Some women want to spend their last single weekend teetering on a pool deck in four-inch heels while sipping overpriced cocktails and seeing Celine Dion. We get it, and that’s awesome. Other ladies, though, want a bachelorette trip that’s a little lower key. (Think less Real World and more real world.) That’s where these alternatives come in, whether you’re looking to eat the best meals of your life or hike your little heart out.
6 Incredible Bachelorette Trips That Aren't Vegas
Nary a casino in sight
If You Want To Swim: Tybee Island, Georgia
Just 20 minutes from Savannah, Tybee Island is pretty much perfect. Spend your days frolicking along the not-overcrowded beach and browsing charming boutiques. Hopefully you’re there during one of the island's many festivals (celebrating everything from wine to pirates). And since Savannah’s so close, be sure to take a day trip into the elegant and romantic city, which has a terrific arts scene and renowned restaurants like the Olde Pink House.
Where to stay: The Lighthouse Inn
If You Want To Shop: Denver, Colorado
Not only is the Mile High City absolutely stunning, it’s got one of the country’s most thriving antique markets. Check out some of the more than 400 antique vendors along Antique Row, have dinner at one of the city’s amazingly fresh farm-to-table restaurants and top it all off with homemade gelato at the tiny and delightful Spuntino.
Where to stay: The Oxford Hotel
If You Want To Indulge: New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans might be best known for drinking, but the eating is pretty damn unbelievable too. Between breakfast beignets at Café du Monde, catfish po’ boys at Mother’s and turtle soup at Commander’s Palace, you will never be hungry. Luckily, the city is so gorgeous and historical that you’ll want to walk off the calories during creepy but fascinating cemetery tours (trust us) and window shopping on Magazine Street. And yes, a drink or four on Bourbon Street is highly advisable, if only for the story.
Where to stay: Hotel Le Marais
If You Want To Sweat: Sedona, Arizona
So you want a super-active bachelorette trip--good for you! Head southwest to Sedona, where you’ll do some of the greatest hiking and biking of your life, set against one of the most breathtaking backdrops in the country. After a day full of exercise, treat yourself to a private yoga or meditation session, followed by an amazing meal at Cress on Oak Creek. The next day, maybe take it easy and see the sites from an adorable bubblegum-pink jeep.
Where to stay: L’Auberge de Sedona
If You Want To Party: Nashville, Tennessee
If you like the idea of going out every night but want something a bit more authentic than Vegas, look no further than Music City. A bustling downtown is jam-packed with incredible music and even more incredible hot chicken--a recipe for an unforgettable trip. Plus, if you’re a fan of the show Nashville (or just Connie Britton), don’t miss The 5 Spot, a real-life club where a lot of the show’s performances are taped.
Where to stay: The 404 Hotel
If You Want To Relax: Mackinac Island, Michigan
Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and slow down a little? Try this historical island in the middle of Lake Huron, where cars aren’t even allowed. Go on kayak tours by day, carriage rides by night and don't miss Astor’s Salon & Spa at the almost 130-year-old Grand Hotel for a facial and massage. Watch the stress melt away--well, at least until Sunday night.
Where to stay: The Grand Hotel