Whether it's a weekend getaway, an afternoon excursion, or an all-night, all-out bridal bash, bachelorette parties have become just as much a matrimonial tradition as the wedding ceremony itself. But contrary to stereotypes, bachelorette parties aren't all about crazy wigs, phallic foods, and raunchy drinking games – though we're definitely not ruling that out. For all the modern brides to be and planning maids of honor, here's a rundown of the best cities in America to throw a kick-ass bachelorette party, whatever your style.
New Orleans, LA
Reported by Pinterest as the 'Top Bachelorette Party Destination of 2017', New Orleans has become one of the most popular places in the U.S to party. Between the booze, the bars, the beads, and the beignets, NOLA has everything you need to celebrate right. For the most authentic experience, stay in the epicenter of all the NOLA history and culture in the historic French Quarter, which is packed with cafes, bars, jazz clubs, and all the charming chaos you can handle. With plenty of hotels to choose from including the Dauphine Orleans Hotel, Hotel Le Marais, and Hotel Monteleone, you and your girlfriends can relax in true southern comfort before hitting Bourbon Street for some live music, cocktails, and debauchery at Bar Tonique, The Spotted Cat Music Club, and 21st Amendment La Louisiane.
Tip: Order a beignet at Café Du Monde and taste the sugary sweet decadence of NOLA's most famous dessert.
For a classy but crazy bachelorette bash, take the party to Scottsdale, Arizona and stay in the happening Old Town Entertainment District. Here you'll find plenty of shopping, dining, desert views, drinking, and mischief for the whole bridal party to enjoy. Book a luxurious stay at one of Scottsdale's top resorts like swanky Hotel Valley Ho or the opulent Omni Resort at Montelucia and relax in style while you and your girlfriends take in the glorious desert sunset. Come nightfall, head out to Old Town for some dive bar drinking games at Bottled Blonde, creative cocktails at Counter Intuitive, lingerie-wearing cocktail waitresses at Cake, and live music at the famous Whiskey Row.
Tip: While you're in Scottsdale, stop by the old Coach House bar and check out their year-round Christmas decorations.
Everyone's heard the saying "Everything's bigger in Texas", and bachelorette parties are no exception. Not only is Austin known for live music and BBQ, it's also a city with a one-of-a-kind nightlife scene that goes all night, every night. On any given Friday night in the Spring, you can step onto the famous Sixth Street and historic Rainey Street to find a parade of bachelorettes partying from bar to bar and block to block. Take the bride to be out for a delicious multi-course dinner at one of Austin's spectacular fine dining spots like Counter 3fivevii, Nightcap, or Second Bar & Kitchen, then head to West Sixth Street for some upscale cocktails, rooftop lounging, and classy clubbing at Club Rio, Pop, and Lux Lounge – the number one hip hop bar in Austin. Or for a more raunchy and wild night, head over to "Dirty" East Sixth street, where the streets are packed like its Mardi Gras every night.
Napa Valley, CA
If you prefer a low-key, laid-back bachelorette getaway, head to Napa Valley, California for serene sightseeing, luxurious lounging, and leisurely wine tasting through the gorgeous California hills. Here your party can relax, unwind, and get pampered by the pool at one of Napa Valley's top luxury resorts like the beautifully monastic Auberge du Soleil, the modern eco-friendly Bardessono, or the charming cottages of Calistoga Ranch. Enjoy all the amenities of resort life, including award winning dining and onsite masseurs, then take your bridal party on one of Napa Valley's top winery tours at Hendry Ranch, Stony Hill, Saintsbury, or William Hill Estate.
Tip: While you're in Napa Valley, try the authentic Italian pizza at the new Ottimo in Yountville, CA.
For a beachy, boozy good time, take the bachelorette party to Miami, Florida where you can play all day in the sun and party all night on the streets. There's plenty of posh beachside resorts like the Acqualina Resort and Spa, The St. Regis at Bal Harbour, or The Miami Beach Edition for all the ladies to relax and enjoy a margarita by the pool while you make plans for the wild night ahead. Sun bathe by the surf at South Beach, then shop the afternoon away at the Shops at Merrick Park, Coco Walk and Bal Harbour. Miami's vibrant nightlife has plenty to offer celebrating brides, including delectable dining at South Beach, Miami Beach, and Miami's popular Design District and post-dinner drinks and dancing at Icon, Purdy Lounge, and Treehouse.
Tip: While you're in Miami, visit Little Havana for a true taste of rich Cuban cuisine.
Las Vegas, NV
Rounding out the party list is the ultimate bachelorette party destination: Las Vegas, Nevada. This, friends, is where "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" happens. Stay right on The Strip at one of Vegas's top resort hotels like the Bellagio, The Venetian, or The Cosmopolitan, and partake in all the upscale shopping, delicious cuisine from world-renowned chefs, gratuitous gambling and casino life. Or, take your party to a classic Vegas show like the Cirque du Soleil or Thunder from Down Under (yes, that would be sexy Australian male strippers). When the sun sets, see what kind of trouble you can get into at bars like the stunning Chandelier, the 'cool' Minus 5 Ice Bar, and Frankie's Tiki Room. For top-notch shopping and dining, check out The Venetian's incredible mall, The Wynn Esplanade, or the Via Bellagio.
Tip: Visit the Hawaiian-fusion Cinnamon's Restaurant and try their Guava chiffon and red velvet pancakes.
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