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WalletHub: Top U.S. Cities For Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day PDF Print E-mail


Named the best: #5. Tampa FL, #4. Pittsburgh PA, #3. Philadelphia PA, #2, Boston MA, #1.  Chicago IL. History: All of these cities experienced large arrivals of Irish immigrants during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Their traditions are still practiced throughout the U.S.A.

WalletHub compared 200 of the largest cities across the nation, and found many traditional Irish pubs and restaurants, especially in the top five. If your travels take you to any of those destinations, you’ll find a variety of ways, including colorful parades and bright music, to celebrate in true Irish traditions. www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/airline-news/2020/03/04/best-cities-st-patricks-day-per-wallethub

 
New Orleans LA: Mardi Gras Finale Is Tuesday, February 25 PDF Print E-mail


Following a month-long series of parades and other preliminary celebrations, the major carnival event before Lent completes its schedule this year on that final day. The famed celebration had its first introduction in 1781 at the then-Spanish colony by the Perseverance Benevolent & Mutual Aid Association.

Be there to enjoy Mardi Gras music, parades, dining, drinking, contests, costumes and exciting festivities. Join in dressed in purple, green, and gold, and don’t forget to wear colorful bands of beads you can toss and exchange with other revelers. For detailed schedules, costs, hotels and other info, go to www.mardigrasneworleans.com

 
Boston MA: Sentence Yourself To The Historic Liberty Hotel PDF Print E-mail


Formerly the Charles Street Jail, book some days and nights at the Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel. Built in 1851, the former imposing prison is now a first-class hotel and a national historic landmark. Instead of guys in striped uniforms, those confined inside these days are welcomed guests in regal surroundings, accommodations and dining.

The nearly 300 rooms and suites display the city skyline and Charles River through vintage wrought-iron window bars. Exteriors, interiors and raised catwalks where guards once strolled still entice guests to wander and sight-see the former stone buttresses. thelibertyhotel.com

 
San Francisco CA: Ya Just Gotta Do Lombard Street Selfies PDF Print E-mail


When your wanderings take you to the beautiful City By The Bay, be sure to spend some moments on this winding lane that takes you through eight hairpin turns while surrounded above and beyond by the great landscape of Russian Hill.

Lombard is the most crooked street in the world, except for any time a politician walks the pavement in Washington DC. When visiting the San Francisco scene, bring camera and/or smartphone to record your wonderful winding wandering walk or drive thru.

 
Washington DC: Founding Father Tribute Open Again PDF Print E-mail


The Washington Monument has been a tourist favorite for more than a century. The 555-foot obelisk in the US capital reopened recently after nearly three years of renovation and repairs to the 1884 structure.

The improved monument facility features a new blast-proof, glass and steel security screening and a new elevator system. The renovations followed another long period of repair after a 2011 magnitude 5.8 earthquake caused extensive damage to the structure. If your tourist wanderings include the nation’s capital city, spend some time at the towering tribute to our first president.

 
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