When I first got engaged, I immediately knew that I wanted to have my bachelorette party in Arizona. Because my parents now live down there and having visited numerous times, I knew that it would be the perfect spot for my bride tribe. Here’s why…
1. First and foremost, Arizona is gorgeous.
If you want those #Instagrammable moments, Arizona will be happy to oblige. Take, for example, that Arizona is home to one of the Natural Wonders of the World. The Grand Canyon, while further away from larger cities could make for a perfect glamping party. If you’re there, you will also have to check out Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.
If you want to be closer to a larger city, but also have a desire to experience the natural beauty of the state 48, then Sedona is for you. Sedona’s breathtaking red rocks are only a two hour drive from Phoenix. For the hikers, Sedona is also home to the infamous Devil’s Bridge.
However, Phoenix and Scottsdale are by far the most popular for such events. They are a mix of vibrant colors, modern elegance, and a dash of the Wild West. Some of the most beautiful places around are Desert Botanical Garden, Camelback Mountain, and Old Town Scottsdale.
2. The weather is (almost) always in your favor.
The beauty of Arizona is it is the way it is, because of the dryer climate and warmer temperatures almost all year round. Of course, you can’t always guess what the weather is going to be like, especially in the winter months and monsoon season (mid-July through mid- August). But, if you do a little more research and you play your cards rights, Arizona will most likely welcome you with warm arms. From my experience, I would recommend going between March-May or September-October.
We went in October, and on the first day of my bachelorette party, it poured during the day! Even after all of the visits to see my parents, this was one of maybe two or three times I had seen it rain. Then, the following day was beautiful, bright and 80 degrees.
3. There’s always something to do;
No matter if you want to spend time inside or outside, there is an activity for you and your crew. Of course there are the typical bachelor/ette activities like going golfing, sitting or swimming at the pool, and testing your luck at the casino. But, Arizona also offers unique experiences like hiking in the gorgeous desert, catching a spring training game, and going back in time at the O.K. Corral.
As mentioned before, Devil’s Bridge and Camelback are among the most popular hikes in Arizona. I am not much of a hiker, but I do know there are plenty for hikers at any level.
If golf is more your thing than check out one of the many, many golf courses. Among some of our favorites are TPC Scottsdale and True North. One of my favorite things that we did during my bachelorette party was take a couple swings at Top Golf. You don’t have to be a golfer to have fun. Each bay is covered from the elements and waiters come a round serving food and drinks.
4. More for your money
I can’t speak to all of the popular bachelorette destinations, but from what I’ve experienced Arizona can be on the less expensive side of things. I’ve been to Las Vegas, I’ve done the pool parties, and I’ve tried going to the clubs. I can think of numerous times I have gone to the super trendy spots in Las Vegas and California, only to pay an absurd amount for a single drink. Most anything you want to do in these places, you can experience in Arizona at a better price point.
Although I had accommodations taken care of, the ease of renting an Airbnb, buying your own food and drinks (for under $10 each), and sitting near the private pool does sound rather enticing. With so many snow birds (folks who return for the cooler months of the year), you are bound to find a great place to stay.
5. Bound to have a good time
With universities like Arizona State and University of Arizona, it’ no question that this state knows how to party. For a guaranteed good time, check out Mill Avenue in Tempe over to Old Town Scottsdale. During my bachelorette party in Arizona, we checked out Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. I have now been there two different times, and each time has been a completely different experience. One night was country and line dancing, while the other was a live DJ and dance music. Both a great time, with two different crowds. That entire street of Gilbert is lively and up-and-coming.
But, even if you’re not looking for a crazy night out, the nightlife in Arizona is still fun. Many restaurants not only offer good food, but also have fun upbeat vibes. During the warmer months (about March-October from what I’ve experienced), you might be able to sit outside and listen to live music. One of my favorite Arizona spots is San Tan Flat. This family-friendly joint offers live music and dancing. To boot, they have one of the best house margaritas I’ve ever had.