Travel Picks: Top 10 Girlfriend Getaways

Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:12am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - For all women in need of more than just a girls' night out, Cheapflights ( have some suggestions for how to up the ante with their Top 10 Girlfriend Getaways. Whether you and your friends want low key, high energy or old fashion hijinks, this list has you covered. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Wine Country, California

A short drive north of San Francisco, Northern California's wine region - comprising renowned valleys throughout Napa and Sonoma counties - is an awe-inspiring retreat for wine and food lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and travelers looking for a full-body, vino-centric respite. Hire a car, visit vineyards, meet winemakers, nosh on culinary delicacies in quaint towns like Healdsburg and sip bubbly with your friends in one of America's most beautiful regions.

2. Las Vegas, Nevada

Considered a boys' town by many (including Prince Harry), Las Vegas is a wonderland for ladies looking for a weekend away from it all. The world's most inspiring chefs are at the helm of four and five-star restaurants along The Strip, a four-mile stretch in the center of town composed of hotels and casinos that range from seedy to swanky. Stop in some of the more enticing landmarks - like the Bellagio or Wynn resorts and casinos - for unforgettable meals followed by high-caliber shows and entertainment.

3. Piedmont, Italy - The home of Nutella, bold red wines and the Slow Food movement, Italy's Piedmont region is the stuff of (very good) dreams. Some of Italy's most impressive wines (Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto) and foods (white truffles, fritto misto) are produced in the northwest corner of the country, beckoning appreciators of fine dining to visit. Consider a bike tour with girlfriends; a scenic and calorie-burning way to see Piedmont's rustic towns and countryside.

4. Hong Kong

For the friends who love to shop, a long haul to Hong Kong is well worth it. Collectors of antiques, electronics, high-end fashion, jewelry - basically any goods that women might want to buy - can be found in Hong Kong, which has no sales tax or VAT. The shopping possibilities are endless. Try your hand at haggling or browse stress-free at one of the many shopping malls and street markets (like the famous, appropriately named, Ladies Market).

5. New Orleans, Louisiana   Continued...

The crowd dances to the sounds of Dutch music producer and DJ Afrojack during the second day of the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas June 25, 2011. REUTERS/ Richard Brian