10 must-do trips for sisters

Sisters are essentially built-in best friends, and there’s no better way to further strengthen that bond than with a much-needed girls getaway just you two. Plus, whether you prefer an action-packed city break or a laid-back beach vacation (don’t forget that FPS!) – or something else entirely – there’s a destination for every dynamic duo.

Need additional inspiration? We’ve got you covered: keep reading to find out our best spots for each pair of sisters, whether it’s wine tasting in Napa, shopping in Milan, hiking in New Zealand or something else entirely.

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Adventure-seeking sisters will especially appreciate a trip on to do list to New Zealand. Sure, it’s a long-haul flight from the US, but its varied landscapes, which range from pink lakes (read: an Instagram dream come true) to rugged mountains, are well worth the trip. Must-haves include hiking in Tongariro National Park (New Zealand’s oldest national park, which happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site), boating in Queenstown and whale watching in Auckland. Be sure to make time to visit Grassmere Lake (the aforementioned pink-hued body of water) or view the purple and pink lupine flowers blooming near Lake Tekapo.

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Machu Picchu is located nearly 7,800 feet above sea level in the Andes. This centuries-old site, known as the Lost City of the Incas, is a must-see, especially for archeology enthusiasts: with its more than 150 buildings and breathtaking agricultural terraces, visit Machu Picchu, it’s like stepping back in time.

Depending on how much time you have and how adventurous you are, there are several ways you can get to Macchu Picchu. The most popular route, on foot, is the Inca Trail, which usually takes four days to walk. If you are not traveling in a group, we recommend that you sign up for a guided hike (Airbnb has a few options). Alternatively, take the PeruRail or IncaRail from Cusco: just be sure to buy your tickets in advance.

Once you are able to catch your breath, literally and figuratively, head to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes. Here you and your sister can snap photos of the colorful buildings, grab a souvenir at the Mercado Artesanal, enjoy a bath in one of the thermal baths, and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.

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Tremendous Tokyo has a 263 Michelin stars— the most of any other city in the world. You and your sister can explore Japan’s bustling capital one bite at a time. In fact, the city is full of unique restaurants. Don’t miss Kanda Matsuya, an 1884-era restaurant that’s best known for its super-tasty, handmade, of course, soba noodles. For the most authentic taste of Tokyo, sign up for Local Experiences, whether it’s a sushi making workshopa izakaya food tour or one chef-led ramen-making class. You and your sister even have the possibility of create your own japanese sweets with the help of a shop owner who is on hand to guide and share expert techniques.

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Take your sister and put yourself zen beautiful bali. This idyllic Indonesian island is world famous for its serene environment, which includes pristine beaches, wildlife-filled jungles and lush rice paddies. After a restorative morning yoga session overlooking the ocean, the two of you can get up close and personal with the Balinese long-tailed macaque in Ubud Monkey Forest. Then, discover some of the destination’s famous rice terraces, enjoy a bowl of acai and take a walk on the sand. Feeling extra-adventurous? Enjoy the many hiking trails or visit one of the nearby temples including Ulun Danu Beratan and Tanah Lot.

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For an epic wine-fueled weekend with your sister, look no further than Napa Valley. Just 50 miles from San Francisco (about an hour by car), this one-of-a-kind wine region, which is by far the most famous in America, boasts beautiful cellarsunbelievable accommodation, and, of course, postcard-worthy views of the vineyards. If and when you need a break from wine (although I don’t blame you if you don’t!), consider exploring one or more of The Charming Towns of Napa Valley which are dotted with shops and restaurants such as Napa, St. Helena and Yountville. Finally, board the Napa Valley Wine Trainwhich offers incredible and sophisticated autofocus afternoon tea service (pinkies, ppl!).

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Safaris are a once-in-a-lifetime journey best experienced and enjoyed with your onboard BFF by your side. Don’t know where to go? Consider Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, which covers 5,700 (!) square miles of open terrain, is easily among the best places in the world to view majestic wildlife. In fact, Serengeti is home to Africa’s beloved ‘Big Five’, which consist of the African lion, African leopard, African elephant, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros. After a day of exploring and game viewing on safari, retire to your room at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti for a well-deserved siesta. Alternatively, indulge in a restorative spa treatment or soak up the sun by the freeform infinity pool, where you can watch elephants sipping a drink from the adjacent watering hole.

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Bora Bora is famous for its sandy beaches and clear blue waters. With this in mind, there is no doubt that this isolated island in French Polynesia has become known as one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations. But don’t let that deter you from visiting your sister: instead, think of a trip here as an opportunity for both of you to truly unwind and disconnect from outside stressors. Enjoy your morning coffee or smoothie while gazing at the ocean, sip cocktails by the pool, and embark on a snorkeling excursion through its vibrant reefs: if you’re lucky, you might spot turtles of sea, dolphins and tropical fish in abundance.

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Fun-loving travelers from all over flock to Ibiza, aptly dubbed the party island, for its lively nightclubs and beach clubs. (Tip: bring a pair of comfortable dancing shoes to accompany you in all the fun that awaits!). During the day you can both hit Nikki Beach, Tanit Beach or Beso Beach. After a day of drinking and dancing (plus sunbathing and swimming), get ready to do it all again at night, but not before a well-deserved nap. Once you’re feeling refreshed, grab some dinner and head to one (or more!) of the destination’s hippest clubs, which include Pasha, octane and Hi Ibiza.

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If you and your sister are self-proclaimed shopaholics, head straight to Milan. This gorgeous city is considered one of the fashion capitals of the world. In fact, luxury brands like Bottega Veneta, Missoni, Miu Miu, Prada and Valentino all call Milan home. You can easily spend one or more days shopping along Via Monte Napoleone and Via della Spiga. The best way to explore the city and its incredible architecture, including the famous Duomo di Milano, is on foot, which is why it’s worth signing up for a walking tour led by locals.

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You know what they say: it’s New York or nowhere – and that rings especially true when it comes to planning your next sisterhood trip. Head to the Big Apple and experience everything from arts and entertainment to top-notch food and drink. Catch a Broadway show. live your Gossip Girl fancy and take a photo on the steps of the Met. Grab a drink at one of the city’s many chic cocktail bars before dining at a five-star restaurant. Plus, remember to stay in the center of all the action at tres-chic) The James New York – NoMadwhich offers stylish rooms, a speakeasy-style bar and a top-notch Italian restaurant.

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