United States and Canada
In the United States, Las Vegas is both a popular bachelor party destination and location for the wedding itself. Increasingly, “destination bachelor parties” are replacing standard nights out, with Americans traveling to Montreal or Mexico.
Bachelor parties in the US often entail the mass consumption of alcohol, hiring a stripper and general rowdiness toward which the bride might not have a positive reaction (especially since the bride is typically not among the invitees). Increasingly, bachelor parties have come to symbolize the last time when the groom is free of the influence of his new wife.
Canadian cities such as Vancouver or Niagara Falls are popular stag party destinations due to their large number of strip clubs with “dance contact” (lap dancing). Montreal in particular is popular for this purpose with both Canadians and Americans alike.
In recent years, however, the “traditional” bachelor party with drinking and strippers has often changed to a less rowdy and more reflecting time with friends. Many grooms to be have instead been treated to camping trips with friends, fishing trips, baseball games, Dungeons and Dragons, video games, poker, barbecuing, and other male oriented activities. Generally, the best man will plan an activity in secret with friends that they feel the groom will enjoy.