11 Best Bachelor Party Destinations
Congrats dude, you’re getting married. But first, the inevitable end of your singledom must be properly honored with a man-bash unlike any other. Here are our picks for the world’s most bromance-friendly destinations.
For the Sports Fanatic: ChicagoIt’s easy to see why Chicago is quickly becoming one of the most popular bachelor party destinations in the US. The city has something for everyone. Beach? Check. Professional sports? Check. The Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs and White Sox all call Chicago home. Food? Check. Deep-dish pizza and Italian sausage are a must. And Beer? Um, check! Chicago has more than 60 breweries inside its city limits alone. 960 1280
For the Jetsetter on a Coach Budget: MontrealThere are a myriad of reasons to visit Montreal, not least of which is its affordable and late-club scene centered along the 7-mile-long Boulevard Saint-Laurent, as well as the city’s fantastic summer festival lineup (including its fantastic beer, jazz and comedy fests), and its access to European flair without ever leaving the continent.
For the Over-Indulgent: New OrleansThe Big Easy is unmatched for its ready-made party atmosphere and dedication to nonstop indulgence -- and no boulevard in the city is better suited to carousing than Bourbon Street. Some of the country's best music can be found at joints like Tipitina’s and Preservation Hall, and legendary restaurants like Brennan's will have you savoring your waning days of bachelorhood with bull shots, red roosters and so much more.
For the Beer Lover: MilwaukeeWisconsin isn’t the most obvious potential bachelor party locale, but its biggest city has a lot more going for it bro-wise than you might think. Home to both MillerCoors and an abundance of worthy microbreweries, from Horny Goat Brewing Co. to good ole Milwaukee Brewing Company, Milwaukee has well earned its Brew City nickname. Stay at the bro-riffically brand new Brewhouse Inn & Suites, a boutique hotel located in the 20-acre downtown complex that housed the Pabst Brewery for over 150 years. 960 1280
For the Music Fan: NashvilleIt ain’t called the Music City for nothin’! Now, I’m not saying there aren’t other places music lover’s should go on their bachelor parties (see New Orleans), but there is nowhere better in the world — for fans of country music — than Nashville. Without fail, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can find live music. Maybe music isn’t your thing. Don’t worry. Nashville still has plenty of amazing options for a bachelor. Like sports? Maybe a Predators hockey game or a Titans football game is more your speed. And no place on our list does barbecue quite like Nashville. 960 1280
For the Classic Party Guy: Las VegasSure a Vegas getaway for the guys is popular, but for good reason. From high-stakes gambling and all-day pool parties, to over-the-top clubs, Las Vegas is a nonstop full-tilt playground that’s the stuff of countless epic bro weekends.
For the Adventure Seeker: AspenIf you’re looking to hit the slopes for a fun, fast-paced bachelor party, you really can’t go wrong heading out west. However, there is one particular Colorado destination that seems to stand out the most for me, and that’s Aspen. I know, I know, the word Aspen immediately makes people think wealth and pretentiousness. Not to say that those things aren’t present, but Aspen also offers its visitors so much more than that. Rent a cabin or stay at one of the famous ski-in/ski-out resorts with a bunch of your buddies and immerse yourself in Aspen’s cool, laid-back environment. The Apres-ski conditions don’t get much better either. Fire pits, hot tubs, live music and great food amongst other things are available at your fingertips around every corner. 960 1280
For the Sea Lover: Yacht WeekPerhaps the ultimate bachelor party destination isn’t just one destination at all. Maybe, it’s a choice between several awe-inspiring European countries, known simply as Yacht Week. Throughout the summer, friends get together for the perfect “marriage” of partying and sailing through picturesque landscapes on the high seas. Bachelors get to choose which route they’d like to cruise, with special offers including trips around Croatia, Greece, Italy, Turkey, the British Virgin Islands and Thailand. And don’t forget to sign up well in advance; the different countries only have a limited number of yachts permitted per route, per week. 960 1280
For the Night Life Enthusiast: MiamiWith its awesome oceanfront views, amazing food, easy access to some of the country's best sports, and 24-hour club scene, Miami’s South Beach has all the features of an ultimate bachelor fest. The restaurant scene is teeming with superstars like the 10,000-square-foot penthouse Juvia and the Florida outposts of New York City icons like Scarpetta and The Dutch. Not-to-miss party spots include Nikki Beach Club by day and LIV by night. 960 1280
