9 fun bachelor or bachelorette party destinations in the US beyond Vegas and the best places to stay in each

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If you're looking for a destination for a bachelor or bachelorette party, it can be hard to narrow down where to go.

Rather than one night of dinner and drinks, bachelor and bachelorette parties have evolved into weekend-long affairs, usually involving a trip somewhere with your best friends.

Here are nine fun, lively, and diverse places to consider for your weekend and the best places to stay in each.

Spring is finally here, which means that both wedding season and travel season are kicking off.

If you have a sibling, cousin, or good friend getting married this year, you may find yourself planning a bachelor or bachelorette party. These parties have evolved from a night of dinner or drinks now, they tend to involve weekends away, either low-key trips to the beach or full-on mini-vacations, full of activities, meals, and drinks. If you're planning a bachelor or bachelorette weekend this year, here are a few options for where you can go instead of staying local.

Each of these places offers a range of activities, plenty of places to eat and drink , and a wide variety of accommodations, including Airbnbs, budget hotels, mainstream hotels, and luxury properties.Austin, TX

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Austin is easily one of the best places you could go for bachelor or bachelorette weekend, with great options for whatever vibe you're looking for.

Known for its music scene, barbecue, breweries, restaurants, food trucks, and much more, Austin offers just about everything.

Head downtown at night and check out the famous bars and venues on E 6th Street, or head further east past the highway to visit some of the city's chicer cocktail lounges and restaurants. For a more relaxed and local scene, check out the bars and food trucks on Rainey Street, too.

Austin is home to a booming craft beer scene, so in addition to bars, you can go straight to the source. Dozens of breweries and taprooms are scattered throughout the city, including Austin Beerworks, Jester King Brewery, 512 Brewing a personal favorite , Real Ale Brewing Co, Blue Owl Brewing, Hops & Grain, St. Elmo Brewing Company, and many others you may or may not have heard of before. Wherever you go, it would be hard to go wrong.

There are a ton of Airbnbs available throughout the city, including right near downtown, or there are full-service hotels. The Hilton brand has properties throughout Austin, including several great downtown locations, while higher-end properties like the Austin JW Marriott and the W Austin are among the more luxe options.

New Orleans, LA

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New Orleans is a classic go-to for bachelor and bachelorette trips, and there's good reason for that. However, "NOLA" has plenty more to offer than Bourbon Street.

While those bars and clubs can be a blast, the rest of the French Quarter offers fascinating history, unique architecture, indulgent food, and fun shopping. Once the sun sets, the area's infamous and renowned nightlife gets underway.

With no open-container laws, feel free to bring your drink with you as you venture from one bar or club to the next. For a totally unique experience, you can even throw a parade for the bride or groom, decked out with a marching band and a police escort.

NOLA's jazz scene is legendary, and a trip to the city isn't complete until you've stopped by the world-famous Caf du Monde for beignets and caf au lait.

Take a break from partying and go on a swamp tour, and follow it up with a ghost tour in the Quarter.

There are Airbnbs at every price range, and the same is true for hotels. The Windsor Court is one of the swankiest hotels you can find, while plenty of national chains are available in great areas. The Roosevelt is similarly posh, and features the popular Sazerac Bar.

The Jersey Shore, NJ


Don't let the TV show by the same name give you the wrong idea the Jersey Shore can be an idyllic getaway if you're looking for some fun, relaxing time at the beach. Depending on where exactly you go, you may also be able to hit the town at night, since plenty of towns on the shore feature a vibrant nightlife.

One of the best options is Ventnor City. This quiet town features a ton of great beach houses available through Airbnb, and can easily be reached by bus from New York it's also a straightforward drive . It's also about 10 minutes away from Atlantic City, so if you and your fellow partiers get tired of relaxing on the beach, bars, clubs, and casinos are just an Uber ride away.

If you're looking for a similar vibe, you can also consider Ocean City, MD, Rehoboth Beach, DE.

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