As Cupid preps his arrows and lovebirds gear up for Valentine’s Day, another holiday celebrates a different kind of love – Galentine’s Day. This cherished occasion, popularized by the TV show “Parks and Recreation,” is all about honoring and celebrating female friendships. What better way to do so than by going on a fun getaway with your best gals? Whatever kind of Galentine’s Day celebration you’re in the mood for—a restful vacation or an exciting adventure—these are the top 10 spots to visit.

1. Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina
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The historic district, thriving food scene, and cobblestone streets of Charleston make it the ideal setting for a Galentine’s Day getaway. Enjoy mouthwatering Lowcountry cuisine, explore the city’s cultural heritage, and relax on neighboring beaches.

2. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona
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Known for its stunning red rock formations and spiritual energy, Sedona is an ideal destination for a rejuvenating Galentine’s getaway. Unwind with yoga sessions and pamper yourselves with spa treatments. You can also embark on scenic hikes amid wondrous natural landscapes.

3. New York City, New York

aerial view of New York City
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New York City is perfect for a memorable city getaway with your gal pals. A Galentine’s celebration in New York City may be as exciting or as low-key as you like. The Big Apple offers countless options ranging from rooftop cocktails and gourmet dining to Broadway musicals and shopping sprees.

4. Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley, California
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Take a vacation to Napa Valley and enjoy life to the fullest. Here, you can celebrate friendship among serene vineyards and renowned wineries. Relax in plush rooms while taking in views of the surrounding landscape as you sip on award-winning wines and enjoy farm-to-table cuisine.

5. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Absorb the energetic culture and artistic spirit of Santa Fe, an esthetically pleasing Southwestern city in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Explore art galleries, sample authentic New Mexican cuisine, and soak in the city’s inviting ambiance.

6. Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia
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With its moss-draped oaks, antebellum architecture, and Southern hospitality, Savannah exudes old-world charm and romance. Stroll through historic squares, enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, and savor the flavors of the South at local eateries.

7. Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco
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Marrakech offers a Galentine’s experience unlike any other, complete with exotic sights, sounds, and flavors. Wander the winding alleys of the medina and stop by the many souks to bargain for fabrics, ceramics, jewelry, spices, and more. Get away from it all at the peaceful Jardin Majorelle, a botanical garden previously owned by the French painter Jacques Majorelle. 

8. Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan
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Experience the beauty and harmony of Kyoto, Japan’s cultural heartland, with your gal pals by your side. Explore ancient temples and zen gardens, participate in a traditional tea ceremony, and indulge in delectable Japanese cuisine, from sushi to ramen.

9. Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland
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Geothermal hot springs, breathtaking scenery, and the hypnotic Northern Lights are just a few of the otherworldly attractions that await you in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city. Relax in the Blue Lagoon, learn about the city’s thriving arts culture, and go on exciting outdoor adventures like whale watching and glacier hiking.

10. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain
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As you and your best friends explore the lively streets of Barcelona, take in the stunning architecture of Gaudí and chow down on delicious tapas and sangria. You will undoubtedly feel this city’s enchantment with its colorful markets and exciting nightlife.