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Global Galentine’s Getaways – Best Places to go with your best friend

Looking for beautiful places to go with your friends? Look no further than this fabulous list of amazing girls’ trips

Nothing makes me happier than dreaming about holidays in beautiful destinations with my best friends… and goodness knows, there is enough time for daydreaming right now! Putting together this list of girls’ trips with the assistance of a talented bunch of female travel bloggers has put a huge smile on my face. And, although I don’t think it’s best to travel right now, I hope this list will help inspire you and your best friends to plan some amazing future trips!

With trips for those looking for luxury with their besties, adventurous outdoors destinations, or budget-friendly backpacking, hopefully, these suggestions for places to travel on a girls’ trip has something for everyone.

The girls’ trip destinations are categorised in the following order:

  • ASIA
  • CENTRAL AMERICA
  • SOUTH AMERICA
  • NORTH AMERICA & CANADA
  • AFRICA
  • AUSTRALIA
  • EUROPE

Asia:

CAPPADOCIA, Turkey

by Roxanne from Faraway Worlds

With fairytale surroundings, relaxing spas, beautiful hikes and hot air balloon rides, travelling through Cappadocia makes the perfect trip with your best friend. Situated in central Turkey, Cappadocia is a national park filled with interesting rock formations and other cultural treasures. Home to early Christians, it has a wealth of cave churches decorated with surprisingly intricate mosaics and underground cities which are carefully concealed in the landscape. This results in a fascinating, adventurous stay, which can be as luxurious as you want to make it.

Before you go, be sure to book into a cave hotel. These rooms are carved into the hillside and are often beautifully appointed. Many hotels in Goreme, the main tourist town, also have beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. Wake up early in the morning, to either take a hot air balloon ride or just to watch the scores of balloons drift over the valleys – either way, it’s a beautiful sight. Enjoy a traditional Turkish breakfast, and be sure to book into a Turkish bath together. While it’s not always a soothing experience (imagine the dead skin vigorously scrubbed away), it’s definitely a bonding experience and you’ll both be glowing when you’re done.

It’s worth taking a day trip to explore the surrounding areas and, if you’re the outdoorsy types, there’s a range of hikes to choose from, all with spectacular scenery. And, to end the day, there are some excellent restaurants in the region, where you can try some traditional Turkish food, including the famous Cappadocian testi kebab.

DUBAI

by Em from That Travelista

As a destination known worldwide for its perpetual warmth and sunshine, its plethora of things to do, and its simultaneously Arab yet metropolitan atmosphere, Dubai makes the perfect girlfriend getaway for you and your bestie.

Those looking to get the adrenaline pumping can choose from activities like skydiving over the famous Palm Jumeirah, riding 4x4s over desert sand dunes, or eating dinner while literally hanging in the sky. On the other hand, those looking for a more low-key girls trip can instead focus on all the luxuries Dubai has to offer. These include shopping ‘til you drop at the world’s largest mall or haggling in the traditional souks, laying out at the beach all afternoon, and getting pampered at some of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

Dubai has the reputation of an expensive destination, and it definitely can be one. But there are plenty of medium-priced hotels, restaurants, and activities for those keeping on a budget. On top of that, visiting with a friend to split expenses such as hotel and cab rides already significantly helps, as opposed to visiting solo.

There are so many things to do in Dubai regardless of your interests that it is sure to give you and your bestie the girls trip of your lives.

IRAN

by Caroline from Veggie Wayfarer

Iran is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with its breath-taking architecture, fragrant food, rich history and unparalleled hospitality – an absolute must visit, and why not go with your best friend. The country is a little less well trodden, so traveling with a friend will make the experience more fun without taking away from any of the adventure.

Make sure to take at least 10 days, and if possible 2 weeks, to make the trek from Tehran all the way down to Shiraz.  The highlights of the country include the Golestan Palace in Tehran, the Shah Mosque in Isfahan, the Lut Desert and the famous Pink (kaleidoscope) mosque in Shiraz. If you are looking for a full 10-day itinerary check mine out my travel guide here.

The Iranian cuisine is very meat based, but every restaurant will have at least two vegetarian dishes. The local food is wonderfully seasoned with an eclectic mix of spices typical of the region. The language spoken is Farsi (not Arabic) and the currency is Iranian Rial which you need a local credit card for to get out of the wall as foreign credit cards simply do not work.  Dress code is modest for both men and women however slightly stricter for women.

HAMPI, India

by Bhushavali

Hampi is a unique place which can be visited as an ideal weekend trip from Bangalore, India. The best, luxurious and most chilled-out way to experience the place would be to stay at Evolve Back Resorts in Hampi and use the e-bike they provide to ride and explore the entire region.

Hampi was the capital city of Vijayanagara Empire in South India from 14th to 16th C. It is not a single monument but a group of several monuments including the Queen’s Bath, Zenana enclosure, Royal enclosure, Step wells, Hazara Rama Temple, Vittala temple, a few huge monolith sculptures scattered all over and so many more. It would definitely take 2 days or more to explore it all. During 16th C, the Vijayanagara rulers were overthrown in a war and slowly the capital city fell into ruins. Today the ruins of Hampi are a protected site and only one of the temples is still in worship. The rest are all open, public monuments.

