If you’re between the ages of 25 and 45, there’s an excellent chance you are smack in the middle of wedding season right now (it typically runs from April to October). If you are lucky (or unlucky—depending on how much the dresses cost) enough to be in the bridal party, you’re tasked with planning the perfect bachelorette party. And knowing most pre-wedding women, it’s not as simple as hiring a stripper and taking shots.
Unfortunately, the latest trend in bachelorette partying is travel. Meaning, what used to be a one night thing has turned into a full blown weekend extravaganza that involves finding the perfect location, getting a group of women—and blowup naked men—there and keeping them happy.
While we can’t help you wrangle a group of rowdy women (you’re on your own for that one), we can relieve some party-planning stress by providing a breakdown of the best U.S. destinations for bachelorettes:
1. Las Vegas
Widely regarded as America’s most expansive adult playground, Vegas is one of the most popular destinations for bachelor and bachelorette parties. Celebrations usually kick off at the world famous Chippendale’s, where flawless male entertainers are ready to give your bride-to-be a send-off she’ll never forget. For a little more class, try Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, which is for adults only and features sensual performances so lifelike, it borders on awkward.
2. New Orleans
In New Orleans, no one will blink an eye at daylong or early morning alcohol consumption, because no other city knows how to party like NOLA. Try a Hurricane at Pat O’Briens (where it was created) for a blend of spirits that rivals the best Long Island Iced Tea you’ve ever had. If you’re feeling restless, the strip of bars on Bourbon Street can keep the most difficult of brides distracted. If you want a more laid back atmosphere, listen to jazz on Frenchmen Street. And nothing can satisfy late-night bachelorette munchies like a beignet, a doughy pastry topped with powdered sugar.
3. Miami/South Beach
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To sip under the sunshine in sparkly surroundings, head down to Miami’s South Beach. In this city that comes to life at night, venues like Story and Liv are favorites for celebrities and VIPs. Another well-known nightclub is Nikki Beach, which brings luxury to the sand. Miami also has plenty of brunch options to nurse the cruelest of hangovers, including Tongue & Cheek, which recently won the title of best new restaurant in Miami and offers unlimited mimosas, bloody mary’s and bellinis for just $25.
4. New York City
The city that never sleeps has something for every type of bride. Check out the rooftop bar at the James Hotel or Gansevoort Park Avenue for great views of New York City and a classy atmosphere. Central Park is the perfect place to embark on an epic bachelorette scavenger hunt, as you never know what you’ll come across in NYC. Not to mention, you have endless options for entertainment, including Broadway shows and famous skyscrapers.
5. Puerto Rico
A short flight away, Puerto Rico provides a bachelorette destination that feels like a faraway tropical escape. Old San Juan is a walkable neighborhood, making it easy to get the group from place to place. Señor Frogs and Club Lazer are popular hangouts for tourists, but if you want to party like a local, try Club Brava at the El San Juan Hotel and Casino. If your bride needs variety, Vieques is a short boat ride away, and the hum of the motor will be welcome white noise.
For country lovin’ gals, pack your cowboy hat and head to Nashville. With multilevel honkytonks lining the streets and live entertainment day and night, it’s one nonstop hoe down. Stop by Tootsies for live music and a mix of locals and tourists, or Robert’s Western World, which provides shopping by day and party by night.
is a Fort Lauderdale-based lawyer and blogger.