For the Golf Pro: PhoenixFor the sports-minded posse, the greater Phoenix area aims to please, with year-round sunshine and warm temps that make it perfect for enjoying the scores of superb golf courses, pro baseball’s Cactus League lineup, and a multitude of fantastic hiking and climbing options nearby in great outdoor spots like Camelback Mountain. And since no self-respecting bachelor weekend can be 100% healthy, the area is also surprisingly rife with nightlife and several casinos are within easy driving distance. 960 1280
For the Beach Bro: Rio de JaneiroWhen it’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere, opposite-seasoned Rio de Janeiro makes for an especially magnetic stag party destination. And how many of your buddies can say they had their bachelor fests in the sizzling beachside host city of both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics? You’ll never need to leave the utopian Copacabana/Ipanema area, but for a little more authenticity and adventure, check out the even livelier Lapa neighborhood. 960 1280
Horseback Riding at Shenandoah National ParkMiles of wooded hills characterize Virginia's largest national park, and there essentially are two ways to explore them: on foot or by horse. For families who prefer the latter choice, saddle up and follow rangers on 2.5-hour guided horseback tours from Skyland Stables in the center of the park. The rides wind through a small portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains, passing beneath oak, hickory and hemlock trees draped with moss. If you're lucky, you might even see a peregrine falcon--after disappearing from the region all together, the birds were reintroduced to the park in the 1990s and have flourished ever since. Skyland Stables offers 1-hour tours as well.
Stargazing Inside Denali National ParkEver wondered what makes the Northern Lights so colorful and spectacular? Get a crash-course in astrophysics this summer during the Special Emphasis Series at Alaska's Camp Denali, a 17-cabin retreat inside Alaska's Denali National Park, which sits 11 miles north of Healy in central Alaska. During 2- and 3-night programs titled "Curtains of Light," Neal Brown, space expert and acting director of the Alaska Space Grant Program, will explain the magnetic forces that create the Aurora Borealis and other atmospheric phenomena. By day, you'll be able to grill Brown with any questions you might have about celestial wonders; at night, join him on hikes through the tundra in the hopes of spotting the lights above.
"Beetlemania" Lectures at Rocky Mountain National ParkMedia outlets from all over the world have documented the alarming rate at which the mountain pine beetle has ravaged a majority of Colorado's pine forests, but as part of this free family-friendly lecture series, rangers explain the situation in a way kids can understand. At least one interpreter dresses up in a full-body beetle costume; others lead the crowd in a sing-along to tunes from the Beatles (of course). The hands-on portion of the lecture lets kids touch beetle carcasses. Children also get to see before-and-after images of forest after a beetle infestation--stark reminders of exactly how much damage to an ecosystem these little insects can cause.
Cruise the Shoreline of Acadia National ParkWith more shoreline than any other national park, Acadia is a perfect place to explore by boat. Park rangers offer a number of different boat cruises inside the park, but the most popular is the 3-hour "Dive-In Theater." On this tour of Frenchman Bay, families can look out for seals and porpoises, and watch in real-time (on video monitors) as a diver scours the ocean floor for marine life to bring back aboard the boat for further hands-on exploration. The cruise also includes an, um, boatload of information about coastal and pelagic birds commonly seen in the area. Tours leave from the dock at the College of the Atlantic, just outside the main gates of the park.
Sing About Animals at Yosemite National Park
Parents of young children (6 and under) often complain that family programs are too sophisticated for their tots. At Yosemite, however, the "Wee Wild Ones" was designed with these toddlers in mind. In spring, the free, 45-minute program is held during the day in front of the great fireplace at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel. In summer, the program precedes evening events at Yosemite Lodge, the Falls Amphitheater and the Curry Village Amphitheater. Classes themselves include a lot of singing. Also on the agenda: reading books, playing games and making crafts--all of which pertains to animals native to the park (such as hawks, bears and big horn sheep). All participating children must be accompanied by an adult; no pre-registration is required.