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10 Gorgeous Long Weekend Vacay Spots For Your Next Girls Trip

Summer vacations may be wrapping up as the new school year draws closer, but that doesn’t mean getaways have to end! Long weekend trips are the perfect way to travel around the country without breaking the bank or leaving schoolwork behind for too long. Taking a shorter trip might mean picking a location closer to home or filling up your days with activities so you get the full experience of a vacation. No matter where you choose to go, the important thing is to make some memories and have a great time with your friends.

Even with more limited time, there are plenty of locations around the United States that have amazing things to offer. Whether you’re on the East or West coast, there are fun things to do that you may not have even thought of before. From bustling cities to adorable small towns, your weekend trip is guaranteed to be filled with memories. 

If you’re on the hunt for great vacation ideas to finally bring that girls trip out of the group chat, here are some spots to check out across the United States.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle is a must-see city if you’re traveling in the Pacific Northwest. Explore landmarks like the Space Needle and the Great Wheel, or go on a shopping spree at Pike’s Place Market. Seattle is also home to many great museums and art galleries, like the Museum of Pop Culture. Engage in all this vibrant city has to offer, or spend some time relaxing on the coast with a perfect view of the Pacific Ocean.

San Diego, California

Further south along the pacific coast is the city of San Diego, California — another great option for a weekend getaway. The San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the country, home to dozens of species including giant pandas and platypi. If the zoo isn’t your thing, check out some of San Diego’s many beaches, museums, and national parks, like Torrey Pines or Sunset Cliffs.

Las Vegas, Nevada

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, so why not make the most of a trip here? Walk the strip with your girls to see the Big Apple roller coaster, the M&M store, the Eiffel Tower, and all of Vegas’ other attractions. If you’re over 21, check out the many casinos, evening shows, and cocktail bars that this unique city has to offer.

Estes Park, Colorado

This town in northern Colorado is located right by Rocky Mountain National Park. Book a cabin at the YMCA of the Rockies, or if you’re feeling daring, check in at the Stanley Hotel (the hotel that The Shining was based off of!). Have fun hiking through the national park or walking down Main Street to shop for homemade saltwater taffy.

Chicago, Illinois

Home of the Bean, the Cubs, and deep-dish pizza, Chicago is the perfect place to explore if you live somewhere in the Midwest. Walk along Navy Pier to watch firework displays and other events, admire downtown’s daring architecture, or check out the Van Gogh displays at the Art Institute during your stay.

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

This city in Southern Wisconsin is known for its many theme and water parks, including Noah’s Ark Water Park (the largest waterpark in the country!) and Mt. Olympus Theme and Water Park. If you’re looking for adventure on your girls trip, look no further than the thrill rides in the Dells to get your adrenaline kick. Stay on-site, or check out nearby camping areas or vacation homes.

Miami, Florida

This city in South Florida is a popular spot for spring break vacations, and for good reason. Miami has great beaches, famous nightlife, and a culinary and bar scene with all of the food and drinks you can dream of. Whether you’re in the mood to party or just lounge on the beach, Miami is the perfect getaway location.

Branson, Missouri

There’s a reason why Branson is one of America’s most popular vacation destinations! If you find yourself near Missouri, check out some of this city’s many attractions that keep tourism booming. Get tickets to Silver Dollar City Amusement Park, the Titanic Museum, Dolly Parton’s Dinner Stampede, and more!

New York, New York

Not much needs to be said about this city! New York has plenty of sights to see and things to do, even if you’re only going on vacation for a few days. Take pictures with your friends in Times Square or Central Park, see a Broadway show, or take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty.

New orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is known for its Mardi Gras celebrations in late winter, but the city has plenty of festivities happening year-round. New Orleans has been described as a “true melting pot of cultures,” and is the place where many American traditions and music genres, like jazz, originated. Explore the rich history and centuries-old buildings in the city, then stop by its many restaurants to try some authentic Cajun and Creole food like gumbo, crawfish etouffee, and beignets.

Jordyn Stapleton has been a National Lifestyle Writer for Her Campus since February 2023. She covers a variety of topics in her articles, but is most passionate about writing about mental health and social justice issues. Jordyn graduated from CU Boulder in December 2022 with Bachelor’s degrees in music and psychology with a minor in gender studies and a certificate in public health. Jordyn was involved in Her Campus during college, serving as an Editorial Assistant and later Editor-in-Chief for the CU Boulder chapter. She has also worked as a freelance stringer for the Associated Press. Jordyn is currently taking a gap year and working at a local business in Boulder, with hopes of attending graduate school in fall 2024. Jordyn enjoys reading, bullet journalling, and listening to (preferably Taylor Swift) music in her free time. If she isn’t brainstorming her next article, you can usually find her exploring coffee shops or hiking trails around Boulder with her friends.