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Las Vegas… the foundation of the American bachelor party. While there is no denying that this city has a time and place, there is a different (and some would say better) way to celebrate the end of single-dom. A bachelor party should be a place to reflect, enjoy, and most importantly bond with your closest friends.

With that in mind, we suggest the following alternatives to celebrate the big day.


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For the Outdoor Enthusiast

This is a super flexible option that allows the day/weekend to be tailored for the group. It can be as extreme or as comfortable as needed and spans multiple price points. For the relaxed, gather around a campfire approach, look for the closest national park and reserve your camp spot. If they’re the active type, conquer a milestone and hike a 14er in Colorado (Barr Trail is a great option). White water rafting, kayaking, and rock climbing are great activities to include in the itinerary.



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The Day at the Track

For the gearhead, few things are as fun as flying around a track, and almost every metropolitan area has a track that can be reserved. If you want to dream a little bigger, some professional tracks open up to the public. Schedule the bash around a professional race and try the track out for your group the following day.



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For the Waterman

Chartering a boat is a great way to enjoy a weekend. Sailing, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and diving are all possible activities for a waterman. Pack the ice chest, grab your polarized sunglasses, and enjoy a day on the water.



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For the Sportsman

A hunting or fishing trip is another great outing. If looking to go upscale, book a hunting lodge. Possible destinations include Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana. However, if you’re looking for something a little more low-key, pack up the car, rent a canoe, and head to the nearest lake or river.



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For the Cultured Groom

For the man who enjoys the finer things in life, reserve a private room at his favorite restaurant. Many chefs will work with you to provide a custom menu based on the groom’s favorite dishes. Another possible idea is to book a restaurant attached to a museum and take the culture bar up another notch (Otium in LA is the perfect example). Finish the evening on a celebratory note with a post dinner cigar or brandy.



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The Brewery/Distillery Tour

If the groom enjoys his spirits, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is hard to beat. If he is a craft beer fan, there are multiple destination possibilities including San Diego, Portland, Ashville, and Austin. A brewery day complete with tours and tastings makes for a memorable and enjoyable experience.

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