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Being Active makes memories. Rent a bike for an hour and ride around Chambord Castle in the Loire Valley, France.

We find ourselves laughing more than we have laughed in years. We experience a camaraderie that’s sometimes missing from their daily lives. We  talk, eat or drink too much and  return to our  their day-to-day lives with more strength, self-confidence and self-worth.

I’ve written two books on this subject and through my own experiences and those of the women I have interviewed in 50 Best Girlfriends’ Getaways, and Best Girlfriends Getaways Worldwide, here’s my short list of best and worst.

Best Getaways

SOPHISTICATED FUN: My favorites cities are New York, Chicago, San Francisco. Give yourselves time to explore every nook and cranny of the big city or drive to shop ‘til you drop in a retail mecca. Find the highest female-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions here.

RELAX : be pampered at a spa. My favorites are:

ACTIVE: Do you love to walk? Lace up your boots, toss a water bottle in the day pack and burn some calories on invigorating hikes. I recommend Yosemite, the Colorado Rockies (Estes Park, Aspen, Telluride).

If you don’t want to plan it all yourself and are looking for a vacation that’s as easy to plan as tapping a computer key? Then check out organized walking trips in the Rockies, New England, Arizona, Alaska, Montana  with Adventures in Good Company, Adventure Associates, 

 EUROPE: If you’re gaze is firmly fixed on a European vacation, but if you don’t want to rub shoulders with the tourist crowds at the Eiffel Tower or in the Roman trattorias, then read on. The Dolomites in the Italian Alps have lured mountain lovers for centuries.You can ramble through alpine meadows and trek over mountain passes in the picture-postcard Alps on hiking trips offered by AdventureWomen or check out SmashbrothersWomenTravel.

Worst Girlfriends Getaways

A long car trip with one person who gets car sick.

A trip where one mom surprises everyone at the last minute and “has to” bring along a child”.

A big city trip where too many activities are planned each day and not everyone has the same budget or interests.

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