If you’re a 2024 bride or maid of honor, you may want to consider Savannah for the bachelorette weekend of your dreams. The mix of history, charm and gorgeous architecture is definitely a more classy choice for a bachelorette party, but it seems that’s where the trend for these kinds of weekends is headed. Of course, there’s a plethora of spots for boozy brunches and scenic rooftop bars to party with your gals all weekend, too. You can also hop in the car for a quick 30-minute ride to Tybee Island for a day of nautical vibes!
2. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Calling all “Yellowstone” fans! Jackson Hole was trending throughout 2023, and it seems that it’s only going to get bigger in 2024. Bordered by the peaks of the Teton Mountains, Jackson Hole is an ideal travel destination for any season of the year, depending on your interests. If you’re a hardcore winter person, the outdoor winter activities in Jackson Hole are unbeatable. Many of the parks are still open throughout the winter to check out that season’s wildlife, and you can also try out dog-sledding, which is a total bucket list item. Of course, summer in Jackson is ideal for hiking and styling your favorite Yellowstone-inspired outfits for a day on the ranch or a night out at a local brewery.
3. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
If you’re looking for a picturesque hidden gem, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California is straight out of a fairytale. From art galleries to boutique shops to cozy inns, Carmel is one of the most relaxing spots in Monterey County. It’s proximity to the beach is ideal for surfers and beach bums alike, and is only a two-hour drive from San Francisco if you’re planning a California road trip. Carmel fanatics recommend staying in one of the quaint hotels or inns for a true fairytale vacation, and also urge travelers not to skip out on the Carmel Bakery for coffee and pastries while visiting.
4. Charleston, South Carolina
Although Charleston may be an obvious destination for this list as its tourism has skyrocketed since the pandemic, there are so many different reasons to visit this historical Southern city. Charleston is the perfect place for a long weekend getaway for couples, gal pals or mother and daughter duos. Most travelers recommend staying downtown to be in the midst of all trendy hotels, bars and restaurants. However, if you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe, you can stay at a plethora of Airbnbs or condos in Folly Beach, which is about a 20-minute drive without traffic. Similar to Savannah, Charleston is rich in history and has tons of charming inns to stay in. It’s also one of the most Instagrammable travel destinations, so make sure to bring your camera and cutest outfits!
5. Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Moving up north a bit, Watch Hill, Rhode Island is a must-stop destination on any summer New England road trip. If there happens to be any Swifties reading this, you’ve most likely already visited Watch Hill, or it’s on your travel bucket list. This is because of the iconic mansion that Taylor Swift purchased in 2013 that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and local beachgoers. Although the town of Watch Hill is very quaint, you can hop on the ferry to Block Island for more activity options or drive even further to Newport for the true New England experience. Even if you just stop in for the day to hit the beach and take a peek at Taylor’s house, I highly recommend visiting Watch Hill in some capacity this year.
6. Rosemary Beach, Florida
Now, I know what you may be thinking: Florida is SO overrated. However, Rosemary Beach is a hidden gem located on northwest Florida's gulf coast, between Panama City and Destin at the eastern end of Scenic Route 30A. Travelers have compared this quaint spot to a traditional Dutch village, feeling a hint of European charm in their Florida vacation. The cobbled streets and alleyways throughout the downtown area entice travelers to enter the boutique shops and fall in love with the small cafes that Rosemary Beach has to offer. You can also paddleboard or ride bikes on the beach without feeling like you’re visiting a typical touristy spot in Florida.
7. Cannon Beach, Oregon
For the nature lovers out there, Cannon Beach Oregon is a must-stop spot if you’re mapping a Pacific Northwest road trip this year. Known best for its iconic sea stacks that have made its beach one of the most well-known in the country, Cannon Beach offers the perfect blend of beach and hiking. Only a 1.5 hour drive from Portland, Cannon Beach can make for the perfect day trip or overnight stay in one of its many boho Airbnb properties. Its romantic downtown offers cozy bookstores, local coffee roasters and art galleries to get lost in all day long.