Mother’s Day Trip Ideas In The US And Abroad!

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As a mom to 7 now mostly grown kids, and the daughter of a mom who brought me up in difficult circumstances I am a big fan of giving mothers and those who fulfill a mothering role a break from everyday life every now and then.

Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to spoil the special person in your life so here’s a round up of fabulous Mother’s Day trip ideas at home and abroad to inspire your gifting.

Mother’s Day Weekend Getaways In The USA

Anyone can book afternoon tea or a mother’s day brunch and they are lovely options but there are so many other (dare I say it) more exciting and original ways to mark Mother’s day without leaving the country.

How about hiking together to watch the sunrise from the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park or go sea kayaking in Alaska? Is it possible to paddle AND photograph sea otters? Hmmm. Maybe add a body-worn video camera to her Mother’s Day package.

Vegas Baby.

When you think of Las Vegas you might be forgiven for thinking it’s all about slot machines, themed weddings and bright lights but there is sooooo much more to Sin City than glitz and gambling.

For a Mother’s Day getaway where Mom can pack sequins and sports bras you could combine a stay in a nice hotel, enjoying delicious food in award-winning restaurants, spa treatments and maybe a bit of chip tossing with exciting activities in the fresh air including rock climbing in Red Rock Canyon, camping on the shores of the Colorado River and exploring the magical Emerald Cave in pleasantly warm weather.

Save yourself the bother of trying to coordinate permits, transport and guides-our organization fairies have done it all for you with this women only Las Vegas weekend trip adventure which is perfect for reasonably fit and active moms who can cope with long days and are up for learning new skills. In other words they don’t need to have ever scaled a cliff but will be willing to give it a go – after training and with expert supervision of course!

New Orleans or New York?

These two cities are on all the bucket lists and which one you choose for the perfect mother’s day getaway will depend on what she enjoys doing.

New York’s a great place to enjoy Mothers Day. Choose a boutique hotel with deluxe rooms, city views and maybe an indoor pool or even better, a rooftop pool! Book a show or spa treatment or head to Central Park for a horse and carriage, bike or walking tour.

Did you know there are around 1,400 art galleries and 145 museums in NYC? If Mom is a culture vulture she will appreciate the chance to explore some of the many museums and galleries. Browse weekend escapes to New York City to find the perfect hotel.

New Orleans is all about old world charm -book a room in a cute B&B with authentic mid-century furniture. Enjoy a daily breakfast before setting off to explore Bourbon Street and the rest of the French Quarter. You can join any number of tours from Voodoo and Vampire focussed to foodie tours led by locals. Hit the water on an old time paddle boat or an airboat ride if Mom is an adrenaline junkie.

Abundant Wildlife at the San Juan Islands, Washington

If Mom loves wildlife this is the perfect Mother’s Day treat. Imagine kayaking across sparkling water breathing in super clean air. Keep your eyes peeled because these islands are the perfect destination to spot whales, seals and sea lions, otters and porpoise. Eyes up to see Bald Eagles wheeling above.

Explorer Chicks like to admire some of Mother Nature’s best work during a hike, fit in a winery trip then relax as backwood cuisine experts prepare dinner using locally sourced organic ingredients.

Enjoy exploring the tide pools along the beach before retiring to your glamped up canvas tent. Feel like you are cheating – don’t worry as there will be a chance to spend a night setting up an old school backwoods style camp complete with fire and fun with mom’s new gal pals. Enjoy a ferry ride while experts help you spot whales and other wildlife.

This trip is suitable for beginners albeit beginners in good physical condition for up to 6 hours a day kayaking against tides, waves and currents. Ideally chicks should be able to swim (although it’s not compulsory) and be able to go for up to 2.5 hours without needing a toilet when kayaking.

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Alaska Hiking, Kayaking and Glaciers.

Layer up! It’s time to discover all the amazing Alaskan attractions. This is a state which got more than its fair share of jew-dropping natural features from glaciers and volcanoes, sparkling turquoise alpine lakes, mountains, waterfalls and icefields. Some of these natural features are best admired from the air and Mom will feel like a proper explorer as she boards a bush plane for an aerial adventure.

Who would NOT want to celebrate mother’s day with a super rewarding hike alongside an abandoned gold mine? Rated one of Explorer Chick’s best hikes, if you join their trip you will hike the Bonanza Mine trail in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park which takes in views of majestic mountains and the glacier en route to River Lodge where mom can rest her weary feet in a sauna or sit round the fire pit.

During the EC trip there will be the opportunity to learn ice climbing, a guided sea kayaking tour and a scenic ferry crossing of Prince William Sound. Wait! IS that a seal? SQUEEEE!

Expect rugged ground rather than nicely laid trails with elevation gains up to 3,950′. Mom should be in good physical condition and be willing to train (and wear in her hiking boots) before tackling this tough but rewarding trip.

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Mother’s Day Getaways Around The World

When you think of everything that mom, or the person who has been like a mom to you has done, I’m sure you will want to plan the perfect mothers day getaway to say thank-you.

Only you know what she would enjoy – my perfect hot and sunny paradise island getaway would be my daughter in law’s nightmare. She would opt for Icelandic glaciers instead. We’d both enjoy a cooking class though. Hear some inspo to get you started.

Canadian Winter Adventure

If your Mom likes winter sports an adventure in Canada would make the perfect gift. The Explorer Chick Women’s Banff Adventure package includes ALL the fun into a special weekend getaway including dog sledding, cross country skiing (newbies welcome -instruction included) and snowshoeing to a log cabin hideaway where guests can spend quality time admiring the Canadian Rockies and making new friends.

Obviously even the most active chicks need time to relax and on this trip there is the best of dining options- dinner atop Banff’s spectacular Sulphur Mountain accessed by gondola offering sweeping views of surrounding peaks.

Mom will need to train – break out that stairmaster if she doesn’t have any handy hills to climb. She’ll need to carry a pack weighing up to 25 lbs too and be prepared to tackle rugged uphill terrain in all weathers.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

There are lots of trips gorilla and chimp trekking in Uganda but for an intimate women only trip that showcases the best the Pearl of Africa has to offer whilst directly supporting local women who’ve suffered domestic abuse this is the bucket list holiday to book.

With outstanding luxury safari accommodation and the chance to see the entire cast of Lion King IRL this is the ultimate trip for any animal loving mom. In fact, scratch the paradise island idea, I want to go on THIS trip.

Croatia’s National Parks

Anyone else obsessed with Below Deck? One of the most recent series saw the crew in Croatian waters with glimpses of this stunning country so alluring it was all I could do not to book a flight before the credits rolled.

With literally thousands of islands and islets, vast and gorgeous national parks and ancient historical architecture this is a unique place to visit.

The EC trip offers guests the chance to explore ancient cities, taste locally produced wine, olive oil and truffles, hike in the Plitvice Lakes National Park and take an E-bike tour of gorgeous Istrian countryside.

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Celebrate Your Mom In Style This Year

If you want to treat mom with a gift which will create memories she can treasure forever, organizing a trip is the way to go. If you want to give her a spectacular experience with like-minded women with all of the fun and none of the planning stress, book with Explorer Chicks then all the permits, admission fees and reliable expert guides will be sorted for you.

Meet the Writer

Afra Willmore

Afra is an award winning journalist who has enjoyed many adventures including swimming with sharks, crewing hot air balloons and canyoning.  She started creating online content ten years ago, diversifying after years writing for print publications. She loves travel, great food, and her family. Not necessarily in that order.

Favorite outdoor adventure: Snorkeling in the warm waters off the coast of Cyprus

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