Don’t get us wrong—Nashville is incredible, and Vegas holds a special place in our hearts. Both cities are must-visit destinations. That being said, they’re easily two of the most popular cities in the country for bachelor and bachelorette parties. It’s time we admit it: bach parties aren’t one-size-fits-all. So if you’re looking for something a little different (and a little less crowded!) check out these 9 celebration-ready destinations for your bachelorette trip.
Savannah is the perfect mix of rowdy, sophisticated, and low-key, with a healthy dose of old-fashioned Southern hospitality. Whether you’re strolling the charming downtown streets or enjoying the sea breeze and a cocktail on Tybee Island, a sense of fun permeates this entire town. The extremely liberal to-go cup laws don’t hurt, either.
Seattle hardly deserves the dreary stereotype it’s so often given. From cutting-edge cuisine to a nationally-recognized cocktail culture and a thriving music scene (it’s not just grunge anymore!), Seattle is a rollicking good time. Bonus: If you’ve got some outdoorsy folks in your group, take advantage of the fresh air with a day trip to Mount Rainier or Bainbridge Island.
Montréal is a great city for indulging in food, culture, and libations. No matter what you’re up for—a quiet night sipping scotch or hitting the clubs until the wee hours of the morning—Montréal’s got you covered. Word of advice: unless you’re an 18-year-old out-of-towner, avoid the nightclubs of rue Crescent (though if you are, party on). Instead, migrate farther east to St-Laurent or the lower part of rue St-Denis for a more authentic Montréal experience.
Austin is one of the South’s most stylish and quirky cities, making it ideal for a celebratory group getaway. Enjoy a lively night on the town, catch a live band, and sip your way through everything from margarita cantinas to raucous saloons. For a more lowkey day, fill up on brunch downtown, then head to Barton Springs to cool off from that Texas heat.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The landscape of Santa Fe is so magical and inspiring, you and your party may feel like you’ve stepped into another world. This city is wonderful if you’re looking for something a little off-the-beaten-path: you’ll find fascinating history and culture, endless opportunities for outdoor adventure (rafting! hiking! hot air ballooning!), a vibrant arts scene, and absolutely scrumptious Southwestern food.
Portland is brimming with bach-ready activities: go brewery-hopping or hop on a brew bike, play blacklight miniature golf, try an escape room, take a group crafting class—there’s a lot of variety in this notoriously funky city. Combine it with plenty of renowned restaurants and a genuinely fun-loving nightlife scene, and you’ve got a great getaway ahead of you.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Sunshine, surf, and Southern charm: if a beachy vibe is more your thing, look no further than OBX. Rent an oceanfront house with your whole crew, then spend your days lounging by the waves, walking along the dunes, and grilling in the backyard, or get your adrenaline on and try surfing, hang gliding, or kayaking. Either way, toast your glasses to a day well spent as the sun sets over the ocean.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
There’s really nothing like a New England summer, so if you’re planning your bachelorette trip for the warmer months, the Cape is another great beach option with a slightly different kind of charm. The shores are stunning, the locals are lovely, and the lobster rolls and cold beers just keep coming. Swim in the ocean or go whale watching, shop the adorable boutiques, enjoy a fabulous brunch, and take the ferry to Nantucket Island for a day—where you’ll find plenty of summery cocktails to sip.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada or California
If your style is more snowshoes or hiking boots than stilettos, Tahoe might just be your perfect pre-wedding destination. If you’re headed there in the winter, rent a cabin, explore charming mountain towns like Truckee, hit the slopes, and enjoy a well-deserved après-ski by the fire. In the warmer months, go hiking in the mountains, kayak on the lake, take a yoga class by the water, or kick back with a cold one at an al fresco restaurant.