Drive to the best Bachelor Party pads around the globe
Posted by Avis on April 6, 2018|469 people viewed
Your nerves are shot from months of dealing with event vendors, caterers, family members, and in-laws. What you need is an escape. An outlet for blowing off steam. The inevitable end of your singledom must be properly honoured with a man-bash unlike any other. Hit the road with your friends before heading into wedded oblivion – because gentlemen this is the one single “wedding trend” that we endorse: the ultimate road trippin’ bachelor party.
All you need to consider are the seven deadly sins of a bachelor party and a ‘confidentiality contract’ with your buddies to keep your upcoming marriage intact.
1. Lust – L.A. to Las Vegas
Fremont Street, Las Vegas, United States
Drive Time: 4.5 hours
Distance: 402 Km
Main Attractions: Bottle Tree Ranch / Calico Ghost Town / The Donut Man / Zzyzx
A bachelor party without a strip club is like a birthday party without a cake. Nothing screams “I WANT TO MAKE MISTAKES” (last ones of course) like Vegas.
We wholeheartedly urge you to hit the open road with your pals for some quality bonding time before landing in the mecca of indulgence. Our advice – don’t ever fly from L.A. to Vegas, the road trip is too much fun to miss.
This iconic 4.5 hour/250 mile drive (if you’re going the speed limit, which you won’t be) is a high-speed space corridor to debauchery with classic roadside attractions like Bottle Tree Ranch – a forest of glass soda bottles, Calico Ghost Town in the Calico Mountains, The Donut Man – Route 66 classic must-stop, Zzyzx – an unavoidable crazy sign with an equally crazy history, Alien Fresh Jerky – out-of-this-world road snacks, Mad Greek café – Greek fast food joint with unmissable life-size plaster statues and Parthenon-evoking patio, the Neon Museum – a graveyard of neon signs that had once lit up Las Vegas.
Coming to the last stop – Las Vegas – the grand finale which is anything but the end! Your adventure is just beginning here: for Sin City, is a place of decadence, debauchery and overindulgence.
But before you get down to making the best kind of mistakes, does the groom have the green light from the fiancée? (See Wrath, below).
• Left-hand drive
• Fight your need for speed when travelling on the I-15. Officers from both the California Highway Patrol and the Nevada Highway Patrol are always on the lookout for speeders and distracted drivers. So keep an eye on your speedometer and avoid any road rage-like behaviours. What’s more, a Zero Tolerance program aimed at reducing accidents, is in effect for the final 26 mile stretch of the 1-15 from Primm to St. Rose Parkway. Expect to see plenty of cops enforcing the 70 mph speed limit.
You can reserve your Los Angeles rental from Avis car in just minutes, and we guarantee our best online rates. Reserve your rental car from multiple locations in L.A. and get ready to live it up in Vegas.
While it might not matter so much where you stay, as long as you book your resort on the main strip, we still have a few special mentions.
Experience a luxury Las Vegas hotel and casino along The Strip and explore the unexpected. At The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the possibilities are endless – An ultra-modern and high-end hotel with top-rated dining choices, popular nightlife options and unique, rotating attractions. With private, outdoor terraces that give you a view over the party downstairs, you’ll be able to sip on a fine, aged scotch on a private terrace about The Strip and get some VIP access to the Marquee Nightclub.
The Wynn has the only 18-hole golf course on the Strip — a fine way to spend the day if you’re not up for pawning your wedding gifts and heading back to the Wynn’s gorgeous casino. At night you can also check out two of Vegas’ most popular nightclubs, both on-site. The 13 fine-dining and casual restaurants include a steakhouse, Asian, Italian, and American cuisines, plus a buffet with often long waits.
Though it’s more about the booze than food, we advise getting in some grub between parties and pools.
Café Americano serves up classic American fare with a Latin twist 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Located in the main lobby of Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, guests of Café Americano can enjoy a contemporary and relaxed atmosphere all day and all night. Enjoy expertly-crafted cocktails at the bar and lounge where you may witness mixologists create everything from barrel-aged classics to signature and traditional drinks.
Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen uses the finest treasures from the sea for a culinary experience that will be one to talk about for years to come!
Wynn Las Vegas Casino
Casino at Bellagio
Casino at the Venetian
Palazzo Resort Casino
The Cosmopolitan Casino
2. Sloth – Chicago to New York
Drive Time: 14 hours
Distance: 1415 Km
Main Attractions: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame / Carnegie Museum of Art, / Liberty Bell / Museum of Sex
Better be avoided. Get the adrenaline flowing with a bachelor bash on the edge. What’s the best way for you to bond with your buddies? Over sports, of course. And for the sports fanatic, Chicago has quickly become one of the most popular party destinations. A self-drive trip from Chicago to New York will take you through some of the best cities the US has to offer.
Covering Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York there is bound to be a city for everyone in the car!
Begin your adventure in Chicago – the city that has something for everyone. Beach? Check. Professional sports? Check. The Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs and White Sox? Check. Deep-dish pizza? Check. And Beer? Um, check! Chicago has more than 60 breweries inside its city limits alone. It is also the ultimate destination for music-loving bachelors. Look out for the 2019 opening of the Chicago Blues Experience, a multimillion-dollar, 50,000-square-foot museum tracing the history of the genre. Sports fans, depending on the season, can take in a Bears or Cubs game.
Leaving Chicago behind, take the 1-90 east towards Shipshewana. Skirting Lake Eire for another 2 hours, you’ll arrive in Cleveland – the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. Be sure to check out a basketball game – the games are very entertaining and once you see one you’ll want to see them all. Grit meets sophistication in a town where you can rock out to music legends inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or view Monets and Picassos at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Heading south on the route, take the I-80 through to Pittsburgh – another unique American city. Season permitting, the sport in Pittsburgh is also a great way to understand the passion of the locals and their city, including Hockey and NFL. Pittsburgh packs a punch in terms sights and attractions sure to please the avid sports fan, history enthusiast, and culture maven – famed steel industries, Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium and Mount Washington, Robot Hall of Fame which as the name suggests celebrates the finest in robotics, among others.
Leaving Pittsburgh on the I-76 head towards Philadelphia. Philly (as it’s known locally) is home to many historically important sites for the United States. Take a glimpse at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and even the iconic steps from the film Rocky. For the best Philly cheese steak check out Pat’s King of Steaks or Geno’s Steaks.
In a short 1 hour and 45 minutes, you’ll arrive in the Big Apple – where the possibilities are endless. Made up of 5 boroughs – Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island – New York is the city that never sleeps, and the exhilarating energy will have you craving for more. With Lady Liberty calling, the bachelor party ain’t over yet. Visit Museum of Sex, a bachelor party favourite follows by a trip to the Upper East Side at the city’s classiest strip-club, Sapphire New York. The groom will most definitely enjoy the last pit stop for sure.
• Drivers in the US must use the right-hand side of the road.
• The speed limit in Illinois is 70mph on highways and 45mph in downtown Chicago.
• US rental cars are generally automatic, so make sure to ask if you want a manual transmission car.
If you travel plans bring you to Chicago, you have an option to hire an Avis Rental car from multiple locations from Chicago Midway Intl Airport to Oak Park, Logan Square, Grossinger City Autoplex among others.
The Acme Hotel will make you a Glasshole for no extra charge, but it’s also a solid all-around bachelor party option complete with high-end cocktail lounge The Berkshire Room and “Hair of the Dog” hangover kits.
Longman & Eagle is a contemporary take on a traditional Chicago inn—offering considered, inspired drinking, eating and sleeping options—also offering Chicago’s number one hipster bar, PBR breakfast, 300+ whiskeys, and is also Chicago’s most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant.
Check into one of the coolest hotel rooms in NYC, the Speakeasy Suite – the only suite with a private poker room and whiskey bar hidden behind a secret door in the bookcase. Prepare to feel downright gangster.
Few things are more traditional to the bachelor party experience than the dudes’ steak dinner, and few Chicago steakhouses are more traditional than Gene & Georgetti offering you stiff drinks and big plates of red meat since 1941? What more do you want? A lap dance?
