Drop Everything! 8 Girlfriend Getaways You Need NOW

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Albuquerque: A perfect place for nature-lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, winery, and brewery fans alike, Albuquerque is quickly becoming a top spot for southwestern style girlfriend getaways. Enjoy the scenery as you paddle down the Rio Grande, take a ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway, or go for a hike at nearby Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Feeling adventurous? Rainbow Ryders offers hot air balloon rides at sunrise from $149 per person. Stay at the Albuquerque Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa—rooms start at $139 a night and are roomy enough for you and your girlfriends to spread out and relax.
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You'll often find yourself being asked, "Red or green?" at mealtimes, and of course, people are referring to New Mexico's state fruit, the chili pepper. But why choose one when you can try both? (Say, "Christmas." You're welcome.) Stop by Sadie's of New Mexico, an Albuquerque institution, or treat yourselves to tacos and tequila at Zacatecas, an authentic Mexican taqueria and tequila bar in the city's Nob Hill neighborhood. For a nightcap, head to Apothecary Lounge, a swanky rooftop bar at the top of the Hotel Parq Central. Try an exhilarating Brewery Bike Tour if you're up for a short scenic ride between some of the city's best microbreweries.
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Die-hard fans of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul—both filmed in and around ABQ—will appreciate a visit to The Candy Lady, a specialty sweet shop in Albuquerque's Historic Old Town where you can find "blue ice candy," rock candy colored to look just like Walter White's special product. Blue ice candy packages sell for $1 each and are also available online—five packages for $5 and 10 packages for $10, plus shipping and handling.
Orlando: Bookworms should go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, where you can check out many of the popular Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley shops taken straight from the series. Don't miss a ride on the new thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, where you'll embark on an epic 3D adventure with Harry and the gang and encounter unforgettable characters like Bellatrix Lestrange and You-Know-Who himself.
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If you're planning to start the day in London and Diagon Alley (in Universal Studios Florida) and take the Hogwarts Express over to Hogsmeade and Hogwarts (in Universal's Islands of Adventure), or vice versa, you'll need to pay for the one-day admission ticket to both parks. Prices start at $147 per adult; admission to just one park starts at $102 for adults.
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Stay at Universal Orlando's newest and most budget-friendly onsite hotel, Cabana Bay Beach Resort, where rooms start at $119 a night depending on what time of the year you go—there's even a free shuttle from the hotel to the parks and Universal CityWalk area. Relax after a busy day of park-hopping or a long night at the many nightclubs and restaurants in Universal CityWalk—great for a girls' night out—or take on the resort's 50s-themed bowling alley, arcade, or state-of-the-art Jack LaLanne fitness center. Best of all, because you're staying at an on-site hotel, you'll get to enter the Harry Potter sections at both parks an hour before the crowds.
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Dominican Republic: Can't make it to Ibiza or Barcelona this year but still want to hit the beach all day and party all night with the girls? Head to Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort in Punta Cana, an all-inclusive getaway where all you'll need to bring is your fabulous selves to have a great time. Rates from $147 per person per night (in May).
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Spend some well-deserved days off poolside or at the property's 14 restaurants, 16 bars, state-of-the-art fitness center, 18-hole PGA-rated golf course, waterpark, and casino.
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Enjoy Las Vegas-style entertainment, take a complimentary merengue, salsa, or bachata lesson, and go out dancing at the Bávaro Nightclub, located in the Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe—just remember to bring your club attire along as shorts, sleeveless T-shirts, and sandals are not allowed.
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Kentucky: Looking for a girls' trip that lets you really get back to nature? Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark located less than 30 miles from Lexington in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, is a wonderful hidden gem of a girlfriend getaway spot if you're anywhere near the Midwest.
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Learn about the history of the Kentucky Shakers by visiting their collection of 34 original 19th century buildings, meet your favorite farm animals, and spend a few days exploring the 3,000-acre nature preserve's hiking and biking trails.
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Make a weekend out of it by staying at The Inn—rates for the property's 70 guest rooms, cottages, and suites start at just $110 a night and guests receive complimentary entry to The Historic Centre, The Farm, and The Preserve. If you're just passing through the area or making a daytrip of it, admission is only $10 per adult for access to all areas and activities scheduled for the day.
