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USA Mother Daughter Trip Ideas

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Whether it be Mother’s Day, your mom’s birthday or another special occasion to celebrate the motherly figure in your life, now is the right time to plan out a fun experience such as future mother daughter trips in the USA!

In fact, some of my favorite travel memories are those spent with my mom!

A mother and daughter taking a hot air balloon ride in Napa Valley during a USA getaway

From New York City to California Wine Country and the beaches of Charleston to the American Southwest, there are plenty of wonderful mother daughter trips you could take in the USA that suit all age groups.

Whether you are looking to do a mother daughter weekend trip, long weekend getaway (or weekend getaways) a week-long adventure, etc., there are an endless amount of great trip ideas for you to plan with your mom right here in the U.S. All you need to do is combine your interests, travel preferences and budget and you’ll be set to make unforgettable memories that you both will cherish forever!

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Discover the best USA destinations for you to do a memorable mother daughter trip!

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10 best mother daughter trips to take in the USA

Best Mother Daughter Trips in the USA

A mother and daughter traveling together

There are a wide range of trip options for mothers and daughters to take together.

Whether you and your mom are beachgoers, adventurers, city lovers, foodies, wine enthusiasts, skiers and more, there are a plethora of different types of trip ideas you could take.

Below are my 10 best mother daughter trips in the USA.

Memorable Mother Daughter Trips in the USA

New York City:

One of the best mother daughter trips in the USA

Known as one of the best and most fascinating cities in the world, New York City offers a plethora of different things to do that suits everyone’s interests. Since I live right outside of New York, my mom and I are always going into the city to enjoy the day.

Discover the best things to do with your mom in New York City:

Where to Stay:

Luxury: Lotte New York Palace, New York, New York

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Moxy NYC Chelsea, New York, New York

Budget: Arlo SoHo, New York, New York

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in NYC:

  • See a Broadway Show: There is nothing like seeing a Broadway play in New York City. Whether you like Blockbuster movie plays, jukebox musicals, NY Times Best Sellers, historical shows, revivals or anything original, seeing a Broadway play in NYC will not leave you disappointed. In addition, right around the corner from the Theater District is Hell’s Kitchen to enjoy a nice dinner. Our personal favorite restaurant is Becco.
  • Enjoy Your Favorite Beverages at a NYC Happy Hour: There is nothing like a refreshing drink with a view. The best rooftop bars in New York City are City Vineyard in Tribeca, Loopy Doopy in the Financial District, 230 Fifth in the Flatiron neighborhood, Mr. Purple in the Lower East Side, Cloud Social in Koreatown, The Press Lounge in Hell’s Kitchen, Pod 39 in Murray Hill and more.
  • Have a Lovely Picnic in a NYC Park: It is the BEST having a picnic lunch with a glass of wine on a beautiful day in NYC’s parks. The top places to enjoy a wonderful picnic and take a stroll in the city is in Central Park, Bryant Park, Washington Square Park, Madison Square Park, Battery Park and also Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
  • Grab a Sunday Brunch: New York City is known for a lot of amazing and swanky brunch spots. There is nothing like going out for brunch on a trip and it is the perfect mother daughter activity. The best places to get brunch in NYC are at Hearth in the East Village, Hole in the Wall in the Financial District, Sveta in West Village, Clinton St. Baking Company in the Lower East Side, Valerie in Midtown, Gran Tivoli in SoHo, Greca in Tribeca, The Regency Bar & Grill in the Upper East Side, Asset Restaurant in the Upper West Side, Extra Virgin in the West Village and more.
  • Visit a Museum: NYC is known to have some of the most renowned museums in the world. The best museums to visit in New York are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Newport, Rhode Island:

A beautiful mansion in Newport, Rhode Island during a mother daughter trip in the USA

From historic mansions to beautiful beaches and great shopping to renowned restaurants, there are amazing things for you and your mom to do together during a trip to Newport, Rhode Island. Overall, it makes for a great summer or fall trip!

There are a ton of reasons why Newport is one of the best mother daughter trips in the USA. We visited in October 2019 and August 2020. Below is everything you must do in Newport with your mom:

Where to Stay in Newport:

Luxury: The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Hammetts Hotel, Newport, Rhode Island

Budget: Aqua Blue Hotel, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Newport:

  • Stroll the Cliff Walk: One of the best things to do with your mom in Newport, Rhode Island is to stroll the scenic Cliff Walk. This beautiful walkway is part of the National Recreational Trail that runs for 3.5 miles. It is the best way to stay active during your time in Newport.
  • Tour the Mansions: Another thing you must do with your mom during a trip to Newport, Rhode Island is to tour the mansions of the town’s elites during the Gilded Age of America. It will take some time to tour all of the mansions, so the top three I recommend are The Breakers, The Marble House and The Elms.
  • Go Shopping in Town: The city of Newport is super quaint and the perfect place to stroll around and go shopping. The town of Newport also boasts a lot of wonderful restaurants, bakeries, bars and more.
  • Savor a Seafood Dinner: Newport offers some of the best seafood you will ever savor in your life. There are a plethora of wonderful restaurants in Newport, but the best one that my mom and I went to was called The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar.
  • Wine Taste at a Newport Vineyard: One of the best wineries to visit with your mother in the Newport area is Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard, which is also known as the Alex and Ani winery. This winery is stunning and the perfect place to enjoy a picnic while tasting great wines.

Laguna Beach, California:

Beautiful Sunset Cliffs in California. A wonderful destination for a mother daughter trip in the USA

Laguna Beach is one of the most beautiful beach towns and it also makes for one of the best mother daughter trips in the USA.

In October 2015, my mom and I visited Orange County, California and had one of the most memorable times of our lives. Laguna Beach features breathtaking beaches, renowned restaurants, incredible boutique shopping and so much more.

Below is what you must do in Laguna Beach with your mother:

Where to Stay in Laguna Beach:

Luxury: Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, California

Mid-Budget/Boutique: 14 WEST Boutique Hotel, Laguna Beach, California

Budget: House of Trestles, San Clemente, California

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Laguna Beach:

  • Enjoy a Sunset Dinner: California offers some of the best sunsets and there is nothing like having a nice dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean while the sun sets over it. When my mom and I were in Laguna Beach, we enjoyed a delicious Mexican seafood dinner at Las Brisas. This beautiful restaurant features an outdoor patio that provides a warm and welcoming ambiance with beautiful palm trees and calming music that makes you feel like you’re on vacation.
  • Have a Relaxing Beach Day: Laguna Beach features gorgeous coastline of stunning white sand beaches and no matter where you go, you will have a relaxing time. A cool beach to go to with your mom is Victoria Beach, which features the Pirate’s Tower.
  • Stroll through Heisler Park: One of the best places to take a stroll with your mom and admire picturesque views and tropical flora is at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach.
  • Stay Active by Doing a Hike: Another great way to spend time with your mom during a mother daughter trip is by staying active and doing a hike. The Top of the World Hike offers ocean views to admire and it even leads into a cool canyon.
  • Walk through Town: Laguna Beach boasts a beautiful downtown area and there is nothing better than grabbing gelato from Gelato Paradiso, going boutique shopping and even checking out the town’s infamous art galleries.

Southwest Road Trip:

A mother and daughter on Southwest road trip in the US.

One of the best mother daughter vacations I’ve been on with my mom was a Southwestern road trip that started and ended in Las Vegas, Nevada. We explored the Grand Canyon for the first time; enjoyed a couple days relaxing in Sedona, Arizona; had fun in the Western town of Page, Arizona and adventured around Utah’s National Parks – Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.

