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8 Best Outdoor Destinations for Adventurous Girls Trips

Are you planning a girl's trip for your adventurous friend group? We've got you covered! See our list of the most recommended outdoor destinations.

By Hannah Purvis

If you and your girl gang love to spend time outside enjoying nature and breathing in the fresh air, then we’ve got some bucket list travel ideas for you. Whether you start planning your next trip today or bookmark these destinations for later, we highly encourage you to make your way to all of them at some point.

Chalked full of insane natural beauty and terrain differing from open plains, dense forests, and even volcanic stone, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

A woman hiking in the mountains
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Destinations to Unleash Your Adventurous Side

1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole Wyoming is home to multiple popular ski resorts and various wildlife habitats such as a neighboring elk refuge and Grand Teton National park. For those looking to enjoy adventure activities, there is no better place. Not only is this area highly regarded for its ski slopes in the winter, but is well known by visitors and locals alike for whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and backpacking!

Where to stay: Anvil Hotel

Where to eat: The Blue Lion

What to do: Yellowstone & Grand Teton Eco Tour

Aerial view of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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2. Big Sur, CA

Big Sur, situated along the coast of the Bay Area in California, is a stretch of beautiful, rugged forest along the Pacific Ocean. If you enjoy the outdoors, this destination is a must-visit. Big Sur is well known for its scenic hiking trails and various camping spots. The Big Sur campground is a great spot for a girls’ trip where you’re looking to disconnect and spend some time off the grid.

Where to stay: Big Sur Campground and Cabins

Where to eat: The Sur House

What to do: Electric Bike Tour

Aerial view of Big Sur, California
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3. Charlottesville, VA

There’s something magical about the mountains of Virginia. Charlottesville in particular has a unique charm that is beautiful year-round, but especially in autumn. We suggest this destination for a group looking for both hiking and outdoor exploration. Along with the beautiful mountainous scenery there are plenty of good brewery and vineyard options to enjoy throughout your stay!

Where to stay: Boars Head Inn

Where to eat: Bizou

What to do: Private Walking Food Tour in Charlottesville

plants in a meadow
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4. Zion National Park, UT

If you want to enjoy fitness-forward activities on your girls’ trip, visiting Zion National Park will offer a chance to hike, kayak, cycle, and more. Keep in mind that this national park is one of the most visited natural spots in the country so be sure to check the website for up-to-date travel information. Consider visiting between November and February, which is considered to be the off-season.

Where to stay: Zion Lodge

Where to eat: King’s Landing Bistro

What to do: Zion ATV & Jeep Tours

Aerial view of Zion National Park, Utah
Photo by Jamie Hagan on Unsplash

5. Lake Powell, AZ

Lake life takes on a whole new meaning here. Lake Powell offers visitors an excellent opportunity to swim in water with temperatures upwards of 80 degrees during peak season. Due to its setting, this destination is great for water recreation and adventurous activities such as kayaking, water skiing, cliff jumping, and more.

Where to stay: Under Canvas Lake Powell

Where to eat: Diné Navajo Food Stands

What to do: Flight and Rafting Adventures

Cliffs at Lake Powell, Arizona
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6. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo foothills, Santa Fe New Mexico boasts stunning Pueblo style architecture and notable flora and fauna. The area is a hotspot for art and cultural galleries, however, it doubles as an outdoor haven full of distinct hiking trails for hikers of all skill levels.

Where to stay: Inn of the Five Graces

Where to eat: Shundine’s Frybread Stand

What to do: Tour Santa Fe’s Historic Site

succulent in front of a Pueblo style building
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7. Yosemite National Park, CA

The stunning Yosemite National Park in Northern California is known for its tall sequoia trees, waterfalls and granite mountains. Guests can visit year round, though the months of May through September tend to be the most popular due to mild weather and more areas of the park open to view. Yosemite is a great place for you and your girlfriends to spend time outside and enjoy some peace and solitude surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.

Where to stay: Rush Creek Lodge

Where to eat: Ahwahnee Dining Room

What to do: 2 Days Private Tour and Hike in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, California
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8. Hawai’i Big Island

Millions of people visit the Hawaiian islands each year and it's no secret why. The Island of Hawai’i – commonly referred to as The Big Island – is a haven for natural beauty. The terrain ranges from lush rainforests and green valleys, to sandy beaches and is even home to the Volcanoes National Park. It will take days or even weeks to scratch the surface of things to see but this should definitely be added to your travel bucket list.

Where to stay: Big Island Retreat

Where to eat: Da Poke Shack

What to do: Twilight Volcano Tour

Image of a large waterfall on the island of Hawai'i
Photo by Martin Zangerl on Unsplash

Where Will You Go First?

Are you feeling inspired by any of these outdoor travel destinations? Looking to set up a girls trip in the near future? Use our registry tool to map expenses, split costs, and build a plan for the various activities you’ll want to do.

Looking for planning help? When you book with Celebration Wishes Travel, you can rest assured that every single detail of your trip will be handled with care. Fill out our interest form to learn more today!

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