Do you love to travel and take every opportunity to scope out new cities? If so, why not plan a bachelorette weekend (or week) with your closest friends to a new city full of adventure? We spoke with Carlie Finch of 2 Travel Anywhere to find out which cities and activities she recommends for an awesome bachelorette getaway.
Chicago’s bustling city center is clustered around The Loop and the adjacent Near North and Near South neighborhoods. Many of the city’s popular attractions are based in three districts, including the Art Institute of Chicago. Outside of The Loop, the most popular things to do in Chicago can be found in the suburbs. North Side is the home to lively pubs and clubs. West Side is a trendy hipster enclave and South Side is where you will find Chinatown and some of the best food in the city!
The best place to start shopping is The Magnificent Mile. Many of the city’s most popular shops are located along the mile-long stretch of Michigan Avenue with Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Barney’s New York all within walking distance of one another. Just around the corner is trendy Oak Street.
Where to stay: The Westin Michigan Avenue across from the Magnificent Mile
Miami pulses with energy and glamour while luring travelers from all corners of the globe with its siren song of sun washed beaches, vibrant culture, and world class nightlife. Sleek South Beach is known for days spent sunning on the sand and starry nights spent partying in glitzy clubs.
Where to stay: The Ritz Carlton South Beach, SLS Hotel South Beach
Get up close and personal with many of history’s most venerated artworks and artifacts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hit the streets to explore unique neighborhood micro-cultures and vibes of Greenwich Village, Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Soho, Harlem, East Village, Tribeca, Times Square, Midtown, Williamsburg, Forest Hills, and more!
Check out the most famous buildings in America, like the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, The Flatiron Building, The Chrysler Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Dakota, The Metlife Building, Grand Central Terminal, the new World Trade Center, and many more architectural icons!
Wander the city and green spaces such as Central Park and Coney Island while snapping pictures of NYC icons like the Statue of Liberty, Staten Island Ferry, the Manhattan skyline, and Rockefeller Plaza!
Where to stay: W New York, a stylish high-rise close to Midtown and Manhattan’s dining and shopping
Explore throughout San Francisco and visit some top attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street. Lombard Street is perhaps America’s most quirky and picturesque street located in the residential neighborhood of Russian Hill. Enjoy fresh seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf, once the hub of San Fran fishing fleet, and now the city’s most popular tourist destination attracting over 12 million visitors annually.
Shopping in San Francisco is as varied as the city itself from its grand department stores to its funky secondhand boutiques. Deep pocketed buyers and window shoppers alike mob the dozens of pricey shops packed into the blocks bordering Union Square while bargain hunters dig through record shops and thrift stores in the Mission District.
You can also rent a car and drive to Wine Country!
Where to stay: Pier 2620 Fisherman’s Wharf or Grand Hyatt San Francisco.
The Las Vegas strip is a mind boggling sight. Mile after mile of stunning high rise architecture, dazzling water fountains, and outrageous neon lights with big name resorts, brilliant casinos and award winning restaurants. Enjoy superstar performers, panoramic views, sizzling nightlife, designer boutiques, golf, over the top stage shows, gigantic swimming pools, and luxurious spas.
Where to stay: Nobu Hotel, Caesars Palace (#1 night clubs for Bachelorette Parties), The Cromwell, The Cosmopolitan
New Orleans has a flavor and vocabulary all on its own from the cuisine: gumbo, jambalaya, po’boys, and muffulettas to the drinks: Sazerac, Ramous Fin Fizz, and Cafe Brulot Diablique. New Orleans has so much to offer for a great weekend or week getaway. Ride the world’s oldest continuously operating streetcar, browse museums, check out sacred sites and grand old homes dotted across the city, and view gorgeous architectural and cultural legacies from past eras. The thriving hub of the French Quarter is a beautiful collision of past and present that offers fine views of the Mississippi River. Music lovers, take a trip down Frenchman Street and catch the late night vibe of Bourbon Street.
Places to stay: Hyatt French Quarter, a modern, stylish luxury hotel steps from Bourbon Street and the French Quarter | Hotel Monteleone Arts, a landmark and member of Historic Hotels in the French Quarter | Sheraton New Orleans, a recently renovated hotel on historic Cana Street across from the French Quarter
We hope you have a remarkable bachelorette getaway!
Corresponding writer: Carlie Finch of 2 Travel Anywhere