I truly believe that a USA road trip, is one of the best mother daughter trip ideas. Jamming out to tunes in the car, exploring natural wonders and checking out fun landmarks are a great bonding activity that will leave you both with memories that last a lifetime!

My mother and I did our Southwest road trip in June 2020. Here is where you must stop on a Southwest road trip with the mom figure in your life:

Where to Stay on a Southwest Road Trip:

Las Vegas: The Venetian, Las Nevas, Nevada

Sedona: Courtyard by Marriott Sedona, Sedona, Arizona

Page: Courtyard by Marriott Page at Lake Powell, Page, Arizona

Zion: Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, Orderville, Utah

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in the American Southwest:

  • Attend a Show in Las Vegas: One of the best things to do during a mother daughter vacation to Las Vegas is to see a show. The Cirque du Soleil experience at the Bellagio is catered to water elements and will leave you two amazed!
  • Visit Grand Canyon West: The Grand Canyon is huge and there are four parts of it that you can visit – the West Rim, the North Rim, the South Rim and Havasu Falls. Grand Canyon’s West Rim is a special place to visit with your mother. Owned by the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Grand Canyon West is the perfect spot to learn the history of the tribe and canyon itself, walk over the famous Skywalk and participate in a fun adventure!
  • Hike to Devil’s Bridge in Sedona: During a USA mother daughter vacation in Sedona, a great hike to do is Devil’s Bridge. It is a four-mile, roundtrip hike to Sedona’s largest sandstone arch. When you arrive at Devil’s Bridge itself, you will be amazed by how cool the arch is.
  • Check out Horseshoe Bend in Page: A breathtaking site to see with your mom on a Southwest road trip is Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona. This horseshoe-shaped canyon features a 1,000-foot drop that looks down into the Colorado River.
  • Walk through the Narrows at Zion National Park: An epic adventure you must do with your mom at Zion National Park in Utah is hike The Narrows. It is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon and it’s a 9-mile hike through the Virgin River. As you walk through The Narrows, you will be surrounded by breathtaking cliffs, canyons and other natural beauty.

Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia:

Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina. A great mother daughter trip in the USA.

Charleston makes for one of the top mother daughter trips in the USA. This charming Southern city is filled with beauty, history, delicious Southern comfort food and so much more.

In November 2018, my mom and I did a fun trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Based off of our experiences, discover the best things to do in Charleston:

Where to Stay in Charleston:

Luxury: The Mills House and The Spectator Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina

Mid-Budget/Boutique: The Restoration Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina

Budget: Hampton Inn Charleston Historic District, Charleston, South Carolina

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Charleston:

  • Savor Delicious Southern Food: The food in Charleston is absolutely delicious and there are a lot of wonderful restaurants to enjoy during a mother daughter trip. During my time in Charleston with my mom, we ate at Husk Restaurant, The Darling, Monza and Charleston Grill.
  • Stroll through the Colorful Streets: An amazing way to enjoy a mother daughter trip in Charleston is by walking through the colorful streets, featuring historical homes, mansions and landmarks. Some of the best places to visit is Waterfront Park to see the Pineapple Fountain, Rainbow Row and The Battery.
  • Go Shopping: Another reason why Charleston makes for one of the best mother daughter vacations in the U.S. is because it offers great shopping. The Charleston City Market is a historic downtown market where you could find sweetgrass baskets, clothing, jewelry, art, home décor and food. In addition, King Street is another great area in Charleston to go shopping because it is where you could find boutique stores and also top retailers.
  • Attend Brunch: Charleston has some of the best brunch spots in the country. You cannot go on a mother daughter trip and not have brunch. The best places to brunch in Charleston is at High Cotton, Poogan’s Porch and Hominy Grill.
  • Visit a Plantation: A trip to the South should include an educational visit to a plantation. During my mother daughter trip to Charleston, we visited Boone Hall Plantation in the town of Mount Pleasant. It is at Boone Hall Plantation where you could get an educational experience on black history in America, slave history at Boone Hall as well as the history of the mansion and the families that lived there through centuries.
Visit the Olde Pink House in Savannah, Georgia during a mother daughter trip in the USA

Another great place that cannot go unnoticed for mother daughter trips in the USA is Savannah. Just like Charleston, Savannah is another charming Southern city that is filled with beauty, interesting history and delicious food. Both Charleston and Savannah are two cities you can combine in one trip, since they are only a two-hour drive from each other.

In November 2019, my mom and I did a mother daughter trip to Savannah. Discover the best things to do in the city:

Where to Stay in Savannah:

Luxury: Perry Lane Hotel, Savannah, Georgia

Mid-Budget/Boutique: The Drayton Hotel, Savannah, Georgia

Budget: The Hampton Inn & Suites Savannah Historic District, Savannah, Georgia

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Savannah:

  • Indulge in Southern Comfort Food: During a mother daughter trip to Savannah, Georgia, check out the restaurant scene! Our favorite places were The Olde Pink House, Cotton & Rye and Vic’s on the River.
  • Stroll through Forsyth Park: One of the most beautiful city parks is Forsyth Park in Savannah. It is the perfect place to take a stroll, catch up with your mom and admire all of the stunning Spanish moss.
  • Savor a Lovely Brunch: Just like any other trip, enjoying a nice brunch is a MUST in Savannah. When my mom and I visited this lovely city, we went to B. Matthew’s Eatery, The Collins Quarter and St. Neo’s Brasserie.
  • Participate in a Ghost Tour: Since Savannah is recognized as one of the most haunted cities in America, I highly suggest doing a ghost tour with your mom. Both my mother and I have so much fun getting spooked out on ghost tours and The Dead of the Night Tour is the best!
  • Grab a Drink at One of Savannah’s Best Bars: Savannah has a plethora of amazing drink spots and there is nothing better than visiting one of the city’s swanky bars. My mom and I’s favorites were The Grove, Rail Pub and The Grey.

Seattle, Washington:

A mother daughter trip in Seattle, Washington. One of the best mother daughter trips in the USA

Another great mother daughter trip in the USA is a week in Washington. Seattle is an awesome city filled with beauty, culture, great food and wonderful adventures.

My mom and I visited Seattle in March 2018 and loved it! Discover the best things to do in Seattle:

Where to Stay in Seattle:

Luxury: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle and Loews 1000 Seattle, Seattle, Washington

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Inn at the Market and Hotel Ändra, Seattle, Washington

Budget: Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown, Seattle, Washington

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Seattle:

  • Bike Ride through Alki Beach: One of the top things to do with your mom in Seattle is to rent a bike around Alki Beach. This gorgeous waterfront overlooks the stunning Seattle skyline and offers a long beach strip. There are also breathtaking views of the mountains from nearby Olympic National Park.
  • Walk through Pike Place Market: Another great spot in Seattle to visit with your mom is Pike Place Market. At this great market, you could indulge in some of the city’s best foods, watch several live singers and talented music artists that will keep you in the mood throughout your time in the area. There are also several produce stands and endless amounts of floral arrangements. Don’t forget to also visit the famous gum wall in Post Alley, under Pike Place.
  • Enjoy the Nature in Snoqualmie National Forest: One of the most beautiful places to see in the Seattle area is Snoqualmie National Forest. The perfect places to visit at Snoqualmie National Park with your mom are Snoqualmie Point Park, Summit at Snoqualmie and Snoqualmie Falls.
  • Savor Delicious Food: There are so many awesome places to eat in Seattle. My mom and I enjoyed seafood at Anthony’s Pier 66, Japanese food at Kamonegi, French crêpes at The French Bakery and barbecue and beers at Bitterroot.
  • Visit Bainbridge Island: A great place to visit just outside of Seattle is Bainbridge Island. This small island offers a charming and quaint downtown area that features a number of restaurants and cafés, artisanal wineries, a brewery, organic distillery along with trailheads and historical sites.

