So after all these years, you’re finally tying the knot-- and to relieve all that stress you’ve gone through to plan for the big day, it’s time for you and your gal pals to go all out just one last time before you become a missus.
Every lucky lady knows that one of the biggest perks of being a bride-to-be is, in fact, the girlish fun you have before putting on the dress and the pearls, that final opportunity to head out on the town for a night (or whole weekend!) with the girls. You know, the ultimate bachelorette or hen party to remember. Wash away those wedding jitters by going super crazy with a wild last fling before the ring. From thumping nightclubs in Sin City to beachfront extravaganzas on the Southern coasts, celebrate the end of singledom and the beginning of a brand new chapter in life with love, laughs, and all of your besties! Here are eleven of the best bachelorette party destinations for the bride that loves to party.
Funnest Party Destinations For A Bachelorette
1. Los Angeles, California
So you’re one of those party hard types who’s super pop culture-obsessed-- the kind of girl who knows all the latest and greatest celebrity gossip even before US Weekly does. Why not then, have yourself a bachelorette bash amongst some glitz, glam, glitter, and gorgeous stars?! Head out to Hollywood for a brilliant weekend of five-star, A-list-style fun with the girls by splurging on Rodeo Drive, driving circles around the mansions of 90210, clubbing it out in DTLA, scoring the perfect tan at the Santa Monica Pier, rocking it out at the Greek Theatre, or downing some shots on the Sunset Strip, just to name a simple few.
In the City of Angels, the possibilities for wildly wonderful weekends of pure bliss and fun are literally endless. Reward yourself and go nuts by heading out to this infamous West Coast hotspot. All those wedding worries are bound to wash away once you jump in on all L to the A has to offer!
2. New Orleans, Louisiana
Don’t want the clichéd trip to Vegas but still happen to be party girl at heart? Don’t you fret because here’s the perfect solution: New Orleans. Even when it’s not Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street always guarantees you and the girls a night y’all won't ever forget—just make sure not to overindulge in too many of those yummy frozen daiquiris that come presented in a yard-long plastic cup.
Make a custom scent at Bourbon French Parfums or do some classic karaoking at the world famous Cats Meow. Even get your groove on with a live jazz show at Preservation Hall before slurping down a jug full of latte coffee over at Café du Monde to prep you for that long night ahead. NOLA’s the place for that ultimate crazy party atmosphere you crave, especially within the French Quarter, where you’ll find lights, music, buzz, and booze, all along with arts, culture, architecture, and an overabundance of incredible food as well-- ranging from Creole and Cajun to the freshest seafood and crawfish boils. There’s no better way to say goodbye to the single life than with the perfect combo of hand grenades and beignets. There’s adventure to be had in this vibrant city, so go forth and be utterly amazed.
3. New York City, New York
It’s the city that never sleeps and the natural choice for any spectacular bachelorette party, especially the “Sex And The City” inspired kind of party that’ll have you and your gals celebrating on rooftops, prepping for the shopping experience of a lifetime, and cheering to the fact that you’ll be dancing your toes off till’ dawn. Whatever you're into, NYC has something to indulge your obsessions with. Looking for nightlife? Most clubs stay open until the sun comes up. Love theater? See everything on Broadway and then do some Off-Broadway or Off-Off Broadway. One of those foodie fanatics? Well, this is one city that lays claim to dozens of five-star Top Chef worthy restaurants, not to mention several Tom Colicchio joints. The list just goes on.
So enjoy a cocktail on a rooftop bar, take in the glorious skyline, and pamper yourselves at one of the handful of renowned spas and hotels. One of the best ways to go out with a bang before marriage is to have a weekend filled with shopping, relaxing, sightseeing, eating, and, of course, partying with your best girlfriends. Get ready for some Big Apple fun.
4. Nashville, Tennessee
Belt out some country tunes and rock out those fancy cowboy boots in the Music Capital of the world. This one’s jam-packed with activities for both you and the girls-- from riding around the lively city, to gulping down drinks at a local tavern, and to chowing on big bites of delicious Southern fare. Plus, with the all live performances occurring at bars all along Broadway, music aficionados will never ever get bored. Even for a mere second. Go bigger than life with honky-tonks before slipping on that ring. Head south to good old Tennessee.
5. Bangkok, Thailand
If you want naughty instead of nice, this global party fave is the place to go. It’s already widely known—thanks to The Hangover franchise—for being the it spot for stag parties. Why not join in on the action by jetting off with the girls to this true kingdom of nightlife and endless partying? This Thai hotspot was literally made for party-hardy types. It also includes an ocean of opportunities to shop till’ you drop and to recuperate with some major local spa therapy—all at prices that’ll very easily fit into any budget, especially the small. You’ll be coming back again and again for sure.
6. Las Vegas, Nevada
No real surprise here, but yes, Vegas is in fact one of the top bachelorette party destinations-- and for good reason too! If you and the girls are looking to party all night long amidst a sheer abundance of hotels, spas, nightlife, shopping, and dining, this is the place to have a blast.
