Four of the Best Destinations for Moms to Travel Without Kids

Mom Vacations: 4 Places for Moms to Travel Without Kids

Motherhood is one of the most beautiful things in the world, but as all moms know, it can also be stressful. That’s why it’s important for us moms to take time for ourselves, for self-care and to have a little fun. What better way to do this than to leave the kids at home and go on a girlfriend getaway with other moms? I do this every year, taking a few days to deepen my friendships and enjoy activities with my fellow mothers. Here are four of the best destinations for moms to travel without kids.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is the tried-and-true ultimate girls’ getaway, but there’s more to Las Vegas than the strip. After landing at McCarran International Airport, pick up your rental car, because you’ll need it on this moms’ getaway!

Your self-care, child-free weekend is the time to splurge on a suite that can accommodate your entire group. A few great options include the ARIA, Villas at the Mirage, or Vdara Hotel. For a more economical option, book a villa at the Holiday Inn Vacation Club Desert Club Resort or a vacation rental through sites like AirBnB.

If you are looking for activities outside of the strip, you can drive 30 minutes out to visit Red Rock Canyon. Take the 13-mile scenic drive and stop along the various look out points to take in the views, or you may choose to go on a short hike like the .75-mile Children’s Discovery Trail. Other options include the 2.2-mile round-trip Keystone Thrust or the longer 2.6 mile Ice Box Canyon Trail. You don’t have to complete the Ice Box Canyon Trail to get the full beauty, especially if you’re traveling in April when the wildflowers are in bloom. Get really adventurous by exploring the desert and riding an ATV through the Nellis Dunes, conquering zip-lining through SlotZilla at Freemont Street, or SkyJump off the Stratosphere Tower.

I know as moms, it’s hard to imagine going to a pool party without kids, but there are plenty of options in Las Vegas to enjoy an adult pool party. Popular options include Tao Beach, Daylight, and Drai’s Beachclub. Into the evening, enjoy one of the many shows on the strip, such as a Cirque du Soleil production.

Sedona, Arizona

To get to Sedona, you can fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. After picking up your rental car, it’s about a two-hour drive to Sedona. Book a two bedroom suite at The Ridge on Sedona Golf Course which sleeps eight, and enjoy gorgeous views of the red rocks.

Enjoy sleeping in while you’re away from the kids, but when you do get up, get out and explore the outdoors on the area’s many hiking trails. My favorite is the 3.2-mile Broken Arrow Trail, but if hiking isn’t your group’s thing, you can take a Pink Jeep Tour and see the same sights.

Sedona is known for its spas and healers, offering some of the worlds’ best therapists to locals and visitors alike. What better place for a spa day than here! You and your fellow moms can have a massage in a traditional room or out in nature. Try this unique experience at L’auberge de Sedona.

No moms’ getaway is complete without the perfect kid-free dinner. Splurge on one of the best restaurants in Sedona by making a reservation at Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante.

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Nashville, Tennessee

Moms, Music City is calling your name! Book a flight to Nashville and pick up your rental directly at the Nashville International Airport terminal. You’ll have many options for hotels in downtown Nashville if you and your girlfriends are looking to be close to the action, but if you plan to head out for the night, consider the Sheraton Grand Downtown hotel, as it has a free shuttle to transport you to the best honky tonks in town.

Start your mornings with breakfast at local favorites like Biscuit Love, where you have to try the “bonuts” or The Southern Steak and Oyster, which has some of the best grits I’ve ever tasted. For lunch or dinner, see who has the best hot chicken in Nashville by trying both Prince’s Hot Chicken and Hattie B's. Pick up some of the world-famous sweet potato cupcakes from The Cupcake Collection to indulge in while catching up with your fellow moms.

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Explore your inner artist on a visit to the Frist Art Museum, enjoy a wine tasting at City Winery Nashville, or catch a show at the performing arts theater.

New York, New York

After landing in New York City check in at the Conrad NY. The hotel only offers suites with a living room coupled with adjoining rooms, making it the perfect New York hotel for a slumber party to catch up with all your mom friends.

New York City is sports central and has a team for every professional sport. No matter what time of year you’re visiting, you’ll be able to catch either the Knicks, Nets, Yankees, Mets, Jets, Giants, New York City FC, Islander or Rangers in action. Want a more sophisticated evening? Catch an on or off-Broadway show; Kinky Boots is one of my favorites.

If you’re visiting New York during the summertime, consider driving out of the city to the white-sand Jones Beach. Besides relaxing on the beach you can fish, play miniature golf, bike, surf or attend a concert at the Northwell Health Theater. After enjoying the beach, take in a breathtaking view of the famous Manhattan skyline while dancing and enjoying a nice dinner on a Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise.

You can’t go home without being pampered. While going to the spa is fun, getting a spa treatment in the comfort of your hotel room is even better. Have the spa come to you by hiring Green Spa on the Go. They will bring everything they need to give you the best manicure and pedicure while you and your fellow mom friends catch up without having to worry about disturbing other spa guests. It’s the perfect way to end your rejuvenating moms’ getaway!

So grab your mom friends and take a break from the kids. Any of these four destinations are guaranteed to have you return home refreshed and recharged!

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About the Author

Monet Hambrick

Monet Hambrick is the mom behind "The Traveling Child," a family travel blog with the motto "if kids live there, kids can visit" that provides tips on how to make family travel easy and affordable. While Monet is an advocate for family travel, she also focuses on couple’s trips, solo travel, and girl’s getaways reminding moms everywhere that it's okay continue to enjoy the things they did pre-kids and to not feel guilty about doing so!