Washington D.C.:

Beautiful cherry blossom trees in Washington D.C. The best mother daughter trips in the USA

Washington D.C. is a wonderful city to visit anytime of the year with your mother, but I totally recommend going during cherry blossom season. It makes for a perfect mother daughter weekend trip in the spring.

My mom and I visited Washington D.C. in April 2018 and May 2021. Below are the best things to do in the city:

Where to Stay in Washington D.C.:

Luxury: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C.

Mid-Budget/Boutique: The LINE Hotel DC, Washington D.C.

Budget: Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Washington D.C.:

  • Grab Cupcakes in Georgetown: Georgetown Cupcake in D.C. is a staple and must-visit if you are in the capital city with your mom. All of Georgetown Cupcake’s baked goods are delicious and they are perfect to eat while strolling through the charming neighborhood.
  • Walk around the National Mall: One of the best places to stroll around in D.C. is the National Mall where you could see the famous Lincoln Memorial. Also located at the National Mall are the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the World War II Museum, National Monument and the United States Capitol.
  • Visit the Tidal Basin: The most scenic spot in Washington D.C. is the Tidal Basin. During late March/early April, the Tidal Basin is filled with beautiful cherry blossom trees. It is the perfect spot to visit with your mom and you could also rent paddle boats on the water.
  • Go to a Museum: D.C. is known for its many art museums. One of the best things to do with your mom in the capital is to walk through a museum and admire the talent. Even though the Smithsonian is D.C.’s biggest museum, there are numerous art museums to check out such as the Hirschhorn Museum and Renwick Gallery.
  • Enjoy Brunch: As one of the nation’s leading cities to brunch in, you cannot miss out on going to a lovely brunch with your mom. Founding Farmers is a great farm-to-table restaurant that offers high-quality food that is delicious and grown with care.

Lake Placid, New York:

Lake Placid during the winter - best USA mother daughter trips

If you and your mom love winter sports, then you must visit the Olympic ski village of Lake Placid, New York. This beautiful lakeside village has fun winter activities from skiing to ice skating and delicious restaurants to renowned spas.

Whether you and the motherly figure in your life want to hit the slopes or cozy up by the fire with a glass of wine, a mother daughter weekend trip to Lake Placid will leave you with incredible memories to always look back on.

I visited Lake Placid on a winter trip with my mom in January 2022. Below is everything to do at Lake Placid you with your mom:

Where to Stay in Lake Placid:

Luxury: The Whiteface Lodge and Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid, New York

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Crowne Plaza and Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Lake Placid, New York

Budget: Hampton Inn & Suites, Lake Placid, New York

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Lake Placid:

  • Eat in the Gondolas at The Cottage on Mirror Lake: A cozy spot to enjoy good food and warm beverages during a mother daughter trip to Lake Placid is in the ski gondolas at The Cottage. The gondolas are originally from the local ski resort, Whiteface Mountain, and they are heated! The mulled wine and flatbread are delicious.
  • Learn How to Nordic Ski at Mount Van Hoevenberg: One of the top memorable winter activities you can enjoy with your mom is a Nordic skiing lesson at the Olympic Legacy – Mt. Van Hoevenberg. Not only will you learn how to cross-country ski, you’ll also get to see both the new and old lodge and how everything has developed since the 1980 Olympic Games.
  • Ski or Snowboard at Whiteface Mountain: Another Olympic Legacy you must enjoy during a mother daughter winter getaway to Lake Place is skiing or snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain. This Olympic ski resort has a variety of blue and black diamond trails, but there is also an area dedicated for beginner skiers as well.
  • Ice Skate on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval: If you and your mom like to ice skate, then you cannot miss out on skating at “The Oval”. The Olympic Speed Skating Oval at Lake Placid is one of the remaining outdoor skating rinks of its kind left in the USA. The best time to visit this spot is at 7pm or later.
  • Tour the Olympic Speed Jumping Complex: The top unique thing to do with your mom in Lake Placid, NY is to visit the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex. During this experience, you can watch ski jumpers fly through the air. It is so cool to see!

Cape May, New Jersey:

Visiting Cape May during a mother daughter weekend trip in the USA

Cape May makes for one of the best mother daughter getaways! Not only could you enjoy the beach, there are also a plethora of wonderful restaurants, wineries, historical sites and more.

My mom and I enjoyed a lovely weekend trip to Cape May in June 2019. Discover the best things to do in Cape May:

Where to Stay in Cape May:

Luxury: Lokal Hotel and Ocean Club Hotel, Cape May, New Jersey

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Congress Hall and The Montreal Beach Resort, Cape May, New Jersey

Budget: Beach Shack

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Cape May:

  • Savor Dinner at an Inn: Cape May is known for their stunning Inns. One of the best things to do with your mom during a trip to Cape May is to get a delicious seafood dinner at Peter Shield’s Inn & Restaurant as well as the Washington Inn.
  • Wine Taste at Cape May Winery: Cape May Winery & Vineyard produces some of South Jersey’s most distinguished wines. It is the perfect place to go with your mom because the vineyards are stunning and in addition to offering a great wine selection, they also have delicious lunch options.
  • Go to the Beach: You cannot visit Cape May and not go to the beach! Known to have some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the country, spending a beach day with your mom is an awesome way to relax and catch up.
  • Take the Cape May – Lewes Ferry: One of the top things to do during your time in Cape May with your mother is to take the Cape May – Lewes Ferry to Lewes, Delaware. The ferry offers a wonderful way to enjoy the peacefulness of the Delaware Bay and they also have a great bar service.
  • Visit the Cape May Lighthouse: The Cape May Lighthouse is the third documented lighthouse in South Jersey. It is a beautiful place to visit with your mom and even take a fun tour.

Wine Country, California:

A mother and daughter on a USA trip in Wine Country, California

A top mother daughter bucket list trip is visiting the California Wine Country. There are a plethora of incredible wineries and vineyards to visit in both Sonoma County and Napa Valley that both you and your mom will enjoy.

I recommend following along a California Wine Country itinerary to get the most of your experience with your mom. In addition to drinking wine, there are a lot of epic adventures to enjoy in Northern California, including a few National Parks that you and the mom figure in your life will enjoy!

My mom and I went to Sonoma and Napa in June 2021. Learn about the best things to do in Wine Country:

Where to Stay in Sonoma County:

Luxury: Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, California

Mid-Budget/Boutique: AC Hotel Santa Rosa Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa, California

Budget: Wildhaven Sonoma Glamping, Healdsburg, California

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

Where to Stay in Napa Valley:

Luxury: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley, Calistoga, California

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Hotel Yountville, Yountville, California

Budget: Hotel Napa Valley, Napa, California

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in California Wine Country:

  • Do a Wine and Food Tasting at St. Francis Winery & Vineyard in Sonoma County: One of the most beautiful vineyards to visit in Sonoma County is St. Francis Winery & Vineyard in Santa Rosa. A fun thing to do with your mom at this winery is the Estate Pairing, which is a food and wine tasting! From the scenery to the wine and the food to the staff, everything exceeds expectations at St. Francis. Our time there was one of the best days!
  • Hike Muir Woods National Monument: A fun adventure to enjoy during a California Wine Country mother daughter trip in the U.S. is to see the old-growth redwood trees in Muir Woods National Monument. Overall, redwoods are the tallest trees on Earth and it is so cool to see them towering over you!
  • Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Ride over Napa Valley: Looking for something different to do in Napa Valley? One of the most memorable things you can enjoy with your mom in Wine Country is a fun hot air balloon ride over the vineyards of Napa. This fun experience will have you admiring stunning views of the vineyards, mountains and breathtaking scenery all around.
  • Wine Taste at Domaine Carneros in Napa Valley: Another great winery to visit during a USA mother daughter trip is Domaine Carneros in Napa. It is located in a French-inspired château with formal gardens. Domaine Carneros specializes in sparkling wines and their charcuterie boards are incredible!
  • Visit the Tuscan Wine Castle of Wine Country, CA: In case you’re wondering, yes, there is a Tuscan castle in Calistoga, in the heart of Napa Valley. It’s called Castello di Amarosa and it is a beautiful property to do a fun wine and chocolate tasting with your mother. Castello di Amarosa is located in a 13th Century Italian castle, but it isn’t a real castle! 4th generation winemaker Dario Sattui built a Tuscan castle winery in Calistoga in honor of his Italian heritage, deep love for medieval architecture and wine. It is an enchanting place to see.

