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Girlfriend getaways always seem to focus on spa treatments and fancy cocktails. While that’s all adequately fun and relaxing, sometimes you really just want to have some adventure and break a sweat while traveling with your gals. The spots mentioned below are great for an active vacation, but still leave plenty of time for the relax, restore and cocktail elements!

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Photo courtesy of Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa

Wrangle your friends at the ranch

Cowgirls should feel just as home on the range as cowboys. For a great dude ranch experience, gather your gals at Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Gateway, Colorado. The resort’s Palisade Ranch lets your group explore Western Colorado by horseback, drive cattle, learn to rope and discover what life was truly like in the Wild West. There’s also daily trail rides, ranching education, roping lessons and historic tours of the land that ranching families of the 1800s worked to support the region’s mining industry. Thanks to the resort’s location, other exciting excursions for active women are available, too: Think helicopter air tours, UTV rides, mountain biking, hiking, rafting and tubing, all in the scenic surroundings of Western Colorado.

Photo courtesy of Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel

Embark on an eco-adventure

In Guatemala, you and your girlfriends can indulge in an eco-luxury retreat in the magnificent jungle of Peten. Just a short drive away from the Tikal, Uaxactún and Yaxhá ruins is Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel, where a girls’ getaway will start off settling into one of the hotel’s 19 bungalow luxury suites, each boasting a private balcony with a large Jacuzzi. Take a boat ride to Monkey Island where you’ll come face-to-face with wild (yet friendly) spider monkeys, or hike to the top of the lesser known Yaxhá ruins to catch the most incredible sunset you’ve ever seen. Back at the hotel, indulge in a private dinner on the dock as the  moon rises just above the lagoon.

Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe

Hit the slopes

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe employs a a year-round “Apres Adventurist” who is able to curate unique and memorable experiences for all the offerings and activities available at the resort by season. Those coming to ski in winter will be pleased to know The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe resort is situated mid-mountain on the Northstar California ski area and features ski-in, ski-out access in addition to the resort’s many luxurious amenities and services.

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Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa

Embrace your inner mermaid

With the world’s third largest barrier reef practically at its doorstep, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Florida, is the perfect base for an underwater girls getaway. Snorkeling and SCUBA diving opportunities abound for all skill levels through a number of local operators, including shark dives—both cage and free—that let adrenaline junkies share the water with predators ranging from Florida’s abundant sandbar and lemon sharks to massive tiger sharks.

Photo courtesy of Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa

Escape to the desert

The Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA, is an adventurous retreat with easy access to nearby Joshua Tree. Here, you can fill your day with rock climbing over the most scenic parts in the area or take a daring thrill ride on a door-to-door Jeep excursion of the San Andreas Fault line. Afterward, slow things back down to enjoy a “treat yo self” moment at the resort’s refreshed Well Spa for a Mud Party, an interactive body paint party that allows you to cover your skin with a palette of therapeutic and colorful muds while sipping champagne and indulging in a 60-minute massage. As the day closes, cozy up together around the fire pits to watch the sun go down over the surrounding Santa Rosa Mountains and hope your other friends back home aren’t dying of FOMO.

Photo courtesy of The Palms Hotel and Spa

Go for a scenic group run

Located in the heart of Miami Beach, The Palms Hotel & Spa is an oasis for all things wellness and fitness related. The inspired-by-nature oceanfront property recently launched “Palms NatuRUNs”—  monthly workshops for runners led by local running and fitness experts. The sessions explore all aspects of running, including stretching, form, strength and mindfulness. Since The Palms opens directly onto the Miami Beach boardwalk, it’s perfectly situated for the enjoyment of pure serenity you get from running along the ocean.

Photo courtesy of Resorts World Bimini

Cozy up to underwater for wildlife

In the Bahamas, you’ll be just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, but discover the clearest blue waters you’ve ever seen, which are home to a vibrant community of sea life perfect for an adventurous getaway. During your stay at the island’s premier resort option, Resorts World Bimini, an underwater world of sharks, wild dolphins, and rays await you through on-property excursions operator, Bimini Undersea. Charter a boat to take you to Honeymoon Harbor, where you can swim alongside beautiful sting rays in their natural habitat. For a Shark Week-inspired vacay, go face-to-face with hammerhead sharks during your own shark encounter, diving beside them completely cage-free! Perhaps the most unique animal encounter on the island is the one that lets you snorkel with a pod of wild dolphins.

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