Don’t you agree that trips with Mom are highly underrated? I LOVE them! There are SO many amazing places to travel with your mom. Whether you want mother-daughter trips of a lifetime, a fun road trip, or weekend trips for Mother’s Day, here are the best destinations for you!
When you think of the best trips to take with your mom, what type of places come to mind? Planning a trip with Mom is obviously a bit different than trip planning with your partner, friend or kids. For general tips and inspiration, visit TIPS for Traveling with Your Mom.
Perfect places to visit with Mom will obviously depend on your interests, travel styles and relationship. These ideas for best trips with Mom include incredible places to relax together, explore comfortably together, and have some adventure, too. Places to go with Mom in the USA, Canada, Europe and beyond.
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1. Napa Valley Vineyards Trip with Mom
If you and your mother love sipping wine and beautiful views, Napa Valley California may be the perfect place to go with Mom! Napa Valley is in Northern California, about 1.5 hours northeast of the San Francisco International Airport. You’ll find more than 375 wineries, more than 150 restaurants, and beautiful weather year-round. Napa Valley is nestled among two mountain ranges, with incredible views wherever you look.
You can choose from excellent inns, bed and breakfasts, hotels and resorts. One of my favorites is the Rancho Caymus Inn in central Rutherford, with plenty of space for mother-daughter trips. Every room has a hot tub, fireplace, seating area and balcony or patio overlooking the outdoor pool. The property also has an outdoor hot tub and fireplace, spa, bar and gardens.
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2. Utah and Arizona Canyon Star-Gazing Trips in USA
Does your mom love the desert? Whether she enjoys exploring or simply gazing at spectacular scenery, the canyons of Utah and Arizona may be her happy place. I had so much fun on my 2-day canyon road trip with my parents. We saw Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon North Rim. I’ve only read about how busy Grand Canyon South Rim is, but I can tell you that North Rim was perfectly relaxing.
You have some incredible options for places to stay, too. Make your trip with Mom amazing by choosing a memorable glamping experience, like Under Canvas near Lake Powell. Each lovely tent has a cozy wood-burning stove and private balcony with canyon views. Or book the luxury Amangiri spa resort, tucked right into the rocks. It has an onsite restaurant, bar, concierge, sauna and spa. And the rooms look AMAZING.
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3. Santa Monica Beach and Spa Getaway with Mom
Santa Monica is a breath of fresh air to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. On my first visit to Los Angeles, I loved staying right on Rodeo Drive. But if my mother-daughter trip was to Los Angeles, I’d rather choose Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica Beach has a taste of LA action, but with a lot of relaxing beachfront restaurants and fun piers to balance it out. Not to mention The Strand bike path, perfect for exploring the coast.
A terrific place to stay right on Santa Monica Beach is the lovely 5-star Casa Del Mar resort and spa. Casa Del Mar has an outdoor pool, restaurants and live music on Sundays. Every room has a hydrotherapy spa tub and floor-to-ceiling windows, some with an ocean view.
4. Alaskan Cruise Vacation with Mom
I’m a fan of cruises. Now, granted, I’ve only been on one, but it was fantastic. My family went on a Royal Caribbean cruise together. It was the perfect blend of relaxation and activity, with incredible service, entertainment, and food. We could go our separate ways during the day without guilt, knowing we would happily catch up at dinner. And my mom’s favorite part? Not worrying about cooking meals! WIN!
An Alaskan cruise just begs you to BREATHE! All that fresh mountain air. Glaciers, waterfalls and wildlife without fences. Hike a spectacular (and remote!) national park. Book a dog-sled ride. Tour a quaint mining town. And a cruise vacation with Mom means enjoying all those great views together from your cabin balcony. Most Alaska cruises leave from Seattle or Vancouver Canada.
5. Vancouver Island Tea Gardens Trips for Mom
Vancouver Island definitely tops my mom’s list of best places to visit. Even if you just stay in the pretty city of Victoria, you’ll have a wonderful time. Victoria has beautiful gardens and parks, elegant tea houses and inns, a relaxing harbor vibe, and getaway spas perfect for that mother-daughter trip or mother-son getaway. It’s also easy to access, with flights and ferry access from Vancouver.