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Memorable mother daughter trips in the USA

I hope you all enjoyed reading about the 10 best mother daughter trips in the USA and got some fun ideas out of it. If you have any questions about any of the destinations I talk about above, please email me at [email protected]

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43 Comments

  1. Sarah Barthet on April 29, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Taylor these pictures of you and your mom are beautiful! They need to be framed! xx

    And Cape May sounds right up my street!

    • Taylor Deer on April 29, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah! They are oldies, but goodies. 🙂 You would love Cape May!

  2. Courtney on April 29, 2020 at 10:49 am

    What a cute post! I am dying to get to Washington DC for the blossoms and Seattle. Maybe I’ll have to make it up there with my momma!

    • Taylor Deer on April 29, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you Courtney and yes, both cities are so beautiful! You would love them. 🙂

  3. Zsuzsanna on April 29, 2020 at 10:57 am

    What a lovely post! You and your mom look so beautiful! I need to take my mom for a great tip like this! 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on April 29, 2020 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you so much Zsuzsanna! You both would have a blast! 🙂

  4. World of Lina on April 30, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Aww I love the photos of you and your mom Taylor! These trips sound like so much fun! 😍

  5. Tea on May 1, 2020 at 1:45 am

    I really like these Mother’s Day getaway ideas, especially The ones in the DC area. Thanks for sharing this info!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2020 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you so much Tea! I’m glad you like it. 🙂

  6. May Durkee on May 1, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    This is such a great post! Your pictures with your mom are adorable.
    I wish I could travel more often with my mama. When she came over to the US to stay with me we had so much fun. She’s my bestie, is just a bummer we’re so far away from each other.
    Beautiful post and a wonderful tribute to the mamas out there (and especially yours) 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you so much May! I hope you get to see your mom soon. 🙂

  7. Elena Pappalardo on May 1, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Wow, I really love all of these amazing ideas! I’m definitely adding some of these ideas to my list for when travel opens back up again. Especially excited for Cape May, as I know it’s not too far and it looks so pretty. Thanks for the inspo!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you Elena! You totally have to go to Cape May! It is such a cute beach town. I know you would love it. 🙂

  8. Alexandra Booze on May 1, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    You and your mommy are so cute! I love that she loves traveling with you also — I can see where you get your love of adventuring from!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you so much Alex! I definitely got her out of her comfort zone and now she loves to travel. 🙂

  9. Tiana Bantis on May 1, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    All these destinations sound amazing! I love the photos with your mom, so sweet!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you so much Tiana! They sure are wonderful places 🙂

  10. Katie on May 1, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Such cute ideas! Would love to experience some of the trips in the USA with my mum! I feel like Disney would be deffo more for me than her haha but I reckon Washington in Spring would be so pretty!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you Katie! Yes, we both loved Seattle so much. Surprisingly, my dad is more of a Disney parks fan than my mom lol

  11. Emma on May 1, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    I love traveling with both my parents. I live in Canada and they are in the UK so trips are always that bit more special because of our limited time together. We’ve been to a few of these places, I can’t see my mom going to a theme park, but DC would be a trip I think she’d enjoy

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:22 pm

      That is awesome to hear Emma! Also, yes, DC during springtime is so beautiful! 🙂

  12. Carryn on May 2, 2020 at 1:18 am

    There’s nothing better than a mother-daughter trip! I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro with my mom and it’s one of my favorite memories. We need to plan our next trip together so this post is just the inspiration I needed!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:29 pm

      I couldn’t agree more and that sounds epic! My mom would never do a trek with me, but she enjoys smaller day hikes. 🙂 Also thank you so much Carryn!

  13. Michaela on May 2, 2020 at 3:00 am

    Lovely post! You two looked and sound like you had an amazing time. Love the pictures!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you so much Michaela! 🙂

  14. Albi on May 2, 2020 at 5:13 am

    So many great ideas, so far I went with my mom to Mexico, but this looks interesting too, will have to try one of your ideas

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you Albi and yes, you mom would love a lot of these places. 🙂

  15. Bianca Malata on May 2, 2020 at 9:11 am

    These are great ideas. As my mother is no longer with us, I wouldn’t mind taking many of them with my sisters instead.

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you Bianca and I’m sorry to hear that. These trips are definitely great for a sister’ getaway or just a regular girls’ trip in general. 🙂

  16. Marisa on May 2, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Love all these trips that you’ve done with your mom and they are all such wonderful ideas!! I might just have to plan a mother daughter trip in my future!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you so much Marisa and yes, you totally have to! 🙂

  17. Katie Diederichs on May 2, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Looks like you and your mom have taken so many fun trips together! Last winter, I took my mom on a trip to Christmas Markets in Europe for her birthday present and it was so much fun. I’ll always be grateful for the memories we made. Maybe next time, we’ll have to stay in the US because these all look like lots of fun!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:33 pm

      Yes, we totally do. Also that sounds amazing! I am actually planning on taking my mom to the Christmas markets at some point too. I know she would love Alsace. 🙂

  18. Shannon on May 2, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    These are great destinations! Love that you travel with your mom. I do that same, we’re supposed to go to the UK together in August (fingers crossed!).

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you Shannon and yes, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you still get to go on your UK trip with your mom. 🙂

  19. Krystianna on May 2, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    There are so many places on this list that I’d love to visit! Also, I love your photos.

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you so much Krystianna! 🙂

  20. Bettina on May 2, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    These trips all look so fun! I would love to travel with my mom but since she is in Europe, I need to wait until the travel bans are lifted. Thanks for the amazing inspo! <3

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you so much Bettina and I hope you get to travel with your mom soon. 🙂

  21. Dom and Jo on May 3, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Seattle, Washington would be so fun to visit. I’ve always wanted to go to the market there! I feel like San Francisco would be another awesome city to add to the list.

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2020 at 8:34 pm

      Yes, it really is an awesome city! I loved Pike’s Place! Also, I still need to get to San Francisco. I’m hoping to go later this year. 🙂

  22. Yvonne Clayton on January 29, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Love your post and pics w your mom. I’m trying to plan a trip w my daughter. We live in Orlando so we want to go somewhere where travel is as free as it is in Florida without covid mandates. Perhaps that could be your next list! We like your Rhode Island idea if vaccines and masks are not required. Otherwise, we will head West. Have you done any western states such as Wyoming, Montana, Texas or the spas in Arkansas? She will be working at a luxury dude ranch in Montana so that may be our next destination. Hope you’re able to add to your travel list soon!

    • Taylor Deer on January 29, 2022 at 10:06 am

      Thank you Yvonne! I completely understand and yes, I did a road trip to Montana, Wyoming and Colorado and it was a great trip. I do have a bunch of blog posts on my Western road trips from 2020. 🙂

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USA Mother Daughter Trip Ideas

A mother and daughter enjoying an international trip in Cinque Terre Italy

Whether it be Mother’s Day, your mom’s birthday or another special occasion to celebrate the motherly figure in your life, now is the right time to plan out a fun experience such as future mother daughter trips in the USA!

