9 Adventurous Bachelor / Bachelorette Party Destinations

Clas­sic des­ti­na­tions to cel­e­brate a soon-to-be mar­riage all have their mer­it, but per­haps some­times some­thing a lit­tle more out­doors-ori­en­tat­ed can fit the style of the future bride or groom. For those that look towards hik­ing trails for a good time, or that pre­fer whiskey served in a flask from the bot­tom of a back­pack, and who con­sid­er any shoes at all to be for­mal wear—go ahead and skip the Vegas Strip and Bour­bon Street and head some­where a lit­tle more wild with these adven­tur­ous bachelor/bachelorette par­ty destinations.

1. Port Ange­les, Washington
On the Olympic Penin­su­la over­look­ing the ocean, Port Ange­les fea­tures sea­side hotels, plen­ty of AirBnb’s and one very afford­able hos­tel—but the real rea­son to vis­it is the imme­di­ate access to Olympic Nation­al Park. With dense rain­forests, snow-capped peaks and a rugged coast­line, back­pack­ing, and hik­ing in Olympic are equiv­a­lent to the feel­ing of a kid being in Dis­ney­land (with no lines or adult super­vi­sion). For bonus adven­ture trav­el, the scenic Vic­to­ria, British Colum­bia is only a short fer­ry ride away from Port Angeles.

2. Asheville, North Carolina
Sur­round­ed by the Blue Ridge Moun­tains, a bach­e­lor or bach­e­lorette par­ty in Asheville could eas­i­ly con­sist of back­pack­ing, moun­tain bik­ing, riv­er raft­ing, fly fish­ing and camp­fire sto­ry­telling (all on a long week­end). Throw in the grow­ing num­ber of brew­eries and local eater­ies in Asheville, and you’ll wish the week­end was longer. For a real par­ty to remem­ber, Asheville is one of many great loca­tions to hop on the Appalachi­an Trail for a few-day-stint away from the usu­al routine.

istockphoto/Bobbushphoto3. Bend, Oregon
With the Bend White­wa­ter Park run­ning right through the cen­ter of the town, adven­ture and recre­ation are lit­er­al­ly infused into this scenic city east of the Cas­cade Moun­tains. The Deschutes Nation­al For­est buts up to Bend, includ­ing the likes of Mount Bach­e­lor, the Three Sis­ters Wilder­ness, and the long-dis­tance Pacif­ic Crest Trail. If that isn’t enough to work with, the high desert lies to the south of Bend, with spots like New­ber­ry Vol­canic Mon­u­ment invit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to explore hot springs and lava tubes.

4. San­ta Bar­bara, California 
Surf’s up for you and your crew in San­ta Bar­bara. Who cares when you vis­it, because this south­ern Cal­i­for­nia hotspot enjoys the sun through­out the year (though sum­mer is pret­ty fun if you don’t mind shar­ing the abun­dant beach.) With plen­ty of surf­side attrac­tion and ocean­front things to do, San­ta Bar­bara is also blessed with the Los Padres Nation­al For­est direct­ly inland. Surf­ing waves, climb­ing moun­tains and wit­ness­ing per­haps the most epic sun­set in your life, it can all be done in a day in San­ta Barbara.

5. Port­land, Maine
Extend­ing into Cas­co Bay, Port­land is a charm­ing city by the sea sur­round­ed by great hik­ing, cycling, and lob­ster-eat­ing activ­i­ties. Endeav­ors like hik­ing, golf­ing and vis­it­ing islands are pop­u­lar in the imme­di­ate vicin­i­ty of Port­land, and world-renowned parks like Aca­dia Nation­al Park and Bax­ter State Park are under three hours away. A great base­camp or place to stay for an entire week, scor­ing a spot in the Old Port dis­trict will treat you right.

6. Jack­son Hole, Wyoming
It’s hard to say whether Jack­son Hole is more fun to vis­it in the win­ter or sum­mer. The over­all expe­ri­ence of ski­ing or snow­board­ing at Jack­son Hole Moun­tain Resort is what pow­der dreams are made of. Explor­ing the grandeur of Grand Teton Nation­al Park dur­ing the sum­mer will take your breath away, espe­cial­ly when hik­ing up into the back­coun­try. For a great back­pack­ing bond­ing trip with great views, the 40 miles of the Teton Crest Trail is a great route for bachelor/bachelorette par­ties (per­mit required).

istockphot/SEASTOCK7. Tel­luride, Colorado
Col­orado has a pletho­ra of adven­tur­ous des­ti­na­tions worth check­ing out, and Tel­luride is near the top of that list. Home to the state’s largest free-falling water­fall, a vibrant moun­tain vil­lage and, oh yeah, thou­sands of acres of the stun­ning Uncom­pah­gre Nation­al For­est. The world-famous Tel­luride Ski Resort with­in the Uncom­pah­gre has hun­dreds of miles of hik­ing, bik­ing, and eques­tri­an trails. To have the place to your­self, cab­in and lodge rentals give you and the crew pri­vate access to it all.

8. White­fish, Montana
In north­ern Mon­tana near the Cana­di­an bor­der, the resort city of White­fish pro­vides adven­ture through­out the year. Glac­i­er Nation­al Park is a year-round rea­son to vis­it White­fish, the apt­ly named Nation­al Park less than thir­ty miles away. For win­ter sea­son fun, White­fish Moun­tain Resort, also known as Big Moun­tain, fea­tures mul­ti-day ter­rain, plen­ty of cab­in rentals, and ski-apres oppor­tu­ni­ties for some hot poutine.

Moab, Utah9. Moab, Utah
Per­haps one of the first des­ti­na­tions that come to mind for out­door excur­sions, Moab is syn­ony­mous with adven­ture for a rea­son. Numer­ous out­fit­ters can get you and your crew moun­tain bik­ing the slick­rock in no time, and com­mer­cial canyoneer­ing com­pa­nies are ready to show you a good time. White water raft­ing is also eas­i­ly facil­i­tat­ed in Moab, and no vis­it is com­plete with­out check­ing out the near­by license plate fea­ture, Del­i­cate Arch, in Arch­es Nation­al Park.