Wedding bells are in the air, and it’s time to whisk the bride or groom away for one last hoorah among friends before the big day. There are a multitude of cities in the United States that cater to bachelor and bachelorette parties. However, there are a few lesser known destinations that are truly unexpected gems. Consider exploring one of the following surprising cities for your bachelor or bachelorette party.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, but it’s not often that Houston comes to mind for the biggest bachelor or bachelorette parties. In fact, the industrious city is more likely to be recognized for its space and science contributions, diverse population of professionals and prestigious academic institutions such as Rice University. Though its neighbor cities of Austin and San Antonio are more often frequented by bridal parties, the city of Houston provides an unexpected charm for bachelors and bachelorettes. As you begin planning the festivities, consider an evening of Butler in the Buff. Or, partake in a chef-led culinary tour around town.
Is your heart set on the sea? Escape city life and visit this seaside gem for a weekend getaway without the frills. The city of Portland has everything you need to celebrate a bride’s last hurrah. Portland offers plenty of charming boutiques, party bus tour charters, and fabulous bars. Enjoy a relaxing sunset on a sailboat or join sommelier Erica Archer for a wine-infused tour on land or sea. Wherever your adventures may lead you, your bridal party will surely create memories that will last a lifetime!
The sunshine state is a savvy selection for bachelors and bachelorettes. This is due to the state’s tropical climate that makes outdoor activities possible nearly all year round. Though perhaps not as popular as Miami for brides-to-be, the city of Jacksonville is a surprisingly fun choice for bachelorette getaways. Hop on a party bus to crawl the pub scene or kick back and relax on one of many expansive, white-sand beaches. Or both!
The best bachelorette parties don’t always have to take place in the biggest cities. In fact, what’s more wild than wildlife? Treat your wedding party to some fresh air as you scale the mountains of Bozeman, Montana. The popular resort town offers activities for all seasons. Winter brings powder to the peaks at Bridger Bowl Ski Area and nearby Big Sky Ski Resort, while the spring brings high waters and rafting on the Gallatin River. Summer is splendid for backpacking the Gallatin Divide, and fall colors bring nearby Yellowstone Park to life.
Los Angeles, California
It’s the energy of the bridal party that determines the success of a bachelorette party, so commit to creative planning before your departure. Should you have your sights set on lights, then shower your bride like a celebrity. Strut the streets of Hollywood. Party poolside among LA’s hottest hotel scene. Drink up at Malibu Wines (…and pet animals at the safari!) During your stay in Los Angeles, take a cooking class at HipCooks LA and then save room for brunch the next day at the trendy Winsome.
What are your favorite unexpected treasures for bachelor or bachelorette parties? Have you been to any of the places on our list? Or perhaps you would you like to add one of your own? Share your ideas and experiences in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you!