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Girls Weekend Getaways In The US Southeast

Welcome to another USA blog post on The Abroad Blog (oh the irony!). After completing my goal of visiting all 50 states in 2023, I’ve published guides for each state here on my blog. Additionally, I felt inspired to highlight a few weekend trip destinations since the US has so much to offer! I first wrote a girls weekend getaways guide to the US Northeast and am now publishing a “sister post” for the southeast. There could definitely be a part 3, 4, and 5 to this series covering the Midwest, Southwest, and West Coast (Cali and the PNW), but for now, I’m going to wrap with the rest of the East Coast since this is the part of the US I know best! I hope this post inspires you to make some memories with your friends and soak up the Southeast’s southern charm!

Disclaimer: This blog post was written in collaboration with the Topsail Island Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. The tourism board recently hosted me for a night, however, all opinions written below are my own!

1. Girls Weekend Getaway In Topsail Island, North Carolina

Maybe you’ve never heard of this 26 mile-long island located 45 minutes north of Wilmington, North Carolina? Let me convince you to visit! Topsail Island (pronounced “Top-Sul”) is famous for its seafood, surf, and sea turtles! There are dozens of summer beach rentals on the island, making it the perfect beach trip for a girls weekend! If you don’t want to rent a house for your girls trip, consider staying in Saltwater Suites. My sister and I stayed here during our visit to Topsail and both agreed it was one of the cleanest, nicest hotel suites we’ve ever stayed in!

As for food, don’t miss Daddy Mac’s for dinner. It was delicious seafood with one of the best ocean-front restaurant views I’ve seen. For a breakfast sandwich and coffee head down the street to the Daily Grind!

A can’t miss activity on Topsail Island is visiting the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital. I was so lucky to get a VIP tour from the Executive Director during my recent collaboration with the Topsail Tourism Chamber and am so impressed by the incredible work this organization is doing. The volunteers I met were clearly so passionate about the animals — the turtles are so well cared for here! The hospital had 88 turtles from Cape Cod to Florida when I visited, all being treated for cold stuns, motor boat injuries, fishing accidents, etc. The hospital will teach you a lot about turtle fun facts and wildlife protection.

2. Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington is jam-packed with history and charm. Wander the historic district near the river front, browse in boutiques along Market Street, soak up the sun at Wrightsville Beach, and of course — sample a martini flight and s’mores kit at the Concorde Espresso Bar — my personal highlight!

3. Weekend In The Mountains In Asheville, North Carolina

A weekend in the mountains is the perfect girls weekend trip away! Asheville is one of the most beautiful areas in the southeast, in my opinion. Plus, the city has a downtown full of breweries, art galleries, and coffee shops. You must see the Biltmore House during your visit to Asheville — you can learn all about it in this blog post.

Visiting the Biltmore Estate on a girls trip

4. Southern Charm In Charleston, South Carolina

After living in Charleston the past 3 years, I may be a bit biased when I say: Charleston is the PERFECT girls weekend. I honestly couldn’t think of a better city to shop, dance the night away to live music, eat brunch, play dress up, and take cute pics in. Charleston truly has the “southern charm”. I have several full guides to Charleston on my site, including a 3-day itinerary, a café + coffee shop guide, a dining guide, and a blog post covering the best rooftop bars in Charleston! Since Charleston is fairly small, you can definitely see the highlights of downtown in a long weekend.

top restaurants in Charleston, SC

5. Hilton Head Island & Bluffton, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island (HHI) holds a special place in my heart because it’s the first place I flew to at 9 months old with my fam! Hilton Head Beach is known for its plethora of golf courses and vacation rentals. It has a bit of an older crowd and a slower lifestyle, but don’t let that deter you from a girls weekend getaway — Harbour Town and Shelter Cove are the places to be for ocean-front dining and boutique browsing.

