May 9, 2024 | Peter Kinney

The 10 Best Mother's Day Weekend Trips in the U.S.

Weekend Trips with Mom

Mother’s Day in America is quickly approaching (May 12th, 2024).

If you’re struggling for ideas on what to do with Mom for the weekend, this list may help. These are 20 of the best destinations in the U.S. for a weekend getaway Mom will truly appreciate.

Mothers Day Weekend Trips Split

Key West, FL

Key West is full of pristine beaches, fascinating museums, and stunning Queen-Anne style homes that every mother will appreciate.

Key West ShoppingLarry Syverson, Flickr

Key West: Brunch

Try a classic Mother’s Day brunch at Blue Haven, or a French-inspired feast of crepes and croissants at La Creperie.

Key West, Florida, U.S.A - February 22, 2022 - Visitors waiting in line to get into Blue Heaven restaurantKhairil Azhar Junos, Shutterstock

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is packed with incredible restaurants, intriguing museums, and stunning gardens and parks.

Mardi Gras, French QuarterPedro Szekely, Flickr

New Orleans: Ball Games & Zoo Animals

If those types of places aren’t her thing, try taking Mom to a Tulane Green Wave Baseball game or the Audubon Zoo.

Audubon Zoo, New Orleans - 2010Scarlet Sappho, Flickr

Orlando, FL

Try a different approach to Disney this weekend, and explore the Most Magical Place on Earth with Mom in mind.

Disney World- Orlando, Florida - 2013Travis Wise, Flickr

Orlando: For Disney Fans

In May, places like Magic Kingdom or Epcot aren’t teeming with tourists just yet. If Mom is into thrills, one of the four amusement parks is sure to excite.

Finish the day off at Disney Springs for a fantastic dinner on the water.

The entrance of Epcot at night with Spaceship Earth in the background.Michael Huey, Flickr

Asheville, NC

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a great place for spa days, history, culture, and antiquing.

A 13 seater pedal-powered touring vehicle transports tourists - ASHEVILLE, NCNolichuckyjake, Shutterstock

Asheville: Spa & Vino

Pamper Mom at the luxurious Omni Grove Park Inn Spa, or visit Asheville’s iconic attraction, the Biltmore Estate where Mom can tour the mansion sipping on wine samples.

Biltmore House, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NCWarren LeMay, Flickr

Sarasota, FL

Sarasota is a city filled with art museums, galleries, and lots of great food and shopping. And the warm and sunny weather in May makes it the perfect weekend destination.

Interior View - John And Mable Ringling Museum Of Art - Sarasota, FlDaderot, CC-BY-SA-1.0, Wikimedia Commons

Sarasota: Vintage Bicycles & Pool Cabanas

Consider an overnight stay at The Modern, where Mom can tour the town on a vintage bicycle and then spend the evening relaxing in a cabana on the resort-style pool deck complete with a full-service bar.

Rental bikes parked at a beach hotel in Siesta Key, USA.Gaston Piccinetti, Shutterstock

Charleston, SC

The colorful historic city of Charleston is right on the Atlantic coast, and boats several great beaches, making it the perfect destination for a Mother’s Day weekend getaway.

Battery Park in the historic waterfront area of Charleston, South Carolina, USAf11photo, Shutterstock

Charleston: Parks and Porch Dinners

Visit the Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park and then walk by the colorful Rainbow Row before indulging in classic southern dishes at Poogan’s Porch.

Brunch At Poogan's PorchJoe Shlabotnik, Flickr

Savannah, GA

Savannah, Georgia has been known for sightseeing, shopping, and of course eating. There are often many festivals happening in late spring as well.

Savannah Leopolds Ice Cream ,Savannah - 2023Karenl1, Shutterstock

Savannah: Strolls & Sunsets

Take Mom on a sunny stroll to explore the 22 public squares around Forsyth Park, and indulge in a praline from River Street Sweets.

Finish the day watching the sunset from a rooftop bar or a riverboat sunset cruise.

Forsyth Park fountain in Savannah, GA - 2014Rolf_52, Shutterstock

Cape Cod, MA

Cape Cod is a beautiful location for sightseeing (think lighthouses and seashores), art galleries, and delicious seafood.

Nobska Lighthouse - Cape Cod, MaGregg Squeglia, CC-BY-SA-4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Cape Cod: Iconic Landmarks

After checking out the iconic lighthouses and exploring Cape Cod National Seashore, spend the evening gallery-hopping before catching the sunset at Point of Rocks Landing Beach.

The sun sets over sea ice in Cape Cod Bay.NPS Natural Resources, Wikimedia Commons

New York City, NY

The Big Apple is always a perfect destination for a weekend getaway—but even more so for Mother’s Day—especially is Mom is into Broadway.

Mother and daughter watch a picture on the phone of the daughter.Peter Snaterse, Shutterstock

New York City: The Big Apple Experience

From iconic landmarks to cultural institutions to some of the best food in the country, Mom won’t be disappointed with a trip to NYC.

Visit Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, or stroll through Central Park before grabbing tickets for a Broadway Show—the quintessential NYC experience.

Beautiful young women, tourists in New York city, having fun at night in the cityWilliam Perugini, Shutterstock

Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, VA

The quaint islands of Chincoteague and Assateague are an underrated Mother’s Day destination in the U.S.

Chincoteague Island Va - Panoramio - 2015Ron Shawley, CC-BY-SA-3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Chincoteague and Assateague Islands: History & Nature Lovers

History lovers can visit the Assateague Lighthouse, while nature lovers will enjoy spotting all the wild ponies in the National Wildlife Refuge. 

Wild horses on the Chincoteague, VA end of Assateague IslandDennis W Donohue, Shutterstock

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