In fact, some of my favorite travel memories are those spent with my mom!

A mother and daughter taking a hot air balloon ride in Napa Valley during a USA getaway

From New York City to California Wine Country and the beaches of Charleston to the American Southwest, there are plenty of wonderful mother daughter trips you could take in the USA that suit all age groups.

Whether you are looking to do a mother daughter weekend trip, long weekend getaway (or weekend getaways) a week-long adventure, etc., there are an endless amount of great trip ideas for you to plan with your mom right here in the U.S. All you need to do is combine your interests, travel preferences and budget and you’ll be set to make unforgettable memories that you both will cherish forever!

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Discover the best USA destinations for you to do a memorable mother daughter trip!

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10 best mother daughter trips to take in the USA

Best Mother Daughter Trips in the USA

A mother and daughter traveling together

There are a wide range of trip options for mothers and daughters to take together.

Whether you and your mom are beachgoers, adventurers, city lovers, foodies, wine enthusiasts, skiers and more, there are a plethora of different types of trip ideas you could take.

Below are my 10 best mother daughter trips in the USA.

Memorable Mother Daughter Trips in the USA

New York City:

One of the best mother daughter trips in the USA

Known as one of the best and most fascinating cities in the world, New York City offers a plethora of different things to do that suits everyone’s interests. Since I live right outside of New York, my mom and I are always going into the city to enjoy the day.

Discover the best things to do with your mom in New York City:

Where to Stay:

Luxury: Lotte New York Palace, New York, New York

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Moxy NYC Chelsea, New York, New York

Budget: Arlo SoHo, New York, New York

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in NYC:

  • See a Broadway Show: There is nothing like seeing a Broadway play in New York City. Whether you like Blockbuster movie plays, jukebox musicals, NY Times Best Sellers, historical shows, revivals or anything original, seeing a Broadway play in NYC will not leave you disappointed. In addition, right around the corner from the Theater District is Hell’s Kitchen to enjoy a nice dinner. Our personal favorite restaurant is Becco.
  • Enjoy Your Favorite Beverages at a NYC Happy Hour: There is nothing like a refreshing drink with a view. The best rooftop bars in New York City are City Vineyard in Tribeca, Loopy Doopy in the Financial District, 230 Fifth in the Flatiron neighborhood, Mr. Purple in the Lower East Side, Cloud Social in Koreatown, The Press Lounge in Hell’s Kitchen, Pod 39 in Murray Hill and more.
  • Have a Lovely Picnic in a NYC Park: It is the BEST having a picnic lunch with a glass of wine on a beautiful day in NYC’s parks. The top places to enjoy a wonderful picnic and take a stroll in the city is in Central Park, Bryant Park, Washington Square Park, Madison Square Park, Battery Park and also Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
  • Grab a Sunday Brunch: New York City is known for a lot of amazing and swanky brunch spots. There is nothing like going out for brunch on a trip and it is the perfect mother daughter activity. The best places to get brunch in NYC are at Hearth in the East Village, Hole in the Wall in the Financial District, Sveta in West Village, Clinton St. Baking Company in the Lower East Side, Valerie in Midtown, Gran Tivoli in SoHo, Greca in Tribeca, The Regency Bar & Grill in the Upper East Side, Asset Restaurant in the Upper West Side, Extra Virgin in the West Village and more.
  • Visit a Museum: NYC is known to have some of the most renowned museums in the world. The best museums to visit in New York are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Newport, Rhode Island:

A beautiful mansion in Newport, Rhode Island during a mother daughter trip in the USA

From historic mansions to beautiful beaches and great shopping to renowned restaurants, there are amazing things for you and your mom to do together during a trip to Newport, Rhode Island. Overall, it makes for a great summer or fall trip!

There are a ton of reasons why Newport is one of the best mother daughter trips in the USA. We visited in October 2019 and August 2020. Below is everything you must do in Newport with your mom:

Where to Stay in Newport:

Luxury: The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Hammetts Hotel, Newport, Rhode Island

Budget: Aqua Blue Hotel, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Newport:

  • Stroll the Cliff Walk: One of the best things to do with your mom in Newport, Rhode Island is to stroll the scenic Cliff Walk. This beautiful walkway is part of the National Recreational Trail that runs for 3.5 miles. It is the best way to stay active during your time in Newport.
  • Tour the Mansions: Another thing you must do with your mom during a trip to Newport, Rhode Island is to tour the mansions of the town’s elites during the Gilded Age of America. It will take some time to tour all of the mansions, so the top three I recommend are The Breakers, The Marble House and The Elms.
  • Go Shopping in Town: The city of Newport is super quaint and the perfect place to stroll around and go shopping. The town of Newport also boasts a lot of wonderful restaurants, bakeries, bars and more.
  • Savor a Seafood Dinner: Newport offers some of the best seafood you will ever savor in your life. There are a plethora of wonderful restaurants in Newport, but the best one that my mom and I went to was called The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar.
  • Wine Taste at a Newport Vineyard: One of the best wineries to visit with your mother in the Newport area is Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard, which is also known as the Alex and Ani winery. This winery is stunning and the perfect place to enjoy a picnic while tasting great wines.

Laguna Beach, California:

Beautiful Sunset Cliffs in California. A wonderful destination for a mother daughter trip in the USA

Laguna Beach is one of the most beautiful beach towns and it also makes for one of the best mother daughter trips in the USA.

In October 2015, my mom and I visited Orange County, California and had one of the most memorable times of our lives. Laguna Beach features breathtaking beaches, renowned restaurants, incredible boutique shopping and so much more.

Below is what you must do in Laguna Beach with your mother:

Where to Stay in Laguna Beach:

Luxury: Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, California

Mid-Budget/Boutique: 14 WEST Boutique Hotel, Laguna Beach, California

Budget: House of Trestles, San Clemente, California

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Laguna Beach:

  • Enjoy a Sunset Dinner: California offers some of the best sunsets and there is nothing like having a nice dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean while the sun sets over it. When my mom and I were in Laguna Beach, we enjoyed a delicious Mexican seafood dinner at Las Brisas. This beautiful restaurant features an outdoor patio that provides a warm and welcoming ambiance with beautiful palm trees and calming music that makes you feel like you’re on vacation.
  • Have a Relaxing Beach Day: Laguna Beach features gorgeous coastline of stunning white sand beaches and no matter where you go, you will have a relaxing time. A cool beach to go to with your mom is Victoria Beach, which features the Pirate’s Tower.
  • Stroll through Heisler Park: One of the best places to take a stroll with your mom and admire picturesque views and tropical flora is at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach.
  • Stay Active by Doing a Hike: Another great way to spend time with your mom during a mother daughter trip is by staying active and doing a hike. The Top of the World Hike offers ocean views to admire and it even leads into a cool canyon.
  • Walk through Town: Laguna Beach boasts a beautiful downtown area and there is nothing better than grabbing gelato from Gelato Paradiso, going boutique shopping and even checking out the town’s infamous art galleries.

Southwest Road Trip:

A mother and daughter on Southwest road trip in the US.

One of the best mother daughter vacations I’ve been on with my mom was a Southwestern road trip that started and ended in Las Vegas, Nevada. We explored the Grand Canyon for the first time; enjoyed a couple days relaxing in Sedona, Arizona; had fun in the Western town of Page, Arizona and adventured around Utah’s National Parks – Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.

I truly believe that a USA road trip, is one of the best mother daughter trip ideas. Jamming out to tunes in the car, exploring natural wonders and checking out fun landmarks are a great bonding activity that will leave you both with memories that last a lifetime!

