Almost any major city can be the perfect spot for a bachelorette party if your only plan is to bar hop and tie one on. But that can get old quickly, and being hungover the entire trip sounds pretty exhausting. So why not plan for other activities besides bar crawls at night and mimosas during the day? The best bachelorette party destinations are not only drinking hotspots, but also have other fun things to do that are worth traveling for.
What Else to Do Besides Drinking at the 10 Best Bachelorette Party Destinations
1. Miami, Florida
A Miami bachelorette is a great excuse to plan the best beach getaway. And while the energetic city invites you and the gang to sip cocktails on beautiful white sands, there is plenty more to do for your bride tribe besides getting trashed at brunch. Go on a boat tour around South Beach that takes you through the city and past gorgeous oceanfront homes. Explore the streets of Wynwood, and check out the many massive art murals done by some of the most prolific street artists in the world. Or you can go snorkeling in Miami Beach to see the natural wonders of the Florida Reef Tract and all the underwater creatures that live there. If your group is planning to come to Miami, check out these vibrant Airbnbs to book for your stay.
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
It might be enticing to be able to wander around Sin City with a large margarita in hand, but Las Vegas definitely has more to offer than just drinks and nightclubs. Walking up and down the Strip will keep you entertained, but you can also keep your nights busy by booking tickets to a show or performance. You can book a magic or psychic show one night, and go see the graceful and talented acrobats at Cirque du Soleil the next. Or catch a tribute show, comedy show, musical, or concert by one of your favorite artists. You don't have to limit your activities to dancing at a club. If you're planning to visit Vegas and catch one of these magnificent shows, check out these Airbnbs to book for your trip.
3. Austin, Texas
Bar hopping on the popular Sixth Street is a really fun thing to do in the Live Music Capital of the World. But if you have foodies and music lovers in your group, then Austin is a great place to have a bachelorette weekend. You can spend an entire afternoon walking around on East Sixth Street, hopping through the variety of food trucks instead of bars. The city is also known to have great local taco places, such as Juan in a Million and Taquero Mucho. And just because live music is normally found at a bar or venue, doesn't mean you're required to drink excessively. Both local and big names are always in town performing, so you can always count on finding a great show to watch.
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4. Charleston, South Carolina
Known for its true Southern hospitality, Charleston is another perfect destination for bachelorette parties. The city is a popular beach town, featuring some of the most beautiful beaches along the East Coast. Instead of bar hopping, go beach hopping among Charleston's several sand beaches, including Folly Beach, the Isle of Palms, and Sullivan's Island. And as another great spot for foodies, the city is home to more James Beard winner per capita than any other in the US. Check out Magnolia's restaurant, one of Charleston's best spots in their culinary scene. Or take a Culinary Tour of Charleston, where you can eat your way through the city's history.
5. Napa Valley, California
Believe it or not, there is plenty to do in Napa Valley besides wine tasting at wineries. In fact, there's a little something for everyone. Since the area is absolutely breath-taking, you and your group will want to be outside. Book a hot air balloon ride that will take you over Napa Valley, where you'll get the most beautiful aerial views of the region. There are also a ton of outdoor activities that you and your group can do to enjoy the gorgeous weather, including hiking and biking the Vine Trail. And just 30 minutes north, you and the gang can check out Old Faithful, the famous geyser of California. End your day of being outside by relaxing in some hot springs and spa resorts near Calistoga.
6. Nashville, Tennessee
Anyone will tell you that one of the most popular places to have a bachelorette weekend is the Music City. Although it's known for all the honky tonk nightlife on Broadway, there are a ton of other places that are worth visiting without any alcohol. As its nickname implies, Nashville is full of music history. The Country Music Hall of Fame not only takes you through the history of country music, but also the greatest legends who made a significant impact on music throughout the decades. There's also the Johnny Cash Museum and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, if you want to dive more into music history. And for all the foodies in your group, make sure you stop by Hattie B's for their famous hot fried chicken.
7. Denver, Colorado
There might be plenty of cool rooftop bars to check out in Denver, but if you and your bridesmaids love the outdoors, then consider making a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. Just an hour and a half away from the city, your group will have plenty of outdoor activities to do including kayaking, hiking, biking, and camping if you plan to stay overnight. I highly recommend, however, that you probably don't drink while partaking in any of these.
8. Scottsdale, Arizona
Many bachelorette groups come to Scottsdale to stay at the boutique hotels all weekend. But while drinking poolside at the hotel pool parties sounds fun, there are other things to do that can preoccupy your time there. Book a hotel stay with a luxurious spa resort like the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows or the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.
If you and the girls love adventure, then consider going off-roading with Off-Road Jeep Adventures. Your group can spend the day exploring the Sonoran Desert with a jeep tour, guaranteed to get your adrenaline going. So forget the hair of the dog if your hangover is preventing you from wanting to wake up.
9. Savannah, Georgia
The Hostess City of the South offers a little bit of everything when it comes to finding other things to do besides partying. Book a riverboat cruise at dinner, sunset, or even at moonlight to see all of the famed River Street from the water. Or learn more about Savannah's haunted history by taking the Hearse Ghost Tour, voted one of the best ghost tours in America by Tripadvisor. And if your group really wants to dive into the city's culture, go shopping at the Savannah City Market, where there is great local cuisine, vibrant art galleries, and live music.
10. New Orleans, Louisiana
When people hear of NOLA, they automatically think about Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras, and it's no wonder why someone would have a bachelorette party here. But the city has so much more than bar streets and neighborhoods. It has a rich history and culinary scene that can take up some time during your trip. Take a cooking class and learn more about the city's history at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Or go on one of the many popular history and/or ghost tours the city has to offer.
There are many James Beard award-winning restaurants to visit while in New Orleans, including Cochon, Peche, and Emeril's. The local cuisine in the city will keep you happy and full, as you'll be trying all kinds of Cajun, Creole, and southern comfort foods. If you and the crew are planning to explore the Big Easy, check out our recommendations on where you should stay during your vacation.
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