Wrap-up day 1 by watching the sunset from atop Hemakuta Hill; then get back to the resort and pamper yourself with the in-house Ayurvedic massage; then soak in the infinity pool and finally get some sumptuous dinner with live music. That’s a break that every girl deserves!

SRI LANKA

by Haley from Haleyblackall.com

Located on the southernmost tip of India, Sri Lanka is one of the best places to go on holiday with your best friend. The small country has it all! There will always be something to do within a 30-minute drive of anywhere on the island, which will make for a caulk full galentine getaway. 

Stay at The Kip or Dreamsea in Ahangama along the south coast of the island. The south is home to some of the best golden sand beaches in the world. Try surf lessons on Weligama Beach, climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress, safari through Yala National Park to spot leopards and elephants, and hike Little Adam’s Peak in the green centre of Ella. 

If shopping is your thing, head to historic Galle Fort’s Pedlar Street and peruse the shops and grab a gelato together. Start your evening with a visit to the Lighthouse in Ahangama, sip a cocktail and watch a stunning Sri Lanka sunset. Later on, head to Ceylon Sliders, one of the coolest cafes in Southern Sri Lanka, order a falafel bowl and head up to the rooftop to mingle with the hip expat crowd. 

Sri Lanka is one of those countries you will never want to leave!

BAGAN, Myanmar

by Charu from Travel With CG

Bagan in Myanmar is a dreamlike destination like no other. Consisting of ancient Buddhist pagodas, stupas and temples; the incredibly vast landscape of Bagan is full of scattered shrines and mesmerising marvels. It is an ideal place to hop on an electric bike and go on an adventure of discovery with your best friend.

Days in Bagan are best spent scootering around pagodas, stumbling across unique, new places, indulging in the delicious local food, and admiring some incredible sunsets. Mornings there are something else altogether. With dozens of hot air balloons casually taking over the sky at dawn, sunrise in Bagan is a sight to behold and worth waking up early for.

Should you and your best friend get tired of exploring pagodas by road, you can even splurge on a hot air balloon ride in Bagan and soar high above years of history that make the area even more enchanting. Floating above the city’s stunning scenery and admiring it from an unparalleled viewpoint is something that I will personally always remember and recommend.

Nevertheless, watching the balloons fly above pagodas from the ground is a notable experience too. Depending on what the take-off location of the hot air balloons is when you are visiting, I would suggest to scout a nice spot nearby a day before and reach prior to sunrise to grab yourself and your best friend a frontline seat

MALAYSIA

by me

If you’re looking for a budget destination for a girl’s holiday, I would definitely recommend Malaysia! Although I arrived here solo, I quickly made girlfriends and we travelled together to paradise islands, Malaysia’s mainland jungle, and enjoyed the best street food I’ve found in Southeast Asia!

A trip to Malaysia will most likely start and end in its modern capital, Kuala Lumpur (unless you plan a side trip to Singapore, of course). Here you can find some of the world’s most luxurious hostels and get your own city infinity pool, or even splurge on a fancy hotel for a fraction of the price as elsewhere. But the real adventure begins when you and your girlfriends head out into the rest of Malaysia!

Love paradise islands? Head to the budget-friendly but astoundingly beautiful Perhentian Islands (a perfect place for snorkelling, surfing, and also where I learned to scuba-dive)! Or for a more upmarket stay, head to sublime beach hotels of Langkawi.

If you want adventure, get on a ricketty minivan to the jungle of Taman Negara for epic hikes and jungle river swims. For a more chilled out trip but with equal amounts of lush greenery, you’ll love the tea region of the Cameron Highlands.

Finally, nothing says girls’ trip like AMAZING food! Penang is one of the food capital’s of the world, and the street food areas are simply insane. With Indian, Malay and Chinese cuisines all a key part of Malaysian culture, this country is unforgettable for foodies. Explore the surrounding nature, Kek Lok Si Temple, and the memorable street art in Georgetown is definitely worth hunting around for.

I’d recommend starting in the cities to get accustomed to culture, and ending in a beach or countryside area, such as Perhentian Islands or the Cameron Highlands, so you end your stay feeling relaxing and refreshed. Read more about planning a budget holiday to Malaysia.

BALI, Indonesia

by Kaylini from the Curated Travelist

The island paradise of Bali seems like a must for the best gal pal getaway list as a result of its Instagram drool-worthy images and tropical ambience! Despite these points, it’s a wonderful destination to visit with your bestie because it’s affordable, safe, friendly and utter bliss.

Whether you’re a fan of taking in a breathtaking sunset and enjoying a sundowner on Double Six beach, opting into an island-hopping trip to Nusa Penida for Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach, embracing the Hindu culture at the numerous temples scattered across the island or even just enjoying the tranquillity of the luscious Jatiluwih rice terraces, there is truly something for all travel types.

If you’re looking for Instagram worthy moments with a friend, Bali has this in bounds. Try a delicious and vibrant floating breakfast, the Bali swing or literally any jungle forest villa – all of which are reasonably priced!

The Balinese culture is something that can only be experienced on this island and it’s wonderful to be able to share that with a friend. Apart from all the jaw-dropping scenery, the food and culinary experiences in Bali are equally delightful. Treat yourself to local cuisine like nasi goreng, mie ayam, satays and with the buzz of more dietary requirements, most establishments have upped their game by including several vegan and gluten-free options too!

