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Vacations for Women - 6 Great Destinations

Updated on April 13, 2011

Why women love these vacations

Every woman can use a little time away from the grind. Whether it's a big vacation, a girl's getaway with friends, or just a few days of rest and relaxation, there are certain elements to look for when planning your trip. Finding a place that is not only beautiful, but also offers a range of activities you enjoy, is a key to making your vacation the best it can be. Whether your interests tend towards adventure, sightseeing, or shopping, here are a few vacations for women you're sure to love!

Anasazi cave dwelling near Santa Fe
Anasazi cave dwelling near Santa Fe

Vacation 1: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Women love - Southwest style, culture, and cuisine

Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Santa Fe is known as The City Different. You'll soon see why this nickname is appropriate, as Santa Fe has a unique feel to it. Everywhere you look, you'll see adobe-style buildings with their soft rounded forms, and protruding beams (vigas). The second oldest city in the United States, Santa Fe was founded by the Spanish in 1610, a decade before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock!

Santa Fe has many features that make it an ideal vacation for women. If you're looking for an art and culture, this area boasts almost 300 different galleries and dealers, more than 12 museums, and the renowned Santa Fe Opera. If you're more interested in the outdoors, you'll find ancient Anasazi ruins, and plenty of hiking trails. Add its colorful history, tricultural atmosphere, pueblo-inspired architecture, and fabulous chile-spiced cuisine, and you have a vacation that women love.

Broadway lights, New York
Broadway lights, New York

Vacation 2: New York City

Women love - Sights, shopping, and shows

New York City is famous for so many reasons, there really isn't a reason NOT to visit! Vacations for women in this bustling city can take many different forms, depending on your interests and travel style. Whether it's the food, culture, attractions, shopping (perhaps even a new travel purse?), or great nightlife, that draws you, New York City is always bustling. With the famous history that abounds in this city's streets, you are sure to find stories to take home.

Make sure to visit the famous landmarks in person - Central Park, the Empire State Building and famous Fifth Avenue. Don't miss Grand Central Station or the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island is a fascinating stop too. All this along with fantastic delis, 5-star restaurants, and Broadway shows! Ask any woman who's done a getaway to New York, and she'll tell you a weekend is fun, but a longer vacation is even better!

Horse-drawn carriage in Ireland
Horse-drawn carriage in Ireland

Vacation 3: Ireland

Women love - Beautiful scenery and friendly people

Ireland holds an exotic appeal for women of all ages, and the Irish people with their charming accent, lively music, and friendly welcome, do not disappoint. Vacations for women on the Emerald Isle include bountiful sights and activities, complete with historic castles and colorful villages.

Ireland also has a long history, which you will see in ancient forts, ruined monasteries, historic homes, and many museums. There are miles of scenic trails to wander, and sweeping vistas of emerald fields and blue seas. Whatever you're looking for in your vacation, the people and country will provide all the romance that has been written about through the ages.

Vacation 4: Sedona, Arizona - Women love - Red rock scenery and spiritual energy

Sedona - Yoga on the red rocks
Sedona - Yoga on the red rocks

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If you are looking for a vacation destination with inspiring outdoor activities, try a trip to Sedona, Arizona. Known for its striking beauty and spectacular red rock landscapes, Sedona offers a wealth of activities. Take in the gorgeous views while hiking, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding or picnicing.

Sedona vacations for women also draw those looking for spiritual enrichment, due to its famous mystical energy vortexes. The area is home to many practitioners of the spiritual arts. You can enjoy the benefits of a vortex visit on your own, or join in a special ceremony to gain additional insights. Some women have even found miraculous healing at the vortex sites.

Canals of Venice, Italy
Canals of Venice, Italy

Vacation 5: Venice, Italy

Women love - Stunning views, unique atmosphere

Venice is a unique city, where gondolas and motor boats ply the canals that take the place of streets. It's one of the most picturesque cities in the world, and (when you escape the high season crowds), a wonderfully atmospheric place. As you float down a canal past historic palazzos, or wander through the tiny walkways of the city, you'll realize you're in a place like no other.

On a Venice vacation, women will also want to see some of the sights such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and the Grand Canal. When you're planing your trip to Venice, also consider including boat trips to some of the outer islands, like Murano - a place famous for its glass-blowing artisans. Finish up a day of sightseeing with some of the best food and wine anywhere. As you might expect, seafood is a specialty here!

Artistic winery in Napa Valley
Artistic winery in Napa Valley

Vacation 6: Napa Valley, California

Women love - Wineries, fine food, and hot springs

For a beautiful and relaxing vacation getaway, try Napa Valley, California. This famous stretch of America is home to some of the finest, most famous, wineries in the country. Explore the vineyards while learning about grape varietals, and sample vintages as you go. You can find everything from large well-known wineries, to small family-run businesses that sell their products only at the winery itself.

It's not just wine-tasting, either, that makes this an ideal spot for vacations for women. The area has lovely hills and hiking trails, and spots to enjoy a picnic lunch among the vines. Women love luxuriating in the spas, hot springs, and mud baths. If you're looking for something different, you can also take an early-morning balloon ride over the vineyards of the valley. And when you're hungry, ready for some fine food to go with the fine wine, you'll find top-notch restaurants serving innovative California cuisine.

So where will you go next?

So many places, so little time!

Whether you're traveling on your own, or with friends or relatives, these locations offer fabulous vacations for women. If you're traveling solo, you may want to check out some of the women's travel companies out there, so you don't have to go it alone. However you do it, you're bound to find something appealing in their beauty, history, and activities of these lovely places. Have fun!

Women's travel guides on Amazon - Books to help plan your next vacation

Photo credits:

- Women on vacation in New Mexico - Adventurous Wench

- Anasazi cave dwelling at Bandelier National Monument - Adventurous Wench

- Broadway show marquee - New York Visitor's Bureau

- Ireland carriage ride - Adventurous Wench

- Yoga on the red rocks of Sedona - Adventurous Wench

- Canal in Venice - Lorraine DarConte

- Artesa winery in Napa Valley - Adventurous Wench

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      Sensitive Fern 5 years ago

      A gal pal and I just came back from a road trip to Sedona by way of Santa Fe. I wholeheartedly agree with your choices! Great topic for a lens, too...I've always been fascinated by what happens when women travel together. It can be very healing.

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      lizziehumphreys1 6 years ago

      great lens! new york and italy look amazing!!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

      What a spectacular lens you've created. You've done a super job with this and I look forward to reading others.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Thank you for writing such a fantastic guide to vacations for women. This is a stylish travel guide and I'm delighted to leave an ~angel blessing~ here.

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      globedancer 6 years ago

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Hi Margo_Arrowsmith - Thanks for the comment! It would really be nice to go see these places on your next travel :-)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I was there last summer and totally agree! I didn't get outside the town, but next time I definitely will!

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      globedancer 7 years ago

      Hi Koko - Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the good comments! There are so many fabulous places to go in the world, aren't there? (-:

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      KokoTravel 7 years ago

      Nice job on this lens about vacations for women! Very informative!

      Ineed to try some of these out!

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