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    In terms of girls' getaways, the Windy City enjoys some of the best retail therapy opportunities in the nation, especially along world-famous Michigan Avenue. Two airports make meeting up with old friends a cinch, and the list of things to do and see (like the Art Institute of Chicago or the Chicago Botanic), is seemingly endless.

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    Tucson offers the best of the desert Southwest, with everything from championship golf courses to award-winning spas on offer for gals who choose Arizona for their girls getaway. Beautiful sunsets, botanic gardens and excellent gallery shopping in the nearby artist colony of Tubac (also the filming location of Tin Cup) make Tucson a perfect setting for days spent enjoying the company of friends outdoors.

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    New York

    The Met, flagships on Fifth Avenue, parks, botanical gardens and the flashing lights of Broadway ... this is New York City, and there's a reason why it's a Mecca for women. Ladies from all walks of life love coming here  with the girls to experience their own slice of Sex and the City. Aside from the Big Apple's iconic attractions (and there are a lot of them), the city has unique offerings as well, like TV tapings, one of the world's greatest culinary scenes and a wealth of fascinating neighborhoods and boroughs.

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    Las Vegas

    While Las Vegas appeals to party girls (with its pool clubs, late-night entertainment and dance clubs), women who like shopping, food, gambling, suntanning, tennis or golf also love this sunny city in southern Nevada.  Days are as exciting as nights in "the city that never sleeps" with countless options for entertainment, lodging, dining and amenities.  Spas are plentiful in Vegas, too, giving it yet another reason for girls to head there together.

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    Savannah, Ga.

    Charming, walkable and friendly Savannah earns a spot as a top girls' trip destination for many reasons. The historic Southern city is filled with beautiful parks, gardens and homes, which girlfriends can tour - cocktail in hand - on a famous Martini Tour. There's no shortage of gorgeous hotels, and nearby Tybee Island makes it easy to plan a girls' day at the beach.

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    Music City USA is a fun trip for gals: it's got great entertainment, world-class shopping, gorgeous gardens and fun attractions.  The newly expanded Country Music Hall of Fame holds costumes galore and is a short stroll from countless music venues.  Nashville earns high marks for its foodie city and shopping in the Gulch and Green Hills neighborhoods includes luxury options.  Cheekwood Botanical Gardens thrills ladies with its lush, Southern flora.

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    Carmel, Calif.

    Carmel-by-the-Sea has huge pull with the ladies,  thanks to its collection of excellent art galleries, year round beautiful weather and breathtaking Pacific views, all in one charming, small and very walkable European-style package. Gal pals who keep their eyes peeled might even spot actor and director Clint Eastwood, former mayor of the town, out and about. By day, nearby attractions like 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach await, and come evening, Carmel's tasting rooms and wine bars pour some of the region's best vintages.

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    Tuscany, Italy

    Best-selling travelogues like Eat, Pray, Love and Under the Tuscan Sun have earned Tuscany a spot on the female tourist map, and it's easy to see why women keep coming back for more. Winding country roads connect medieval villages, where days are spent sipping wine and twirling pasta. Florence, right in the heart of Tuscany, houses enough fine works of art to fill even the longest itinerary.

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    Charleston, S.C.

    Lovely Charleston's fame as a romantic destination is for many of the same reasons ladies like it.   It's simply beautiful; the gracious residents have lovely manners; Southern friendliness is evident at every turn; and it's filled with gorgeous churches as well as homes and gardens, many of which are open to the public.  Gals also have fun sampling the city's mouth-watering low-country cuisine, and perusing the shops on King Street.  Plantation tours are another option on a trip to Charleston.  

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    Santa Fe

    Staging a girls' getaway in quaint Santa Fe means staying in historic adobe inns, browsing galleries along Canyon Road, shopping the boutiques and jewelry markets of the Plaza, museum-hopping (Georgia O'Keefe's collection is there) and sampling the one-of-a-kind cuisine of New Mexico. In summer months, the Santa Fe Opera hosts outdoor performances and the Santa Fe International Folk Arts Market brings even more shopping fun.

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