If you want to leave Victoria, a 1-hour drive takes you to lakes, oceanfront hiking and more awesome resorts. Or head up to the famous Tofino area, 4 hours from Victoria. Tofino is famous for its rainforest hikes, beaches and surfing. Take a look at the pretty private cabins at Duffin Cove Resort.
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6. Okanagan Valley Orchards and Vineyards Getaway
For those of you who enjoy wine, orchards, boutiques, beaches and gorgeous lakes, head to the Okanagan Valley in BC Canada! The Okanagan Valley is a beautiful place to go with Mom, and can be as busy or as quiet as you want it to be. It stretches from Kelowna in the central interior of British Columbia down to Osoyoos near the US border. More than 150 wineries operate here, many with excellent tours, restaurants, and even inns you can stay at! And those VIEWS.
I’ve spent many wonderful family vacations at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna. This beautiful property has a spa, indoor pool, outdoor pool and hot tub, excellent restaurant, wine bar, lounge, and shops. Plus, you’re right on the lakefront boardwalk. Stroll one way to pretty gardens and a quiet beach. And then the other way past the marina to downtown shops, restaurants and popular beach park.
Or for a quieter, more relaxing trip with Mom, stay right at Therapy Vineyards! Suites overlook the vineyard and Okanagan Lake, with oversized windows, fireplace, patio and oversized tub. The property also has an outdoor fireplace and hot tub, and serves breakfast.
7. Canadian Rocky Mountain Retreat for Mom
The spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains run along the BC-Alberta border, and are perfect for an all-season mountain retreat with Mom. Come to the Rockies for incredible hiking, rafting, quaint shops, restaurants, hot springs, spas and resorts. Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway for epic peaks, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls. In winter, the Rocky Mountains have awesome skiing, snowshoeing, and skating.
There are three beautiful Fairmont properties in the Canadian Rocky Mountains that would be perfect places to treat your mom:
- Fairmont Banff Springs: A gorgeous, iconic place to stay in Banff. It’s a National Historic Site built in 1888 and styled after a Scottish Baronial castle. Features a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, 11 restaurants and 14 shops.
- Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: An elegant lakefront hotel and spa. The perfect spot for high tea, spa therapy, light paddling, a hike or gondola ride up the mountain. Take the shuttle into the pretty town of Lake Louise for shopping, great restaurants and tours. In winter, skate right on the lake.
- Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge: Overlooking Beauvert Lake with a spa, outdoor pool, 8 restaurants and an award-winning golf course. In summer, go horseback riding. And in winter, enjoy skating and cross-country skiing on the lake.
8. Niagara Waterfalls and Vineyards Trips with Mom
Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries have to make this list of best trips with Mom. The area is certainly popular for tourists, but for good reason. What makes Niagara Falls so breathtaking is the volume of water thundering down its three waterfalls, 176 feet in some places. To escape the crowds, cycle or stroll the trails in Niagara Gorge. Vittoria Hotel & Suites is a tasteful, comfortable place to stay within walking distance of Niagara Falls. It has an onsite pool, restaurant, and rooms with waterfall views.
And if you follow the Niagara River to Lake Ontario, you’ll arrive in 19th Century … and the highest wine producing region in Canada! Niagara-on-the-Lake oozes Victorian charm, from its historic buildings, cast-iron planters, boutiques and horse-drawn carriage rides. Plus, more than 80 wineries only minutes from each other. And you can stay right at Riverbend Inn & Vineyard. This pretty Georgian mansion has chandeliers, cozy fireplaces, balconies and an 1890s salon bar.
9. New York City Escape with Mom
Typically a major city wouldn’t be on my list of best trips with Mom, but New York City is special.
When I visited NYC with some of my best friends, we stayed in a boutique hotel in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Within a block, we had a small pastry shop, grocery store and plenty of cute cafes. We were in easy walking distance to Central Park and Riverside Park (the iconic ending of You’ve Got Mail). Near museums and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. And since we were surrounded by residential streets, I got to meet so many dogs out for their walk! Plus, easy subway access to everything else, including Broadway theater and rooftop lounges. I’d argue that NYC is one of the BEST destinations for mother-daughter trips.
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10. Upstate New York Road Trips with Mom
Make your epic NYC trip with Mom even better with a weekend getaway in Upstate New York. Inns of Aurora might just be perfect! These five lakefront properties are beautiful and cozy, with wine tastings, yoga and painting classes. Plus, a private beach, lakeside firepits, paddling and bikes. Organic, fair-trade coffee and fresh scones in the morning. Farm-to-table restaurant during the day. Book a room with a fireplace and lake views.
