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16 Best Father-Daughter Trips & Vacation Ideas

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Hey, Dads! Is it getting tougher to connect with your daughter? Today’s high-tech, fast-paced world can make quality conversations challenging. Father-daughter getaways are the answer. A father-daughter trip is an excellent way to strengthen your bond as you share adventures and explore common interests.

Whether you share a love of theater, music, history, or the outdoors, there’s a wealth of bonding activities to experience together. We list some of the best father-daughter trips to get you started.

TL;DR

Trip Name Location Average Duration Recommended Age Activities
Beach Paradise Kauai, Hawaii, USA 7 days 3+ Swimming, Snorkelling, Surfing
Orlando’s Finest Orlando, Florida, USA 5 days 3+ Theme Rides, Epcot, Kennedy Space Centre
History Buffs’ Expedition Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 2 days 10+ Museum Visits, Monument Tours
Foodie Experience Seattle, USA 2 days 12+ Food Market, Foodie Tours
Country Music Bash Nashville, Tennessee, USA 2 days 12+ Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Songwriting Class
Wine-Tasting Getaway Portland, Oregon, USA 2 days 21+ Wine-tasting, Brewery visits

Best Father-Daughter Trips & Vacation Ideas

1. Nashville, Tennessee

Entrance of Bridgestone Arena in Nashvilel

Do you have a budding musician on your hands? Is the old man a country fan? If you two connect over country music, then Nashville is your destination. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum before taking in a show at the Grand Ole Opry

To feel a part of Music City, put your heads together and write a song with a Nashville songwriter. This is a great activity for learning more about and from each other. And you end up with a unique memento of this special trip.

Book in at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Nashville – a mile from the Grand Ole Opry – and score a complimentary breakfast. Kitty fans will love that the hotel is just steps from the Catio Cat Lounge. If you don’t share the same food tastes, hit the multi-cuisine Assembly Food Hall Downtown.

Want more? Check out these other best things to do in Nashville, Tennessee!

See Related: Best Museums in America

2. Seattle, Washington 

Tower and cityscape

If the two of you love watching food shows and bake-offs, Seattle makes an ideal father-daughter trip destination. Pick a hotel downtown, like the Westin Seattle, and you’re within walking distance of tons of fabulous Seattle dining options, like Lola, Serious Pie, and Sushi Kashiba. 

Book a chef-guided tour of Pike Place Market, one of the oldest public markets in the United States. This is foodie heaven, with over 40 galore lunch places and artisanal goodies. It’s most famous for its fish tossing – get ready to catch that flying salmon! 

Other delicious activities to share include an Underground Donut Tour and a Seattle Coffee Tour. Or why not brew up something tasty together in the Mocktail Laboratory? For the perfect (if short-lived) souvenir, or maybe a great Father’s Day gift, head to Indi Chocolate or The Chocolate Market at Pike Place Market.

3. Orlando, Florida

Orlando Skyline Reflecting on the Water

Fancy some extended quality time together? Orlando is one of the top father-daughter trip ideas for a longer vacation because there’s so much on offer. Your bucket list might not look like your daughter’s/dad’s, but you’ll find plenty here that hits the spot for both of you.

DisneyWorld is the perfect place to let your little girl feel like a magical princess. You can also explore that other magic kingdom, Harry Potter World, at Universal Studios. But there are so many other attractions you don’t have to spend all your time at theme parks. 

Stay somewhere not tied to the big theme parks, like the Courtyard by Marriott in the Marriott Village, and you can take a dad-daughter day trip or two. Enjoy the serenity of the Bok Tower Gardens or the excitement of the Kennedy Space Center. Or why not watch some alligator wrangling on an airboat adventure in the Florida Everglades?

See Related: Top Mother-Daughter Trip Ideas

4. New York City, New York

Autumn in NYC: Central Park view with skyscrapers
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If you’re both fans of the theater, you can’t beat the bright lights of Broadway. Never mind the great food and culture on every New York City street. You guys can see some of the best live entertainment in the world – and watching a standout show together will create standout memories you’ll cherish forever.

