21 Best Bachelor Party Destinations
Congrats dude, you’re getting married. But first, the inevitable end of your singledom must be properly honored with a bash unlike any other. Here are our picks for the world’s most bachelor-friendly destinations.
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For the Sports Fanatic: Chicago, Illinois
It’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.
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For the Bourbon Lover: Kentucky Bourbon Trail
There are few gifts better for a groom-to-be than a fine bottle of bourbon, but we suggest taking things one step further and invite the entire squad on a journey along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. From Owensboro to Lexington, there are more than 15 distilleries to visit including notable brands such as Four Roses, Jim Beam, and Woodford Reserve. Planning your trip to the Bluegrass State couldn’t be easier and there are several itineraries that will fit whatever your group is up for.
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For the Jetsetter on a Coach Budget: Montreal, Canada
There are a myriad of reasons to visit Montreal, not least of which is its affordable late-club scene centered along the 7-mile-long Boulevard Saint-Laurent, as well as the city’s fantastic summer festival lineup (including its amazing beer, jazz and comedy fests) and its access to European flair without ever leaving the continent.
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For the Racing Enthusiast: Daytona, Florida
If your bachelor party feels the need for speed, look no further than Daytona Beach, Florida, home of Daytona International Speedway. The track is where NASCAR legends like Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon made a name for themselves and with the Richard Petty Driving Experience, you too can get into the driver's seat of a real stock car and go for a few laps around the most famous speedway in motorsports. Afterward, capture the moment with a group photo and celebrate like you’re in victory lane!
For the Over-Indulgent: New Orleans, Louisiana
The 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 bullshots, red roosters and so much more.
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For the Beer Lover: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Wisconsin 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 brand new Brewhouse Inn & Suites, a boutique hotel located in the 20-acre downtown complex that housed the Pabst Brewery for over 150 years.
For the Young at Heart: Orlando, Florida
In a galaxy far, far away, you and your friends can live out your Star Wars dreams. On August 29, 2019, Disney World opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, an all-new attraction that gives fans of the iconic series the chance to fly through the galaxy in the cockpit of the famous Millennium Falcon, grab a drink from Oga’s Cantina and pick up the perfect memento to remember the trip by — a custom lightsaber!
For the Music Fan: Nashville, Tennessee
It ain’t called the Music City for nothin’! Now, I’m not saying there aren’t other places music lovers should go for 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.
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For Thrill Seeker: Dubai
Before taking the plunge into marriage, take your boys to the United Arab Emirates for a slightly more terrifying plunge over the city of Dubai, which is widely considered one of the best places to go skydiving. Skydive Dubai is your guide to soaring over the City of Gold where you’ll take in unforgettable views of the Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island off the coast that resembles a stylized palm tree.
For the Sportsman: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Fishing is the ultimate bonding activity for guys, so gather up your favorite first mates and head to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The resort town is mostly known for the hoards of college students who visit every year, but it’s also known for having some of the best sport fishing in the world. There’s no shortage of charters to choose from and depending on the time of year you travel, you can catch a variety of fish, including blue marlin, grouper, yellowfin tuna and even mako sharks. Once the fun on the high seas is over, kick back at your resort with an ice-cold Mexican beer or margarita.
For the Classic Party Guy: Las Vegas
Sure 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 Nature Lover: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
If your group of closest guy friends enjoy the great outdoors, there’s no better place for a bachelor party than the Great Smoky Mountains, the most visited national park in the United States. Nature lovers will enjoy hiking to picturesque destinations like Rainbow Falls and Charlie's Bunion, a stone outcrop known for its incredible views. After exploring the wilderness, set up camp in a location that fits your group and sleep under the stars.
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For the 'Game of Thrones' Fan: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Do you and your friends speak fluent Dothraki? If so, head to King’s Landing, also known as Dubrovnik, Croatia, where you can walk in the footsteps of some of your favorite characters from the hit show, Game of Thrones. Exploring the walled city is like stepping back in time and you’ll recognize several locations from the series, such as the Red Keep and the House of the Undying.
For the Adventure Seeker: Aspen, Colorado
If 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 of 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 among other things are available at your fingertips around every corner.
For the Foodie: Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston cuisine is world-renowned, making the city a go-to destination if your bachelor party seeks the finest fare. Whether you’re looking for Carolina ‘cue (Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ) or the freshest seafood the Lowcountry has to offer (Fig), the Holy City features award-winning restaurants down every cobblestone street and can more than satisfy your party’s appetite.
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For the Sea Lover: Yacht Week
Perhaps 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.
For the Night Life Enthusiast: Miami, Florida
With 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.
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For the Golf Pro: Phoenix
For 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.
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For the Beach Bro: Rio de Janeiro
When 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.
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For the Roadtripper: Route 66
Get your kicks on Route 66! The historic highway stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles, but the section between New Mexico through Arizona is where you and your crew will want to spend the majority of your time. Pile into an RV, load up on embarrassing stories and explore notable sites like Maisel’s Indian Trading Post in Albuquerque and the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, where guests can sleep in concrete teepee motel rooms. It’s a throwback trip with just the right amount of nostalgia as the groom prepares to enter a new phase of his life.
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For the Ghost Hunter: Estes Park, Colorado
Let’s face it, marriage can be kind of scary, but not quite as frightening as the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The historic property is a fully-functioning hotel with old-world charm and incredible views of the Rocky Mountains. However, famed author Stephen King stayed their one night in 1974 and the secluded location and cavernous corridors inspired King to write the novel, The Shining. The hotel, which opened in 1909, is rumored to have spirits roaming the hallways and guests can go on a night tour for the full paranormal experience.
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