Or, how about a weekend at the East Hampton Art Bed and Breakfast on Long Island? This sprawling property is perfect for art lovers and those looking for a refreshing getaway. Relax in the outdoor pool and jacuzzi while admiring the meditation garden, waterfalls, and lotus pond.
11. Prince Edward Island Getaways for Mom
Prince Edward Island Canada, or PEI, is a great spot for easy exploring. The pace slows right down on this island province. In its capital of Charlottetown, most of the popular spots are within easy walking distance of each other. You can drive the entire PEI coastline in two to four days, depending on how many things you want to do on the way. PEI has a great combination of pretty towns, lighthouses, walkable beaches, golf, and excellent seafood. Plus, everything Anne of Green Gables, of course, including live theater.
I suggest choosing one of many lovely historic inns on PEI to stay in. In Charlottetown, I highly recommend the charming Fairholm National Historic Inn. If you’d rather stay near the beach, check out the classic luxury Dalvay by the Sea Hotel on the north shore. It’s inside a national park, and has an onsite restaurant, bar, tennis courts and bike rentals.
12. Nova Scotia Road Trips with Mom
When you think of the perfect road trip with Mom in Canada, I’m guessing Nova Scotia’s famous Cabot Trail comes to mind. Cabot Trail wraps around the northwest corner of Cape Breton Island, taking you through the gorgeous scenery of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
But Nova Scotia is SO much more than the spectacular Cabot Trail! Cape Breton Island also has some excellent museums, puffin tours, golf and elegant inns. In Halifax, head to the boardwalk for amazing seafood, craft beer, fantastic museums and North America’s first farmer’s market. Take an evening cruise in Halifax Harbour.
Near Halifax, visit powdery beaches, the famous Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, picturesque Lunenburg and oceanfront resorts. Plus, whale-watching and wineries on the Bay of Fundy, with the highest tide in the world.
You have many beautiful places to stay on your trip with Mom. In Cape Breton Island, take a look at the adults-only Knotty Pine Cottages in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. And here are three of my favorite places to stay near Halifax:
- Inn on the Lake: A lakefront inn with a private beach, outdoor pool, parkland and private balconies. Only 20 minutes from Halifax.
- Oceanstone Resort: A lovely oceanfront resort, 50 minutes from Halifax and 10 minutes from Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. Private fireplace and balcony. Onsite restaurant and private beach.
- Queen Anne: A Victorian mansion 2 hours from Halifax in the wine region of Annapolis Valley. Oriental rugs, antiques, hardwood floors and a homemade breakfast.
13. Newfoundland Lifetime Adventures with Mom
Newfoundland: The land of Vikings, icebergs, waterfalls and puffins! When researching places to stay in Newfoundland Canada for romantic getaways, I found amazing spots also perfect for trips with Mom. St. John’s is the capital of Newfoundland and the easiest place to visit. It has a variety of tours and access to the East Coast Trail. Now, I’d also want to take the 8-hour drive straight west to Gros Morne National Park. And head up to L’Anse au Meadow where the Vikings landed.
Wonderful places to stay with Mom in Newfoundland include the pretty boutique-style Blue on Water in St. John’s, with large windows and sitting areas. If you head to Gros Morne National Park, stay at The Fish Sheds in Rocky Harbour. These super-cute cottages have unbeatable ocean views, near a super-cute village.
14. Quebec Retreats with Waterfalls and Historic Charm
The Canadian province of Quebec has a variety of incredible mother-daughter trips or trips with Mom for sons. I fell in love with Quebec’s historic charm, lovely parks and amazing food. If this appeals to you and your mom, do consider Montreal and Quebec City as places to go with Mom. Cobblestone streets. Quaint shops and cozy restaurants. Majestic cathedrals and the mighty St. Lawrence River. Just be careful at Quebec City’s “breakneck steps”!
Montreal and Quebec City also have fantastic resort communities nearby. Near Montreal, head out for a resort getaway with Mom in Montebello or Mont-Tremblant. Beautiful resorts include Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello and Hotel Quintessence suites in Mont-Tremblant.
