Mother’s Day 2016 is coming up this May, and if you’re looking for some ideas for a quick weekend trip to celebrate your mom or the leading lady in your life this Mother’s Day, look no further! Here’s a list of some great cities you can take your mother to on the West Coast and in the West.
1. Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley, California is a fantastic destination for a Mother’s Day weekend getaway. Home to over 400 wineries, your mom is sure to enjoy lots of wine tasting and gorgeous views in Napa Valley. If you're not sure where to go, do some research beforehand to discover the most popular vineyards or wineries that have your mom's favorite kind of vino.
2. Denver, Colorado
Denver is another great place to take your mom on Mother's Day weekend. With beautiful mountain views and great shopping, you and your mom can enjoy an urban experience and nature in Denver at the same time. Is she enjoys shopping, take her to the Cherry Creek Shopping District, the city's most popular spot for shopping. Denver is also home to great museums, including the famous Denver Art Museum - a must visit attraction for moms who love fine art. If your mom is a runner, Denver also hosts a fun Mother’s Day 5K, which includes a brunch after the race. There's so much for your mom to enjoy in Denver so start planning your getaway now!
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3. Santa Monica, California
Situated on the beautiful Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica is a beautiful place to take your mom for Mother’s Day, especially if she loves the beach. Santa Monica is a true beach town with a wonderful boardwalk and a famous pier (The Santa Monica Pier) home to fun games and rides. To mix things up after time on the beach, enjoy delicious meals and great shopping downtown.
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4. Santa Cruz, California
Further north on California's coast sits Santa Cruz, another fabulous oceanside destination for Mother's Day weekend. If your mom loves the beach, this is also a great spot to consider. With beaches, great shopping, and the Santa Cruz Mountains, which host over 70 wineries, there are no shortage of fun activities for you and your mother to enjoy in Santa Cruz.
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5. Los Angeles, California
The City of Los Angeles is one of the most notable cities in the United States and in the world. It's numerous attractions and great weather make it a fantastic spot for a Mother's Day getaway. With beautiful art, architecture and gardens, the Getty Center is a great L.A. landmark for you and your mother to enjoy. If you’re into the Hollywood scene, definitely take mom down the Hollywood Walk of Fame or even to Universal Studios. There are countless restaurants and cafes to treat her to a relaxing Mother’s Day brunch, which could be followed by shopping in the LA Fashion District or shopping centers like The Grove.
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6. Sonoma, California
Similar to Napa Valley, Sonoma County is home to some of the best wineries in both the country and the world! If you’re looking for a special weekend getaway to share with your wine-enthusiast mother, Sonoma might just be the place!
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7. Las Vegas, Nevada
If you’re looking to treat your mom to a wildly fun weekend for Mother’s Day, why not take her to Vegas? With shops, shows, and slot machines all at your fingertips, you won't run out of things to do in Sin City. Popular shopping areas include The Strip, the Las Vegas Premium Outlets and Downtown Container park.
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This article was written by Cameron Lafontaine.