Ladies, do you miss your squad? If so, it might be time to start planning your next girls’ weekend. So many are hesitant to make any plans with the coronavirus at play, but there are still ways to have fun with your friends and safely distance from others who are not a part of your girl gang. Female time is incredibly necessary. Let this list of destinations be your first step in getting a girls’ weekend on the calendar!
Whether your end goal is the Grand Canyon or the city itself, Sedona, Arizona is a great place for your next girls’ weekend. Perfect for hiking, biking, or just being one with nature, you will hear no complaints about the beauty this city has to offer. And if you prefer staying indoors, there are spas-a-plenty for you and your friends to visit during your time away. Whether adventurous or homebodies, there is something for everyone on your next girls’ weekend in Sedona.
If you run with a group of outdoor-loving adventure seekers, Moab, Utah is the perfect location for your next girls’ weekend. Here, you will have the option to hike, bike, and do just about anything else your heart desires with a pretty incredible backdrop. This could be your time to attempt motorcycle riding or skydiving. You be you, boo. And dare your best girlfriends to follow!
This small resort town is home to two national parks, making it a mecca for extreme sports. Arches National Park is only a five-mile jaunt from town and it contains the world’s largest concentration of sandstone arches (more than 2,000!). Head a little farther out of town to discover Utah’s largest national park, Canyonlands. Or, for an incredibly scenic sight, drive to Dead Horse Point for some of the most beautiful views in the world. Moab is a wonderful location for your next girls’ weekend if your goal is exploration and discovery!
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Yes, Austin has big city lights. But Austin is one of the larger towns in an even larger state, and it is known for its outdoor accessibility. And for being weird… But who doesn’t want to go a little crazy on a girls’ weekend? The majority of dining areas have outdoor patios for you and your girlfriends to safely dine. Another great thing about Austin? The number of wineries and vineyards. With over 50 the choose from, your group can float from one tasting to another, all while remaining outdoors.
When you are not eating or drinking, check out one of the many scenic hiking trails where walking, running, biking, and hiking are all encouraged. Or, if you plan on spending the majority of your time outdoors but want to take it easy, Lake Austin may be the place for you. The lake is one of the many attractions of Austin and offers kayaking, paddleboarding, boat rental, and more. Or if all else fails, you can check out the bats. Only in Austin!
While 30A is technically not a city in itself, this stretch of highway off of the Emerald Coast of Florida passes through 12 small and idyllic towns perfect for a girls’ weekend. The towns each have a private beach for renters and homeowners, giving you and your friends’ space to spread out. All you need is a cooler, a towel, and your best gal pals.
When finding a rental for your girls’ weekend, research the pool situation because most of the rentals come with access to the neighborhood pools. While the ocean is great, sand-free options are also pretty awesome. Whichever option you choose, most everything is walkable within each town, making this a super accessible and fun way to vacay.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
What is there to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico? The better question is what CAN’T you do in Santa Fe? A town known for its culture, outdoor accessibility, and desert beauty, Santa Fe is a great place to keep busy during your girls’ weekend.
Offering free self-guided tours of the city, start out your weekend with a tour of the unique food, history, or landmarks that make up Santa Fe. Set at 7,200 elevation, your group has the option to hike, bike, ski, or even ride horses. Or, if you prefer the cozy indoors, there are a number of spas that will safely and comfortably help you and your ladies relax for the weekend.
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Yosemite National Park, California
The pictures say it all. Yosemite National Park is beauty at its finest. In total, it is 1,200 square miles of waterfalls, mountains, and just about everything awe-inspiring that nature can provide. While there is the option to camp, lodging is also offered so that your girls’ weekend isn’t completely off the grid. Check out the U.S. National Park Service website for COVID-19 guidelines, as they may shape how you plan your girls’ weekend.
Amelia Island, Florida
Located in northeast Florida, it is always a great day in Amelia Island, Florida. This island offers the comfort of social distancing with its many beaches and parklands and lodging mere steps from the beach. Plan your girls’ weekend full of quality time while eating well and enjoying one another’s company. And wine. Lots of wine.
Regardless of where you go and what you do, your girls’ weekend will sure to be full of laughter, sharing, and reminiscing. Being separated from one another for most of 2020 has made the need to foster friendships that much more important. Make sure to scroll through this list when planning your next girls’ weekend to determine where you and your gal pals should meet up and make lasting memories.
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