Next time you’re trying to decide whether to go on vacation or visit your mother, consider doing both by taking Mom on a trip that she won’t forget. No matter where you go, you’ll always have amazing memories and pictures with Mom to look back on.
Need some inspiration on where to go? Have a look at this list of destinations worth sharing with the special lady.
Asheville, North Carolina
Why not treat Mom (and yourself) to an Appalachian getaway that’s a blend between city and country with a trip to Asheville, North Carolina? Surrounded by national parks and forests, including the Great Smoky Mountains, this friendly town is a surprisingly happening hive of urban delights with an amazing dining scene and a vibrant arts district. Nearby attractions such as the massive 19th century Biltmore Estate and driving routes such as the Blue Ridge Parkway ensure an amazing time is waiting for all who visit.
If Mom’s a bit of a shopaholic – or you are and still rely on her advice to find the best bargains – head to Bloomington, Minnesota for a retail retreat at the Mall of America. It’s the largest mall in the United States and is home to more than 500 shops and department stores as well as Nickelodeon Universe, Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, The Lego Store, American Girl, and tons of other family-oriented activities. The mall is connected to a handful of hotels catering to a range of budgets with cosmopolitan Minneapolis and St. Paul just 15 minutes up the road.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
For a breath of fresh sea air with a touch of New England charm, consider a Mom-friendly beach break at Cape Cod, Massachusetts. With its quaint villages, lighthouses, the John F. Kennedy Museum, and coastal activities such as whale watching or taking the ferry to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, the Cape is an especially scenic and relaxing destination to enjoy with family.
Show Mom that your art history degree didn’t go to waste by whisking her away on a trip to beautiful Florence, Italy. Admire the Renaissance architecture, Michelangelo’s David sculpture, Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, and Da Vinci’s Annunciation. Once you’re hungry after all that sightseeing, wind down at a cozy restaurant for dinner and discuss your itinerary over a glass of wine from the nearby Tuscan vineyards.
The home of the afternoon tea and of Queen Elizabeth II – not to mention all sorts of theatre productions, museums, historical sites, world-famous department stores, and shopping districts – London is an ideal setting for sightseeing with peak Mom appeal. A major travel hub for all of Europe, it’s also the best option for embarking upon almost any multi-city European holiday.
Napa Valley, California
Take Mom on a wine tasting tour of Napa and enjoy not the quality quaff and quality time taking while taking in the picturesque California wine country. While you’ve got round trips to California, you might as well visit Napa’s renowned restaurants, spas, and hotels.
New York City, New York
Is Mom a fan of Broadway? Dinner and a show in the Big Apple is a great way to show her you care and love spending time with her. Throw in a healthy dose of just about anything you’re both interested in (as it really is all right here!) and maybe a nice stroll through Central Park or along the Highline, and you’ve got the makings of a great date with your favorite lady.
Visiting D.C. with your mom is a capital idea! She’s bound to love shopping and sightseeing around historic Georgetown, admiring the city’s famous monuments, and touring treasures such as the Smithsonian Institute and the National Gallery of Art.
What’s your Mom’s favorite destination? If you could whisk her away, where would you go? Tell us in the comments below!