Featuring a single, seasonally driven tasting menu of between 18 and 22 courses, the experience of dining at Alinea is not only delicious, but also fun, emotional, and provocative. Alinea has been universally praised for its innovative approach to modernist cuisine. It has three times been named the Best Restaurant in America and is the only restaurant in Chicago, and one of only 12 in the U.S., to earn the coveted Michelin 3-Star rating.
Chow down on some seriously great seafood at Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant – located on the lower level of, as you may have guessed, Grand Central Station. Have your pick from 30 different selections of raw oysters in addition to the simple and delicious seafood menu. If you saved room for dessert, try the homemade Cannoli Cream Tart with Oreo Cookie Crust.
Horseshoe Casino Hammond
Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago
Saratoga Race Course
Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack
3. Gluttony – OKTOBERFEST GERMANY
Drive Time: 4 hours
Distance: 392 Km
Main Attractions: Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall / Munich / Stuttgart / Nuremberg / Frankfurt
For one of a kind bachelor party for a gang that follows their gut – literally – celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich is so obvious.
From the classic German Oktoberfest in Munich to the surrounding cities, there is something to see, do, eat, and drink in every corner of Germany at this time of year.
Cover multiple Oktoberfest locations, each perfect a place to spend a day – drive there in the morning, park your rental car, and then explore 2018’s Germany Oktoberfest celebration, enjoying the classic German bratwurst and beer in the open-air celebration that is known around the world.
Begin your brew some journey from Munich to Frankfurt.
1. Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall Munich
Be warned, this is the most popular and also most touristy beer hall in Munich. Nevertheless, it’s also one of the most traditional and it helped to shape the city’s beer culture. The restaurant’s location at the centre of town, within walking distance to many must-see sites of downtown Munich, make Hofbräuhaus a perfect introduction to the Germany beer culture.
2. Munich’s Oktoberfest
Boasting a consumption of almost seven million litres of beer and thousands of grilled sausages, chickens, giant pretzels, pork knuckles – world’s largest beer festival is gluttony personified.
3. Stuttgart’s Oktoberfest
With a similar feel to Oktoberfest – beer tents, traditional food and attire etc – Stuttgart’s annual celebration (known locally as Wasan), is an amazing option within a comfortable driving distance of Munich.
It’s an amazing event and a real hidden gem – hardly any tourists visit and few people outside of Germany know about it, making it a truly unique experience to visit. In addition to the wurst, brew, fair rides and lederhosen, Stuttgart is a top-notch European city filled with amazing architecture, culture, dining, and art which is well-suited to exploring by foot after you check into your hotel.
4. Red Beer from the Rock-cut Cellars of Nuremberg
Nuremberg has been an important brewing city for centuries; whether it is a pale ale, dark beer or a genuine red beer – there is something for everyone’s taste. The city of Nuremberg has been brewing red beer since the Middle Ages.
In addition to imbibing, be sure to take a tour of the maze of rock-cut cellars, a network of sandstone cellars covering six acres beneath the old city centre.
5. Frankfurt’s Oktoberfest
After enjoying Munich and Stuttgart’s offerings, we recommend that you finish your trip in another German Gem: Frankfurt! one of Germany’s biggest hubs, Frankfurt is not always the top of the tourist list, unlike its neighbours Munich and Berlin. Oktoberfest in Frankfurt is as much about the music as it is about the beer, so we encourage you to do some research to choose a band or two that you really love, and then arrange tickets on the evening those bands are slated to perform.
• Drivers should know the rules for traffic lights such as right turns on red lights are not allowed except unless there is a green right-turn arrow, and yellow lights serve as a warning signal and are used before the lights turn green.
• The laws prohibit the use of cell phones while driving unless it is a hands-free set.
• Visitors may think that the Autobahn has no maximum speed limit. However, sections of the Autobahn have a specific speed limit that alternate from 80 to 130 kmph or 50 to 80 miles per hour.
• Drivers must stop at pedestrian crossings, called Zebrastreifen, when pedestrians are waiting to cross.
