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9 Mother-Daughter Trip Ideas

From quick weekend getaways to once in a lifetime trips to the other side of the globe, more and more women are realizing the value in getting away with their mom, daughter, sister, niece, and close friends. Here are just a few of the destinations that travelers in our Forums chose for reconnecting with the significant women in their lives.

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Bond over: setting up “house” in your week long apartment rental in the 6th, pretending to be queen for the day at Versailles
Know Before You Go: Beating the Euro in Paris, Best Spots for a Picnic in Paris, Dining in Paris With and Without Reservations

From the Forums: Over the Moon: Mother-Daughter Trip to Paris
“My daughter really only was determined to do 3 things: visit the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre and eat plenty of steak frites. I read and obsessed for weeks planning the perfect itinerary complete with art, dining, shopping, churches, perfect walks, and lots of wonderful mother-daughter bonding.” (more)

Mexico’s Caribbean Coast
Bond over: the stunning ruins of Tulum, snorkeling at Puerto Morelo’s Natural Reef Park, exploring the inland jungle south of Rio Bec
Know Before You Go: 6 Extraordinary Hotels in Mexico, Riviera Maya’s Best Snorkeling, Tips for Touring Tulum

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From the Forums: Tulum, Mexico: Heaven at Hamaca Loca
“For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Tortuga is the largest (I think) of the 4 Hamaca Loca cabanas. The single bed looked like a bassinet with the canopy of netting – very appropriate for my niece, as I’ve known her since she was 6 months old.” (more)

Côte d’Azur, France
Bond over: a scenic coastal drive on the Moyenne Corniche, people watching on Juan-les-Pins waterfront, wintertime revelry at Nice’s Carnival
Know Before You Go: French Riviera Itineraries, Nice Restaurant Reviews, Best Base Town on the French Riviera

From the Forums: Need Help with Nice Vacation
“I will be traveling to Nice with my daughters (ages 2 and 7 months) and mother-in-law for 9 days. I want to go into Cannes for the film festival for a day, and my mother-in-law is a big gambler, so she wants to go to Monaco.Can anyone suggest a couple of places to visit, best days to visit and how to travel there?” (more)

New York
Bond over: a whirlwind tour of the city that never sleeps—think shopping in Soho, a visit to the Top of the Rock, and an obligatory meal in the West Village complete with a celebrity sighting.
Know Before You Go: Teen Vintage Shopping, Budget-Friendly NYC Hotels, Eating Out with Teens in Midtown

From the Forums: My Daughter’s First Bite of the Big Apple
“I would have tackled the MET’s second floor but my daughter had lost interest by this point and I was remembering last night’s vow not to indulge in competitive vacationing anymore.” (more)

Tucson, Arizona
Bond over: bird-watching, communing with cacti, touring Mission architecture
Know Before You Go: Short Hiking Trips Around Tucson, Top Mexican Restaurants in Tucson, Tucson Hotel Options for a Special Occasion

From the Forums: Help! Ranches in Tucson?
“I have just booked an impromptu trip with my 6 year old son and active 72 year old mother for THIS WEEK, flying into Tucson on Thursday and out on Tuesday. That gives us 4 solid days in Arizona.” (more)

Bangkok, Thailand
Bond over: adventurous meals, brave bargaining, touring the city’s canals on a longtail boat
From the Forums: Mom and Daughter 1st Time in Thailand
“Thanks to your advice, my mom (63) and I (35) have worked out the following plans for travel in Jan/Feb. Our focus is on cooking and time together while taking in sights. Can you tell me what you think of this itinerary?”
Know Before You Go: Thai Cooking Classes in Bangkok, When to Go to Thailand, Fodor’s Choice: Bangkok Hotel Reviews

Charleston, South Carolina
Bond over: shopping on King Street, a carriage tour of the Historic District, drinks on the rooftop of the Marketplace Pavilion Hotel
Know Before You Go: Charleston Inn Reviews, Touring Charleston’s Neighborhoods, Recommended Restaurants with Good Atmosphere

From the Forums: Help Needed from Kind SC Fodorites
“I would like recommendations for someplace good Friday night and for breakfast Saturday morning. Us two girls don’t need to go high end for dinner so someplace moderately priced would be great.” (more)

San Francisco & the Wine Country
Bond over: dim sum in Chinatown, a Stern Grove Festival concert, a spa in Calistoga
Know Before You Go: 7 Days in San Francisco, Best California Wine Country Spas, A Rundown of California Wine Regions

From the Forums: Wine Country Travel Plans- Need Help
“I have been to Napa and Sonoma many years ago. As a birthday present to my mother, we are going on a “girls” trip to San Francisco and Wine Country. My mother is 77 years young and has never been to the west coast – so the plan is make an this a very special trip.” (more)

Fez, Morocco
Bond over: stepping into a time warp, shopping for handmade crafts
Know Before You Go: A Fez Survival Guide, Side Trips to the Sahara, Touring the Meknes Souk

From the Forums: Fascinating Fez and Rabat with 13-year-old Daughter
“A big decision for us was choosing between Marrakech and Fes. There are varying opinions on this, but regarding Fes I kept hearing the words: authentic, historical, artisans. Regarding Marrakech I kept hearing: touristy, overwhelming, exciting… I thought about my daughter and I and our interests, and remembered how tiring we found Rome (as much as we loved it) and opted for Fes.” (more)

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