Near Quebec City, check out Lac-Beauport. The lakefront Entourage sur-le-Lac has a private beach, walking tours, yoga and cooking classes! For beautiful waterfalls, take a day trip out to Montmorency Falls and Canyon Sainte-Anne. Check out more incredible places to stay in Quebec.
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15. Bahama Beach Vacations with Mom
I’ve been to some incredible beaches, but none like the powdery secluded beaches of Eleuthera island in the Bahamas! Eleuthera is one of the quiet out islands, perfect for a very relaxing trip with Mom. Access Eleuthera by plane or ferry from Nassau. And once you reach it, you won’t want to leave!
Eleuthera is a long, skinny island renowned for its powder pink and white sand beaches. And wonderful hospitality. The best beach I’ve EVER been to is Lighthouse Beach, right at the south tip of Eleuthera. Note that the road to Lighthouse Beach is very rough! Stroll white powder for miles. Wander out in shallow water until you get bored. Search for crabs burrowed in the sand.
If you want a bit more activity, head up north to the neighbouring Harbour Island. Harbour Island has the BEST pink sand beaches in all of the Bahamas, and is known for celebrity sightings. And if you like lobster fishing, take a water taxi to the Spanish Wells island.
My husband and I stayed in the lovely condo-style resort hotel of Pineapple Fields near Governor’s Harbour in central Eleuthera. Pineapple Fields has a nice pool area nestled among beautiful lush gardens. And it’s across the road from a fantastic powdery pink beach and beachfront restaurant.
16. Texas River Walk and Spa Getaways with Mom
Looking for an awesome weekend getaway with Mom in the city? San Antonio is rich in history, culture and entertainment. Visit The Alamo, a famous Spanish mission from the 1700s. Follow the miles-long River Walk pedestrian walkway along the San Antonio River, stopping at shops and cafes along the way. And stay at a beautiful boutique hotel right along the River Walk, like Mokara Hotel and Spa. Mokara Hotel and Spa has gorgeous high ceilings, lots of elegant marble, a heated rooftop pool, spa and rooms with a terrace overlooking the river.
If you’d prefer the views of Texas Hill Country on the outskirts of San Antonio, stay at the classy La Cantera Resort and Spa. It has an adults only floor, infinity pool and hot tub with beautiful outdoor fireplaces. Plus, a full-service spa, nine restaurants and two on-site golf courses. You’re also across the street from the Shops at La Cantera.
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17. Maui Hawaii Trips for Mom
The Hawaiian islands are great places to visit with Mom. Each Hawaiian island offers something special and unique, but all guarantee beautiful beaches and excellent hospitality. I loved my trip with Mom to Maui. Maui has so much variety to keep a busy traveler like me happy, plus scenery you just have to slow down to take in. Drive up the volcano, past dramatic coastline to Hana, and to the luscious Iao Valley. Tour a pineapple plantation. Watch for whales and sea turtles.
Your Maui experience will be very different depending on where you stay. Some areas to stay in Maui are best for family trips, budget stays, and romantic getaways. A more authentic Hawaiian vibe versus resort community. In lush green areas or right on the beach.
18. English Countryside Road Trips with Mom
A mother-daughter trip of a lifetime is certainly a tour through the English countryside! SO many romantic castles, parks and gardens. Quaint villages in the Cotswolds. Rugged rolling hills in the Lake District. And haunting mysteries of Rosslyn Chapel. Take your mom on an incredible drive from London to Edinburgh.
If you’d prefer a relaxing group tour rather than driving yourself, check out excellent tours of England from Trafalgar. Would your mom LOVE to see Scotland and Ireland, too? Add them to your English countryside road trip with Mom.
19. European Gardens Tours for Mom
Oh, how fun it would be to take my mom on a European garden tour! When my sister saw the spectacular palace gardens of Austria, she was eager to take my mom there. And finally we did! We toured beautiful palaces in Vienna, Salzburg and Prague.
And still there are SO. MANY. MORE beautiful gardens in Europe! Like Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, the largest flower garden in the world (open March to May). The ultra-elegant Garden of Versailles, France, with pools that reflect sunlight into the House of Mirrors. And Claude Monet’s garden, France, a two-part garden with flowers and Japanese-inspired water garden, reminiscent of Monet’s paintings.
If your mother-daughter trip of a lifetime includes European castles and gardens, take a look through Trafalgar’s European tours!