Avis is conveniently located in the Arrivals hall at Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport. Just follow the signs to the Car Rental Center on level 3 and be on your way to get the good times rollin’.
The Best Western Atrium Hotel is located in a central city location and offers an ideal starting point for your stay in Munich. In a ten minute walk, you can reach the shopping mile between Stachus and Marienplatz. It is only a few minutes to the main railway station and the Oktoberfest field.
As soon as you set foot in the hotel, you will be struck by the sense that this is a luxury establishment with a personal touch. Located on the ground floor is the hotel’s Komödie im Bayerischen Hof and the nightclub Bayerischer Hof with daily live performances of jazz, blues and soul musicians.
A First Class Hotel in Munich next to the main railway station in the city centre with tradition since 125 years. Guests can also visit Viktualienmarkt outdoor market, Marienplatz, or raise a glass at Hofbräuhaus beer hall; both are a 20-minute walk away in the Old Town.
There’s much more to Oktoberfest than beer. In fact, the Bavarian festival is full of flavorful food choices for anyone wanting to sink their teeth into something sweet or savoury. We recommend eating at Octoberfest tents itself for a lifetime culinary experience. Some must-try include:
Giant pretzels (breze)
These are known as “Brez’n” in the local dialect and are served with sausage, a variety of mustards – and, of course, a huge mug of beer.
Pork knuckle (schweinshaxe)
There are few who cook a good, crispy pork knuckle like the Germans. Schweinshaxe is usually marinated in a brine and then roasted until the skin is crispy and the meat tender. If you order it in a beer tent, expect it to come with a potato dumpling and possibly sauerkraut.
Spätzle is a type of egg noodle or dumpling that has a glutinous and soft consistency similar to that of gnocchi. In this form it is mixed with plenty of grated cheese (käse) and is topped with crispy fried onions. This is a delicious, filling and cheap vegetarian dish – one of the few available at Oktoberfest – and it’s great to warm you up on a cold evening.
The gingerbread hearts you’ll find all over the festival are hard as rocks. But they’re a creative way to say “ich liebe dich” (I love you) and make for a fun souvenir.
4. Greed – Macau, China
Drive Time: hours
Main Attractions: The Galaxy casino complex / MGM Grand / Macao Tower / Skywalk X / Golden Reel
Does the groom have a weakness for blackjack? In that case, we are pleased to inform you that Macau has passed Vegas as the world’s gambling centre. You can easily plan an incredibly epic bachelor party while visiting all of the hottest clubs and casinos in town, without actually flying all the way to Las Vegas.
It really is a gambler’s paradise and also quite easy to get to if you are travelling from India. Casinos worth checking out include The Galaxy casino complex, the Venetian, and the MGM Grand (which caters only to seasoned gamblers).
But Macau isn’t just all about views of the casino strip. Explore this former Portuguese colony with landmarks and skylines that will leave you absolutely bedazzled – on a self-drive tour with your buddies before heading back to walk down the aisle.
Head over to Macao Tower, an observation deck that will give you absolutely splendid panoramic views of Macao – all the way up from 233 metres above ground. Challenge your limits by taking a walk on the wild side at Skywalk X which lets you walk along the outer perimeter of the tower, without a handrail. Be sure to make a beeline for the Golden Reel, which is the world’s highest figure-8 ferris wheel.
For an authentic slice of Macanese culture head to Coloane Village – complete with pastel Portuguese-style houses and narrow lanes preserving the soul of Macau and traditional Macanese living.
Satiate your hunger with the famous pork chop bun from Tai Lei Lok Kei. Featuring a juicy and succulent pork chop fried to a crisp between buns, this Asian-style sandwich will surely satisfy your buddies! From Galaxy to Lisboa Hotel, Wynn Macao and many others, enjoy the nightlife in Macao by going casino hopping where you can try your luck. The city’s 33 casinos are all open 24 hours so the fun never stops!
• Roads are generally well maintained and directional signs are in both Chinese and Portuguese.
• Unlike in mainland China, international driving permits (IDP’s) are accepted in Macau.
