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10 Best Destinations For A Girls Trip

For the past few years, my girlfriends and I have tried to take a trip together every year. We were all so close in college, and then afterwards we all moved to different parts of the state and country (and eventually to another country altogether), so a trip together was the perfect way to stay close. Obviously this year we decided on Charleston for our destination, but I thought that it’d be fun to talk about some other great destinations for an amazing girls trip for this Wanderlust Wednesday with Kerri, Kate, and Emily!

The Wandering Weekenders- 10 Best Destinations For A Girls Weekend

  1. Charleston- When we were thinking about a place for this year’s girls trip, Charleston just seemed like the perfect place. Not only is it one of the oldest cities in the United States, but it’s also extremely beautiful and girly with the all of the amazing architecture (read perfect for Instagram!). You also can’t beat the amazing food scene either! Another appeal of Charleston is the fact that it’s a smaller city, so it was easy to navigate and get around, and also relatively inexpensive compared to the other top travel destinations in the US!
    The Wandering Weekenders- 10 Best Destinations For A Girls Weekend
  2. New Orleans- There’s a reason that we chose this for our first girls trip ever! Not only does New Orleans have a great night life (hello Bourbon Street!), but New Orleans is another city that’s rich in history as well. From tours of the Garden District and the French Quarter to spooky ghost tours at night, you can definitely get a feel for the city of New Orleans no matter where you are. And who can pass up some amazing Creole or Cajun food or some delicious beignets from Cafe du Monde? Plus, you can’t beat how relatively inexpensive the city (if you don’t go during one of the top festival weekends) considering how touristy the city is.
    The Wandering Weekenders- 10 Best Destinations For A Girls Weekend
  3. Las Vegas- Oh Las Vegas, you definitely know how to keep a secret, right? Sin City is known all over the world as being a place to let your inhibitions go and have a great time, and who better to do that with than your girlfriends! From the clubs and night life, to the pool parties during the day, to the amazing shopping, and the out of this world food, Las Vegas is the perfect place to go with your girls! Just be prepared for the very high price tag of this very fun city!
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  4. New York City- New York City might be one of the most iconic cities in the United States! From the numerous different neighborhoods that each have a vibe all on their own, to the amazing food and shopping, to all of the cultural experiences like Broadway and the art galleries and experiences, it’s easy to see how NYC would be the perfect destination to go with your best gals! Again, because New York City is known all over the world, it’s definitely going to be a destination with a higher price tag than some of the other cities.
    The Wandering Weekenders- 10 Best Destinations For A Girls Weekend
  5. Napa- I think that all I need to say is wine for a reason why Napa would be a great destination to visit with your besties! Besides some out of this world wine, Napa also has a great food scene with some of the world’s best chefs. Although there’s not too much more to do in Napa besides drink wine, sometimes that’s all you and your girlfriends really need! Just be prepared to pay for everything when you visit Napa, including all of your tastings!
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  6. Austin- Being a Texas girl, you know that I have to throw a great Texas location on this list! Austin is known for being the capital of Texas, but it’s also known for being “weird”, aka not like the rest of the Lone Star State! Austin is definitely anything but traditional Texas, but that also means that it has a lot of other fun things to offer. Austin has its famous 6th Street for some night life, an awesome music scene, a ton of festivals throughout the year, an awesome food scene, and a ton of outdoor activities ranging from hiking and canoeing to all the lake and river activities as well. And since Austin is in Texas, it’s relatively inexpensive as well.
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  7. Boston- If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, then you probably know that I’m a huge history buff, which is one of the reasons that we chose Boston as a destination for one of our girls trips. Besides being one of the integral cities during the American Revolution and having a ton of history, Boston is another city that’s has a great food scene, a great cultural scene with tons of museums, and also a great sports scene as well. Girls can love sports as well, so don’t be afraid to take in a Red Sox or a Patriots game while you’re there! Because of it’s location, Boston is another city that’s a little bit on the expensive side.
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  8. Nashville- Nashville is another fun Southern city, that’s very quickly becoming the bachelorette party capital for the country, and there’s obviously a reason why. Nashville is a lot cheaper to visit than Las Vegas, and it offers some of the same great benefits as Sin City! Broadway offers a great place to party, and with all of the amazing live music, that puts it a step above Vegas in my opinion. Nashville also offers an amazing southern food scene, and if you’re a fan of country music, then Nashville is definitely the place to be!
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  9. Los Angeles- Los Angeles might not be a very traditional place to visit with your girlfriends, but I think that it’d be a ton of fun! LA is the home of Hollywood, so the potential to run into some of the celebrities that you love is way higher than any where else in the country. And who better to fangirl with than some of your best friends! Because of all the celebrities that live in LA, you can also count on some fabulous shopping, some great food, and very high prices!
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  10. Disney World- Again, Disney World is a very untraditional destination for some, but where else can you relive your childhood with some of your girls! I’ve always thought that it would be a ton of fun to get your picture taken with some of your favorite Disney princesses with some of your favorite girlfriends! Disney World is definitely not just for kids or big kids, you can definitely have some adult fun in Epcot and attempt to drink your way around the world!
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And now I’m officially excited and can’t wait to start recapping our awesome trip to Charleston!