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Toronto: While the U.S. dollar is currently crushing the euro, it's also performing strongly against the Canadian dollar, making this the perfect time to head north for a girlfriend getaway. Check out the city's fabulous foodie scene in Kensington Market, St. Lawrence Market, and Chinatown. For a unique dining experience, try having dinner in the dark at O. Noir, or check out SIGNS, the world's first deaf restaurant where you are encouraged to use American Sign Language to communicate with staff members.
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Spend some time shopping (or window shopping) at swanky boutiques along Queen Street West and stop by the Bata Shoe Museum, where you can find fancy footwear once worn by the rich and famous. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students with a valid I.D.
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Gutsy gals can get a great adrenaline rush by visiting EdgeWalk at the CN Tower, where you literally hook yourself up to the roof of Toronto's CN Tower, and take a thrilling 20-30 minute walk on, well, the edge. At 1,168 feet above the ground, the bragging rights alone make the $195 per person ticket price well worth it. You'll also get to take home a video, printed photos, and a certificate to commemorate the experience. Your admission includes a Tower Experience Ticket, which gives you access to LookOut, SkyPod, the Glass Floor, and other attractions inside CN Tower.
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Wyoming: For the ultimate Wild West girlfriend getaway, head to Cheyenne, Wyoming—start by shopping for the perfect pair of adorable (and super comfy!) cowboy boots. Don't miss Cheyenne Frontier Days, this year from July 17-26, where you can see the world's largest outdoor rodeo by day and concerts by legendary performers like Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Big & Rich, Aerosmith, Alabama, Montgomery Gentry, Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, and Keith Urban, among others, by night.
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Feeling adventurous? Take on the great outdoors and explore the area's many hiking trails and fat bike trails. Vedauwoo Campground & Recreation Area located 15 miles from Laramie in Medicine Bow National Forest is also worth checking out for its beautiful scenery.
Cheyenne is home to many dude ranches, where you and your BFFs can have a more hands-on cowgirl experience, get back to nature, and bond around the campfire. Terry Bison Ranch, located along the Wyoming/Colorado border offers cabins from $89.95 a night (from $175 a night during Cheyenne Frontier Days), and the chance to try horseback riding (from $40 per hour), and fishing ($19.50 per person for the first three fish you catch, $6 for each additional fish).
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Hawaii: Likely sparked by the idea of American tourists flocking to Europe instead of the Hawaiian Islands as a result of the declining euro, we've been noticing great prices and deals to Hawaii—flights from New York City to Honolulu started at $635 in April while flights from the West Coast hovered around the $300 mark! Gather up the girls and head to a lovely spa retreat along Hawaii Island's secluded North Kohala Coast at Ahu Pohaku Ho'omaluhia for a peaceful girls-only getaway in paradise.
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Treat yourselves to a traditional Hawaiian lomilomi massage (from $130 for an hour, $195 for 90 minutes), unwind with your choice of organic herbal spa treatments, indulge in one of the available wellness classes, or work up a sweat in the fitness room or yoga studio.
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For a unique vacation experience, stay in a Hawaiian luxury yurt bungalow in the property's Hawaiian Yurt Village. You'll have full use of the spa facilities, media room, library, infinity lap pool, and 50 beautiful acres to explore. Rates from $185 a night.
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New York: Instead of heading to Napa Valley for a wine-filled weekend getaway, try visiting the Finger Lakes Region in New York State for a budget-friendly girlfriend adventure. For starters, unwind with a glass or two of the area's popular pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet franc, and Riesling, among other homegrown wines.
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Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can check out Taughannock Falls State Park, and enjoy views of 215-foot-tall Taughannock Falls from trails along the rim and gorge.
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Stay at New Vines Bed & Breakfast, where rooms start at $125 a night and have gorgeous views of Seneca Lake. Try a free wine tasting at Dr. Frank Wines in Hammondsport or check out the new wing of the Corning Museum of Glass while you're in the area. Whatever you decided to do for your girls' getaway, we raise a glass to you!

You've talked about it. You've dreamed about it. We're here to tell you there's never going to be a better time to grab the girls and make your escape. Here, the ultimate ladies-only vacays you've been waiting for!

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