A hotel in Times Square, like the Hilton Garden Inn, puts you within walking distance of Broadway shows. Swing by the famous Joe Allen Restaurant for your before- or after-show meal.  

As well as bucket-list staples like the Statue of Liberty, there’s plenty of theater-themed sightseeing in the big city. Take a small-group Broadway-themed tour to soak up all the behind-the-scenes atmosphere.

Learn about Broadway’s 41 theaters at the Museum of Broadway. Then, scope out scripts in the Drama Book Shop. 

5. Washington D.C.

Twilight view of Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. with tourists
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For Dads with budding activists, it’s not easy to find the best places for a father-and-daughter trip. Likewise, if the old man is stuck in the past, it can be challenging to find common ground.

So, why not lean into that discourse? Washington, D.C. provides a healthy dose of history that should give food for thought. Stay downtown at a historic hotel like the Capital Hilton, which provides you with easy access to the great attractions in DC.

Spend time on the National Mall or take a narrated tour to explore the landmarks. You can make the history lessons sweeter on this donuts & history tour. Don’t forget to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of History for a tour you’ll both enjoy. There are also tons of museums for kids in Washington, D.C.

Bonus: Make the most of your dad-daughter time with a road trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon or Arlington National Cemetery. Both are perfect for peaceful strolls while you chat.

See Related: Best Washington D.C. Walking Tours

6. Rapid City, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

One of the more unique father-daughter getaways involves badlands and a ton of historical landmarks. Head to South Dakota, where you’ll both be able to satisfy your intrepid side while tapping into the country’s heritage. 

Top of your to-do list has to be the wonder of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Then, hit Downtown Rapid City to see the City of Presidents statues plus the kitschy stone dinos in Dinosaur Park. Visit The Mammoth Site, the world’s largest mammoth research facility for some real ancient critters. 

Where to stay? You could choose period comfort at Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City. But if you’re going to hit the hiking trails, why not opt for a log cabin? You can rent at Cedar Pass Lodge in Badlands National Park or pick up a housekeeping cabin at Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park.  

See Related: Things to Do in Deadwood, South Dakota

7. Take a Road Trip Through California

Hollywood Sign

Sometimes, you have your best dad-daughter conversations when you’re in the car – am I right? Capitalize on that by making your father-daughter getaway a classic road trip. The ultimate destination for the perfect road trip is California. So download the right tunes and hit the road for the scenic drive of a lifetime.

Try Highway 128, running east-west from Sacramento to the breathtaking Mendocino coast. If you like your wine and beer, this is for you. Not only will you take in the Napa Valley wine region, but you’ll find some of Northern California’s best breweries in winter. Finish your trip in style at the historic Little River Inn.

Alternatively, wind your way down the California coast. Consider an extended vacation to enjoy the fun of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

You’ll be rewarded with spectacular views and iconic attractions, not to mention countless ice cream parlors and award-winning restaurants. And for fans of championship golf courses, there’s also the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links. Every need catered for, yes?

See Related: San Francisco CityPASS Review

8. Seattle, Washington 

Skyscraper and Cityscape

What about father-daughter trip ideas for folks who are into a little bit of everything? Seattle makes the list a second time because this eclectic city caters to many tastes. If you’re looking for something a little off the wall to enjoy together, this is where to come.

Both the Pinball Museum and The Museum of Pop Culture are great places for bringing the generations together. For something a touch more lowbrow, visit the Rubber Chicken Museum and the Giant Shoe Museum. And (not so much off the wall as on the wall) there’s also the Gum Wall. That’s right – chewing gum stuck on a wall.

Of course, you’ll want to visit the Space Needle’s revolving glass floor. Take a helicopter tour or a seaplane flight to see Seattle from even higher up.

