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Top 10 Trips to Take With Mom

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Jet-setting south to Argentina; embarking on a snowy adventure in the French Alps; strolling the Avenue of Stars in sunny L.A.… there are few better ways to tackle the wonders of the world than with mom by your side. And whether you’re adventure seekers or design lovers, expert wine drinkers or food fanatics, we’ve laid out 10 trips we think are perfect for bonding.

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1. The Italian Circuit: Venice, Rome and the Amalfi Coast

Begin your Italian sojourn in Venice, hopping from your plane into a glossy, wooden water taxi. Here, your time together can be spent exploring the main sites—Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge and the Basilica—of course, but also seeing the quieter side of this multi-layered city. The Peggy Guggenheim Art Collection, glass blowing in Murano, and simply wandering the side streets (and canals) easily fill two to three days.

Next stop: the Eternal City, Rome. It is a bustling, delicious melting pot of Italian culture, steeped in ancient history with impressive ruins seemingly around every corner. Here, expect mouthwatering cuisine in buzzy neighborhoods like Trastevere (also home to a delicious family-owned cookie factory) and Jewish Ghetto and some of the world’s best collections of  Baroque art by the likes of Caravaggio and Bernini. And as you sip Aperol spritzes together al fresco before diving into a pizza honed to perfection from decades of family tradition, you’ll forget for a moment that, eventually, you have to go home.

Luckily, you don’t yet. After days of power-walking (or strolling) the streets of two of Italy’s most mesmerizing city’s, an escape to the Amalfi Coast offers much-needed relaxation. The colorful cliffside towns like Amalfi, Ravello and Positano are picture-perfect, and whether you’re sipping espresso or limoncello on your flowering balcony or spending a day sunning and exploring secluded coves by boat over the aquamarine waters (and shopping the chic boutiques), you can rest easy knowing you and mom did Italy right together.

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2. The Exotic Moroccan Duo: Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains

The French Alps are a dream… or at least, it can feel that way when you’re surrounded by rugged snowy mountains and strolling the frosted streets of a medieval village strung with twinkling lights. A winter wonderland for sure, where days may be spent hitting the slopes of Megève and Chamonix (only 40 minutes away), taking in the views on a horse drawn carriage ride or ice skating in the village center. Meanwhile, nights consist of snowshoeing in the moonlight and delighting in fabulous meals.

But this skier’s paradise in the winter becomes a hiker’s haven in the summer, when the mountains are lush with greenery and mountain goats abound. Hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking are the favorites, as is golf, but make sure you save time for a traditional French picnic lunch surrounded by Alpine views. And back in the town of Megéve, excellent shopping and luxe spas await year-round.

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5. The Ultimate Beach Retreat: Turks and Caicos

Never underestimate the value of a classic beach vacation. And if your aim is to lie on a secluded beach with a good book, only breaking for a spa treatment or delicious meal,  Turks and Caicos offers it all in style. Here, travelers can expect white-sand beaches and excellent access to diving, snorkeling and kitesurfing. 

Another highlight of Turks & Caicos: its fabulous accommodations. Pamper your mom with a stay in one of COMO Parrot Cay’s show-stopping villas and take advantage of the resort’s daily yoga and pilates classes, spa pavilions and snorkel eco tours of the private island’s reefs. Or decompress in one of Amanyara’s pavilions, where you’ll spend your days swimming in the 164-foot-long pool (made of Indonesian black volcanic rock) and sipping cocktails as you watch the sun set over the water.

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6. The Glitzy Outdoor Hub: Aspen

Where glitz meets outdoor adventure, Aspen is a stunning destination year-round. But we’ll start with the winter and spring—it is best known as a ski town after all. Six 14,000-foot mountains offer a range of terrain for every level of skier, with the experts heading to local favorites Aspen Mountain (Ajax) and Aspen Highlands, and the rest spending their time at Snowmass and Buttermilk. And everyone can enjoy the town’s buzzy après-ski scene, which sees Aspen’s A-list clientele flock to popular spots including AJAX Tavern and the lodge-chic bar at Hotel Jerome. Skiing and après-ski, aside, Aspen is also a mecca for shopping (practically a sport of its own here), art galleries, and other winter activities like sledding, ice climbing and snowshoeing.  

After the last of the snow melts at the end of spring, Aspen shifts from a bustling ski town to a summer hotspot. You and mom can get your fill of the outdoor air on scenic hikes or bike rides through miles of unspoiled terrain or embrace the adrenaline rush of white-water rafting, paragliding and rock climbing. Summer is the only time to enjoy several of Aspen’s cultural highlights, including the Aspen Music Festival, which offers daily concerts and programming and the Food & Wine Aspen Classic, with  celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations.

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7. The Foodie & Wine Lover’s Haven: Spanish Basque Region

8. The Caribbean Culture Spot: Cartagena

9. The French Shapeshifter: Paris

10. The Glam City of Stars: Los Angeles

– Abby Sandman on April 13, 2022

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