7 Epic Girls Trip Ideas For Adventurous Women

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Take a break from the buzz of life with a fabulous girls weekend away—or week away, depending on your available time! Trips with your girl squad make the perfect setting to recharge, reconnect with friends, see new sights, and even take on new challenges…

….depending on your level of adventure, which is what we’re all about here at Explorer Chick.

Don’t worry, we got you.

After much *ahem* research, I’ve put together the best short and long-term trips for you and your gal pals based on what fellow Explorer Chicks have raved about. Featuring a diverse range of locations, activities, and lengths, our trip destinations and activities will satisfy the wants, needs, and interests of everyone in your friend group. (Yes, it’s possible!)

Best Weekend Girls Getaway Destinations

1. Hiking in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

hiking zion and bryce canyon

Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks provide a unique yet adventurous getaway for the perfect girls weekend. Slot canyons and hoodoos dot the surrounding scenery,  transforming this rugged Utah national park into an alien planet. 

Aka the perfect setting to get up to some SHE-nanigans!

For the more adventurous girl squad, these majestic parks provide great spots for canyoneering and rappelling in the more remote areas. Our four-day Hiking + Glamping trip not only provides guidance for these more challenging hiking trails, but also treats you to a glamping experience like no other after a long days’ trek. This is an epic girls getaway to remember!

2. Survival Training and Hiking in Virginia

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For your next girls trip, the iconic summits of Appalachian trail await you. Dragon’s Tooth, Tinker Cliffs, and Virginia’s Triple Crown offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountain-scape.

While half the fun is hiking these beautiful trails, preparing in advance for any situation mother nature or the wilderness may throw at you is equally important.

Get the best of both worlds with Explorer Chick’s Wilderness Survival Training + Hiking in Virginia. Our four-day trip makes for the perfect girls weekend getaway, small group style (only 11 Explorer Chicks permitted!). Give your girl gang the skills, confidence, and know-how to tackle basic survival training, accompanied by beautiful lodging accommodation, meals, and shuttle access.

3. Go wild in West Virginia

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West Virginia, mountain momma!

You’ll certainly be a mountain momma after a weekend of white water rafting the New River Gorge and camping among the West Virginia wilderness (but maybe leave the John Denver behind for this one). Explorer Chick’s West Virginia Wild Weekend is the perfect trip for a girlfriend getaway while meeting other adventurous babes.

Our weekend getaway gives you the power to choose the activities you want—offering half-day and full-day guided adventures, activities include kayaking, rock climbing, as well as our latest Aerial Ropes Course and Bridge Walk. This trip is a great option for both nature lovers and nature newbies alike, making it one of the best girls weekend getaways for your whole group, no matter the wilderness skill level.

4. City Living in San Francisco

San Francisco is a no-brainer among the best girls trip destinations for a city weekend getaway. Fantastic restaurants, walking tours, boutique shopping, and of course, the iconic golden gate bridge are all welcoming attractions and sights. 🤩

For an extended vacation, Napa Valley is a short one-hour drive from San Fran. Think:  manicured golf course, scenic trails for horseback riding, and of course, wine tasting rooms—there are fun things for every member of your girl squad.

5. Viva Las Vegas

weekend getaway in las vegas

Las Vegas is another great option for your next girls weekend away. This vibrant city features its iconic strip centrally located to all the amenities your girl crew could want. Play tourist in sin city with a visit to Bourbon Street, or try your luck at the casinos located in any number of the luxury hotels. Most are within walking distance of each other.

If the party scene is more your squad’s thing, Encore Beach Club at the Wynn features a rooftop pool with a swim up bar, often showcasing celebrity DJs to keep the party going.

But if you’re looking for a real adventure—like a dirt-under-your-nails kind of adventure—then getting outside of the strip is essential. Las Vegas has a surprisingly diverse landscape that provides tons of opportunity for play. Think: kayaking, climbing, hiking, hot springs…

Sarah Jessen


April 6th, 2021

The most epic adventure trip I’ve ever been on! Having something extremely fun every single day. It had gals with different physical shape and body sizes and everyone did great! Lots of rock scrambling and so many hot springs to soak in! This is by far one of the best trips I think they offer! It’s so nice to know your food was all paid for ahead of time, and never worried about spending more money. The camping food from dinner to breakfast felt gourmet and the restaurants were DELICIOUS!!!

Best Week-Long Girls Trip Destination Ideas

Our longer trip ideas will have your girl squad adventuring (or relaxing) in no time. With both North American and European destinations, you can be sure that stunning architecture, delicious food, the occasional walking tour, and even afternoon tea, are all checked off your travel bucket list!

6. Have a grand adventure in Slovenia

hiking trip in slovenia

Looking for a real escape? It’s time you hit up Slovenia!

Swap the nightlife in Nevada Las Vegas for European charm with Slovenia’s jaw-dropping mountain scenescapes, iconic Lake Bled, great restaurants, and quaint little towns. Explorer Chick will guide your girl gang through the Julian Alps, while taking in the best of Slovenian wine country, with our Hiking Hut to Hut package.

7. Go on a cruise in Baja

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Sun, surf, and white sand beaches make Baja one of the best girls trip ideas. Despite easy access from San Diego and Santa Fe Springs, this charming island peninsula feels like an entire world away.

Stroll the streets while taking in beautiful Mexican art galleries, or party it up with live music on the local bar scene—the choice is yours! The Baja Brewing Company rooftop bar is a must-visit, providing patrons a gorgeous bird’s eye view of incoming cruise ships through the peninsula, and lush mountain terrain. Stomach growling? 

Local food trucks featuring fresh seafood will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Ocean explorers in your girl gang? Explorer Chick’s Baja Out to Sea Adventure Cruise offers the very best in kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, and sandy beaches for gorgeous group photos with your girlies.

Tips to Plan an EPIC girls trip

  • The music city of New Orleans, the east coast of Miami Beach, West Palm Beach, bougie Key West, or the quaint, sandy shores of Rhode Island—where to stay is always the question. Be it a boutique hotel or a grand hotel, research amenities prior to booking. Be it spa treatments, or a fitness center for the workout buff in your group, keep everybody happy by ensuring your temporary stay has all the comforts of home.
  • Basing your accommodation around must-see sights while on your trip, ensures attractions are just a short walk away.

Looking for something just for you? Book Your Custom Girls Trip with Explorer Chick!

Meet the Writer

Lindsay Stroud

Lindsay Stroud is a freelance content writer and ghostwriter from Vancouver, Canada. Her published works can be found on Jiyubox and Passion Passport, in addition to producing ghostwritten content for Owl Labs and Wonderment. Her favorite destinations include Berlin, Stockholm, and Florence. In her spare time, you’ll find her exploring local foodie joints throughout her neighborhood, or planning itineraries for future trips.

Favorite Outdoor Adventure: spending time by the ocean and exploring walking trails in her local neighborhood.

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