Bali truly is a paradise for many travellers and would be the perfect bucket list destination to visit with your bestie! 

HIROSHIMA, Japan

by Michelle from Wander Eat Write

When I was living in Japan, a friend and I spent a few days exploring the area around Hiroshima since we’d already been to the more major tourist cities like Tokyo. Despite its tragic history, Hiroshima is a great destination especially if you’re looking for something different from the hustle and bustle of the busy cities. It’s got lots of history and educational museums, amazing food, and unique islands nearby to visit, all while being super safe for female travellers.

One of the most popular day trips from Hiroshima is Miyajima, the island famous for its iconic floating torii gate, Itsukushima Shrine. The quiet island offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and there’s even friendly wild deer around that you can take pictures with.

My favourite hidden gem in the Hiroshima area is Okunoshima, also known as Rabbit Island. Nearly a thousand rabbits roam the island freely with no natural predators. While most people who visit the island go to feed the bunnies, it’s actually an interesting place to learn about the lesser-known events from World War II and the island’s dark history as a secret poisonous chemical factory during that period.

Visitors can hike or bike around Okunoshima to see the remaining ruins and abandoned buildings and read about its historical significance through the accompanying signs.

KYUSHU, Japan

by me

It’s safe to say Japan is great for a girl’s trip, whether you head to the key cities of Kyoto or Tokyo immersing yourself in both modern and historical Japanese culture, or are after something more unique. And for those of you looking for adventure, look no further than the volcanic island of Kyushu.

Begin in Fukuoka, Kyushu’s largest city and handily located next to an international airport. Here, you and your best mate can enjoy karaoke, the famous regional ramen, and enjoy an evening at one of the many unique bars and arcades after seeing a live sumo-wrestling match. From Fukuoka, you can head straight to some of Japan’s most unique natural wonders by car, bus or bullet train…

Beppu has to be one of the most unique places I’ve ever visited – It’s home to over 2000 hot springs! And most unique of all is that these hot springs, referred to as ‘hells’ due to their insanely high temperatures, are multicoloured. From Beppu, you can also visit the active volcanoes of Aso or Kagoshima, providing they are safe at the time of your visit.

Finally, stay in a traditional ryokan to make your girl’s holiday one to remember. Many of the sleepier mountain towns have stunning accommodations, complete with onsen (natural hot springs) for you and your bestie to enjoy. Kirishima or Kurokawa are both fantastic locations for onsen that you won’t forget.

Central America:

TULUM, Mexico

by Shelley from Travel Mexico Solo

High atop many travel bucket lists, is Tulum, Mexico, a tropical beachy jungle paradise in the Yucatan Peninsula. Thanks to Instagram, YouTube and social media, it’s definitely easy to see why: Tulum is gorgeous. This laid back boho beach town is also one of the best Mexico travel destinations for a girl’s trip for so many reasons. Besides the sheer number of things to do in Tulum so you’re both entertained, this town is really two places in one.

By day, there are cenotes to swim in and the Tulum Ruins Mayan archaeological site to explore, sunrise yoga classes and gorgeous beach clubs to lounge around at. When the sun goes down, Tulum’s nightlife is in full swing with funky bars, fine dining restaurants and late-night street taco stands.

For the cenotes, Mexico’s famous clear-water swimming holes, head to Cenote Calavera and Gran Cenote, located just minutes from Tulum Town (AKA downtown Tulum). These make the perfect places to get some quintessential Tulum photos you’ll treasure forever.

At night, get all dressed up in your finest tropical chic attire and hit the town together. From Happy Hour at Mateo’s on the top deck for sunset, to hip Gitano for the best cocktails in Tulum, and some nightcap tacos al pastor at Antojitos La Chiapaneca, you and your gf will have an epic Tulum trip, from morning till night.

HAVANA, Cuba

by Carley Rojas Avila from Home to Havana

Havana, Cuba is the perfect combination of fascinating culture, great nightlife, and adventurous travel experiences to make for an ideal trip with friends. Exploring Old Havana and its colonial buildings and art galleries is the perfect way to enjoy a trip to the Caribbean, where many travel experiences tend to be more couples-focused or family-focused.

Beyond just seeing the city’s breathtaking sights, enjoy Havana’s resurgence in new restaurants, bars, and nightclubs popping up constantly and making for something to do in the evening here as well. A trip to Havana isn’t complete without a visit to the Fábrica de Arte Cubano, a multi-use space that is part art gallery, concert venue, and bar with rotating exhibits and performances – it is the place to be for locals and visitors alike.

Make sure to stay in one of the city’s restored colonial buildings turned rental properties, like a casa particular in Old Havana, to experience the beautiful and historic facades of the city from the inside out. Plus, with some of the best beaches in the world just a few hours to the east of Havana, a trip here can easily become a beach vacation as well.  

GUATEMALA

by Nicole from Go Far Grow Close

One of the best places to visit with your best friend would be Antigua in Guatemala. It is a beautiful city nestled between dormant volcanoes, with cobblestone roads, colourful buildings with exceptional restaurants and cafes, and lots of great shopping. One of the prettiest places to stay is in Posada Del Angel, just near the centre of town, which offers large, beautiful rooms.

If you like adventure, you can do an ATV tour of the city and the surrounding area all the while visiting authentic little Guatemalan towns, learning about how the locals live.