For those wanting something beyond the typical Vegas-y vibe, there’s also tons to do in this desert oasis that isn’t so ordinarily ‘party-centric.’ Why not check out the array of rooftop pool cabanas or treat your taste buds with a cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu Las Vegas? Take a day trip to Death Valley National Park or a helicopter tour of the nearby Grand Canyon. Even fill that Instagram feed with snaps from going all out at Vegas Indoor Skydiving or with spooky shots of the Neon Museum (a graveyard for old Vegas neon signs). How about finally saying howdy to that Britney or Celine concert you’ve been dying to go to since high school? Say goodbye to single life and have your last hurrah in Sin City. You and your besties can even decide to sneak in some time at the blackjack table or on the roulette wheel. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas and trust us, the strip is bound to leave you and the crew with unforgettable stories you’ll all take to the grave.
7. Miami, Florida
Adore the beach, celebrity sightings, and trendy nightclubs? Head on south to Miami Beach for the ultimate dream weekend of sun, sand, surf, endless margaritas, and crazy poolside fun. Stay up all night at SLS Hotel's Hyde Beach for some legendary drinking and dancing. Feel like a star with your entourage of gal pals and be sure to pencil in some insane shopping as well. Even get comfy in your home away from home at the Trump International Beach Resort, where you can reserve one of the kind air-conditioned beach cabanas — complete with a mojito-making station — as a private lounge for you and your 'maids. Sure, this Floridian city is awesome to live in, but it’s even more fun just for some quick visits! No matter what time of year, this option is great to any and all bachelorette parties hoping to take the party bus by storm.
8. Mumbai, India
With its wide array of exquisite resorts, shopping avenues, incredibly evergreen nightlife, and, of course, that infamous Marine Drive beach, you’ll never run out of amazing options for a bachelorette party experience at this hotspot. It’s an energy-infused home to inspiring colonial-era architecture, plenty of Hindi culture, hipster enclaves, large tropical rainforests, as well as India’s premiere collection of unique bazaars, restaurants, and nightlife spots. Plus, the city also just happens to be the country’s financial powerhouse, its fashion epicenter, a major religious hub, and of course, an international film industry capital. Bollywood, anyone?! Celebrate with dreamers and stars at this exotically grand overseas destination. You and the girls won’t be sorry.
9. Chicago, Illinois
City-loving brides with adore this town of bright lights, iconic tourist attractions, and deep dish pizza. This Second City will provide any bride-to-be with a full and fun weekend for sure. Nibble on small bites at a local favorite like Girl and the Goat and then head on up to the ROOF on the Wit for spectacular sky-high views all year round. Book a cabana at Castaways during the warmer months for some beach action right in the heart of Chi-town. With it’s fantastic nightlife and restaraunt scenes, it really is the best choice for all those Midwestern brides out there. Plus, Michigan Avenue always boasts some pretty fabulous shopping as well.
10. Goa, India
Whether it be water sports, beach parties, nightclubs, casinos, spa centres, or luxurious resorts, this hippie-style bachelorette haven has everything and anything to make for a party that you and the crew will forever remember. It’s every party addicts’ seaside paradise, complete with beach bums and adventure freaks to share your final moments of single girl life with. Spend some time with sun, sand, and never-ending spices all along a balmy coastline hugging India’s western coastline and bounded by the Arabian sea.
Nowhere else can you and the ladies find the kind of easy charms, soothing serenity, centuries-old cathedrals, white-water waterfalls, and fiery glasses of cashew-palm feni liquor provided at this exquisite Indian paradise. Plus, there’s so much more to discover even beyond the warm sands. Pep up by breathing in the scent of pure vanilla over at a spice plantation or stroll through the bird-filled banks of the various overflowing rivers. Goa’s a magical mini slice of Asia that attracts almost two million visitors annually. It’s the perfect place to party it out with swaying palm trees and with your beautiful BFFs. Irresistible indeed.
11. Austin, Texas
Things always tend to be bigger in Texas, especially the partying. This “live music capital of the world” not only boasts a seemingly never-ending supply of live tunes, but also, incredible food, buzzy bars, a river for tubing and rafting, as well as a rowdy nightlife scene that’ll certainly have you and the ladies amped up for some major getting down.
Make sure to enjoy some of the world’s best BBQ for lunch before floating down the Guadalupe River just in time for happy hour at a trendy nearby bar. Top off the night with cocktails and bar-hopping from one live show to the next. This Texan state capital is the ideal place to celebrate any bride’s last hoorah. So you and the girls better be prepared to have the time of your lives. You’ll also be likely to down way too many of those delish local tacos for your own good. Still, it’s safe to say that no one has properly partied unless they’ve done it down in Austin! Get going, girls.
This article was written by Pamela Chan.