Do you have any other destinations that would be perfect for a girls trip?

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The 10 Best Destinations for a girls trip in the United States broken down by location, price, and things to do!

The 10 Best Destinations for a girls trip in the United States broken down by location, price, and things to do!

Nashville- The Athens Of The South

After a long day of visiting not only The Ryman and The Country Music Hall Of Fame, we were ready for a night of relaxation, so we headed back over to Midtown for some dinner and drinks.

The Wandering Weekenders- Nashville- The Athens Of The South

Midtown

If you’ve ever heard the Toby Keith song “I Love This Song,” the opening lyrics to the song start off by Toby signing “We got winners, we got losers…” and there’s actually a set of bars in Midtown that’s called “Winners” and “Losers” so we decided to hang out there. In true Nashville fashion, there was amazing live music, but this singer didn’t win our favorite of the trip because he didn’t know any Garth Brooks songs! How do you not know Garth Brooks songs?

Anyways, after a few rounds of beer, we were ready for some dinner. Instead of driving anywhere, we decided to head across the street to a restaurant called The Tavern. The Tavern was the perfect choice for us! It was a little different than the restaurants that we had been eating at (typical Southern food), and a little bit more upscale bar food.

The Wandering Weekenders- Nashville- The Athens Of The South

We started off with the nachos because our waitress recommended them, and I opted for the Turkey BLT. I thought that the nachos were fantastic, maybe because I’m obsessed with Mexican food, but I thought that the salsa was amazing and really made the nachos. The Turkey BLT was a no brainer for me because it was on a pretzel bread which I’m always a fan of. Everybody else seemed to really like their food as well, and it ended up being a great option for dinner that night. Once we were done eating, we decided to be old people again, and headed back to our house for the night.

The Wandering Weekenders- Nashville- The Athens Of The South

The Parthenon

After so many wonderful adventures in Nashville, we couldn’t believe that it was our last day in Music City! One of the things that I had on my must do list during our time in Nashville was to take a trip out to the Parthenon.

The Wandering Weekenders- Nashville- The Athens Of The South

The Wandering Weekenders- Nashville- The Athens Of The South The Wandering Weekenders- Nashville- The Athens Of The South

Located in the heart of Nashville is a full sized replica of the Parthenon. The Parthenon in Nashville was built in 1897 as part of Nashville’s Centennial Celebration, and was chosen because Nashville was known as “The Athens Of The South”. I think that originally they wanted to tear it down after the Centennial, but because it was too expensive to tear down and the people of Nashville enjoyed it so much, the replica was redone into a permanent fixture in Nashville.

The Wandering Weekenders- Nashville- The Athens Of The South

The Wandering Weekenders- Nashville- The Athens Of The South

The Wandering Weekenders- Nashville- The Athens Of The South

The Wandering Weekenders- Nashville- The Athens Of The South

Now the Parthenon is now home to an art museum, but unfortunately it was closed when we tried to visit it. Instead, we enjoyed walking around the Parthenon and looking at all of the amazing details of this amazing replica. I would definitely love to visit the art museum next time we take a trip to Nashville.

The Wandering Weekenders- Nashville- The Athens Of The South

Biscuit Love Brunch

Around the time that we got done seeing the Parthenon, it was almost too late for breakfast but too early for lunch, which means that it’s the perfect time for BRUNCH! Unfortunately, for us, our last day in Nashville was a Monday, which means that places don’t normally have brunch.

The Wandering Weekenders- Nashville- The Athens Of The South

When I saw our dilemma, I pulled up the amazing Nashville restaurant list from Camels and Chocolate, and immediately zoned in on a restaurant called Biscuit Love Brunch, which serves brunch all day every day, with their main feature being their made from scratch biscuits. We immediately made our way over to The Gulch for some brunch.

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I absolutely loved this Nashville sign in Biscuit Love Brunch!

