Adventure-Travel Destinations Perfect for Your Next Girls' Trip
Under Canvas, Zion, Utah
Under Canvas Zion's mantra is "Outside Together," which is exactly what you will be with your girl group at this luxury camping destination (open March–December). The site's 196 acres are located just outside Zion National Park, meaning incredible hikes, biking, rock climbing, and other adventures are literally minutes away. Once back at the camp, home is a safari-inspired tent (rates start at $219), complete with plush beds, daily housekeeping, and wood-burning stoves for cold nights.
In true glamping style, you can also opt for a tent with an en-suite bathroom and full shower. Instead of checking Instagram (there is no Wi-Fi) make sure to take in Zion's spectacular red-rock scenery in every direction. Food is available for purchase in the main tent, as are drinks, and a nightly communal campfire encourages tent-dwellers to mix and mingle.
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The Smith Cabin, Aspen, Colorado
Don't think of yourself as a "backcountry" type of gal? The Smith Cabin may change your mind. A rentable, private residence located deep on the backside of Aspen Mountain, this cozy cabin is where a super-remote location and the creature comforts of home come together. In the summer, the cabin is only accessible by hiking or four-wheel drive, and in the winter by snowmobile.
Once you arrive, hang with friends by the fireplace, play games, or cook dinner in the fully stocked kitchen. If the weather allows, barbecue on the deck or hang at the outside fire pit. The cabin sleeps nine people, making it the ultimate place to gather your best pals and remember what it was like before Netflix and chill was a thing (while there is Wi-Fi, there is no TV).
For ease, there are also options for catering or transportation of your food and luggage to the cabin (the nightly rate is $2,500 and includes cleaning services). Fair warning: The epic view of the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area may take your breath away, as will the altitude—the cabin sits at just above 11,000 feet.
Taylor River Lodge, Almont, Colorado
If you frequently regale friends with camp tales from your youth, then Taylor River Lodge—open May through October—is just what you're looking for. Nestled in the gorgeous Taylor Canyon, just outside of Crested Butte, CO, the property features eight impeccably appointed, rustic-chic cabins (rates start at $1,670 with all food and activities included).
Tap into your inner child by challenging your girlfriends to a game of archery or hatchet throwing, and follow that up with an ascent of the climbing wall or a friendly game of darts, pool, or foosball in the game room. Hiking, single-track mountain biking, fly-fishing, and white-water rafting are just of few of the activities the surrounding mountains and river offer to push you out of your comfort zone. Make your way to meals in the main lodge via the cruiser bike parked outside your cabin, and enjoy the sounds of the river rushing through the property as you dine. If all the adventure wears you out, head to the bathhouse where the saltwater pool, steam, sauna, and hot tub serve as antidotes to tired muscles (as do the s'mores by the campfire each night).
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana
Don't be deterred by the fact that The Ranch at Rock Creek refers to itself as a "luxury dude ranch"—dudettes are most certainly welcome. Both a winter and summer draw, the Ranch is located on 6,000 acres of wilderness on the outskirts of Philipsburg, MT, which means hiking, biking, ice-skating, skiing at the nearby Discovery Ski Area, and—of course—horseback riding are all possible depending on the season you choose. (If you've never ridden a horse on snow, it's a must-do.) Stay in the lodge or a luxury cabin (rates start at $867 and include all meals and two activities a day). The on-property Silver Dollar Saloon allows you to actually saddle up to the bar (the bar seats are saddles) before seeing who can get more strikes at the bowling alley. Enriched friendships are practically a guarantee after a few days on the Ranch, where the Wild West is alive and well. A sudden desire for cowboy boots is also a guarantee.
Winterlake Lodge, Alaska
If Alaska isn't already on your bucket list, it's a must-add—pronto. And why not take a few friends along on your adventure to the absolutely jaw-dropping 49th state? There are few things more empowering than a group of women boarding a floatplane (or a ski-plane in the winter) from Anchorage to Winterlake Lodge, a destination so off the grid it's only identifiable by coordinates. (Rates for a three-night stay start at $6,215 and include lodging, food, drinks, guides, excursions, a spa treatment, and more.)
Located at the base of Wolverine Mountain and overlooking a two-mile lake, Winterlake Lodge's activity options are endless: Canoe, paddleboard, or swim on the lake, or hop on a helicopter to be transported to a lush, green hike or a glacier for trekking. The best part is you can do all of those on the same day—especially if you go in the summer when there can be 19 hours of daylight. The lodge is located on the Iditarod trail which means you can also visit a sled-dog camp and even learn to mush.
Home will be one of the knotty-pine cabins on property and world-class meals are served in the charming main lodge. In addition to you and your friends becoming one with the spectacular Alaskan wilderness, you can also enjoy complimentary massages, yoga classes, cooking classes, and cheese tastings. (Check out even more reasons why your next adventure vacation should be to Alaska.)
Sonoma/Napa Bike Tour
If you want your next girls' getaway to involve plenty of good wine, why not plan a trip where you way more than earn it? DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. offers incredibly curated bike tours all over the world, including one through Napa and Sonoma (rates start at $3,695 and include a bike, meals, wine tastings, and accommodations).
The adventure takes riders along the Pacific coast and into several of wine country's adorable towns, allowing cyclists to see this beautiful region of California from the seat of a bike. The several-day tour through Sonoma and Napa includes stops in Bodega Bay, the Russian River Valley, Healdsburg, Calistoga, and St. Helena, rewarding all your pedaling with Michelin-star meals and olive oil, beer, and wine tastings. The pinot noirs, chardonnays, and cabernets you sip promise to taste even better when you arrive at the vineyards via two wheels.