5 Mother-Daughter Trips to Strengthen Bonds

A mother-daughter relationship is precious and sometimes precarious. Nothing helps strengthen the bonds between a mother and daughter than participating in activities shoulder-to-shoulder and sharing new experiences. Mother daughter trips are a perfect way to accomplish both — and those long hours of travel time can be the perfect way to get even a recalcitrant teen to open up.

In honor of the Mother’s Day here in the United States, I thought I’d put together a list of some of my favorite mother-daughter trips that I’ve taken with my daughter over the years. Perhaps they will give you some ideas for planning your own trip.

Two-week road trip through Virginia with kids -- what to do and where to stay

5 Mother Daughter Trips

  1. The Spa Trip — I thought I’d have to wait until my daughter was a teen to share our first spa experience, but these days you can find spas that offer services for tweens as well. We visited the Beach Plum Spa at the John Carver Inn in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where we had side-by-side massages. I’ll never forget her dreamy smile after her first massage! What a privilege to share this fun “first” with her. We spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the indoor pool, cozying up in front of the fireplace in our suite, and exploring historic Plymouth.Mother daughter trip -- spa getaway
  2. The Adventure Trip — We have had a few adventures together on our mother-daughter trips. From kayaking in Maryland and Virginia to white water rafting in Oregon. Of all of these, our favorite bonding experience was rock climbing in Smith Rock in Oregon. She led, I struggled, we both came out with a new sense of accomplishment.Rock climbing at Smith Rock
  3. The Wildlife Trip — We are both animal lovers and we have a lot of bucket list dreams that involve polar bears, pandas, and penguins. After reading the book Misty of Chincoteague together for a mother-daughter book club, I figured that a mother-daughter trip to see the wild ponies of Chincoteague would be a perfect idea. We huddled together against the cold wind and spray of the water on our boat ride around the island, but soon we were both beaming when we spied our first pony herds. What a special experience!Mother daughter trips -- seeing the wild ponies in Chincoteague
  4. The Educational Trip — We spend a lot of time teaching our kids, but when you have an opportunity to learn together you are both on the same level. Hannah and I have also taken a lot of educational trips together visiting historical sites like Williamsburg, Monticello, and Salem. But our favorite was probably Gettysburg. No other destination made such a deep impression on both of us and left such a lasting impact.Mother Daughter getaways -- visiting Gettysburg PA
  5. The City Trip — One of our first mother daughter getaways was to Baltimore, Maryland. Visiting a new city gives you a chance to explore together and share new experiences. We had a very special time wandering the city streets together and it allowed her a more active role in choosing which attractions and restaurants we visited. But the best memory of this trip was the first time Hannah had Maryland blue crabs. She loved breaking them up with the hammer, but it was my job to eat the body so she could get the easier legs.Mother daughter getaway to Baltimore

What are some of your favorite mother daughter trips?


5 Mother Daughter Trips ideas including spas, cities, adventure destinations and more. My favorite is #2!

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  1. Mother Daughter Horseback camp at the Sugar and Spice Ranch at the Cowboy Capital of the world… Bandera TX!

      Oh that sounds so fun and absolutely perfect for a horse loving girl too!

    My favorite mother-daughter trip would be to the spa. My daughter is super girly and loves getting her toes, nails and hair done.

    I have only done city trips alone with my girls (I guess I’m most comfortable navigating cities by myself). I think a wildlife one sounds great though – I would love to see the Chincoteague ponies!

      Wildlife ones are great for animal lovers

    I absolutely admire your long distance road trips with Hannah! For now, I try to always go to a nails “spa” with my 6-yr old:) and last year for Mother’s Day we had a yoga teacher come to our house for a mother-daughter private class. This year- we repeated the experience DIY style cause we already know the moves:)

      That sounds so sweet! We would love mother-daughter yoga!

    Love this idea so much. One of my favorite travel memories was travelling with my mom as an adult child of 25 to Paris for the first time. It was a fantastic trip that I wish we could have done more often!

      That sounds special! I hope my tween wants to keep our tradition going through her teen years.

    Cute! I love the photo of you two in your road trip t-shirts. I live in a house full of males, so I take girls-only trips with my mom. We love it.

      Thanks! I imagine mother son trips could be very fun too! It is really just about doing things together.

    Love these! Ours tend to be anything around food, coffee, or chocolate… 😉

      Oh that reminds me of a chocolate tasting I did with her!

    I haven’t done a mother-daughter trip yet with my 5-year old, but I’m hoping to do it this year before her THIRD little brother arrives! 🙂 It sounds like so much fun! Eventually I want to do a Jane Austen tour with her, but I think for now, she’d rather we go to an adventure playground. 🙂

      A literary tour would definitely be a fun idea

    Mother-daughter trips have been SO GOOD for my daughter and me in terms of strengthening our relationship and just plain having a whole lot of fun!

    Love this! I especially like the adventure trip idea, and not just because it features Crater Lake and Smith Rock…in my backyard!

      We loved that area. Crater Lake may be my favorite national park so far.

    I traveled a lot with my daughter solo when she was smaller. Now that she’s bigger I think I need to plan another trip!

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