Who Needs Vegas? 5 Uncommon Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Ideas

If you're getting ready to walk down the aisle, you may be thinking about your last hurrah: the bachelor or bachelorette party. You're not alone if Las Vegas has crossed your mind—more than one-third of Las Vegas visitors are in the city for a bachelor or bachelorette party, StatisticBrain.com reports.

Why not try something out of the ordinary? Vegas has been done to death.

Motor Home Mayhem

The Orange County Fair’s Motor Home Madness Demolition Derby is held every summer in Costa Mesa, Calif. The event pits the gas-powered behemoths against each other in a hubcap-bending fight to the finish that will have even the most jaded truck rally enthusiasts jumping from their seats. This year’s event will be on Aug. 8 and again on Aug. 11. You can save 20 percent on your ticket by springing for a fair SuperPass on OCFair.com, which gives you admission to other fair events as well as a never-ending supply of corndog and deep-fried Twinkie vendors.


Wet and Wild

What better way to celebrate your impending nuptials than by climbing into a big log and careening down a giant, water-filled chute? Wisconsin Dells is the waterpark capital of the world, according to Dells.com, and offers dozens of heart-stopping rides and other activities like fishing, boat tours, watersports and even golf. Noah’s Ark Waterpark has a wide selection of activities for adults and kids, or you can book your rooms at the Kalahari or Chula Vista resorts, both of which offer outdoor and indoor parks. After a day of activity, relax at a world-class spa, visit the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum or enjoy a show at the Rick Wilcox Magic Theater.


Impersonate Elvis

Don your brightest, whitest suit and head to Graceland, Elvis’ former mansion located in Memphis, Tenn. Tour the mansion and see more Elvis-themed exhibits than you ever thought possible, and then catch an Elvis impersonator—they’re featured in venues all over the city. If you’re traveling this August, you’ll be in time to celebrate the city’s annual Elvis Week; grab tickets for the 2013 Elvis Tribute Artist World Championship, featuring hundreds of Elvis lookalikes. Book your rooms at the Heartbreak Hotel, conveniently located across the street from the mansion. Regular room rates begin at $115 a night, or splurge for a themed suite that sleeps eight for a starting price of $555 a night. 


Ride the Rapids

Climb aboard a raft and wind your way through the Grand Canyon down the mighty Colorado River. Western River Expeditions offers private group trips featuring camping equipment and complete meal preparation for the entire trip, as well as a scenic flight and helicopter ride to the rim of the canyon and optional hikes. Western River offers 3-day, 4-day and 6-7-day group options from $1,240 to just under $2,800 per person.


Head for the Hills

Leave the hectic pace of wedding planning behind with a trip to a national park. Yellowstone is famous for its hot springs, the world-famous geyser Old Faithful, a network of trails and hiking paths and a variety of wildlife. The park features plenty of opportunity for camping as well as fully appointed lodges; one of the most popular is the historic Old Faithful Inn, which offers both rooms and suites ranging from $103 to $512 per night. Or, go rustic with the nearby cabins which charge from $69 to $115 per night.


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