If your gal pal and you love hiking and excitement, then you should do the 2 hour hike up Pacaya Volcano, a live volcano a couple of hours drive from Antigua. Finally, if you love history and archaeology, then take the one hour flight to Flores, and explore the Maya ruins of Tikal National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

South America:

GALAPAGOS

by Ilona from Top Travel Sights

Galapagos is one of the best places to visit with your best friend. The islands are known for their wildlife, but other fun activities you can do together are climbing volcanos, snorkelling or relaxing on white beaches.

Whether you join a cruise or organise a budget island-hopping tour yourselves, you are guaranteed to see animals you can only find in this corner of the world. Most islands are home to giant tortoises and stopping by a breeding centre will give you a chance to see them from up close. You are also guaranteed to run into marine iguanas and sea lions.

If you and your friend enjoy snorkelling, head to La Loberia on San Cristobal island. At this beach, you often find sea lions and can snorkel with these playful animals. With a bit of luck, you can also spot flamingos and blue-footed boobies. These birds have feet so blue that they almost don’t look real.

Galapagos consists of volcanic islands, and during your trip, you have the chance of climbing them. Join a tour on Isabela Island, where you can look into the Sierra Negra Volcano’s giant crater.

If you get tired or need some time off, you and your best friend can find many white beaches in Galapagos. Isabela Island is home to a long stretch of sand where you can enjoy the sun and relax with a refreshing cocktail.

PISCO, Peru

by Ellie from Ellie’s Travel Tips

With miles of relaxing beaches, rolling sand dunes, and world-renowned wineries, Pisco is the perfect destination for a girls trip. While at first Pisco may seem like a typical Peruvian town, once you and your bestie notice the breathtaking nature reserves and boozy distilleries, this region will have you wanting more.

Named after the national liquor of Peru, Pisco is the perfect spot for you and your best girlfriend to try some pisco sour. The best way to try pisco is by driving to one of the nearby vineyards, where the hosts will be more than happy to show you both around and offer tastings of some of their popular varieties of wine.

As one of nearby Paracas’ top adventures, Paracas National Reserve is where you and your best friend should head to next. Many tourist companies offer scenic boat rides around this massive reserve– home to countless exotic and endangered marine species. Next, you girls should check out the Huacachina Oasis. As South America’s only natural desert oasis, Huacachina is perfect for riding through the neighbouring sand dunes on carts and sandboards. After hitting the sandy slopes, head into the Oasis to grab a delicious bite to eat at Wild Olive Trattoria & Guest House.

Remember to pack sunglasses, a hat, and tons of sunscreen for the intense desert sun before you leave on your girls getaway in Peru. With countless wineries and Insta-worthy attractions, Pisco is a great place to visit with your best girlfriend!

Huacachina, PERU

by Michelle from Moyer Memoirs

Huacachina, Peru is a great place to vacation with your best friend, especially if the two of you are an active, outdoor-loving pair.  Huacachina is located on the west coast of Peru and a 5-hour drive from the capital city of Lima, Peru.  It is very easy to plan a getaway with a day-trip from Lima to Huacachina.  This small town is an oasis in the middle of a desert with a small lake surrounded by sand dunes on all sides.  It feels like a lost town in the middle of nowhere! 

Vacationers flock to Huacachina for adventures on the sand dunes, including ATV 4-wheel driving up and down the dunes at full speed and then sandboarding down them.  You and your gal-pal can even try standing on that board while you surf the sands. My daughter and I chose to accept the challenge of the sand-surfing going face-first down the hills with our bellies firmly planted on the boards.

There are dozens of tour companies all offering the same adventure, so there is usually not a worry of it selling out.  The dune buggies all zip around the dunes in a single file line, popping up and over each dune with accelerating speed so that the seat-belted passengers scream in chorus.

Make sure you take sand protection for your face, your eyes, and your camera by taking a buff, a pair of sunglasses and a Ziploc bag for your camera or phone.  Sand will get everywhere while you are flying down the dunes.

For those that love to party, there are numerous hostels and bars surrounding the oasis town.  If you prefer a more relaxing and quiet abode, I recommend staying in Ica and taking a cheap 10-minute taxi ride through the desert to Huacachina when you are ready for the excitement to begin.

USA:

SAN FRANCISCO, California

by Katherine from Bright Lights of America

San Francisco is an absolute dream Galentine’s getaway location – it’s got everything from gorgeous views, world-renowned wine regions, gardens bursting with colour, amazing restaurants, cafes, and cocktail bars, and the weather’s pretty mild as well.

If you love nothing more than having deep and meaningful (or fun and frivolous) conversations with your bestie over a glass of wine, take a trip to the Napa wine region and relax at Castello di Amorosa – a 13th Century-style Italian castle winery. Maybe a French Chateau, formal gardens, and sparkling wine is more to your taste? You should while away your day at Domain Carneros.

You probably already knew that the iconic Golden Gate Bridge is one of San Francisco’s most popular photo spots, but there are so many more places that are Instagram-worthy in the city by the bay. Check out this guide to the best views in San Francisco and feast your eyes on beautiful mosaic staircases, hillside views from cable car rides, and street art that will make you gasp.

If you’re into nature, why not visit the Japanese Tea Garden, or the Conservatory of Flowers inside the sprawling 1,017-acre Golden Gate Park? Marvel at the gorgeous California coastline by taking a hike at Marin Headlands. I guarantee that you’ll return San Francisco with your best friends again and again!