My mother and I did our Southwest road trip in June 2020. Here is where you must stop on a Southwest road trip with the mom figure in your life:

Where to Stay on a Southwest Road Trip:

Las Vegas: The Venetian, Las Nevas, Nevada

Sedona: Courtyard by Marriott Sedona, Sedona, Arizona

Page: Courtyard by Marriott Page at Lake Powell, Page, Arizona

Zion: Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, Orderville, Utah

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in the American Southwest:

  • Attend a Show in Las Vegas: One of the best things to do during a mother daughter vacation to Las Vegas is to see a show. The Cirque du Soleil experience at the Bellagio is catered to water elements and will leave you two amazed!
  • Visit Grand Canyon West: The Grand Canyon is huge and there are four parts of it that you can visit – the West Rim, the North Rim, the South Rim and Havasu Falls. Grand Canyon’s West Rim is a special place to visit with your mother. Owned by the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Grand Canyon West is the perfect spot to learn the history of the tribe and canyon itself, walk over the famous Skywalk and participate in a fun adventure!
  • Hike to Devil’s Bridge in Sedona: During a USA mother daughter vacation in Sedona, a great hike to do is Devil’s Bridge. It is a four-mile, roundtrip hike to Sedona’s largest sandstone arch. When you arrive at Devil’s Bridge itself, you will be amazed by how cool the arch is.
  • Check out Horseshoe Bend in Page: A breathtaking site to see with your mom on a Southwest road trip is Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona. This horseshoe-shaped canyon features a 1,000-foot drop that looks down into the Colorado River.
  • Walk through the Narrows at Zion National Park: An epic adventure you must do with your mom at Zion National Park in Utah is hike The Narrows. It is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon and it’s a 9-mile hike through the Virgin River. As you walk through The Narrows, you will be surrounded by breathtaking cliffs, canyons and other natural beauty.

Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia:

Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina. A great mother daughter trip in the USA.

Charleston makes for one of the top mother daughter trips in the USA. This charming Southern city is filled with beauty, history, delicious Southern comfort food and so much more.

In November 2018, my mom and I did a fun trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Based off of our experiences, discover the best things to do in Charleston:

Where to Stay in Charleston:

Luxury: The Mills House and The Spectator Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina

Mid-Budget/Boutique: The Restoration Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina

Budget: Hampton Inn Charleston Historic District, Charleston, South Carolina

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Charleston:

  • Savor Delicious Southern Food: The food in Charleston is absolutely delicious and there are a lot of wonderful restaurants to enjoy during a mother daughter trip. During my time in Charleston with my mom, we ate at Husk Restaurant, The Darling, Monza and Charleston Grill.
  • Stroll through the Colorful Streets: An amazing way to enjoy a mother daughter trip in Charleston is by walking through the colorful streets, featuring historical homes, mansions and landmarks. Some of the best places to visit is Waterfront Park to see the Pineapple Fountain, Rainbow Row and The Battery.
  • Go Shopping: Another reason why Charleston makes for one of the best mother daughter vacations in the U.S. is because it offers great shopping. The Charleston City Market is a historic downtown market where you could find sweetgrass baskets, clothing, jewelry, art, home décor and food. In addition, King Street is another great area in Charleston to go shopping because it is where you could find boutique stores and also top retailers.
  • Attend Brunch: Charleston has some of the best brunch spots in the country. You cannot go on a mother daughter trip and not have brunch. The best places to brunch in Charleston is at High Cotton, Poogan’s Porch and Hominy Grill.
  • Visit a Plantation: A trip to the South should include an educational visit to a plantation. During my mother daughter trip to Charleston, we visited Boone Hall Plantation in the town of Mount Pleasant. It is at Boone Hall Plantation where you could get an educational experience on black history in America, slave history at Boone Hall as well as the history of the mansion and the families that lived there through centuries.
Visit the Olde Pink House in Savannah, Georgia during a mother daughter trip in the USA

Another great place that cannot go unnoticed for mother daughter trips in the USA is Savannah. Just like Charleston, Savannah is another charming Southern city that is filled with beauty, interesting history and delicious food. Both Charleston and Savannah are two cities you can combine in one trip, since they are only a two-hour drive from each other.

In November 2019, my mom and I did a mother daughter trip to Savannah. Discover the best things to do in the city:

Where to Stay in Savannah:

Luxury: Perry Lane Hotel, Savannah, Georgia

Mid-Budget/Boutique: The Drayton Hotel, Savannah, Georgia

Budget: The Hampton Inn & Suites Savannah Historic District, Savannah, Georgia

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Savannah:

  • Indulge in Southern Comfort Food: During a mother daughter trip to Savannah, Georgia, check out the restaurant scene! Our favorite places were The Olde Pink House, Cotton & Rye and Vic’s on the River.
  • Stroll through Forsyth Park: One of the most beautiful city parks is Forsyth Park in Savannah. It is the perfect place to take a stroll, catch up with your mom and admire all of the stunning Spanish moss.
  • Savor a Lovely Brunch: Just like any other trip, enjoying a nice brunch is a MUST in Savannah. When my mom and I visited this lovely city, we went to B. Matthew’s Eatery, The Collins Quarter and St. Neo’s Brasserie.
  • Participate in a Ghost Tour: Since Savannah is recognized as one of the most haunted cities in America, I highly suggest doing a ghost tour with your mom. Both my mother and I have so much fun getting spooked out on ghost tours and The Dead of the Night Tour is the best!
  • Grab a Drink at One of Savannah’s Best Bars: Savannah has a plethora of amazing drink spots and there is nothing better than visiting one of the city’s swanky bars. My mom and I’s favorites were The Grove, Rail Pub and The Grey.

Seattle, Washington:

A mother daughter trip in Seattle, Washington. One of the best mother daughter trips in the USA

Another great mother daughter trip in the USA is a week in Washington. Seattle is an awesome city filled with beauty, culture, great food and wonderful adventures.

My mom and I visited Seattle in March 2018 and loved it! Discover the best things to do in Seattle:

Where to Stay in Seattle:

Luxury: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle and Loews 1000 Seattle, Seattle, Washington

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Inn at the Market and Hotel Ändra, Seattle, Washington

Budget: Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown, Seattle, Washington

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Seattle:

  • Bike Ride through Alki Beach: One of the top things to do with your mom in Seattle is to rent a bike around Alki Beach. This gorgeous waterfront overlooks the stunning Seattle skyline and offers a long beach strip. There are also breathtaking views of the mountains from nearby Olympic National Park.
  • Walk through Pike Place Market: Another great spot in Seattle to visit with your mom is Pike Place Market. At this great market, you could indulge in some of the city’s best foods, watch several live singers and talented music artists that will keep you in the mood throughout your time in the area. There are also several produce stands and endless amounts of floral arrangements. Don’t forget to also visit the famous gum wall in Post Alley, under Pike Place.
  • Enjoy the Nature in Snoqualmie National Forest: One of the most beautiful places to see in the Seattle area is Snoqualmie National Forest. The perfect places to visit at Snoqualmie National Park with your mom are Snoqualmie Point Park, Summit at Snoqualmie and Snoqualmie Falls.
  • Savor Delicious Food: There are so many awesome places to eat in Seattle. My mom and I enjoyed seafood at Anthony’s Pier 66, Japanese food at Kamonegi, French crêpes at The French Bakery and barbecue and beers at Bitterroot.
  • Visit Bainbridge Island: A great place to visit just outside of Seattle is Bainbridge Island. This small island offers a charming and quaint downtown area that features a number of restaurants and cafés, artisanal wineries, a brewery, organic distillery along with trailheads and historical sites.