Old Oyster Factory in Hilton Head Island

6. Myrtle Beach & Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina

I’m sure you’re familiar with “Dirty Myrtle”, but have you heard of nearby Murrell’s Inlet? This area in northern SC has some of the best beaches in South Carolina! Myrtle Beach is also renowned for its golf scene (and for its spring break scene). The boardwalk at Myrtle Beach is a fun place to spend time — especially during the Carolina Country Music Fest in June. Murrell’s Inlet is much more laidback, although you can walk the marsh walk area with an open container drink! There are dozens of bars and restaurants on the water here, most of them offering live music too.

7. Spooky Savannah, Georgia

Aside from Charleston, Savannah is another one of my favorite cities in the southeast and also makes for one of the best girls weekend getaways. Like Charleston and Wilmington, Savannah has a booming historic district. Savannah is also known for all it’s beautiful green squares! The parks in Savannah are so beautiful with its draping Spanish moss and flowing fountains. Be sure to explore a few, including Forsyth Park, before making your way to River Street to browse and grab a glass of wine to-go. Yup, to-go. Savannah is an open container city! Looking for a little adventure? Take a ghost tour in a hearse. Savannah is one of the most haunted cities in the US. Check out this ultimate guide to a girls weekend in Savannah for more ideas!

girls weekend getaway in Savannah

8. Historic St. Augustine, Florida

Although there are more quaint and historic options for girls weekend getaways in the northeast, St. Augustine brings the charm in the south! This Spanish colonial city deserves a spot on your bucket list. Be sure to tour the Castillo de San Marcos and explore the historic district. Flagler College and the Lightner Museum are also worth seeing if you and your girlfriends like architecture!

9. Soak Up The Sun In Sarasota, Florida

A weekend in Sarasota is one of the best girls weekend getaways in the Sunshine State! Siesta Key Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the US if you’re looking for a beach day. Additionally, Long Boat Key (LBK) is a sunshine lover’s paradise. There’s a restaurant here called Whitney’s LBK that my friends and I ate at during our last weekend trip in the area. The Ringling Art Museum is also very Instagrammable and shouldn’t be missed!

girls weekend getaway in sarasota, florida

10. Road Trip On Route 30A, Florida

Highway 30A Florida has some of the most picturesque towns in the US in my opinion! Rosemary Beach, Seaside, and the small town of Alys Beach are dotted with white stucco homes built by the most talented architects. To visit, fly in and out of Destin and plan to rent a car so you can explore the various towns!

biking along 30A Florida

11. Visit Miami & The Florida Keys, Florida

Similar to a Highway 30A road trip for a girls weekend trip idea, I’d also love to suggest a Florida Keys road trip! The Florida Keys are 137 square miles in total, so a pretty significant area to cover. My family and I did this road trip a few years back and flew into Miami to do the road trip, stopping in Islamorada along the way. If you only have a weekend with your girlfriends, I would stay in Key West! Or South Beach, Miami if you’re looking for more clubbing and fine dining.

12. Girls Weekend Getaway To Nashville, Tennessee

This one should be an obvious spot for girls weekend getaways or bachelorette parties! Nashville is SUCH a fun city to visit with girlfriends! Broadway has the most iconic honky tonks in America and there’s also the Gulch and 12South — my favorite neighborhoods to grab coffee, eat brunch, and shop through. If the city is a bit rainy during your visit, step into the world of Kenny Chesney and Dolly Parton at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Is Broadway not your scene? Check out this list of 50 unique things to do in Nashville!

13. Get Boozy In New Orleans, Louisiana

Another popular girls weekend trip option and bachelorette party hot spot in the southeast! Similar to Nashville, New Orleans is definitely known for its nightlife scene. Bourbon Street is the perfect place for bar balcony hopping — plus it’s open container! You can’t leave New Orleans without also trying a beignet pastry and taking a ghost tour through the French Quarter. This blog post covers the top things to do in New Orleans.

Bourbon Street in New Orleans

That brings us to the end of this girls weekend getaways guide to the southeast! In case you missed it, I wrote a similar article to this post covering getaways in the northeast, including Annapolis, New York City, Newport, and Boston. Drop a comment or reach out below with YOUR favorite girls trip destination to inspire future content! Thank you again to Topsail Island, NC for hosting my sister and I on our recent girls trip!

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