SAN DIEGO, California

by Sharon from Exploring Our World

San Diego, California, boasts balmy weather year-round and makes an ideal city for a getaway with your best girlfriend. Laze on the beaches, hike on seaside cliffs at Torrey Pines, and shop at boutiques in upscale La Jolla. Balboa Park offers art museums and a world-class zoo. And Coronado is a quaint island perfect for riding bikes for miles.

The coastline provides a variety of things to do. Tour the lighthouse high on a bluff in Point Loma. Explore the Maritime Museum at the bay, which includes the sailing vessel Star of India. History buffs will love boarding the Midway aircraft carrier and discovering what life was like aboard ship. At Seaport Village you can stroll along the waterfront or fly a kite. The Birch Aquarium gives a peek into fascinating sea life. You can also fit in a harbor cruise or cross the San Diego Bay on a ferry.

You’ll find all types of cuisine in San Diego. Favorites include Italian pasta and pizza in Little Italy, authentic Mexican cuisine in Old Town, and fresh seafood delights at harbor restaurants. For nightlife, head to the Gaslamp Quarter downtown. Trendy restaurants and bars beckon in this lively area.

You girls will have so many options for fun activities. Just don’t forget to pack your swimsuit and sunglasses.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada

by Ketki from Dotted Globe 

Las Vegas, also known as Sin City, is known for its casinos and gambling. But the vibrant city is also popular for its pool parties and music concerts. This is the perfect destination for a fun and crazy trip with the girls if you love music, spa massages, shopping, and painting the town red. The city is also the best for bachelorette or birthday parties and celebrations of all kinds. 

So pack your best dresses, fashion accessories, jewelry, and makeup – let the fun begin! Start by walking down the Las Vegas strip. Admire the casinos and their striking architectures. See the sphinx at Luxor and ride the roller coaster in New York New York. Party at the Cosmopolitan and drink frozen daiquiris at Planet Hollywood. 

But the Las Vegas girl’s getaway need not be only about partying and drinking. The desert landscapes here are exotic and amazing for hiking and camping. Visit the Valley of Fire State Park to see the dramatic red rock landscape or make a day trip to Zion National Park to hike the narrows. From ATV rides to kayaking, a number of amazing adventures with your friends await you.  

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona

by Sydney from A World in Reach

If the idea of hanging out at luxury resorts, relaxing with spa treatments, going wine tasting, and dining at delicious restaurants with your best girlfriends sounds like a good time, head to Scottsdale, Arizona for your next Galentines Getaway.

Scottsdale is a gorgeous desert city just a few miles east of Phoenix. The city is known for being home to luxurious resorts and golf courses, but there’s so much more to the city than just that. If you’re a hiker, make sure to hit the trails up to Camelback Mountain, where you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views over Scottsdale and Phoenix.

The city and its surroundings are also home to incredible cultural experiences. Pay a visit to Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, as well as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, featuring unique modern art exhibitions from around the world. Make some time to explore Old Town Scottsdale, where you can shop for souvenirs, grab some yummy Mexican food (The Mission has amazing tacos!), and go winery-hopping on the Scottsdale Wine Trail. There are plenty of free and cheap things to do in town, making it super easy to visit Scottsdale on a budget.

You can’t visit Scottsdale without staying in one of the legendary resorts. One of the best resorts in town is the Andaz Scottsdale, a gorgeous property with bungalow-style rooms, mid-century modern decor, a pool, a spa, and fun activities for guests like an Instagram tour. You can even arrange for an airport pick-up in the resort’s Tesla! Staying here while visiting Scottsdale will make for a getaway that you and your girlfriends won’t forget.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas

by Kay from Enchanting Texas

San Antonio makes a perfect girl’s weekend getaway in the Southern USA. The city has a chilled and laid back vibe. It has been featured in movies such as Miss Congeniality and has plenty of tourist attractions. 

Visitors can take a river cruise on the San Antonio River, go shopping in the malls downtown, and see the Alamo. This historic structure is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can see the church and the on-site museum which has a variety of artifacts and photographs. 

The other main attraction in the city is the San Antonio Riverwalk. This riverside pathway is perfect for sipping tequilas, trying Tex-Mex food, and just catching up with your friends. There are many other things to do on the San Antonio Riverwalk including charming bridges, public artwork, and theatres. 

The city also has many museums where you can enjoy history, culture, and arts. The other frontier missions are also worth a visit. Go shopping for unique souvenirs, handcrafted jewelry, and colorful clothes at the Historic Market Square, or spend the day riding the roller coasters at Six Flags theme park. The city has a lot of fun activities that are perfect for a girl’s weekend. 

CHICAGO, Illinois

by Francesca from Homeroom Travel

Chicago is an awesome Galentines Getaway with your best friend. Chicago offers a variety of things to do from brunch spots and bars to museums. No matter what your interests are, you will be able to find fun and unique things to do with your best friend and it is great to visit throughout the year. Opt to stay near the Millenium Mile area to be in the most central location. To save money, visit during the wintertime. It may be cold, but many of the attractions will be deserted. 

