9 Best U.S. Cities for a Bachelorette Weekend
Looking for the perfect getaway for you and your girls before you say, “I do”? Whether you want to lounge around on pristine beaches, get pampered at premium spas, or drink wine at the best bars in town, there are a variety of beautiful destinations waiting to host your bachelorette bash.
1. The Hamptons, NY
When you think of the Hamptons, you probably imagine lounging socialites, extravagant parties, and celebrity-style shopping. This group of small towns or “hamlets” is considered to be New York City’s playground for the elite. However, you may be surprised to learn that the Hamptons also house some of the best wineries on the East Coast, like the famed Wolffer Estate Vineyard, and a ton of boutique-style, beachside bungalows to enjoy a low-key weekend away. So, whether you’re looking to be pampered at a swanky spa, escorted on a private boat charter to Montauk, or prefer the tranquility of a beachside retreat like the Hero Beach Club, the Hamptons have you covered.
2. Miami, FL
With nightclubs like world-famous LIV or E11EVEN on the map, it’s no surprise that Miami is one of the top spots for women looking to live it up for one last fling before the ring. In the Miami Beach and South Beach neighborhoods, you’ll find ritzy resorts and bars at the heart of all the action. Nearby, you can also settle into a boutique hotel, like the Surfcomber Miami, and take a beachside break from the nightlife scene. After all, life is about balance, right? Grab your girls and check out the quirky architecture and chic shopping along Ocean Drive, or find your Zen by relaxing under a cabana on the beach or boating in Biscayne Bay.
3. Vail, CO
Are you a mountain-loving, adventure-seeking bachelorette? Vail, Colorado is the perfect mix of cozy, calm mountain relaxation and action-packed adventure. Though this mountain town is notorious for being a skiing paradise, it's still an incredible destination even if you aren't interested in hitting the slopes. Wisit the highest botanical garden in North America, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, to walk among vibrant alpine flowers or take the Eagle Bahn Gondola up the mountain for panoramic views of Vail Valley. The nightlife is very different from what you might find in Las Vegas or Miami, but Vail still has a variety of micro-breweries and elegant restaurants that are perfect for a night on the town. Whether you’re looking for a quiet weekend in a rustic cabin in the woods or hoping to treat your best girlfriends to a luxurious mountain resort, Vail offers the best of both worlds.
4. Napa Valley, CA
Did someone say wine? In the heart of Northern California, Napa Valley is known for its rolling hillside vineyards and fine vintage wines. However, a visit to Napa is more than just a chance to sample the vino. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in beautiful, blooming gardens, hike through lush vineyards, and completely unwind. If you’re traveling to Napa in search of the Cadillac of wine-tasting experiences, check out Hall Napa Valley. Their luxurious and exclusive VIP tour offers jaw-dropping views of the valley and custom etched and designed wine bottles that you can use as wedding favors. If you’re a casual wine drinker and looking for a more laid-back vibe, there are also try Sullivan Vineyards, a family-owned winery that offers a more personable and low-key Napa experience. Either way, Napa Valley is an ideal place for a weekend retreat before your big day.
5. New Orleans, LA
The birthplace of jazz and home to the world-famous Mardi Gras celebration, New Orleans is a city overflowing with eccentricity. This melting pot of culture has a variety of activities for lovers of music, art, and history. Rich in culture and history, the French Quarters are home to elegant hotels and adorned with flowers hanging from wide balconies. In the evening, take a stroll down Bourbon Street and experience the city come to life with live music and entertainment. Get ready to dance the night away as you take your drinks out into the street, hopping from one bar to the next. Hire your own parade to follow you around for an afternoon, or take a tour of haunted New Orleans, exploring its insane past.
6. Charleston, SC
Are you looking for Southern hospitality and a little bit (or a lot) of R&R before the big day? This charming Southern town is best known for its quaint cobblestone streets, rich history, and exceptionally kind locals. Nicknamed the Holy City, Charleston is a waterfront town bustling with character and old-fashioned Southern charm. You and your ladies can experience a performance at Dock Street Historic Theater, which dates back to 1736. Or cruise down cobblestone streets on a bike and explore the aptly-named Rainbow Row. A trip to Charleston includes top-notch dining, shopping, and relaxation. Whether you choose to stay in at the bubblegum pink Mills House or opt for a cozy Airbnb, Charleston is sure to leave a lasting impression.
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7. Chicago, IL
Although it’s nicknamed the Windy City, most travelers recognize Chicago as the home of the giant reflective bean in a plaza surrounded by skyscrapers. However, Chicago offers a lot more than a unique stainless-steel selfie in AT&T Park. In fact, if you and your girls are looking for more quirky and unique contemporary art, Millennium Park is full of interesting art exhibits that you can interact with. After you’ve spent the afternoon snapping photos, head to Magnificent Mile, aka Mag Mile, and hop from one swanky department store or boutique to the next. Forget about having to fit into your wedding dress just long enough to enjoy a famous Chicago-style deep dish pizza; don’t worry, you can burn off the calories exploring the city’s famed Navy Pier. Offering an ample amount of delicious food, incredible architecture, energetic culture, and tons of green space, Chicago should definitely be on your radar.
8. San Francisco, CA
Fabulous San Francisco, home to the Golden Gate Bridge, is absolutely breathtaking. There are a variety of attractions for just about every member of your bride tribe. The city-lovers can jump on a cable car and cruise through the abnormally hilly streets of popular areas like Nob Hill and Lombard Street. The outdoorsy ones will get their fix exploring the nearby Muir Woods or 64-acre Twin Peaks. Foodies will love San Fran's selection of seafood at Fisherman’s Warf. Hit the beach for some fun in the sun, but keep in mind there are several nude beaches in close proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge so, keep a look out. Tour Alcatraz or just take a boat around the bay. No matter how you spend the weekend, you'll be ready to walk down that aisle with memories of a fabulous trip.
9. Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas tends to get a bad rap as a city with a shameless reputation. But your trip to the City of Lights doesn’t have to end up like a scene from The Hangover. Las Vegas has a lot to offer bachelorettes looking for unique entertainment, luxury hotels, and, of course, world-famous pool parties. If you want to chill under a cabana or take a dip in the pool, check out indulgent hotels like the Wynn Hotel, where you’ll be entertained for hours by famous DJs like Chainsmokers and Tiesto. Before painting the town red, you and your girls can get pampered at a lavish hotel spa and partake in fine dining at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell's Kitchen in Caesars Palace. Lastly, if you’re looking for a weekend detox, indulge in a delicious French-inspired brunch at Bouchon or drive just outside of the Las Vegas city limits to explore the lesser-known Valley of Fire State Park.
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