44 Mother-Daughter Trips You Love

If you could take a mother-daughter getaway anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do there? Last year’s responses were so inspiring, we had to ask again! Just in time for Mother’s Day, BT presents 44 more vacation ideas for the ultimate girls' trip.

By Kaeli Conforti, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 6:00 PM

Source Article: 44 Mother-Daughter Trips You Love

Looking down from Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

"South Africa, Cape Town. I would take her on wine tours, a township tour, walk around Stellenbosch, volunteer with Operation Hunger, look out over Table Mountain, visit Robben Island, explore the markets, go on a safari, explore the coast, and visit some of my friends' families. I would love to take her to Africa." —Codi Thompson

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A beautiful sunset scene from Japan

"Taking my daughter to Japan would be tops on my list. She's 14, diabetic, and loves Japanese culture. Her dream would be to go to Akihabara, lunch at a maid café, tea at a tea garden, and so many other sights and experiences that she's talked about and obsessed over the last six years. My goal would be for her to find a love, dream big, and go for it!" —Tammy Seelman

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Trunk Bay in St. John, US Virgin Islands

I would take my daughter to St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. I want to show her one of my favorite places on earth.

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Sunrise in Rio de Janeiro

"After a recent (and amazing) trip to Rio de Janeiro this past February, I knew it was a place my mother would love so I'm taking her in December for Christmas. I know she'll have a blast! Samba, beaches and bikinis, what's not to love? And, yes, at 72, my Mom still rocks a bikini." —Danielle Fabulosity

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Horses in the fields on a farm in Lexington, Kentucky

"Out west so my daughter could fly like the wind on a horse ride. She loves the open air and ranch atmosphere. She is studying to be a Vet Tech, and would love to work primarily with horses eventually. It would be special to see her in her element." —Judi Bryer Leh

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Galway city at the west coast of Ireland View of Shop Street, a very busy pedestrian street in Galway

"Ireland! My 14-year-old has been wishfully planning trips to Ireland for nearly two years. She plans the flights, accommodations, things to do, the whole nine yards. All that's missing is the funding!" —Meredith Stukey McGee

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Griboedov Canal and the Church of Savior on Spilled Blood in St-Petersburg, Russia

"It's a bit unusual but my mother and I traveled to St. Petersburg, to accompany my daughter to a conference. We had a blast visiting the Czar's palaces, the Hermitage museum and the Russian Orthodox churches. Even the few reminders of the Soviet Union were fascinating. I would never of thought of going but it was a great trip!" —Carol Landry

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Disney Worlds Cinderella Castle near Orlando, Florida.

"I can't wait to take my little princess to Disney World for the first time, and to see the priceless look on her face when she sees Cinderella's castle in person!" —Lindsey Heim


Li River Cruise From Guilin, China

"I'd probably pick a place like Guilin, China, where the culture is both intimidating and interesting, and we can't speak the language but the beauty of the natural world around us wouldn't need words. Plus, Guilin has lots of markets and what girl doesn't love to shop?" —Kristen Mankosa

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Gallarus Oratory in Ireland

"My mom and I love history and learning about other people and cultures. Our dream mother-daughter trip would be to go to Ireland to explore our roots." —Stephanie Leeks

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A beautiful beach in Palawan, Philippines

"I would take my mom to the Philippines (her homeland) and take her to all the cool shopping places. It's so expensive but so beautiful." —Jenie Gundran

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Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina

"For my mother's 70th birthday, we took a 4-day mother-daughter trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina. We enjoyed a bed and breakfast decorated for Christmas and a tour of Biltmore Estate in all its holiday glory. We also drove in the mountains for hours talking about her childhood. It was a great mother-daughter getaway." —Jessica Rebhahn

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The Dordogne RIver in France

"Anywhere! I have brought my mum to England, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, East Coast of the USA, etc. She is an easy traveller and loves to see the world so she made a great companion." —Clare Gim Lay Tan

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River Ganges, Varanasi, India

"I would absolutely take my mother to India. Of course we'd visit Agra, Jaipur, and Delhi, but we would definitely spend a few days in Varanasi, a very holy city for Hindus. It is also where my grandmother passed away so I know my mother would love to rest flowers for her near the Ganges River. We will take this trip soon enough!" —Sophia Rigatou

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The London Skyline

"I took my mom to London and Paris in Dec. of 2010. She was so excited! I surprised her and upgraded our tickets to business class. It was her first time using her passport and she was like a kid in a candy store. We did enjoy plenty of shopping, sightseeing, and taking pictures. And boy did we eat!" —Monica C. Weeks

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Temple Mount and Western Wall during Shabbat

"My daughter and I have gone on some great girls-only trips and I'd love to add Israel to the list. Tel Aviv is steeped in arts, culture, and history, with a great foodie and shopping scene, and it's on the Mediterranean to boot, so we'd have fun just puttering about. We would also explore the religious sites in Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea." —Yuki Hayashi

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Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

"Rafting down Colorado River in the Grand Canyon." —Jill Pocock Betz

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View of Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii

"I think I would take my mom to Hawaii. She's a hard-working person who takes very little time to herself, so I feel a week on a quiet, relaxing, island would do her (and me, the mom of a 15-month-old) worlds of good. We would sleep in, drink Mai Tai's on the beach, talk, take long relaxing walks, eat what we wanted when we wanted, and just chill out." —Jen Rios Burns

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A fish-eye view of the Hong Kong skyline during the day.

