Best U.S.A. Mother-Daughter Getaways
Looking for unique and memorable mother-daughter getaway ideas that you can take without leaving the United States? You’ve come to the right place!
Everyone’s mom has played many different roles throughout your lives. She’s been a care giver, disciplinarian, and even a best friend, so why not add travel buddy to her list of accomplishments? You might even win yourself the best kid of the year award by booking a trip for you and your mom to take together in 2019.
Read along and learn 13 of the best trip ideas where you and mom can stay, eat, sip wine, and get your spa on for a once-in-a-lifetime getaway that every mother and daughter duo should try to take this year!
If you and your daughter are outdoor enthusiasts, why not book a trip to Maine’s Acadia National Park? Considered the crown jewel of the North Atlantic coast, this gem of a national park offers nearly endless recreation opportunities that you both will love.
If you’re closer to the West Coast, then a trip to the Grand Canyon in Arizona is sure to please any adventure loving family duo. You’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime while exploring the great outdoors together.
Each outdoorsy trip offers miles of hiking trails and natural attractions where you and your mom can do some serious bonding.
Also recommended: Adventures in Agritourism: The Wandering Llamas
Big City Trip
For a fun mother-daughter weekend getaway that can be reached by plane, train, bus, or automobile, head to conveniently located Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Mother-daughter duos can take in the City of Brotherly Love’s cobblestone charm, run up some steps channeling their inner Rocky, and refuel with a delicious cheesesteak.
Be sure to snap a selfie at the Liberty Bell too!
Wellness and yoga retreats are becoming increasingly popular all around the world. Book a mother-daughter stay at Skyterra Wellness, a small health retreat in the beautiful Western North Carolina mountains where you can set aside life’s obligations and focus on your health and well-being.
If Arizona is more your style, head to the stunning red rocks of Sedona, where you will find several wellness options to choose from: holistic spiritual, healing, and yoga retreats that can address all aspects of Mind, Body and Spirit.
There’s nothing like a good mother-daughter beach trip! If you’d like to take a once in a lifetime beach trip that you’ll never forget, head to Florida’s Gasparilla Island, a tranquil barrier island surrounded by snowy white beaches. Plan the perfect stay at the stately and stylish Gasparilla Inn and Club, which oozes Old Florida elegance and charm.
For daytime exploring, the island is home to Gasparilla Island State Park with warm Gulf of Mexico beaches perfect for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and sunbathing. During the winter months, shelling is very popular.
Need help planning the perfect beach vacation? These tips will help make your planning a breeze!
Also recommended: Beyond Key West, Visit Florida’s State Parks in the Keys.
Wine Country Trip
If you and your mom are wine lovers, plan a trip to Napa Valley, California, the Finger Lakes region in New York, or Oregon’s Willamette Valley to visit some of the most beautiful vineyards in the country. You’ll both have a blast indulging in and learning about your favorite wines.
A classic road trip is the perfect mother-daughter getaway that requires very little planning. Just pick a destination, make a fun playlist, hop in the car, and start driving! Road tripping is one of my favorite getaway plans and probably one of the most affordable options too!
For a getaway full of relaxation and fun, treat each other to a mother-daughter spa trip! This can be a great weekend trip or even a day trip for spending some quality time together.
A great one to try is Miraval Resort & Spa, a 400-acre destination situated in the warm shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, Arizona. You’ll be delighted with innovative spa treatments, workshops with health experts and daily activities such as yoga, hiking, horseback riding, and fitness classes.
If you and your mom want a break from routine, but not one that will leave either of you jet lagged on Monday morning, Boone, NC is just the ticket. There are endless things to do in this Western North Carolina town from fly-fishing, hiking, mountain and road biking, to ziplining, canoeing, and kayaking.
During summer months, go spelunking in Linville Caverns or sip your way along the Boone Area Wine Trail. Winter season brings skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and even ice-skating surrounded by gorgeous mountain views. Factor in the walkable downtown area, and Boone is the perfect escape for a mother-daughter getaway.
For an easy mother-daughter trip that doesn’t require much planning, a cruise can be a great choice. Carnival Cruise Lines has budget-friendly options, especially in the off-season, with voyages departing from Los Angeles and several other ports along the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast.
If you’re a mom with a younger daughter, booking a Disney cruise for the two of you would be a special memory sure to last a lifetime. With several U.S. departure ports, nearly endless onboard activities and numerous meal options to please any age, a Disney cruise is a good option for families not on a tight budget.
What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a special mother-daughter trip? Christmas in New York is perfect if you love shopping, eating, and seeing holiday lights.
