12 Fabulous Girls Getaway Destinations

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St. Lucia

Grab your shades, dig your toes in the sand and take in the beauty that is St. Lucia. Zip line through the skies, indulge in health and wellness at Ti Kaye Resort and Spa, go on a dolphin and whale watching safari or simply enjoy a bayside bar under Caribbean trees. For a combination of music, drinks, dancing and island cuisine, visit the St. Lucia Summer Festival.

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Paso Robles, California

Wine country has never been better, so cozy up with the girls in a charming vacation rental and drink up. The possibilities are endless; great beer at Earth and Fire Brewing Company and BarrelHouse Brewing Co.; tasty coffee at Kitchenette; and of course, the wineries. Tours offered by 101 Wine Tours focus on wine, beer and olive growing. You can also indulge in tastings at EOS Estate Winery.

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Women on a boat
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Nags Head, North Carolina

Lose the dudes and head for the beaches of Nags Head. Catch some waves—surf, kite-board, kayak or practice stand-up paddling—or stay on land and enjoy a friendly game of beach volleyball. Watch the sunset on the pier while eating 15 cent shrimp at Fish Head's Bar & Grill, or take in the beautiful views at Bodie's lighthouse

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Women at Skyline Park
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Prepare yourself for a weekend in the city. Spend your day exploring Atlanta Botanical Garden and other major attractions like SkyView Atlanta and Atlanta Movie Tours. Don't forget to visit Atlanta's hottest bars; The Mercury and STATS; bowl, drink, eat and sing karaoke at the highly anticipated Punch Bowl Social; or head to Skyline Park on Friday or Saturday night where, after 5 pm, the fun is only for adults only.

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Women drinking wine
Las Vegas

When you hear girls trip, what's the first place that comes to mind? Probably Las Vegas, right? Vegas is bachelorette party central—women of all ages flock to the city for great food, gambling and live entertainment. Make a weekend of it! Have a little adult fun at Magic Mike Live or have a laugh at the "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man," comedy show. Vegas even has glamorous nightlife at Mandarin Bar and Chateau Nightclub & Gardens. Round out the trip with a pool party at Tao

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Girls on a beach
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Two words—private beach. Book a stay at Fort Lauderdale's Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa and that's exactly what you'll get. Sixteen acres of beachfront property, a tropical lagoon pool and three restaurants and lounges. W Fort Lauderdale is equally amazing. Recently having undergone renovations, the stylish hotel offers infinity pools, bottle service, a sushi bar and daily beach fitness classes. More things to do in Ft. Lauderdale include group paddling, a cruise in a water taxi, visiting local museums and eating brunch at Coconut's waterfront restaurant. 

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Panel at Essence Fest
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New Orleans

The women of "Girls Trip" reconnected through these at New Orleans' Essence Festival, and your friends can too. With powerful expos and showcases like "Path to Power," "Beauty and Style," "Essence Empowerment," and "Essence Eats" you and you girl bosses are bound to leave feeling more motivated and empowered than ever before. 

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Women in front of Navhille mural
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The perfect getaway for ladies of the South awaits in Nashville. Start by bonding over art at Painting with a Twist. Head to the coolest bars including FGL House and Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, both of which have ties to major country stars. Spend the next day in the 12 South neighborhood to enjoy cute boutiques and restaurants. Before you go, grab some sweet treats at Five Daughter's Bakery.

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Women drinking wine
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Charleston, South Carolina

Need a break from a fast-paced life? Invite the girls to Charleston. Stay at Grand Bohemian Hotel, a cozy boutique hotel where rooms are dressed with exquisite art and decor. Explore Middleton Place and  Boone Hall & Plantation Gardens to take in the beauty of nature. Visit the historic Dock Street Theater or stroll down Rainbow Row to take some Instagram-worthy group shots. Don't forget to have some wine and, before you go, take home a one-of-a-kind souvenir

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Night view of Atlantic City
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Atlantic City

Atlantic City is the ultimate spot for enjoying nightlife, shopping and beaches. Win big at one of the city's numerous casinos—Bally's, Borgata Hotel, Caesar's or Harrah's; splurge on shopping at Tropicana; or grab VIP tickets to the Beach Fest Concert Series. Who can turn down a shaded lounge, private bar, exclusive food menus and a complimentary appetizer station? 

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Saratoga Springs, New York

What better way to connect than over a spa weekend at the "Spa City"—Saratoga Springs. For the ultimate spa experience, stay at The Gideon Putnam. The resort is just minutes from the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Though you might not want to leave the hotel with a luxurious full-service bath and spa, eight tennis courts, two golf courses and two outdoor swimming pools.

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Fashion on 5th Avenue
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New York City

New York City is filled with museums, attractions and live entertainment, but a shopping trip is in order for this girls getaway. NYC is one of the fashion capitals of the world, so save up some money and have a shopping spree at high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier and the iconic Tiffany & Co., all located on 5th Avenue. For a mix of fashion-forward boutiques and chains, head to SoHo, New York's hub for shopaholics. In Soho, you'll find Topshop, Mango, Prada and two H&Ms. 

By Jasmyn Snipes Louis

In the summer of 2017 "Girls Trip" took the film industry by storm, making more than $140 million at the box office. Women everywhere made a girl's night of the film's release to watch four women's journey of friendship as they vacationed in New Orleans and attended the annual Essence Festival.

Make 2018 the year that you and your lady friends reconnect, plan a trip of your own and make memories that'll last a lifetime.

Jasmyn Snipes Louis
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