"Hong Kong to go shopping in Causeway Bay and Kowloon." —@akaams

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Times Square

"We're actually from Louisiana. I would love to share New York City with my mom. Taking pictures in front of Times Square—this would be the trip of a lifetime." —Tomica Curlee-Starks

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Old San Juan Puerto Rico

"My daughter and I went to Puerto Rico this past December. We took tours to the waterfalls, Vieques, a cab to Old San Juan, El Morro, explored, walked a lot and shopped, of course." —Jackie Turner

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A beautiful beach in Maui, Hawaii

"We would head back home to Hawaii, but stay in Maui for the sun, spas, and beaches where you can really get away from it all." —Amber Barnett

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Queenstown, New Zealand at Dusk

"My Mom and I always try and take a trip for summer together. A dream trip would be Bora Bora, New Zealand, or Alaska in the summer." —Neeona Neal

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The base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

"Paris. My daughter fell in love with the city as an undergrad and I would love to discover its wonders through her eyes." —Ann-Marie Leary Coleman

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The Moa Peninsula in Islay, Scotland

"I would love to tour the British Isles with my mother. She enjoys tracing our family's ancestral roots, and there are some very deep ones in England and Scotland. Fingers crossed that we are one day able to make that trip a reality!" —Jenna Brubaker Lowder

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The Lost Coast in California

"The Lost Coast in California. I want to do this trip with my daughter. It looks beautiful—rugged and natural, back to the basics." —Emily Walker

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Badia Palace in Marrakech, Morocco

"My two daughters and I always enjoy Paris together in the summer. Last summer, I took my oldest to Lyon, France, and we had a great time. Another trip idea would be Marrakech." —Lydie Thomas

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Madrid, Spain

"Mom and I would like to do a Riverboat cruise through Lisbon to Spain along the Douro River. After the cruise ends we would take the train to Madrid to visit the museums and churches." —Beth Clark

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Volcano in Costa Rica

"My mom and I took a getaway to Kauai, Panama, and Costa Rica last year. We spent most of our time relaxing on the beaches. If we had a choice, we would probably go to Italy next to see the art and historic sites, eat delicious food, and relax in the countryside." —Les Lie

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Towns along the Danube River

"Just did this a month ago—my daughter and I took a Danube River Cruise and loved it! We met two other mother-daughter pairs on the ship and two sons who were travelling with their mom." —Barb Mardis

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A beautiful forest in Chilean Patagonia

"My mom has always wanted to see Patagonia. I'm so hopeful I can make this happen for her (and go with her). To be that close to pure beauty with the amazing woman who brought me into this wonderful world." —Katie Lineweaver Robinson

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Barceloneta sculpture in Barcelona, Spain

"Spain—Barcelona, Madrid, and Toledo, for sure. We would want to walk in Don Quixote land, and breathe the Mediterranean air blowing off the sea." —Susan Ardolino Turner

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Koala bear and baby in Australia

"Australia. We would see all the interesting animals they don't have here, among numerous other things." —Nancy Shumway

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Seventeenth century Pura Taman Ayun, a relic of the Kingfom of Mengwi

"I would go back to Bali with my mom. I visited her there in 2009 when she was volunteering at a birth center. We would stay six weeks and both volunteer." —Meghan McLean

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Beach scene from Greece

"My daughter is a Special Olympics Athlete and lives home with me. We go on a vacation every year together. Our dream trip would be Greece—a beautiful country, and home of the Olympics, so it's special to us." —Doreen Gallien

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A quiet canal view in Venice, Italy

"My daughter and I have dreamed of mother-daughter trip to Northern Italy since she was in middle school. We want to see where da Vinci lived, drink wine in Tuscany, have a handsome man sing to us in a gondola, and eat!" —Angie Knoll

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Sukhothai in Thailand

"I'd go wherever she wanted. I've traveled plenty so she could have her pick, but I would love to show her Thailand." —Tasha Patterson Ward

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Frigate birds on the Galapagos Islands

"My daughter and I went to Peru and Ecuador last year. Machu Picchu was awesome. We spent four days on the Galapagos Islands (also awesome). She is a Vet student and really enjoyed seeing and photographing the various animals." —Kathy Burns Doering

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New York City Central Park

"My daughter wants a mom-daughter trip to New York City for her college graduation. We would see the sights, shows, the September 11th Memorial, and eat at the famous places." —Amy Hale

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Sorcerers Hat at Disneys Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

"Disney, of course. Where both of us can be as young as we want to be." —Susan Brust

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The blue and green waters of Bermuda

"Mother-daughter trips that have been a bit stressful lately were China and Hong Kong. A very successful one was Bermuda, since it is calm, beautiful, no long flights required, and you can do fun girly stuff like full afternoon tea." —Katie Hallock

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View of Parliament from the Danube River in Budapest

"My mother has dreamed of going to Budapest, Hungary, and I hope I get to take her one day. I am also Irish and have been to Ireland twice already, so I would like to explore the other side of my ancestry with her." —Amanda Roche

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Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey

"The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. Exotic shopping at its best."  —Susan Lore

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A purple sunrise over Palermo, Sicily

"Italy, to visit our ancestral home, specifically, Palermo, Sicily. My maternal grandfather was from there and we would love to see whether other relatives from our generations are still there. Fascinating!" —Wynne Gavin

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