Whether you’re a soon-to-be bride or the maid of honor, the best bachelorette party destinations are the ones that have something to please everyone in the bridal party.
The Best Bachelorette Party Destinations
From a secluded New England island to a city tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains, these non-Vegas destinations are the perfect spots to celebrate the future Mrs.
Miami and Miami Beach, Florida
Beaches, nightclubs, hangover-curing cuisine, and one of the most famous Instagram backdrops in the world—the Wynwood Walls—what more could you want in a perfect bachelorette party destination? Miami and Miami Beach are two of the best bachelorette party destinations in the U.S.
Spoil the bride-to-be at The Confidante where you can book a private beach workout session, blowouts, mani/pedis, brunch, a poolside bungalow, cocktails, spa treatments, champagne buckets, and request connecting suites with ocean views and a private terrace.
Other bachelorette party ideas in Miami include a private yacht charter, exploring the city’s museums—like the fitting World Erotic Art Museum—a walking Art Deco or cocktail tour, and rooftop-bar hopping.
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A classic New England getaway in summer, Nantucket is one of the best places to go for a bachelorette party. The secluded island has everything from seafood to shopping.
Rent a vacation home or cottage near town for the ultimate bachelorette party experience and enjoy classic New England cuisine at Cru. Sip local brews at Cisco Brewery, and enjoy live music at the Chicken Box.
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For a true city experience, book The Westin Austin Downtown. Featuring a rooftop pool and bar, this newly renovated space includes cabanas, amazing views, daily happy hours, live music, DJs, and monthly parties and events.
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Or, for a more natural retreat, stay at the Lakeway Resort and Spa, located on the shores of Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country. Only 25 miles outside of downtown Austin, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. From water activities, spa relaxation, and brewery tours, the resort will help you plan the perfect party in one of the best bachelorette party destinations in the U.S.
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Portland is known for its lively streets and hipster bars, so if that sounds like you or your bride, then consider the “Keep Portland Weird” scene as one of your best bachelorette party destinations.
Rent bikes and ride (responsibly) through Portland’s Pearl District to Tidbit Food Cart Pod and Mississippi Avenue with Portland’s Biketown program. PDX is very bike-friendly, and you can even bike on the water with the BrewBarge, a floating pontoon powered by pedaling—drinking is encouraged.
For a city break, head to the Pacific Northwest Coast to catch whales migrating, sunset views, and seaside craft breweries. Or, check out amazing hikes and waterfalls throughout the Columbia River Gorge.
Stay at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland for adjoining suites, nightly social hour, Sunday yoga, guided bike rides, and live music. You can even send the hotel pictures of your bride ahead of time and they’ll print them out before arrival for some quick in-suite decorations.
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For an international bachelorette destination head to Canada’s Montreal, full of awesome bachelorette party ideas and activities. From Rue Ste. Catherine’s bars and dance clubs to Old Montreal’s French charm, Montreal is one of the best bachelorette party destinations for the jet-setting bride to have her last hurrah.
Rent a city apartment for the group and enjoy all the city has to offer. The Mile End neighborhood is home to trendy food and drink spots or you can opt to take a walking French-food tour in Old Montreal, near the Notre Dame Basilica. For some outdoor activities, bike along or ice skate on the Lachine Canal, or hike Mount Royal for skyline views.
Outside the city, book a day trip or tour to Quebec City for world-renowned wineries complemented by the area’s famous cheese factories and farms.
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San Diego, California
California’s most underrated city is one of the best places to go for a bachelorette party at any time of year. Between outdoor hiking in Torrey Pines to island-hopping and spas, you can do just about anything in this coastal city.
For entertainment, look no further than San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter for rooftop bars, live music, and nightclubs. The area also offers trendy eateries, shopping, and art galleries. During the day, enjoy the Del Mar and La Jolla areas for outdoor dining and beaches. Pacific Beach and Mission Beach are great for people-watching and beach bars. Other bachelorette party ideas in San Diego to enjoy the outdoors include hiking Torrey Pines State Reserve, relaxing at Moonlight Beach, and riding bikes on nearby Coronado Island.
