Written by Alexia Dellner
Wondering where to head in the United States in 2013? We’ve got you covered – check out our list of America’s top destinations for the entire year.
January – Skiing in Utah
Wintertime means ski season, and what better place to hit the slopes than in the state that boasts “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” The snow here is fluffy and light, and there are 14 ski resorts to choose from. Snowbird and Alta resorts are popular, but nearby Sundance offers 42 alpine ski runs, as well as the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival that comes to town every January.
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February – Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Mardi Gras is the largest carnival in the world and is celebrated on Fat Tuesday, which falls on February 12th this year. But starting two weeks before Fat Tuesday, New Orleans turns into party central with live music, colourful parades, costumed partygoers, Mardi Gras beads, Cajun food and drink.
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March – St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago
Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, the Chicago River is dyed green and the entire city celebrates its Irish heritage with traditional dancing and music, and of course that favourite Irish tradition – drinking! Not only is Chicago a fun destination for the celebrations on March 17th, but it is also a HostelBookers new popular city for 2013.
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April – Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC
Think of cherry blossoms and you immediately think of Japan. But what you might not know is that in 1912, Japan gave over 3,000 cherry blossom trees as a gift to the United States. You can now see these beautiful flowers every April along the shores of the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. Plan your trip right and you could also experience the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 13th.
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May – The Kentucky Derby in Louisville
America’s most celebrated horse race, the Kentucky Derby, isn’t so much about what happens on the race track, but more about what happens off of it – the fashion (elaborate hats), the booze (Mint Juleps) and the partying (rivals the revelry of Mardi Gras)! Be sure to book your tickets early to take part in the equestrian festivities.
June – Art Deco in New York City
Let’s be honest, New York City is a pretty cool destination anytime of the year, but with the release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby in summer 2013, take the opportunity to explore the city’s Art Deco scene. As an extra bonus, sample some of the world’s best restaurants for half the price during New York Restaurant Week.
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July – Nature in Seattle
Food enthusiasts should check out this cool city in July for the annual Bite of Seattle food festival and Seattle’s International Beerfest. Work off all those calories by hiking around the beautiful San Juan Islands, just a 90-minute drive and ferry ride from Seattle. Stunning undisturbed landscapes make the islands a perfect 4th of July spot for barbeque and fireworks.
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August –Northern Lights in Alaska
Solar activity is at its maximum in 2013 and Fairbanks, Alaska is one of the best places on the planet to get a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, especially around late summer time. In fact, the Fairbanks Visitors Bureau says that if you stay 3 nights in Fairbanks, you have an 80% chance of seeing them. Other fun activities include sled dog tours, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling!
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September – Weekend in Las Vegas
With Labor Day falling on September 2nd this year, why not head to Labor Day Weekend top destination and ultimate party town – Las Vegas! Before getting back to business, school, or whatever it is – have one last party in the city that parties non stop. Gambling, performances, fine dining, outdoor activities – Vegas has it all.
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October – Halloween in Los Angeles
Los Angeles knows how to get in touch with your inner child. Whether you explore Disneyland, Universal Studios, Haunted Hayrides or Haunted Houses, you’ll be guaranteed to be shaking in your boots. Not sure how long to stay for? Our research shows that with £100, you would last 5 days in Los Angeles.
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November – Thanksgiving in New England
It’s time to give thanks and what better place to learn about the American forefathers and enter a food coma than in the place where the Thanksgiving tradition began? Head to New England in November for Thanksgiving parades, markets, football and glorious food. Hurry over before the holiday and you should still be able to catch some of the spectacular foliage that the area is famous for.
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December – Winter Sun in Miami
Temperatures are dropping which means that it’s time to find some winter sun! Miami is the perfect city break, with plenty of culture, food, and shopping to keep you entertained – plus proximity to the Gulf Stream means that temperatures are always pleasant. December is also the month when Art Basel comes to town, so culture vultures can explore the world’s premier art shows for modern and contemporary works.
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Thanks to Sam Howzit, False Positives, redfilter25, Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar, Ron Cogswell, boboroshi, tj scenes, Sarah_Ackerman, araddon, Beverly & Pack, Clinton Steeds, pdbreen, and anneh632 for the images off Flickr. Please note that all images were used under the Creative Commons license at the time of posting.