There was a line to order our brunch, which was a wonderful sign for the amazing brunch that we had! I ordered the Princess Biscuit, which includes Hot Chicken which was my favorite discovery during our trip to Nashville, and Chris ordered the Biscuit and Sausage Gravy. Even though I love me some Hot Chicken, I have to admit that Chris definitely got the best meal out of the two of us. That sausage gravy was amazing. Overall,  we all loved Biscuit Love Brunch, and would immediately go back in a heartbeat. It’s a definite stop for your trip to Nashville.

Broadway

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We still had a few more hours before our planes were supposed to take off, so we decided to swing back by Broadway to try and pick up a few last minute souvenirs before heading home. While we were walking around, we decided to pick up some dessert at an ice cream place that the aroma of fresh waffle cones had been calling our names the entire time that we were in Nashville. Mike’s Ice Cream is located right on Broadway, and I’m sure that it gets a ton of business, purely based on it’s location. The ice cream was fantastic, and the perfect way to end our time in Nashville.

The Wandering Weekenders- Nashville- The Athens Of The South

I seriously can’t believe that I’ve finally finished recapping our trip to Nashville! This was one of our favorite trips all year, and we’re already planning when we can go back! Linking up with Bonnie at A Compass Rose, Lauren at Lauren on Location, and Courtney from Alkeks Abroad for the Travel Tuesday linkup and Kate at The Green Fashionista, Kerri from Cheshire Kat, and Emily at Martinis and Bikinis for Wanderlust Wednesdays.!

An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall of Fame

We began our last full day in Nashville getting to know country music history at the Ryman, also known as the Mother Church of Country Music, so it seemed fitting that we would end or day with even more country music history at the Country Music Hall of Fame. But first, we needed to refuel before a few more hours of walking around another museum

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

Acme Feed & Seed

Since the Ryman and the Country Music Hall of Fame were both within walking distance of Broadway, we decided to check out Acme Feed & Seed for lunch. Acme Feed & Seed is a three story restaurant with a variety of food, and in true Nashville fashion, lots of live music.

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

We didn’t know exactly how everything worked at Acme Feed & Seed, so we ordered on the first level but when we couldn’t find seating on the first level, we walked up to the second level and found a table. After we had sat down, a server told us that the levels are actually separate from each other, so if you order on the first level, you’re supposed to eat down there. Since we were from out of town, and I’m sure this happens a lot, he ended up bringing our food up from the second level.

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

I’m so glad that we ordered on the first level, because even though the food looked good on the second level, the first level was more traditional Nashville type of food. I ended up ordering the Rule the Roost sandwich which was basically a hot chicken sandwich with cheese and pickles. Oh my goodness, I seriously could go on and on about how wonderful this sandwich was! If you’ve ever had a spicy Chick-fil-a sandwich, this sandwich tasted like that but a thousand times better. I know that’s blasphemy, but it was that good!

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

After lunch we watched some of the football games before heading out on the patio on the third level to check out the view. Acme Feed & Seed is located at the end of Broadway which means that on the patio you not only get great views of Broadway, but also great views of the river and the Titans’ stadium. Definitely make a trip to the patio before you leave Acme Feed & Seed!

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

The Country Music Hall Of Fame

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

After we checked out the patio we decided to head over to the Country Music Hall of Fame. We opted for the Gold Package for our tour which included an audio tour because it was only $2 more ($26.95/person as opposed to $24.95/person), and although it was nice to have the audio, I don’t think that I used the audio portion enough personally to really gain that much benefit from it. I think that my husband and brother and sister-in-law enjoyed it though.

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

The Country Music Hall Of Fame basically walks you through country music history. Not only do they have multiple exhibits that are on display there full time, but there are also several exhibits that are on rotation. A couple of those rotational displays that I loved to see were the Trisha Yearwood exhibit and the Eric Church exhibit. It was so much fun to see that little piece of history for those artists. For example, did you know that Taylor Swift replaced Eric Church as the opener for Rascal Flatts because he performed for too long? Taylor said that she would send him a signed record when her record when platinum, and that was on display.

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

The main exhibits that were on display basically walked you through the history of country music, starting way back in the early days and making their way through the years until you get to present day. It was pretty incredible to see where country music started off and where it is today.

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

The Wandering Weekenders- An Afternoon At The Country Music Hall Of Fame

Overall, we really enjoyed our time at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and loved getting to learn a little bit more about country music history. If you’re in Nashville, it’s definitely worth the time for a stop! I’m linking up with Bonnie at A Compass Rose, Lauren at Lauren on Location, and Courtney from Alkeks Abroad for the first Travel Tuesday linkup the year!

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