• Traffic moves on the left side of the road with most cars being right-hand drive (largely due to influences from neighbouring Hong Kong).
Avis provides car rental services in Macau. Rent a quality car from Avis fleet to make your journey a pure pleasure.
The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel – a 39-story, casino hotel on the Cotai Strip in Macau – is one of Asia’s most exciting entertainment destinations, and nowhere else in Asia will you find such a rare combination of facilities, attractions, and amenities.
Experience 5-star hospitality in Macao at Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip, just 5- minutes’ drive from the 18-hole Caesars Golf Macau. Lounge at the private pool-side cabanas with a flat-screen TV, or take a swim in any of the 5 outdoor pools. Most rooms enjoy views of the Cotai Strip or the outdoor pool.
Set against a backdrop of Art Deco-inspired architecture, this magnificent cinema-themed resort encompasses a labyrinth of pleasures: a glamorous two-tower hotel, electrifying entertainment venues for world-class performances, a global range of dining options, spectacular gaming areas and a wonderland of luxury shopping, all designed to bring your wildest imagination to life.
Miramar restaurant offers Portuguese food by the ocean. Set back from the water, this home-style restaurant serves up clams with cream sauce, grilled sardines with potatoes, octopus in chilli and snails in olive oil. Jugs of sangria complete the experience.
Famed all over South-East Asia, Fernando’s easy-going atmosphere and excellent food make it well worth the trek out to far-flung Hac Sa beach to enjoy a traditional slice of Portuguese colonial history.
The Wynn Palace
5. Wrath – Croatia
With wedding planning, one thing is for sure, it’s inevitable your checklist will feel overwhelming and even all-consuming at times. Don’t keep it bundled up. What you need is an exhilarating experience with your buddies to blow off the steam.
Taking a literal plunge seems fitting before you take the figurative plunge into marriage. Go skydiving in Croatia – the ultimate adrenaline thrill at one of the most beautiful locations in the World.
Skydiving is one of the few things left in the World that will keep your mind clear of all everyday problems for that 60 seconds of free fall.
And while you are at it, take in the best of Croatia’s mainland with a self-drive trip whilst allowing time for day trips to the stunning islands just offshore.
ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT – HVAR – DUBROVNIK
Distance: 662 Km
Drive Time: 11 hours
Collect your hire car from Zagreb airport or railway station on arrival.
Enjoy a fast and furious session at a Zagreb karting track or rafting during the day and have some stag fun with an evening of clubbing and strippers.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
No visit to Croatia is complete without a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Allow yourself time to admire the 16 terraced lakes and 92 waterfalls of this breathtaking natural phenomena.
Split respires with the party spirit, wherever you go. It is a land of thousands of bars practically everywhere in the city. If you are looking for after-hours clubs, Split won’t disappoint you. Another very important fact – girls from Split are smoking hot!!!
Don’t forget to allow time to wander along the ‘Riva’, a strip of restaurants and shops alongside the main port of Split.
Hvar has become renowned as one of the best party destinations in Europe. With the crystal clear sea, beautiful beaches, and more importantly, non-stop parties from May to September, many tourists and party lovers have recognised Hvar as a perfect place to have a hell of a time!
Dubrovnik as almost as popular as Croatia itself but it never fails to induce a sense of awe when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Less than four-minute cable ride takes you up to the Srd Hill where you can enjoy wonderful views over Dubrovnik. There is a panoramic bar at the top and a small museum. Wine is an integral part of life here in Dubrovnik. You can taste some of the best Croatian wines in many wine bars in Dubrovnik old town (we like D’Vino), or take a half-day trip and explore vineyards in the Konavle region.
• As in the rest of continental Europe, cars drive on the right-hand side of the roadway in Croatia.
• Croatia’s road infrastructure is rapidly improving and a major motorway exists between Zagreb and Split with connections to Zadar and Sibenik.
• Some Croatian motorways incur tolls.
Touching-down in Zagreb Airport, we know you cannot wait until your Croatia getaway officially starts. Pre-book an Avis Car Rental and you’ll find your Avis rental car conveniently waiting in or near the terminal.
