In North Carolina, you can choose between white sand beaches, exciting cities, and mountain towns for your bachelor party. From the big cities of Charlotte and Raleigh to charming small towns, there’s something exciting for everyone in this scenic state. Book a stay at a North Carolina vacation rental within walking distance of the shore, or opt for a spacious mountain cabin where you can relax before an unforgettable night out. Check out the most popular bachelor party destinations in North Carolina.

1. Raleigh

City skyline in Raleigh, North Carolina
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As the capital city and home to North Carolina State University, Raleigh has an active bar and food scene to keep the party going until late into the night. During the day, find out who the best driver is with a few go-kart races at Rush Hour, or opt for some open warfare of the laser tag variety at Indoor War. Eat your fill before hitting the bars at Beasley’s Chicken and Honey or choose some amazing barbecue at The Pit that serves a basket of freshly made hush puppies as soon as you’re seated. Some drinking hot spots include Architect and Fox’s Liquor Bar to top off the night.

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2. Maggie Valley

Interior of a log cabin
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Choose a vacation rental in the Blue Ridge Mountains close to Maggie Valley and hit the slopes during the winter months. Swoosh down the mountain at the Cataloochee Ski Area that offers trails of varying skill levels, equipment rental, and ski lessons. In the summer months, put on your hiking boots for a day of trekking on Waterrock Knob. This popular hiking area offers many trails for a short hike or an all-day adventure. Check out the collection of vintage hogs at the Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum. Start your evening off with dinner at the Salty Dog’s Seafood and Grill before drinking at the Legends Sports Grill.

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3. Avon

Waves crashing on the beach
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Hit the beach and soak up the sun with a low-key vacation in the Outer Banks in Avon. Book a kitesurfing lesson with Kitty Hawk Kites and try one of the hottest available water sports. This activity combines a kite that resembles a parachute and a surfboard so that you glide across the tops of the waves and whip into the air when a breeze comes along. TightLinez Charters takes small groups out on the sound for a day of fishing or onto the Atlantic for some deep-sea fishing. In the evenings, grab a quick bite to eat at Burger Burger or opt for drinks with your meal at Pangea Tavern.

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4. Charlotte

City skyline

Find fun and excitement waiting for you in the vibrant city of Charlotte. Book a day with Charlotte Brews Cruise and stop by many of the local microbreweries. Sample the best new beers and take a tour of the breweries to learn more about the process of making beer. Tour de Food offers food samplings of the best restaurants in three areas of the city, so you just need to choose between Uptown, South End, and NoDa. Hop on the Trolley Pub Charlotte for fun at all the best pubs in town while you pedal from one location to the next.

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5. Asheville

Inside of a brewery

Rent a large cabin just outside the city or a trendy loft in downtown Asheville for your bachelor party. Spend the day sampling the best craft beers in town and checking out how they are made with a tour from Asheville Brewery Tours. Biscuit Head is the place for a hearty each breakfast each morning as you choose from the seven types of gravy and visit the jam bar — no one goes hungry here! Take in the sunset from the SkyBar and toast to a fun evening out. If you’re looking for something unusual, The Odditorium lets you drink among body parts and taxidermy items.

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6. Wilmington

Boats traveling in the bay

Wilmington is a coastal city with easy access to the beach along with a hopping bar scene due to its close proximity to a couple of military bases. Head out onto the water for an afternoon of fun with jet skis from North End Jet Ski Rentals or just hang out on the beach playing volleyball or surfing. At the Cape Fear Escape Room, find out if you’re all as clever as you think you are by solving puzzles and riddles to flee a locked room. Start your evening on the town at the Tavern Law 1832 for dinner and drinks and then move on to Cape Fear Wine and Beer for drinks on the patio and a few games of pool.

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7. Chimney Rock

Sparse water coming down a rocky cliff.
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Hide away for a weekend of outdoor fun in the Blue Ridge Mountains when your vacation is at Chimney Rock. At Lake Lure Beach and Water Park, cool off in the water or whoosh down the waterslides for a day of fun. The nearby Chimney Rock State Park is the place for a day of hiking or supervised rock climbing in the fresh mountain air. Make sure to include a hike to see the Devil’s Head rock formation. For an evening out, the Riverwatch Bar and Grill is the place to go for its selection of comfort food and beers. Choose an outside table and pick a night when the bar offers live music.

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