Here are the best places in the country to celebrate before the big day.
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There's no denying that destination bachelorette parties are popular right now, but if you're looking for someplace more unexpected than Las Vegas but still within the confines of the continental United States, you may not know where to start your planning process. That's where we come in. We asked our friends at the Venue Report to share the best cities in the U.S. for bachelorette parties, and they delivered more than just locale recommendations. In addition to the coolest destinations for your pre-wedding party, you'll also find hotel and dining and recommendations in each.
Thinking about the West Coast but not interested in a Los Angeles getaway? Consider San Diego, where you and your bridal party can enjoy both the beach and the nearby nightlife scene. If a bigger party vibe is more your style, you may want to look into a trip to New Orleans. Not only is it a fun city by night, it's also beautiful by day. There's tons of music, architecture, and art to explore in the Big Easy by day. Should sun, sand, and plenty of dancing be your top three priorities, it's got to be Miami for you and your crew. Let's say you're hoping to plan a getaway that centers around relaxation (yes, it's possible!) and great food. Treat your group to a taste of southern hospitality in Charleston, South Carolina, where boutique hotels, incredible restaurants, and fun activities are guaranteed. But these aren't your only choices. Other top cities include Austin, Nashville, Palm Springs, and Montauk.
If you're ready to start planning your bachelorette party, make sure to consult this list first. After all, these cities were selected specifically because of the number of bachelorette-friendly options they offer. You can't go wrong with any of these eight stateside destinations.
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San Diego, California
Take your best girlfriends away for a weekend filled with beaches, drinks and outdoor activities in sunny San Diego. This coastal California city is close to Mexico (day trip, anyone?), the mountains, wineries, and so much more. The year-round pleasant climate, vibrant culture, and plentiful number of things to do all make this city a great choice. Book your stay at Surfhouse, then explore the city on the hotel's complimentary beach cruiser bikes. While there are plenty of great options for food and drinks, our insiders say Nolita Hall and Ironside need to be part of your itinerary. Enjoy casual food and great drinks at the former and freshly-shucked oysters at the latter.
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Charleston, South Carolina
Every Southernern knows the appeal of the charming city of Charleston, South Carolina, so you and your bridal party should learn about it, too. If the sweet Americana vibe you get on the streets of this city isn't enough of a draw for you, take a minute to picture the massive overhanging oak trees and delightful hospitality you're sure to experience. Another big reason to visit? The Notebook was filmed here. Plan to stay at a boutique hotel like The Dewberry or Zero George Street, and be sure to make a dinner reservation at the Darling Oyster Bar where (you guessed it!) your group will enjoy some of the best shellfish of your life.
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New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans dances to the beat of its own drum and so will you when deciding to bachelorette-party-it-up within its historically rich walls. Steeped in Creole cool, the Big Easy is a beautiful spot for you and your favorite ladies filled with mystery and adventure. Catahoula, a historic townhouse, is a great hotel option if you're looking for somewhere with lots of history. If Art Deco style is your favorite, then book rooms at the Ace Hotel New Orleans. Whatever you do, make sure you get to Cane & Table before you leave. The rum bar is a must-visit spot.
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You probably don't need us to tell you that Miami, known for palm trees, sprawling beaches, and vintage South Beach vibes, is a great spot for a bachelorette party. What you may not realize, though, is that the Miami of today is also a storied city with a glamorous past mixed with an urban grittiness. That means your bachelorette bash goes way, way beyond the standard pool party. Your group can't go wrong with stays at either the Delano South Beach or Freehand Miami—their styles are totally different, so decide whether you're after a glam or old-school vibe before you book. As for where you'll each, be sure to check out Dolce Miami. The Neapolitan pizzas and homemade pasta dishes are sure to please even the pickiest of bridal parties.
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Austin is the perfect blend of musical, foodie, modern, and rustic, meaning this cool Texan town truly has something for everyone and is the perfect spot for throwing a bachelorette party that's as unique as you are. Don't forget to visit the stunning natural sites, like swimming holes, that are just a quick drive away. As for what you'll do in town, the recently renovated The LINE hotel will ensure your group is in the heart of the city at all times. Book a private dinner at Mattie's at Green Pastures, a historic farmhouse that churns out unique food, or Goodall's Kitchen, a casual American bistro.
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You don't have to be a music aficionado to have the best bachelorette party in Music City. Trendy hotels and restaurants are popping up in between honky-tonks ensuring you have balance on your trip to this southern town. Speaking of balance, once you've had your fill of city life, venture just outside of Nashville for a dose of nature. Stay at Urban Cowboy, a Victorian mansion-turned-hotel, for a unique experience. If you like mid-century design, try the Fairlane Hotel. Whether you stay there or not, their restaurant, Ellington's Mid Way Bar & Grill, is a great choice for dinner.
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Palm Springs, California
Surrounded by quiet, sprawling desert, Palm Springs is lively and spirited in contrast with its cool mid-century architecture and destination getaway vibe. It's no surprise that the vibrant, celebratory nature of this desert oasis has become a coveted destination for bachelorette parties, and we can't get enough of that signature Palm Springs style. Our top pick for your stay: Ace Hotel & Swim Club, which gives you access to the property's two outdoor pools. Craft beer lovers should plan a trip to Draughtsman (they offer cocktails, too!). Sandfish is your go-to spot for sushi.
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Montauk, New York
If you love the beach, you'll love Montauk, the hip little town at the edge of Long Island, just past the Hamptons. What used to be known as a sleepy surf town has become the summer bachelorette party destination of choice for engaged women across the country. For those looking to explore, be sure to check out the Montauk lighthouse and for surfing (and surfer viewing), Ditch Plains Beach has the best waves. Groups love to stay at Gurney's Montauk, which puts you right on the beach. The Surf Lodge is the spot to see and be seen for dinner and drinks.