Washington D.C.:

Beautiful cherry blossom trees in Washington D.C. The best mother daughter trips in the USA

Washington D.C. is a wonderful city to visit anytime of the year with your mother, but I totally recommend going during cherry blossom season. It makes for a perfect mother daughter weekend trip in the spring.

My mom and I visited Washington D.C. in April 2018 and May 2021. Below are the best things to do in the city:

Where to Stay in Washington D.C.:

Luxury: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C.

Mid-Budget/Boutique: The LINE Hotel DC, Washington D.C.

Budget: Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Washington D.C.:

  • Grab Cupcakes in Georgetown: Georgetown Cupcake in D.C. is a staple and must-visit if you are in the capital city with your mom. All of Georgetown Cupcake’s baked goods are delicious and they are perfect to eat while strolling through the charming neighborhood.
  • Walk around the National Mall: One of the best places to stroll around in D.C. is the National Mall where you could see the famous Lincoln Memorial. Also located at the National Mall are the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the World War II Museum, National Monument and the United States Capitol.
  • Visit the Tidal Basin: The most scenic spot in Washington D.C. is the Tidal Basin. During late March/early April, the Tidal Basin is filled with beautiful cherry blossom trees. It is the perfect spot to visit with your mom and you could also rent paddle boats on the water.
  • Go to a Museum: D.C. is known for its many art museums. One of the best things to do with your mom in the capital is to walk through a museum and admire the talent. Even though the Smithsonian is D.C.’s biggest museum, there are numerous art museums to check out such as the Hirschhorn Museum and Renwick Gallery.
  • Enjoy Brunch: As one of the nation’s leading cities to brunch in, you cannot miss out on going to a lovely brunch with your mom. Founding Farmers is a great farm-to-table restaurant that offers high-quality food that is delicious and grown with care.

Lake Placid, New York:

Lake Placid during the winter - best USA mother daughter trips

If you and your mom love winter sports, then you must visit the Olympic ski village of Lake Placid, New York. This beautiful lakeside village has fun winter activities from skiing to ice skating and delicious restaurants to renowned spas.

Whether you and the motherly figure in your life want to hit the slopes or cozy up by the fire with a glass of wine, a mother daughter weekend trip to Lake Placid will leave you with incredible memories to always look back on.

I visited Lake Placid on a winter trip with my mom in January 2022. Below is everything to do at Lake Placid you with your mom:

Where to Stay in Lake Placid:

Luxury: The Whiteface Lodge and Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid, New York

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Crowne Plaza and Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Lake Placid, New York

Budget: Hampton Inn & Suites, Lake Placid, New York

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Lake Placid:

  • Eat in the Gondolas at The Cottage on Mirror Lake: A cozy spot to enjoy good food and warm beverages during a mother daughter trip to Lake Placid is in the ski gondolas at The Cottage. The gondolas are originally from the local ski resort, Whiteface Mountain, and they are heated! The mulled wine and flatbread are delicious.
  • Learn How to Nordic Ski at Mount Van Hoevenberg: One of the top memorable winter activities you can enjoy with your mom is a Nordic skiing lesson at the Olympic Legacy – Mt. Van Hoevenberg. Not only will you learn how to cross-country ski, you’ll also get to see both the new and old lodge and how everything has developed since the 1980 Olympic Games.
  • Ski or Snowboard at Whiteface Mountain: Another Olympic Legacy you must enjoy during a mother daughter winter getaway to Lake Place is skiing or snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain. This Olympic ski resort has a variety of blue and black diamond trails, but there is also an area dedicated for beginner skiers as well.
  • Ice Skate on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval: If you and your mom like to ice skate, then you cannot miss out on skating at “The Oval”. The Olympic Speed Skating Oval at Lake Placid is one of the remaining outdoor skating rinks of its kind left in the USA. The best time to visit this spot is at 7pm or later.
  • Tour the Olympic Speed Jumping Complex: The top unique thing to do with your mom in Lake Placid, NY is to visit the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex. During this experience, you can watch ski jumpers fly through the air. It is so cool to see!

Cape May, New Jersey:

Visiting Cape May during a mother daughter weekend trip in the USA

Cape May makes for one of the best mother daughter getaways! Not only could you enjoy the beach, there are also a plethora of wonderful restaurants, wineries, historical sites and more.

My mom and I enjoyed a lovely weekend trip to Cape May in June 2019. Discover the best things to do in Cape May:

Where to Stay in Cape May:

Luxury: Lokal Hotel and Ocean Club Hotel, Cape May, New Jersey

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Congress Hall and The Montreal Beach Resort, Cape May, New Jersey

Budget: Beach Shack

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in Cape May:

  • Savor Dinner at an Inn: Cape May is known for their stunning Inns. One of the best things to do with your mom during a trip to Cape May is to get a delicious seafood dinner at Peter Shield’s Inn & Restaurant as well as the Washington Inn.
  • Wine Taste at Cape May Winery: Cape May Winery & Vineyard produces some of South Jersey’s most distinguished wines. It is the perfect place to go with your mom because the vineyards are stunning and in addition to offering a great wine selection, they also have delicious lunch options.
  • Go to the Beach: You cannot visit Cape May and not go to the beach! Known to have some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the country, spending a beach day with your mom is an awesome way to relax and catch up.
  • Take the Cape May – Lewes Ferry: One of the top things to do during your time in Cape May with your mother is to take the Cape May – Lewes Ferry to Lewes, Delaware. The ferry offers a wonderful way to enjoy the peacefulness of the Delaware Bay and they also have a great bar service.
  • Visit the Cape May Lighthouse: The Cape May Lighthouse is the third documented lighthouse in South Jersey. It is a beautiful place to visit with your mom and even take a fun tour.

Wine Country, California:

A mother and daughter on a USA trip in Wine Country, California

A top mother daughter bucket list trip is visiting the California Wine Country. There are a plethora of incredible wineries and vineyards to visit in both Sonoma County and Napa Valley that both you and your mom will enjoy.

I recommend following along a California Wine Country itinerary to get the most of your experience with your mom. In addition to drinking wine, there are a lot of epic adventures to enjoy in Northern California, including a few National Parks that you and the mom figure in your life will enjoy!

My mom and I went to Sonoma and Napa in June 2021. Learn about the best things to do in Wine Country:

Where to Stay in Sonoma County:

Luxury: Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, California

Mid-Budget/Boutique: AC Hotel Santa Rosa Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa, California

Budget: Wildhaven Sonoma Glamping, Healdsburg, California

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

Where to Stay in Napa Valley:

Luxury: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley, Calistoga, California

Mid-Budget/Boutique: Hotel Yountville, Yountville, California

Budget: Hotel Napa Valley, Napa, California

Rentals: Airbnb or Vrbo

What to do in California Wine Country:

  • Do a Wine and Food Tasting at St. Francis Winery & Vineyard in Sonoma County: One of the most beautiful vineyards to visit in Sonoma County is St. Francis Winery & Vineyard in Santa Rosa. A fun thing to do with your mom at this winery is the Estate Pairing, which is a food and wine tasting! From the scenery to the wine and the food to the staff, everything exceeds expectations at St. Francis. Our time there was one of the best days!
  • Hike Muir Woods National Monument: A fun adventure to enjoy during a California Wine Country mother daughter trip in the U.S. is to see the old-growth redwood trees in Muir Woods National Monument. Overall, redwoods are the tallest trees on Earth and it is so cool to see them towering over you!
  • Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Ride over Napa Valley: Looking for something different to do in Napa Valley? One of the most memorable things you can enjoy with your mom in Wine Country is a fun hot air balloon ride over the vineyards of Napa. This fun experience will have you admiring stunning views of the vineyards, mountains and breathtaking scenery all around.
  • Wine Taste at Domaine Carneros in Napa Valley: Another great winery to visit during a USA mother daughter trip is Domaine Carneros in Napa. It is located in a French-inspired château with formal gardens. Domaine Carneros specializes in sparkling wines and their charcuterie boards are incredible!
  • Visit the Tuscan Wine Castle of Wine Country, CA: In case you’re wondering, yes, there is a Tuscan castle in Calistoga, in the heart of Napa Valley. It’s called Castello di Amarosa and it is a beautiful property to do a fun wine and chocolate tasting with your mother. Castello di Amarosa is located in a 13th Century Italian castle, but it isn’t a real castle! 4th generation winemaker Dario Sattui built a Tuscan castle winery in Calistoga in honor of his Italian heritage, deep love for medieval architecture and wine. It is an enchanting place to see.