Bohemian retreat nestled in lush botanical gardens on a tiny island in the Adriatic Sea – Palmizana Hotel is a great place to while away the days eating fresh seafood, swimming in the bay, exploring by kayak and diving nearby shipwrecks. The Palmizana beaches are lovely, but be sure to check out alternative bathing venues on the other Pakleni islets. For those who want an all-over tan, Jerolim or Stipanska are devoted to nudism.
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Situated on a secluded bay, this luxury hotel is located near a beach and features a multi-level pool. With a swanky beach club that suits sun worshippers and partygoers – it’s where most guests are content to while away the day, mojito in hand.
Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, Croatia’s premier five-star resort and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, offers an exquisite choice of modern hotel rooms and suites and luxurious residences accommodation experiencing the unique charm of the Adriatic coast. Beachfront location of the resort, only 11 kilometres from the UNESCO Old Town of Dubrovnik, provides the perfect spot from which to explore and enjoy everything the region has to offer, all year round. Resort facilities include a private beach, three pools, a world-class spa, sports centre, conference facilities, a variety of restaurants and bars featuring local and international cuisine and retail shopping area, making it the ultimate traveller destination.
Located in a vibrant yet hidden away laneway in the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Azur Restaurant is popular with the local foodie culture as well as tourists looking for something authentic and vibrant. Tuck into a reasonably priced, Med-and-Asian-influenced main here – fragrant meatballs in a chicken-coconut broth, perhaps, or Adriatic prawn pouches on grilled aubergine in a red-curry-and-coconut sauce – before an afternoon’s sunbathing.
The oldest restaurant in Zagreb – top-rated international and traditional dishes from the continent and the coast are prepared with special care – from juicy barbecue meats and uplifting blood sausages to super-fresh tuna fillets and delectable swordfish carpaccios.
Passarola is a fine restaurant located just beside the cathedral in the old part of the city Hvar. International cuisine, new and ancient dishes prepared with modern expression can be tasted here in Passarola. Gregada (traditional fish stew from the island of Hvar), lobsters with handmade pasta, excellent risottos, deserts which melts in your mouths and leaves you nothing but pure satisfaction are the highlights of a rich offer of various tastes. Night Bar Passarola offers a wide range of luxury wines for all tastes.
6. North Pole
Kidding. Just making sure you’re paying attention.
6. Pride – Grand Canyon
Distance: 402 miles
Drive Time: 4.5 hours
This one is for the older set. Thirty-somethings with wives and kids don’t have to pretend to be 21 to have a great bachelors for a friend taking the late plunge.
Take pride in acting your age instead of pretending to enjoy keg-stands.
A long weekend under the stars, backpacking Yosemite, or riding horses into the Grand Canyon is the perfect adult bachelor party.
See the Grand Canyon West Rim at your own pace when you hire an SUV car for a self-drive day trip from Las Vegas. When you hit the road, you drive directly over the Hoover Dam and take a very scenic route through the desert. Drive through a 900-year-old Joshua Tree Forest before turning onto the road to the Grand Canyon West Rim and the lands of the Hualapai Tribe. You can also explore Guano Point and Eagle Point at your leisure – no timetables, no schedules – it’s all up to you.
To spend a few minutes on the edge of this enormous chasm, looking out across a crevasse so wide and so deep you cannot see the end or bottom, makes you feel very small in comparison. It’s a humbling contrast to the fast-paced cities.
Optional activities include:
Grand Canyon Skywalk – Take a stroll on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the newest attraction on the West Rim, for amazingly unobstructed views over the canyon
Helicopter/Boat – Take a helicopter ride to the bottom of the canyon, then enjoy a 15-minute pontoon boat ride on the Colorado River!
High Point Hike at Guano Point – a brief walk from the shuttle drop point, offers 340 degrees views of the Grand Canyon.
• In the USA, please drive on the right side of the road.
• As you’re driving down an Arizona road, you should see plenty of road signs alerting you to the speed limit. In general, though, speed limits are set at:
o 15 mph in school zones
o 25 mph in business or residential areas
o 65 mph everywhere else.
