria Maui, a relatively new resort that opened in 2012.
5) Seattle, Washington
Included as one of ten cities on Forbes' list of best weekend destinations, Seattle is ideal for the group of girls that includes some food and drink fanatics. The city itself is remarkably pleasant (when it's not being rained on), but it's the collection of wonderful restaurants, microbreweries, and even Northwestern wines that make Seattle so much fun for a quick getaway.
With these five recommendations, you and your friends are sure to have blast wherever you decide to go! I can personally vouch for three of these five cities (the food in Seattle is simply FANTASTIC! Plus I’m dying to do a gastronomy trip to nearby Portland). Also, Austin has always been on my list and I’m personally very, very intrigued by Montana.
So there you have it, start packing and planning away ladies!