Kit yourselves out with the Seattle CityPASS to make savings on the Space Needle and the city’s other attractions. Handy accommodations include Hyatt House and The Mediterranean Inn.

See Related: Winter Destinations in Washington State

9. Fairbanks, Alaska

Northern Lights in Fairbanks

Do the two of you crave some adventure? Take a father-daughter vacation to Fairbanks, Alaska, for a trip neither of you will ever forget. Thanks to its location under the Auroral Oval, Fairbanks is a well-known Aurora Borealis hotspot. Seeing the Northern Lights together in this stunning landscape will create the most magical memories. 

Other winter adventures here include snowmobile tours and dog sledding. One of the best things to do in Fairbanks is head to the Chena Hot Springs ice museum. The springs flow from the ground at 165º Fahrenheit, but don’t worry – they’re cooled to a cozy 106º before you jump in.

Sample some local dishes together. Look out for king crab legs, berry cobbler, and salmon. At Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, you can enjoy Alaskan cuisine at Pike’s Landing Restaurant. And the Pump House Restaurant is where to go for high-end elk meatloaf or reindeer sausage. 

See Related: Best Restaurants in Fairbanks

10. Kauai, Hawaii

Aerial Shot of Kauai Island

For father-daughter getaways with a little taste of paradise, pick Hawaii. You could opt for the well-known attractions of Waikiki Beach, but Kauai Island offers all the beauty and wonder minus the crowds. We’re not talking particularly pocket-friendly – but doesn’t your little girl deserve something special?

A lush jewel set in the Pacific Ocean, Kauai is known as the Garden Isle. A great way to see its most stunning landscapes is on this Movie Locations Tour.

Or maybe (are you up for this, Dad?) on a zipline tour. Or why not go all-out and take a doors-off helicopter flight around the island?

But Hawaii is all about beach life, so pack your bathing suits and prepare to spend quality time together on some of the world’s most beautiful coastlines. Top beaches include Tunnels Beach – great for snorkeling – and Hanalei Bay, where you could bond on a surfing lesson together.

Tucked handily between the two is the Hanalei Colony Resort. To make the most of the delicious independent restaurants nearby, try this Hanalei Food Tour.

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11. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Historical Monument, Garden, and Skyline

You’ve watched National Treasure together a thousand times and know the importance of every building in Philly. So why not visit them in person?

And if you’re making your father-daughter trip on a budget, this is the perfect destination. Tons of legendary Philadelphia sites are inexpensive – or even free – to visit.

Base yourself in the Independence National Historical Park area to see some of the country’s most iconic historical sites. Penn’s View Hotel is just yards from the National Liberty Museum, the Betsy Ross House, and the Liberty Bell. (Saving on transportation, see?)

Maybe your little girl is environmentally minded. Since Philly’s cherished son Benjamin Franklin was an early environmentalist, why not shop thrift here? Source your vintage items at Retrospect, where every clothes rack seems straight out of a fashion museum.

Other great thrift shops include Buffalo Exchange and the legendary Philly AIDS Thrift. Bonus: If you’re also Rocky fans, check out the statue and jog up the famous steps – for free!

See Related: Pennsylvania Slang Terms You Need to Know.

12. Go wine-tasting in Portland, Oregon

Bank in a City

Not all father-daughter trip ideas need to be for all ages. There’s something special about fathers bonding with their adult daughters at wine or beer tastings, and Portland has it all. As well as a rich soil ideal for vineyards, it has a can-do, forward-thinking vibe, making it a welcoming vacation destination.

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has hundreds of wineries, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Try this curated 7.5-hour wine tour to get an insider’s lowdown.

There are some standout producers. Brooks is the world’s only certified biodynamic winery, while the Dundee Wine Library’s tasting room doubles as a cozy library. Keep things classy by staying at Dossier in downtown Portland. Swap tasting notes over dinner at Mucca Osteria or Le Pigeon.