Make sure to hit up Flora Fauna for brunch, especially for vegan eaters as well as one of the many Chicago style pizzerias (Gino’s East is a favorite). A food tour is also a fun way to get a sampling of the Chicago food scene. The I/O Rooftop Lounge, The Drifter, and The Signature Lounge are the perfect bars to visit in Chicago with your best friend. The I/O Rooftop Lounge and the Signature Lounge offer spectacular views of the city. The Drifter is a speakeasy with a burlesque show and some unique libations. 

Head to the Skydeck at the Willis Center for some Instagrammable photos or Millennium Park to view the infamous “Bean.” Popular museums include the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum. Head to the Chicago Architecture Center for a river cruise or to view a 3D printed model of Chicago. No matter what activities you decide to do, Chicago makes for a fantastic Galentines Getaway!

NAPLES, Florida

by Disha from Disha Discovers

There are so many fun places to visit in the States with your best friend and Naples, Florida is one of them.

Naples is one of the prettiest cities on the East Coast. It’s located on the Gulf Coast of Florida and is famous for its high-end shopping, gorgeous beaches, suave restaurants, and more. Plus, the vibe is laid back and you and your friend will feel like you’re in paradise. Also, the weather is perfect year-round so you can enjoy outdoor activities in comfort.

There are so many incredible things to do in Naples. Spend the day exploring the local beaches with your friend. Some of the best beaches are Vanderbilt Beach, Lovers Key State Park, Clam Pass Park, and Bonita Beach. Another fun thing to do is to watch the sunset from Naples Pier. Be on the lookout for marine life because this area is frequented by dolphins, sharks, and manta rays.

You can also shop until you drop with your best friend on 5th Avenue. This area boasts high-end stores and smaller boutiques. Plus, 5th Avenue has tons of international restaurants. Most of these restaurants have happy hour in the evening so kick back and relax after a long day of exploring.

If you and your friend are up for an adventure, check out kayaking. There are several places to kayak in Naples and you might even spot a manatee or dolphin if you’re lucky!

Lastly, be sure to take a day trip to Everglades National Park, Marco Island, and Sanibel Island. Each one of these three places is exciting.

All in all, Naples is a great destination for a girls’ getaway. It has so much to offer for a girl and her best friend.

NEW YORK CITY

by Lyndsey from The Purposely Lost

Planning to take a trip with your best friend? Look no further than New York City for your Galentine’s getaway. What are your favorite things to do together? Chances are, you won’t run out of interesting neighborhoods to explore, tours to take, or experiences to share in the city that never sleeps!

Take time visiting the city’s icons, like Central Park, Times Square, the 9/11 Monument, and any neighborhood that fits your vibe. Love Gossip Girl? Spend some time on the Upper East and Upper West Sides of Manhattan. Or maybe you prefer wandering through the boutiques of Greenwich Village. Maybe you’re too cool for Manhattan and feel like Williamsburg, Brooklyn is more your style. No matter which neighborhood in the city you decide to explore, you’re bound to find cool shops and great food.

Find opportunities to visit museums, such as the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum, among others. And make sure you take in the views from one of the best observatories in New York City, like One World Observatory, Top of the Rock, or the Empire State Building.

With Broadway, other theatre houses, comedy clubs, and karaoke nights, you won’t be without entertainment in the evenings, either. No matter what your interests, you and your best friend will have a trip you’ll never forget in New York City!

CATSKILLS, New York State

by Monica from Planner At Heart

Grab your bestie for a winter wonderland getaway! The Catskills have always been a beloved ‘back to nature’ getaway. From historical artists to Borscht Belt resorts of yesteryear (you know what I’m talking about Marvelous Mrs Maisel fans) to Woodstock, there’s always been magic here.  Now, Millennial artists, hoteliers, and restaurateurs are shaping the next ‘version” of the Catskills celebrating the same awe-inspiring surroundings.

For ski bunnies, stay and play at Hunter Mountain –  upstate New York’s premier four-season resort for skiing and snow tubing. Stay at Kaatskill Mountain Club for ski-in/ski-out convenience. After a day on the slopes, relax in their hot tubs, heated pool, and large rooms (studios all the way to 3 bedrooms).

For nonskiers, enjoy a relaxing weekend at the recently renovated Scribner’s Lodge, a modern luxury boutique hotel. They have larger suite rooms, an amazing bar, and a restaurant that would shine in Manhattan.

Last Chance Restaurant has a wonderful extensive Americano menu with gluten-free options, 300 specialty beers, 50 whiskeys, and 100 kinds of cheese!  They have a new live music venue in the building next door so make it a dinner and concert combo all in one place. 

If you are looking for a more elevated meal or are fans of the infamous Blue Stone at Stone Barns, have dinner at Jessie’s Harvest House. They have great mixed drinks, Pat LaFrieda burgers, meatballs, and pasta! Definitely make a reservation if you’re planning on enjoying this restaurant. It’s a popular one!

The Caribbean:

BAHAMAS CRUISE

by Rachael from A City Girl Outside

Setting sail on a Disney Cruise is the perfect way to spend time with your best girlfriends. The Disney Bahamas Cruise offers everything you could ever want from a girls trip. From the endless food options to bar hopping and spending time by the pool.

There are several options for staterooms on a Disney Cruise, from interior rooms to suites. The Verandah rooms with a balcony are highly recommended and I’d highly suggest spending the extra cash for an exterior balcony. Being able to watch the waves at night or get your first glimpse of the crystal blue seas of the Bahamas is truly magical.