Stay on the tip of Shelter Island at Kona Kai Resort & Spa for an island retreat in the heart of the city’s best attractions. You’ll enjoy a private beach complete with fire pits, lounge chairs, and drink service. The resort also has a pool with cabanas and an exotic-treatment spa for some relaxation.
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Charleston is famous for its restaurants, like HUSK, and rooftop bars, like The Pavilion, but there are plenty of other bachelorette party ideas in Charleston. Have a picnic lunch at the Magnolia Plantation, organize a downtown bar crawl, take a sunset cruise on the Schooner Pride, and relax on the beach at Kiawah Island or Folly Beach.
For the best Charleston experience for larger groups, book a suite-style room at 493 King: Luxury Hotel Suites or 563 King: Signature Suites. Both boutique hotels have multiple bedrooms plus a living room and kitchen and are perfectly decorated for the best group photo backdrop. The King Street location is ideal for those looking to dine, shop, and drink downtown, and the 563 location has its own rooftop.
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Eat and drink your heart out in the Big Easy, one of the best bachelorette party destinations in the U.S. If your bride loves live music, going out, dancing, and decadent meals, then NOLA is the best bachelorette destination for your party.
Explore the French Quarter via bike during the day and navigate your way around its bars at night. Don’t miss an iconic jazz show at Preservation Hall or the jazz bands on Frenchmen Street. Make sure you taste beignets at Cafe Du Monde and shrimp po-boys at Johnny’s Po-Boy shop. Other bachelorette party ideas in NOLA include a gator or swamp airboat tour, a haunted history tour, rent a cabana at The Roosevelt’s rooftop pool, or take a cooking class or food tour.
Stay at The Pontchartrain Hotel in the Garden District for some sophisticated fun and relief from the French Quarter. The Pontchartrain has an awesome rooftop bar, Hot Tin, as well as three other on-property restaurants. The hotel is also just steps away from the iconic Commander’s Palace—known for its jazzy weekend brunch—as well as some trendier restaurants and shops.
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Take a tour of the Biltmore Estate and enjoy the gardens and conservatory. You’ll find an onsite winery as well as the Outdoor Adventure Center offering hiking, biking, and horseback riding. In the heart of downtown, you can also enjoy some outdoor hiking trails along the city’s 25 different routes.
Asheville is known for its incredible craft brewery scene; take a tour with Brews Cruise, a tasting tour throughout the city with transportation on a smiling yellow school bus. Asheville’s culinary scene is also gaining notoriety with Southern spots like Tupelo Honey Cafe and Early Girl Eatery. Hit up the famous music venue, The Orange Peel for some live music and its private club on the lower level, PULP.
Stay at the Aloft Asheville Downtown, steps from popular attractions and restaurants. The hotel has its own bar, called W XYZ, as well as a pool with “cabana rooms” that have their own private outdoor area off the pool deck.
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Nashville has most recently taken the top spot for bachelorette party destinations in the U.S. over Las Vegas, and for good reason. Southern food, live music, and warm weather make Music City the perfect girls’ getaway.
Of course, Broadway Street is known for live bands and drinking, but make sure to check out some of the city’s other bar areas like East Nashville, Midtown, and Demonbreun Street. Or, surprise the bride with tickets to a show at The Bluebird Cafe (made famous by the TV-show Nashville), Ryman Auditorium, or Mercy Lounge.
Fun day activities include a Pedal Tavern tour, tailgating a football game (when in season), and museums and attractions like the Parthenon in Centennial Park and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Some bachelorette party ideas for day trips include a tour and tasting of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, a brewery tour at Yazoo, or if wine is more your thing, check out Arrington Vineyards.
Book a few rooms at the Thompson Nashville, for large guestrooms, a rooftop bar and restaurant, and the perfect location. Located in The Gulch neighborhood, you’ll be close to all of the city’s best bars, but far enough away where you can still have some relaxation.
See a full list of bachelorette party ideas from Nashville’s Tourism Board, Visit Music City, here.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.