Use Avis car rental to really make the most of your trip to the famous Grand Canyon. You can book from Las Vegas airport or other locations available in Las Vegas.
This celebrated Historic Hotel located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon has 78 rooms many of which are suites. If you can, book a themed room, like the Charles Whittlesey Suite (decorated with the El Tovar architect’s original blueprints). And aim to eat in El Tovar’s outdoor dining area so you can enjoy breath-taking views of the canyon.
The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon is the only 3-diamond hotel in the region and one of the few area hotels with an indoor heated swimming pool and spa. Built in 1998, thiza luxurious hotel is just one mile from the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, with scenic South Rim of the Canyon just a short car ride away. Both the Canyon Star Steakhouse and the adjacent Canyon Star Saloon at The Grand Hotel at The Grand Canyon bring that old time rustic sensibility to life with exposed timber, stone, ironwork and décor that’s influenced by the area.
Situated only one and a half miles from the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, the Best Western Premier® Grand Canyon Squire Inn strives to provide outstanding customer service and comfortable accommodations guests deserve.
In the Old West, when the stagecoach reached a stop, while the horses were rested, fed and watered, passengers could shake the dust off and grab a bite to eat. RP’s Stage Shop offers sandwiches made fresh to order, pastries for every appetite, cold drinks, nutritious smoothies, and hot or iced coffee. If you prefer a cappuccino or espresso, their gourmet coffee ground from the freshest roasted beans will satisfy the weariest traveller. Dine in or take out.
Dining at the Canteen is absolutely one of the most unique and memorable culinary experiences you will ever have. The Phantom Ranch Canteen is located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. To get there you can hike down the Bright Angel Trail 9.6 miles or down the Kaibab Trail 7.8 miles. Don’t forget you will have to hike out. Or you can enjoy a meal provided with your overnight Mule Ride adventure. Or maybe you are just passing by on a rim to rim hike or whitewater adventure. Either way, you will love your meal.
This photo of Arizona Room is courtesy of TripAdvisor
“The Arizona Room” is not just the name of the restaurant, but the inspiration behind its cuisine. Located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon this is the place to enjoy the best of Arizona. Dine on aged, hand-cut steaks, BBQ ribs, chicken and fish inspired by flavours and ingredients of Arizona and the Southwest. Their goal is to immerse our guests into a more interpretive dining experience focused on items grown and created within the state. The Arizona Room features beer and wine selections produced from local artisan brewers and vintners. Or sip one of their signature margaritas. Located in the Bright Angel Lodge don’t miss this delicious culinary experience.
7. Envy – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Drive Time: 7 Hours
Distance: 550 km
Looking to give the big leaguers a run for their money? Head to Cabo – the famous Mexican party town that is perfect for young men looking to have a bachelor party just about any other time of the year — and for good reason. Besides the world-famous nightlife and action-packed “adult” entertainment offerings, “Cabo” as it is popularly known has it all – Zip lines, horse rides, charter pole dancing boats, parasailing, rock climbing, “human bubble” fights, and scuba diving.
You got to love it when you can go on a “Booze Cruise,” slurp down 9 shots of tequila (probably more), and then go snorkelling without a single lesson because “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. What happens in Cabo, never happened.“
Bear in mind, though, that a Cabo Bachelor Party (“better called a “Cabo Bachelor Event”) can last for days. So buck up.
And if you are looking for ultimate freedom the one last time, drive from top to tip of Mexico’s scenic Baja California peninsula, with just more than 1,600 km to traverse – one of the world’s most variety-filled road trips.
As such, Baja has much more of a western influence than most of Mexico and in recent years, the stretch of coast between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas – known as the Baja corridor – has in-particular become a playground for the rich and famous, where many large all-inclusive resorts and luxurious hotels have sprung up.
San Josè del Cabo Airport – Cabo San Lucas – La Paz – Loreto
San Josè del Cabo
Arrive in San Josè del Cabo airport in Mexico. Pick up the car at the airport and check in to the hotel.
This is a beautiful place to begin because San Jose del Cabo has an amazing collection of beaches, Old Town, resorts if you want to be fancy, and the most beautiful estuary.