But it’s not all wine – if beer’s your tipple, explore some of the 70+ Portland breweries. Visit Distillery Row for the world’s largest concentration of craft distilleries.

Top tip for daughters: Does all this speak your dad’s language? A Father’s Day gift for the Best Father Ever has to be the chance to sample Maker’s Mark, Woodford Reserve, and more down the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Plan his Kentucky Bourbon trip today!

13. Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Skyline at Dusk

Watching movies and TV shows together can be a great bonding activity. Strengthen that bond as well as your film and TV smarts on a location-hunting father-daughter trip to Atlanta, the Hollywood of the South. For example, you can see the set for Peter Parker’s high school on this Marvel-themed tour.

Guided tours to the Stranger Things and Walking Dead filming locations will fast-track you to these key spots. But there’s plenty more to do in Atlanta. Grab an Atlanta CityPASS to score savings on big attractions, including the World of Coca-Cola, Zoo Atlanta, and the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. 

You can’t have the best father-daughter trip to Atlanta without stopping at Dad’s Garage Theatre for hilarious improv. And your dad’s the king of pops, right? So, a King of Pops popsicle is a must! Their HQ is just a minute’s drive from the Reverb by Hard Rock – the perfect stay if you’re looking for a little funk.

14. Salt Lake City, Utah

Building and Mountain View

Does your ideal father-daughter trip include great fishing and hunting? Utah has some of the country’s best hunting – including elk, wild turkeys, and even cougar – so why not base yourselves in Salt Lake City? Get started with the Utah Wildlife Resources Hunt Planner. Use the site to ensure you have the correct hunting licenses and permits.

Driving/hiking through Salt Lake’s canyons will provide plenty of opportunities for connecting. After energetic sessions tracking down the game for the pot, you might feel like a change with this Salt Lake City Food Tour. Then, pay a visit to Fort Douglas Military Museum or unwind on this light-hearted trolley city tour.

If you’re feeling super adventurous, great rock climbing is at Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Canyons. But you’ll need someplace comfortable and cozy to relax after your long day. The Little America Hotel and Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites have that all-important sauna and hot tub.

See Related: Things to Do in Nephi, Utah

15. Estes Park, Colorado

Trees and Mountain Range

Colorado has the best winter spots, making it ideal for a father-daughter getaway about fun in the snow. Whether you’re into snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, or sledding, Estes Park has you covered. 

The nearby Eldora ski resort has shortish runs suitable for beginners. For excellent cross-country skiing conditions, visit the Kawuneeche Valley, Sprague Lake, or Bear Lake.

To rent equipment, head to Estes Park Mountain Shop. A handy accommodation is Silver Moon Inn, minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park and just half an hour from three ski lifts.

You’ll get stunning photo mementos in a specially adapted vehicle that takes you to the best winter pix locations. Other souvenirs include rose quartz from the Red Rose Rock Shop or a piece from Mountain Blown Glass. Or, for a cute Father’s Day gift, make your snow globe!

See Related: The Ultimate Colorado Springs Itinerary

16. Austin, Texas

View of Austin, Texas Skyline from River
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Maybe the best father-daughter bonding activities are when you’re up against it. Challenge each other to take everything you need on your back and camp under the stars. Working on those survival skills will help you see a whole new side of each other. 

The ideal place for a fun camping trip is around Austin, Texas: great weather, horse farms, music, and HUGE food. One option is the Good Water Loop around the San Gabriel River.

Starting at Cedar Breaks, you’ll hike 15 miles and camp at Walnut Creek primitive campsite. That’s right. No WiFi.

Then reward yourselves with some back-to-civilization fun in downtown Austin. Taste the best of Texas at the Broken Spoke country music dance hall and restaurant or on a BBQ food tour.

Maybe go horseback riding at the Lone Star Ranch or have fun in the sprinkle pool at the Museum of Ice Cream. Then, enjoy the luxury of the internet, A/C, and a proper bed at the East Austin Hotel

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