20. Italy and Malta Coastal Adventures with Mom
I’ve only been to very busy (and very beautiful!) Rome, Florence and Venice. How I’d love to slow things down on a trip with my mom in Italy’s colorful cliffside villages of Cinque Terre National Park. Among the rolling vineyards of Tuscany. And through the haunting ruins of Pompeii.
Then I’d wrap things up with a getaway in Malta. Stay in the elegant Corinthia Palace in San Anton, with sophisticated gardens and terrace views over the city. The property features gorgeous indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, and gourmet restaurant. Enjoy Maltese afternoon tea beneath the historic pillars of Corinthia Palace!
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21. European Cruise Vacations with Mom
I’ve already told you that I’m a fan of cruises. A European cruise vacation with Mom would be AMAZING. You have all the benefits of world-class service, entertainment and food. Plus the gorgeous cities, islands and rugged coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. Elegant spires off the Baltic Sea. Incredible history and the Cliffs of Dover off the North Sea. And then the more intimate cruise experience of exploring the Rhine or Danube.
Choosing your perfect European cruise option will be the toughest part. If you’re unsure about cruises, do check out river cruises. River cruises are quite unique from regular cruises, and might be the perfect mother-daughter trip for exploring exciting Europe together.
22. Mexico’s Finest for a Trips with Mom
There’s a reason why North Americans flock to beautiful Mexico! Mexico has some of the world’s finest beaches, best preserved Mayan ruins and fascinating, colorful cultures. But with all the options, which travel destination is best for a trip with Mom? I suggest two.
First, Cancun is an obvious choice. It’s a world-class destination with something for everyone. Exquisite beaches, first-class hotels, a more authentic downtown area, Mayan ruins and fantastic weather year-round. For an incredible trip with Mom to Cancun, stay at the adults-only all-inclusive Le Blanc Spa Resort.
A second, quieter choice is Playa Maroma. About 30 miles from Riviera Maya, Playa Maroma has arguably the best beaches in the world. Plus rainforests and snorkeling right off the beach. A beautiful all-inclusive resort to check out is Catalonia Playa Maroma.
23. African Safari Lifetime Adventures with Mom
There’s no question that African safaris are mother-son or mother-daughter trips of a lifetime. In fact, setting foot anywhere on the African continent is still on my travel bucket list. But with SO many amazing places to visit, where in Africa would you go with your mom?
After looking through Trafalgar’s tours, my vote for the best trips with Mom to Africa would be South Africa. Trafalgar’s tours to South Africa include it all. Powdery beaches on two oceans, with penguins. A private safari in Kruger National Park to see the Big Five. Excellent wineries and museums. The Kalahari dunes and rugged Drakensberg Mountains, featured in our incredible National Park Virtual Tours round-up.
24. Thai Tours with Elephants, Markets and Island Beaches
Are you and your mom intrigued by Asian culture and finding the perfect secluded beach (like in The Beach movie)? Consider Thailand among your places to go with Mom!
My main tip for visiting Thailand is to get out of Bangkok as quickly as possible. It’s busy, smoggy and not especially friendly. Instead, head north to Chiang Mai to experience the floating markets. Climb an ancient temple and brush up against an elephant. Then indulge at a beach resort at Phuket or the Phi Phi islands. Bask on white sand beach, surrounded by gorgeous limestone peaks and perfect turquoise waters.
Interested in a guided group tour? I highly recommend Intrepid small group tours for an incredibly rich, “local” experience. They have tours into Northern and Southern Thailand, including food and beach tours!
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25. South America Waterfall Trips with Mom
Have you heard of Iguazu Falls? Iguazu Falls is the world’s LARGEST waterfall, made up of a massive 270 separate falls! Now, how can’t you include Iguazu Falls on your mother-daughter trips of a lifetime?! Check it out for yourself in the best virtual tours of waterfalls around the world.
Iguazu Falls is right on the Brazil and Argentina border. Which country would your mom rather visit? Would she love Argentina’s glaciers, Malbec and Tango? Brazil’s beaches, rainforest and Christ the Redeemer? Apparently the Iguazu Falls views are better from Argentina, if that seals the deal.
If you’re interested in a guided tour, check out Trafalgar’s tours in South America. This would be an easy way to explore the best sights on a trip with your mom.
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