There’s never a dull moment when traveling with girlfriends. From the more lively trips to Vegas to beach vacations in Mexico, girlfriend getaways can be just what you need to recharge and hang out with those who know you best. We have rounded up some traditional and not so traditional destinations to try for your next girlfriends trip that are ideal for those gal-cations.

San Francisco, California

If you and your girlfriends are looking for fine dining, great shopping, and a hot art scene for your getaway, you can look no further than San Francisco. The City by the Bay satisfies the appetites of foodie friends as it hosts the most restaurants and farmers markets per capita in North America. Girlfriends will have more than 3,500 restaurants to choose from with cuisines covering all points on the map from Moroccan to Italian. In addition to eating out, friends can explore San Francisco’s vibrant cultural scene — from catching the San Francisco Symphony to taking in the Opera to the attending the Ballet. And when you all need some rest and relaxation, San Francisco answers with beach walks featuring Golden Gate views and casual strolls through its vibrant neighborhoods.

Costa Rica

When you need to getaway with your girlfriends but you still want to be active, Costa Rica is up to the task. The Central American country is great for active girls trips. You can soak in hot springs, hike around a volcano or through the rainforest, learn to surf, and go kayaking with the whole crew. Rich in biodiversity and natural wonders, Costa Rica also has a built-in relaxation component. It’s pristine beaches stretch for miles and you won’t be hard press to find plenty of luxury resorts and plush spas along them to relax and unwind with friends.

Charleston, South Carolina

For the classiest of girlfriend getaways, Charleston fits the bill. An air of civility runs throughout its cobblestone streets. Girlfriend trips can appreciate stately homes, tasty food, and gracious hospitality while in town. You and your friends can stroll the streets, appreciating its antebellum architecture, tour a preserved mansion or two or even saddle up for a horse drawn carriage ride and play the part of Southern Belle. Founded by English colonists in 1670, Charleston is proud to be one of the best-preserved cities in the U.S. Its chic shops, modern hotels, and quaint bed and breakfasts will only sway girlfriends to stay a little longer in Charleston’s old world charm.

Tuscany

Tuscany is a postcard come to life with its golden wheat fields, expansive olive groves, vineyards and medieval hilltop villages. It is no wonder that many girlfriend getaways end up here where you can medieval village hop to spots like Lucca, Siena, and Montepulciano or spend the day pretending you are all Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun in the village of Cortona (where the movie was filmed). Midway down the Italian peninsula, Tuscany regales girlfriends with its rolling hills, dramatic cypress trees, and miles of coastline. Not only can you wine taste your way through Tuscany, but since the region takes pride in being a gourmet destination you’ll be want to find rich dining experiences and cooking classes. When you need to work off all that wine, cheese, and olive oil, you can all rent bikes and pedal through Tuscany’s rolling hills.

Vancouver, Canada

If you have a mixed bag of girlfriends, ones who like the city and others who want a natural getaway, you can all head to Vancouver and be happy. Boasting mountains, a seascape, and city atmosphere, Vancouver is a good spot for girlfriends with varying tastes as it blends urban sophistication with natural wilderness. The more active crowd can hike, ski, kayak, and sail all within close range of the city. City slickers can instead fill up their itinerary with museum visits like to the Museum of Anthropology and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Both groups can then meet up for eating and drinking as Vancouver boasts a rich culinary tradition. In fact, it is home to North America’s best Asian dining scene. When the sun goes down, you and your gal pals can explore the great nightlife, including downtown’s funky Granville Street, hip Yaletown with its swanky cocktail bars, and the beach bars in Kitsilano.

Mendoza, Argentina

While girlfriend trips to Napa are all fine and well, you can think outside the box by heading to Mendoza, Argentina. One of Argentina’s liveliest cities is also in the heart of the country’s wine country. Girlfriends who love a glass or two can explore the area that is home to over 900 wineries. Mendoza is even proud to host several, like Bodega Escorihuela, that are right in town. Founded by Spanish colonists in 1561, Mendoza has other appeals from its atmospheric plazas to its leafy avenues and quaint cafes. The city comes alive at night with bars, restaurants, and cafes packed to the brim with activity.

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Suzy Guese

Suzy Guese is a travel writer from Denver, Colorado. She caught the travel bug after taking her very first flight at just three months old—she was headed for Disney World—and has been a total travel junkie ever since. From family car trips across North America to stints abroad in Europe, Suzy travels the globe with her redheaded temperament in search of sarcasm, stories, and travel tips to share with anyone willing to listen. She blogs about her travels at http://suzyguese.com.