As American author Mark Twain simply put it, “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” Luckily, most us have already set out on adventures with our best friends, discovering that travel often strengthens friendships. If you and your friends need a getaway in the US, we’ve rounded up a few destinations that prove ideal for trips with those who know you best.
Sonoma County, California
There is perhaps nothing more enticing than grabbing a bunch of your besties and heading out wine tasting. Northern California is king when it comes to best friend getaways with a wine emphasis. Sonoma County, in particular, takes the cake for friend getaways as it sits just a short drive from San Francisco. Usually more affordable and laid back than Napa, Sonoma features more than 425 wineries to try out with your buddies. In addition to wine tasting, you can all explore miles of rugged Pacific coastline, redwood forests, farm-to-table restaurants and relax at loads of resorts and spas in the area.
Grab your BFF and head for Chicago because deep-dish pizzas are meant for sharing. The quintessential American city right smack in the middle of the country makes for an idyllic spot to convene with friends, as it’s easy to reach from most major airports. Once you get there, you’ll have plenty of attractions to fill up the itinerary with friends, from shopping along Magnificent Mile, hitting up the beaches on Lake Michigan, or taking a selfie next to the Cloud Gate (Chicago’s reflective bean shaped work of art). Other friend-worthy activities in town include catching a baseball game at Wrigley Field and experiencing the Ledge on top of the iconic Willis Tower, a glass box that extends 4.3 feet from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Obviously, you wouldn’t take such a step without your best friend beside you, pushing you to be a daredevil too.
If everything is bigger in Texas, then friendships are too. BFFs who convene in the capital city of Austin won’t be hard press to find a wealth of activities. Beginning with music, Austin calls itself the live music capital of the world. You can tap your toes together at more than 250 music venues in town. If all that dancing has worked up an appetite, Austin answers with loads of barbecue joints and food trucks to get your fix. By day, friends can peruse South Congress, filled with art galleries, clothing boutiques, antique shops, and yes…more food trucks. At twilight, you can all make your way with the masses to the Congress Avenue Bridge to see a million bats emerge from underneath its arches. If the Texas heat proves too much to bear, you and your posse have options for cooling off at either Barton Springs Pool or Lady Bird Lake. Close out your Austin trip by bar hopping throughout old bungalow watering holes on Rainey Street.
It seems only fitting that in the City of Brotherly Love you can find a wealth of activities to satisfy a BFF trip. If your friendships go way back to the point where they feel more like family than friends, you might as well take your history to the historic city of Philadelphia. History-loving BFFs can appreciate visits to spots like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Lending both a cosmopolitan vibe and a small town feel, Philadelphia also keeps visitors busy with museums to explore like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation. Then again, if you have foodie friends, Philly is your city. From its cheesesteaks to its fine dining to its bustling street food scene like the Reading Terminal Market (essentially a large multiethnic food market), your group will have plenty to choose from.
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