The Disney Cruise Ships offer adult-only areas for times when you want some peace and quiet. The Cove Pool is an adults only pool complete with a poolside bar. The District is an area on board also exclusive to adults. This area features several bars including the PINK bar where you can sample different types of champagne – make sure you try the elderberry! 

The Disney Dream departs from Cape Canaveral and starts it’s journey for the Bahamas. The first stop on the 4-night, 5-day itinerary is the town of Nassau. Here you can book tours and excursions or simply explore the area as you wish. Nassau is a stones throw away from the famous Atlantis Hotel & Resort which many people choose to explore.

The final stop on the itinerary is Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas and a true paradise. If you’re an active group of friends, or if you just want the really cool medal, the Castaway Cay 5k race commences at 8am as soon as the ship docks. Make sure you sign up in advance for the run and at the finish line you’ll be rewarded with a Castaway Cay medal that makes a great souvenir! After starting your morning with a run, head to Serenity Bay, the adults only beach on the island. This area is beautiful and the ocean is so crystal clear and calm, it stretches for miles. 

For something extra special consider a spa package at the Senses onboard spa. If you’re not looking for a specific treatment but want somewhere to unwind you can buy a pass to access the Rainforest room featuring showers, saunas and hot tubs, complete with a window view of the endless ocean. Why not end your night dining at Palo or Remy’s – the Disney Dream’s fine dining options. These will need to be booked in advance and aren’t included in the package price of the cruise. 

A Disney Cruise is a great option for a girls trip, bachelorette or just for big kids who still love Disney! 

Canada:

CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAINS

by Devin from Deventuretime

The Canadian Rocky Mountains make for a perfect getaway with your best friend due to the incredible scenery, amazing wines, and great food. The best way to explore the area is by renting a car and road-tripping from place-to-place, stopping at many beautiful destinations throughout the mountains. There are plenty of different accommodations along the way, but the most sought after are the dreamy cabins in the mountains. Just imagine waking up to views of the roaring mountains!

While there are many incredible places to visit in the Canadian Rockies, the most well-known destination is Banff National Park. Banff is home to great hiking trails through the mountains and some of the most beautiful lakes in the world, including Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. It’s also a known place to catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife, including moose, elk, bears, and more.

A girl’s trip is always best enjoyed with wine and there is an incredible wine region in the Canadian Rockies, located in Okanagan Valley. Wine lovers from around the world visit this region to taste the wines and enjoy the incredible lake and mountain views. There are plenty of wine tours that take you to numerous wineries throughout the course of the day, where you can sample as many wines as you please.

OKANAGAN VALLEY, British Columbia

by Taryn from Chasing Trail

Nothing says “Galentine’s getaway” quite like wine tasting, farm-to-table dining, shopping, and spending time outdoors in gorgeous weather. That’s exactly what you’ll find in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, USA Today’s pick for the world’s No. 2 “Best Wine Region to Visit.”

While northern California’s romantic Wine Country attracts worldwide attention, heading a bit further north to BC guarantees you and your gals a totally different – but equally fabulous – experience. Since it’s lesser-known, Okanagan Valley is far less expensive and crowded than Napa. Don’t let that fool you, though: It’s home to over 200 vineyards and centers around stunning Okanagan Lake, which is 135 kilometers, or about 84 miles, long. 

Start off with a day of vineyard tours and boutique shopping in Oliver, the “Wine Capital of Canada,” then head to Kelowna, AKA “Napa North.” Check out one of Kelowna’s five wine trails, enjoy sweeping Cascade and Coast mountain views, and choose a laid-back lakefront hotel, like the Coast Capri, with an onsite restaurant and spa.

Weather in Okanagan Valley is surprisingly mild (this is Canada, after all), with little snowfall and winter temperatures averaging in the mid 30s to low 40s Fahrenheit. This makes it ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities between wine tastings. From hiking and horseback riding to biking and skiing, there’s truly something here that appeals to every interest. 

So what are you waiting for? Gather your gals, pick a weekend, and pack your bags for a girlfriends’ getaway in Okanagan Valley!

TOFINO, British Columbia

by Rachel from www.RachelHuber.ca

Disconnect from life and reconnect with your bestie on beautiful Vancouver Island. Tofino, a surf town nestled in the wild West Coast of Canada offers nature, white-sand beaches, and an element of escape. It’s the perfect place for you and your girlfriend to bond and leave the busy city behind. Catch a wave, soak in a hot spring, hike, or more. Activity options here are endless. Did we mention, Tofino is famous for its fish tacos, coffee shops, and food trucks? What else could a girls’ trip need!

Kick-off your getaway by unwinding with a fire at the beach. Bring some food truck goodies, hot cocoa (or your favorite red wine), and watch the sun go down. The sunsets here are phenomenal and Chesterman’s Beach is an ideal place to kick back and catch up. For the more adventurous, a trip to Hot Springs Cove is a must. This natural hot spring is located in a remote inlet North of Tofino. Access and cell-service are limited, so you’ll be able to enjoy a full-day of quality time with your bestie.

Plus, getting there is half the fun. Travel by seaplane taking in a birds-eye view of the coast, or arrive by zodiac watching out for humpback whales along the way. Any trip to Tofino wouldn’t be complete without surfing. Be sure to take a lesson with the passionate and supportive all-female crew at Surf Sisters. You’ll catch a wave and fits of laughter.