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Memorable mother daughter trips in the USA

I hope you all enjoyed reading about the 10 best mother daughter trips in the USA and got some fun ideas out of it. If you have any questions about any of the destinations I talk about above, please email me at [email protected]

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A mother and daughter on a beach trip in the USA

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43 Comments

  1. Sarah Barthet on April 29, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Taylor these pictures of you and your mom are beautiful! They need to be framed! xx

    And Cape May sounds right up my street!

    • Taylor Deer on April 29, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah! They are oldies, but goodies. 🙂 You would love Cape May!

  2. Courtney on April 29, 2020 at 10:49 am

    What a cute post! I am dying to get to Washington DC for the blossoms and Seattle. Maybe I’ll have to make it up there with my momma!

    • Taylor Deer on April 29, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you Courtney and yes, both cities are so beautiful! You would love them. 🙂

  3. Zsuzsanna on April 29, 2020 at 10:57 am

    What a lovely post! You and your mom look so beautiful! I need to take my mom for a great tip like this! 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on April 29, 2020 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you so much Zsuzsanna! You both would have a blast! 🙂

  4. World of Lina on April 30, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Aww I love the photos of you and your mom Taylor! These trips sound like so much fun! 😍

  5. Tea on May 1, 2020 at 1:45 am

    I really like these Mother’s Day getaway ideas, especially The ones in the DC area. Thanks for sharing this info!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2020 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you so much Tea! I’m glad you like it. 🙂

  6. May Durkee on May 1, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    This is such a great post! Your pictures with your mom are adorable.
    I wish I could travel more often with my mama. When she came over to the US to stay with me we had so much fun. She’s my bestie, is just a bummer we’re so far away from each other.
    Beautiful post and a wonderful tribute to the mamas out there (and especially yours) 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you so much May! I hope you get to see your mom soon. 🙂

  7. Elena Pappalardo on May 1, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Wow, I really love all of these amazing ideas! I’m definitely adding some of these ideas to my list for when travel opens back up again. Especially excited for Cape May, as I know it’s not too far and it looks so pretty. Thanks for the inspo!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you Elena! You totally have to go to Cape May! It is such a cute beach town. I know you would love it. 🙂

  8. Alexandra Booze on May 1, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    You and your mommy are so cute! I love that she loves traveling with you also — I can see where you get your love of adventuring from!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you so much Alex! I definitely got her out of her comfort zone and now she loves to travel. 🙂

  9. Tiana Bantis on May 1, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    All these destinations sound amazing! I love the photos with your mom, so sweet!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you so much Tiana! They sure are wonderful places 🙂

  10. Katie on May 1, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Such cute ideas! Would love to experience some of the trips in the USA with my mum! I feel like Disney would be deffo more for me than her haha but I reckon Washington in Spring would be so pretty!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you Katie! Yes, we both loved Seattle so much. Surprisingly, my dad is more of a Disney parks fan than my mom lol

  11. Emma on May 1, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    I love traveling with both my parents. I live in Canada and they are in the UK so trips are always that bit more special because of our limited time together. We’ve been to a few of these places, I can’t see my mom going to a theme park, but DC would be a trip I think she’d enjoy

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:22 pm

      That is awesome to hear Emma! Also, yes, DC during springtime is so beautiful! 🙂

  12. Carryn on May 2, 2020 at 1:18 am

    There’s nothing better than a mother-daughter trip! I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro with my mom and it’s one of my favorite memories. We need to plan our next trip together so this post is just the inspiration I needed!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:29 pm

      I couldn’t agree more and that sounds epic! My mom would never do a trek with me, but she enjoys smaller day hikes. 🙂 Also thank you so much Carryn!

  13. Michaela on May 2, 2020 at 3:00 am

    Lovely post! You two looked and sound like you had an amazing time. Love the pictures!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you so much Michaela! 🙂

  14. Albi on May 2, 2020 at 5:13 am

    So many great ideas, so far I went with my mom to Mexico, but this looks interesting too, will have to try one of your ideas

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you Albi and yes, you mom would love a lot of these places. 🙂

  15. Bianca Malata on May 2, 2020 at 9:11 am

    These are great ideas. As my mother is no longer with us, I wouldn’t mind taking many of them with my sisters instead.

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you Bianca and I’m sorry to hear that. These trips are definitely great for a sister’ getaway or just a regular girls’ trip in general. 🙂

  16. Marisa on May 2, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Love all these trips that you’ve done with your mom and they are all such wonderful ideas!! I might just have to plan a mother daughter trip in my future!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you so much Marisa and yes, you totally have to! 🙂

  17. Katie Diederichs on May 2, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Looks like you and your mom have taken so many fun trips together! Last winter, I took my mom on a trip to Christmas Markets in Europe for her birthday present and it was so much fun. I’ll always be grateful for the memories we made. Maybe next time, we’ll have to stay in the US because these all look like lots of fun!

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:33 pm

      Yes, we totally do. Also that sounds amazing! I am actually planning on taking my mom to the Christmas markets at some point too. I know she would love Alsace. 🙂

  18. Shannon on May 2, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    These are great destinations! Love that you travel with your mom. I do that same, we’re supposed to go to the UK together in August (fingers crossed!).

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you Shannon and yes, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you still get to go on your UK trip with your mom. 🙂

  19. Krystianna on May 2, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    There are so many places on this list that I’d love to visit! Also, I love your photos.

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you so much Krystianna! 🙂

  20. Bettina on May 2, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    These trips all look so fun! I would love to travel with my mom but since she is in Europe, I need to wait until the travel bans are lifted. Thanks for the amazing inspo! <3

    • Taylor Deer on May 2, 2020 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you so much Bettina and I hope you get to travel with your mom soon. 🙂

  21. Dom and Jo on May 3, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Seattle, Washington would be so fun to visit. I’ve always wanted to go to the market there! I feel like San Francisco would be another awesome city to add to the list.

    • Taylor Deer on May 3, 2020 at 8:34 pm

      Yes, it really is an awesome city! I loved Pike’s Place! Also, I still need to get to San Francisco. I’m hoping to go later this year. 🙂

  22. Yvonne Clayton on January 29, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Love your post and pics w your mom. I’m trying to plan a trip w my daughter. We live in Orlando so we want to go somewhere where travel is as free as it is in Florida without covid mandates. Perhaps that could be your next list! We like your Rhode Island idea if vaccines and masks are not required. Otherwise, we will head West. Have you done any western states such as Wyoming, Montana, Texas or the spas in Arkansas? She will be working at a luxury dude ranch in Montana so that may be our next destination. Hope you’re able to add to your travel list soon!

    • Taylor Deer on January 29, 2022 at 10:06 am

      Thank you Yvonne! I completely understand and yes, I did a road trip to Montana, Wyoming and Colorado and it was a great trip. I do have a bunch of blog posts on my Western road trips from 2020. 🙂

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