Planning a bachelorette party? 48 hours in Vegas is just right.

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The bachelorette party tradition is a celebration of longtime friendships and letting loose with the people who know you best. In recent years, bachelorette parties have evolved into a mini-vacation — to the beach, mountains, metropolitan city or popular island spots. If a weekend getaway is an option, many brides are opting for a place further from home but with a direct flight from the Charlotte airport.

Charlottean Noelle Leonard wanted a destination bachelorette party to Las Vegas. Why? Quite simply — “I’d never been to Vegas,” she said. In March 2017, nine of Leonard’s closest friends flew to Vegas for a “Champagne Campaign” themed weekend. The maid of honor shared no details with her except where they were headed and what to pack – black dress, white dress and two bathing suits. “I think being surprised made it really special,” she said.

Courtesy of Noelle Leonard

Leonard and her friends were picked up by limousine at McCarran International Airport and driven to the Bellagio, where they had two suites. Leonard’s maid of honor surprised everyone with gift bags that included shirts, champagne flutes and other goodies.

Vegas may be known for its wild and crazy side, but this group was going the classy route — no phallic-shaped cakes, strippers or cringe-worthy photos to worry about.

The bachelorette party spent the next 48 hours in Vegas. Ready to plan your own getaway? Here are some tips:

Stay

Courtesy of Noelle Leonard

Hotels on the strip such as the Aria, Cosmopolitan, The Venetian Resort and Caesars Palace offer easy access to spas, restaurants, shows, day clubs with pools and nightclubs. Leonard’s group had two suites at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

Eat

Leonard’s group dined at Carbone, an Italian restaurant in the Aria, and Beauty & Essex in the Cosmopolitan. They feasted on omelets, French toast, oyster platters and grapefruit mimosas at Herringbone’s brunch.

In the evening, dine at Carmine’s in Caesars or Momofuku in the Cosmopolitan. For views of the strip, try The Eiffel Tower Restaurent or Giada at the Cromwell Hotel.

For an intimate party, the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Tea Lounge hosts a tea on the 23rd floor and offers floor to ceiling views of the strip. Pastries, tea cakes and tea sandwiches are served with mimosas, champagne and a wide selection of teas.

Drink

Courtesy of Caesars Palace
Mr Chow

On the last day of the bachelorette weekend in Vegas, the group visited the Wet Republic Ultra Pool at MGM Grand for the celebrity DJ party experience. Other options are to finish the night with drinks at The Dorsey in the Venetian, the Caviar Room at Restaurant Guy Savoy or Mr Chow in Caesar’s for their roaming champagne trolley.

Do

Days may be spent at the spa getting hot stone and salt room treatments or traditional massage and mani-pedi services. During the day, the bachelorette group spent time at Aria’s Liquid Pool Lounge with its cabanas and private pools.

Adventurous groups will enjoy beautiful views of Red Rock Canyon from horseback with Cowboy Trail Rides or a river rafting tour of the Hoover Dam with Casino Travel & Tours or Gray Line Las Vegas. Helicopter rides and airplane flights through the Grand Canyon are available through Mustang Helicopters. Zipline on Fremont Street through downtown Vegas with Slotzilla or off the strip at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino with Voodoo Zipline.

Photo by Melissa Oyler
Freemont Street

The bachelorette party spent their last evening at Bellagio’s fountain show and ended the night at Sushisamba in The Palazzo.

Pro Tips

Make a budget. Travel expenses, activities, dining and drinks add up. Be sure friends are up for the cost.

Narrow down the options. With only a weekend to do it all, prioritize what is most important to see and do.

Reserve in advance. Vegas activities and restaurants book quickly.

Think about the weather. Vegas’ heat is worst during the summer months.

Be glamorous and practical. Take comfy shoes for walking the strip.

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