Cabo San Lucas
Of course, this is a part because of which the Baja California Sur road trip was planned, part like there is no tomorrow.
Todos Santos is an essential stop for a day or two on your Baja California Sur road trip. Stay at Hotel California and you might as well get an expensive drink across the street at the Tequila Sunrise bar.
La Paz – the capitol of BCS
Venture out to see the whale sharks who live in the Sea of Cortez year round, or travel to the pink cliffs on the nearby island of Espiritu Santo, home to a colony of sea lions. The city’s Museo Regional de Antropologia e Historia is worth a stop to delve deeper into Baja’s ancient history and how it changed with the arrival of the Spanish.
Here you can go on an excursion in the surrounding mountains to see the rock paintings in San Borjitas, Trinidad or Pietras Pintas, or go fishing, kayaking and be sailing along the rocky coast.
• The left lane, or fast lane, is for passing only in many cases. You should return to driving in the right lane once you’ve passed another driver.
• Pedestrians have the right of way in many areas
• All speed limits are posted in kilometres
• Speed limits range between 90kmph (55 mph) on wide, straight highways to 60kmph (37 mph) on more challenging roads.
To begin the four-wheeled crusade across the countryside, hire an Avis at the San Josè del Cabo Airport.
Since opening, the luxurious Hotel Mar Adentro has been receiving rave reviews. Luxury beach-break stay Mar Adentro is a futuristic collection of angular white buildings and dark pools. Stone walkways crisscross the resort, leading from the pools to the restaurants, and the bars to the soothing spa. You will have a truly other-worldly experience here.
A Los Cabos boutique hotel like no other. It’s a fresh and vibrant approach to Los Cabos luxury—a singular beachfront retreat commanding a contour of the cape where every room and vantage point overlooks El Arco and the Bahia Cabo San Lucas horizon. Two pools and a duo of outdoor spa cabanas seemingly spring from the natural rock formations, while the only rooftop lounge in Cabo San Lucas floats six stories above. Set to the pulse of an urban vibe by night, the warm designs by Arquitectura de Interiores’ Marisabel Gómez Vázquez ultimately draw you in, revealing a reflection of Los Cabos like no other.
Named in honour of Saint Christopher, patron of travellers, surfers, sailors and protector during long journeys, Hotel San Cristóbal sits on the beach on the southwestern edge of the Baja peninsula in Todos Santos, Mexico. Spend a day or two at the hotel’s turquoise-tiled pool or get out and explore: Borrow a cruiser to bike into Todos Santos for fish tacos at La Copa Cocina, or rent a mountain bike to tackle the foothills’ 30 miles of trails.
Inspired by the views from one of the area’s most desirable and secluded playas, chef Enrique Olvera conceived Manta with an intriguing double meaning: The manta ray symbolizes the kitchen’s focus on seafood, while manta, the Spanish word for a blanket, conveys the chef’s emphasis on comfort. A curated beverage menu focused on mezcales, tequilas and sakes complement Manta’s fresh local ingredients.
Agua by Larbi remains one of the finest restaurants in Los Cabos, distinguished by its superb food, impeccable service, and moonlit views of the Sea of Cortés. Chef Larbi Dahrouch’s focus continues to be on Mexican cuisine with Mediterranean influences, with menus changing seasonally – some dishes are changed daily – to reflect the finest available ingredients. Many specialities are made tableside, including handmade tortillas, guacamoles, ceviches and moles. Start at the bar for sunset cocktails, framed between an infinity pool and a dramatic meeting of sea and sky.
Opened by Claus Meyer – co-founder of Copenhagen’s Noma, one of the world’s best restaurant, Gustu is the most ambitious restaurant in La Paz. As for the menu itself, the five, seven or fifteen-course option arrives beautifully presented in ceramic bowls and rough-cut slate plates — with an eye for detail. There is also an alcohol-pairing option, which, like the cuisine offers many surprises for the palate.
Each choice promises a plate bursting with colour and flavour, reviving the truest taste of Bolivia.