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5 of the Best Girls Trip Destinations in the USA

According to science, booking a trip with your girls can improve your mental health and long-term happiness. Of course, we all know that socializing with friends is fun, but new studies shed light on why friendships are so meaningful.

A girls’ getaway is all about spending time with our soul sisters. Your besties benefit your well-being. Together you celebrate good times and give you support during hard times. Having friends can increase your happiness and reduce your stress. In addition, they can encourage you to change bad lifestyle behaviors and always help you improve your self-esteem and confidence.

There’s no doubting the significant scientific benefits of a gals’ trip, but we shouldn’t overlook the good moments, memories, and stress relief we get from spending time with our best gal buddies. Girls’ trips don’t have to be expensive or complicated. Even a weekend with your favorite ladies may work wonders for your spirit.

So, when you decide it’s time to plan your only gals’ getaway, here’s a list of options for creating memories together in gorgeous and relaxed destinations in the USA.

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara checks all the boxes for a girls’ weekend. After a girls’ weekend in Santa Barbara, you’ll never want to leave. Santa Barbara has mild weather all year, making it an ideal trip at any time of year.

Book a wine tour with your girlfriends to explore the beauty of Santa Barbara. Grapeline Wine Tours offers wine tasting excursions for groups to visit the area made famous by the big indie classic “Sideways,” which boasts more than 120 wineries spread out over Santa Barbara County’s oak-covered hills. Other things you may include in your schedule are dancing at world-class nightclubs, shopping at indie boutiques, and sunbathing on the sun-drenched beaches.

South Padre Island, Texas

Consider planning a weekend getaway to South Padre Island for your next girls’ trip. This island is known for its soft sand beaches and the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Getting to South Padre is accessible with direct flights from Valley International Airport and Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport.

Start your adventures with an early morning yoga class at the Laguna Madre Yoga, Meditation, and Dance Center with your gal pals. Then you can pack a picnic to spend a day on the beach, and if you need a drink, go to Clayton’s, the biggest beach bar on South Padre Island.

Another great activity for your group is stand-up paddle surfing. Enjoy plenty of sunshine in the beautiful blue waters with Air Padre. After a day of fun at the water, head to the Sapphire Spa for a relaxing massage. Booking a private sunset cruise to enjoy a delicious dinner while appreciating the beautiful sunset aboard the first-class yacht with Osprey Cruises will be perfect for your girls’ night out. Dinner cruises are held on Saturday nights only and are two hours long. In addition, South Padre offers multibedroom oceanfront condos that will make your travel plans much more manageable. 

 Joshua Tree, California

A vacation to Joshua Tree involves desert hiking and margaritas in the hot tub while admiring the natural surroundings. Joshua Tree is the place to go if your party wants to bond in the great outdoors.

If you want to walk with the girls, look for possible short routes, and the Cholla Cactus Garden Hike is a good choice in this scenario. After your hike, you may eat at the Joshua Tree Saloon, the most picturesque restaurant in town. Try their fish tacos and ginger-marinated ahi tuna poke with homemade tortilla chips. The Noah S. Purifoy Museum is another interesting Joshua Tree attraction to your schedule.

Finally, the magnificent vacation villas for groups in the center of the California desert are perfect for relaxing by the pool with your gal mates beneath the stars with your favorite drink.

Orlando, Florida

There are several reasons to visit The City Beautiful with your girlfriends. A girls’ vacation to Orlando allows you to see the Happiest Place on Earth, unwind at a nightclub, or go shopping. You can arrange a golf lesson or treat yourselves to massages at the spa for a girls’ weekend at Disney. After that, spend the day shopping at Premium Outlets and The Mall at Millenia. Finally, after a day of excitement, chill at Icebar, a nightclub sculpted from 50 tons of frozen water.

Your Orlando girls’ trip will need plenty of food to fuel your group. There are several places to eat for a girls’ weekend, ranging from acclaimed restaurants like Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria or Domu to Bad As’sAs’s Sandwiches, a terrific food truck.

With over 480 hotels and resorts in the area, you’ll find the perfect housing for your only girls’ trip, whether you want an inexpensive rental property near the theme parks, a hotel with its water park, or luxury lodgings with high-end facilities.

Fredericksburg, Texas

Southern Living named this picturesque town one of “The South’s Best Girlfriend Getaways.” Fredericksburg is the crown gem of the Texas Hill Country and one of the top weekend getaways in the United States.

Fredericksburg offers about 150 shops, galleries, and well-preserved German landmarks. This quaint town is becoming the new Napa with award-winning wineries, the neighboring Hill Country, and vineyards offering wine tours and tastings.

After a day of wine tasting, dine at Rathskeller Basement Restaurant to enjoy the famed Peach Bread Pudding with Homemade Caramel Sauce. Also, you can plan a night out to The Stable Cocktail Bar for high-quality martinis with your soul sisters, and if you are in the mood for music, 78624 The Bar is a classic piano bar and lounge. 

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