A trip to Tofino is definitely one you and your girlfriends will talk about for months to come!

Africa:

MOROCCO

by Adrienne from TheHaphazardTraveler

Adventurous besties should add a small group tour of Morocco to their bucket list.  While Morocco is a small country, it has extremely varied scenery, from picturesque coasts to rugged mountains, colorful cities, and the immense Sahara desert.  For this reason, an adventure tour with Intrepid Travel or G Adventures is a great way for friends to explore the landscapes, history, and cultures of Morocco.

A one or two week Morocco itinerary usually starts in Casablanca, where travelers can begin their sightseeing with the largest mosque in Morocco, the Hassan II Mosque.  Trips often include Chefchaouen, an Instagram-perfect blue city, and Morocco’s Roman ruins in Volubilis.  Morocco’s “culture capital” of Fes is another city made for photos as well as shopping in its vibrant markets.  Movie buffs will love Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO-designated clay city that was featured in Game of Thrones and many films. 

The highlight of every Morocco tour, though, is an overnight in the Sahara.  Set off into the desert on camels and arrive at camp just in time to watch sunset from the top of a sand dune.  And of course, the iconic city of Marrakech is the perfect end to any Morocco trip by staying in a traditional Moroccan home (riad) converted into a hotel.  Visit the colorful Jardin Majorelle, shop for souvenirs in the medina, and have dinner in street food stalls that pop up like magic in the square each night.

A small group tour to Morocco takes care of all the planning, so best friends can focus on having an epic adventure together.

EGYPT

by Clotilde

A trip to Egypt with a girlfriend is an experience that will build friendships and memories for a lifetime. A 10-day tour in Egypt offers an almost complete overview of the country and can be organized in complete autonomy. If you have been fascinated by this mysterious culture since childhood, get ready for a leap back in time as soon as you set foot in the country.

Start in Cairo and visit the Pyramids. Of course you cannot miss spending half a day exploring the last of the seven wonders of the ancient world, but don’t forget that Cairo offers much more. The Egyptian museum, which will move to Giza in 2021, is a must to explore and will help you to appreciate the rest of the trip. The churches of the Coptic Cairo area and the mosques of Islamic Cairo will take you another day, and then there are still the stepped pyramids of Saqqara and the bent pyramid of Dashur.

From Cairo move to Aswan and embark on a Dahabiya for an experience that will be an indelible memory for life, a cruise on the Nile. After 3 days of slow and relaxing navigation, visiting ancient temples, and sharing past times together, you will arrive in Luxor.

Luxor will continue to amaze with more countless and unmissable attractions such as the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut’s Temple, the colossi of Memnon, and the magnificent Karnak temple. From Luxor if you still have some time you can finish the trip by going to relax on the shores of the Red Sea.

STELLENBOSCH

by Ella from Many More Maps

If you’re looking for a day of relaxing in beautiful scenery and sipping wine to your heart’s content with your best friends, Stellenbosch is the place to go! Stellenbosch is a university town of Stellenbosch just 50km from Cape Town, so it’s perfect for a day trip or a weekend trip. 

This region is so jam-packed with award-winning wineries and delicious wine tasting options that it’s hard to choose which winery to go to. Favourites include Lanzerac, Waterford and Simonsig, all of which welcome visitors. Many also offer tours of the estate, as well as tastings, and some even have accommodation! Accommodation at the wine estates is typically luxurious, and in beautiful surroundings. Staying overnight at one of the wineries is the ideal way to extend your visit and spend some extra time relaxing with your friends.

Public transport between wineries is nonexistent, so, although it’s possible to drive yourself, it’s much better to book onto a Stellenbosch wine tour. This way, you and your friends can have as much wine as you like without worrying about transportation!

If you’re staying in Stellenbosch for a couple of days and have already visited the wineries, there are still many great things to do in Stellenbosch. You could spend hours just admiring its gorgeous natural surroundings. For great hiking and horseback riding, head to the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. Follow this up with a stroll in the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden for a bit of peace and quiet.

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Let me know which of these destinations you would most like to visit with your best friend!

8 Comments

  1. Spending time with my girlfriends in San Antonio was absolutely fun! We are thinking about going to San Francisco in the future when we can travel freely again. And of course, Bali is the number one place for it. From nature to food to culture, I love everything about the island.

  2. All of these make me want to do a girl’s trip…. but I must say, I had never considered it, but Dubai would make for the perfect Galentines Day. I hear it’s very safe, too. Thanks for so many great suggestions!

  3. I love city destinations with my girl friends! I would love to spend a weekend in San Francisco, checking out cute boutiques and organic food restaurants!

  4. OMG there are so many bucket list locations on this list – Cappadocia, Langkawi, Bagan, Morocco, Egypt – it’s like a running list of my wanna-sees! Only thing missing was Hawaii – that’d be a great place for a galentines trip 🙂

  5. Just yes to all of these. Best friend or not, I want to go. But I’ve been to a couple of these with my best friend. We live in Vancouver so have been to the Okanagan and Tofino, but also NYC. I really want to visit Cappadocia and there are a few other places on here I hadn’t even considered before but now they’re going on my list. We also went to Vietnam last year which I highly recommend. Really great place to visit with a friend and really safe

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