If the tropics get you and your mom excited, put Maui on your must-see list. Whether you’re nine years old or 90, you will surely appreciate the wonders of this island paradise. Treat mom like royalty with a stay in the luxurious Grand Wailea with on site pools, water and resort activities, and even an impressive spa to make your trip extra special.
Make Plans and Go!
Even though she would be happy with just hanging out with you at home more often, mothers (and daughters) can reconnect and learn so much more about each other on a special trip planned just for the two of you.
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Book your favorite destination, pack your bags and head out for an adventure that will be the highlight of the year.
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If you are the plan ahead type, mother-daughter trips make a great gift for Mother’s Day, birthdays, and Christmas.
Have you taken a mother daughter trip? If so, I would love to hear about where you went and what you liked best. If you have other tips to share, please add them in the comments below.
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What a great guide – you’ve got something here for every kind of traveller!
Thank you! I tried to vary the destination suggestions enough to please everyone!
Too good 😍
These sound like some great destinations. Love the photos you included!
I am soooo looking forward to when my 5 year old is older and we can do things like this. I never even thought of doing a mother daughter trip until I saw this. Thank you!
Don’t forget that you and your mom can travel together too. No need to wait too long then.
Too good, Great guide. Sending this to my aunty in NY,
Thanks Matthew! I hope your aunt finds inspiration to travel after reading my article.
I love the idea of going on a getaway with my mom and my daughter! This has actually inspired me to plan something for this year. I think a girls trip is in order- something relaxing like the beach. Thank you for the ideas.
Oh, good, I’m so glad this article inspired you and your family to travel together. Have a great time!
I’d take a wellness or spa trip anyday. With so many choices, where to next?
Spa days are pretty fantastic when shared as a mother-daughter pair!
Liked, Pined and Shared with my mom. Great idea’s thank you, just what we need, been talking about doing a mother daughter trip this year for my birthday
I have trips planned with three of my daughters this year. We can’t wait!
This is a wonderful idea! I have not traveled with my mom since college. A beach trip would be a perfect fit for both of us.
My favorite trips are those hours and days spent with my adult daughters!
Ooh – I can only imagine – to have time out from a busy schedule to spend it with my daughter.
Thanks for the inspiration (must put it on my goals list) 🙂
Oh these are all such lovely ideas! My mom and I are really close and love to do day trips together. Something like any of these would be wonderful ♡. Thanks for sharing!
Yes, I was very close to my mom too. My only regret is that she passed away many years ago and we never got to travel together as mother-daughter friends. Now that my own daughters are grown and out of the house, I take my mom with me in spirit wherever I go.
This post is amazing! One day for my Mini Me and I!
Or you and your mom Millie! Either way, mother-daughter trips are awesome!
Wow! such a wonderful guide! Thanks for sharing these amazing travel tips.
Though I am neither a mother nor a daughter but the places you have mentioned are certainly inviting.
I hear you Vimal! 🙂 Father-son and Father-daughter trips can be just as nice!
These are lovely tips and your trip suggestions are always so inspiring. Thanks for sharing such amazing mom and daughter trips!!
Thank you! My goal is to have a little something for everyone to find useful and inspiring. 🙂
What an amazing guide. I absolutely love it!! There’s something for everyone, here.
Thank you Georgina!
Me please! These are amazing pics! I have promised to take my daughters to the States one day…….thanks for the reminder x
I hope you and your family make it here one day soon Joleisa!!
I love this! Thanks for sharing! I’d love to do a mother-daughter trip and the US is very close to me. Especially like the Acadia one. Thanks!
You’re welcome! I’m glad you found some inspiration from my article.
My mom & I started taking trips together while I was in college to celebrate my birthday since it lands on a holiday that majority of my family has to work. Watching her light up knowing we were to spend time together was the best gift ever.
Awww, how sweet! I love traveling with my adult daughters….we have a Portland trip scheduled for early summer. 🙂
These are all awesome locations- you got some really unique ones in here! I love the idea of traveling to spend time together and bond!
My adult daughters and I love traveling together! Now that they have families of their own, it’s even more special when we can make it three generational travel. So fun!
Sending this to my mom right now!! *hint hint*
That’s awesome Kay! I hope you and your mom can pick out a grand adventure!
I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough for a mother-daughter trip!
Awesome! Maybe take your own mom and make it a three generation trip!
Great post! Lots of good options to getaway with your Mom. I will be showing her this list tonight. Mom & daughter getaway here we come. 🙂
Thanks Nicole! Any one of these destinations would make for a great mother-daughter getaway!
I love the fact you including different locations and getaways. I think my mom would love the beach getaway or the spa getaway!
Yes, those are among my favorites too!