What’s the best part about wedding planning? The bachelorette party, of course!
As one of the many fun traditions that the bride-to-be (and her squad) gets to partake in, it’s no doubt that it’s essential to plan an epic bachelorette party. Instead of opting for a night on the town equipped with tiaras, a sash and a scavenger hunt, why not have one last out of town fling before the ring? Because let’s be real: If you’re going to make the most out of your last days as a single woman, you might as well live it up with your #BrideTribe.
Napa Valley, California
Okay, we know what you’re thinking sis. Napa Valley.. for a bachelorette party?! If you don’t know, Napa Valley is an incredible option for a destination bachelorette party for a number of reasons. Hear us out: Beautiful settings, Instagram-worthy photo ops, tons of pampering, and endless amounts of wine? What could be better than that? From adventures like hot air balloon rides to tours around Napa wineries, there is something for every friend in your group During the day, you and your girls can hop from vineyard to vineyard, and then finish off the afternoon with some pampering, all before you enjoy some of the most delicious food on the West Coast. After you’ve pampered yourselves, and you’ve tasted world class wine, don’t forget to hit some of Napa’s best bars.
New Orleans — which is unofficially known as the party capital of the U.S. — is probably the top destination that every bride should consider. There’s just something magical about the city. From the food, to the people (I mean, that drawl when they say “babbbbyyyy”), to the culture, to the nightlife, you’ll be sure to have a bachelorette experience that you’ll never forget. Whether you are sampling some of the city’s famous Hurricanes, party hopping on Bourbon Street, or eating the best food you will find in the world (hint: Dooky Chase, Court of Two Sisters, Morrow’s), you will find it hard not to ball out (on a budget of course) in the Big Easy. In a city that never rests, there are plenty of activities that will keep your girlfriends busy — especially if you opt to travel during ESSENCE Fest.
Los Cabos, Mexico
When it comes to bachelorette destinations, the beauty of Mexico is unmatched. So get those matching bathing suits together, and grab your girls for some fun in the sun (and Instagram photos) in Los Cabos. And if you have a hard time choosing where to go, just know that both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo are each perfect for any group of ladies who love to hang by the beach, sip delicious cocktails, eat some cheap (yet delicious) Mexican food and be totally pampered by the local men. No need to choose between locations. Who wouldn’t love that?
Grab your Bahama mamas, and plan your escape to Nassau. What’s better than a bachelorette weekend in the Bahamas? Just an hour by air from Miami and a quick flight from most East Coast cities, Nassau boasts two major tourist destinations: upscale Paradise Island (home of the Atlantis resort) and the more budget-minded Cable Beach with its growing Baha Mar resort area. With gorgeous beaches, tropical weather, island food, and world-class hotels such as the SLS at Baha Bar, you’ll be in for the trip of a lifetime.
If quaint city charm and Southern hospitality suit your bachelorette style, a Savannah getaway is your best bet. Savannah, which has slowly become one of the most popular Southern destinations for bachelorette parties, is more lit than you’d even imagine. This picturesque city nestled on the Savannah River has tons to offer brides-to-be and their squads: from bar and bike crawls, to river cruising, to soul food fixings, to Tybee Beach. Not to mention, the city’s gorgeous historic district, warm weather, and plethora of bars and restaurants, Savannah is the perfect place to host a getaway with the girls.
Looking for something different than glitz, glamour and little black dresses for your bachelorette party? Scottsdale is full of chic hotels, beautiful restaurants, old school bars and plenty of cool experiences that cater to the adventurer in you. Did we mention it’s also the spa capital of the United States? Having already joined the ranks as one of the top bachelorette destinations in the west, the ritzy suburb offers a little bit of everything. Want to dance the night away? Shop until you drop? Spend the day at the spa? Hike Camelback Mountain? See what we mean? The possibilities are endless here.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is another one of the best bachelorette party destinations for year-round warm weather and sun. Enjoy the city's beaches and islands, hit the spa, and dine at some of the best restaurants in the South, all in one day. Not sure where to start? Have a picnic lunch at a plantation, organize a downtown bar crawl, take a sunset cruise or simply relax on the beach at Kiawah Island or Folly Beach.