Ten quick, affordable U.S. vacations for women

by , SmarterTravel Staff
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From yoga retreats in Mexico to grand tours of India, dozens of women-only travel companies have made it possible for women to be in their own element while exploring the world. Not every woman has weeks of vacation time at her disposal or the money to travel overseas, though. Luckily, there are plenty of short, affordable women-only tours in the U.S. that promise empowerment, relaxation, and adventure for a fraction of the cost—and time commitment—that other more far-flung trips require.

Luxury spa getaway in upstate New York

Provider: The Women's Travel Club
Length: Four days
Price: $1,599

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The great prices The Women's Travel Club offers for luxury spa getaways (thanks to group discounts) may be what gets you to book a trip with the company, but it's the camaraderie with other like-minded women that past clients say you'll value most once the trip is over. "I have found the groups are comprised of intelligent, motivated women who truly enjoy travel," says Chestnut Ridge, New York, native Eunice Stern, who's been on three Women's Travel Club trips. "If the groups were not small and made up of the type of person they are I would not continue to travel with this organization."

The Women's Travel Club, which has been running trips since 1992, has made spa trips part of its repertoire for years, including visits to some of the country's top destination spas like Red Mountain Spa in Utah and Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires. This March, the Club is planning its first trip to The Lodge at Turning Stone in Verona, New York.

During your three-night stay at the AAA Four Diamond resort, you'll be given full access to the Turning Stone's spa facilities and classes along with a $345 credit for treatments and a $300 KN Karen Neuburger gift bag. With your group, you'll also partake in several Native American arts classes with members of the Oneida Indian Nation, the tribe that operates Turning Stone.

Trip planning

This trip runs March 27 to 30. The $1,599 price covers suite accommodations, daily $124 meal allowance, $345 spa credit and use of spa facilities, native arts classes, and transfers from the Syracuse airport. Airfare and a $35 Women's Travel Club membership fee are extra, but you must be a member for at least three months to avoid a vacation surcharge. Both KN Karen Neuburger and The Women's Travel Club will donate $100 each per booking to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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