Best Family Trips – National Geographic Travel

Namibia, Erongo Region, Swakopmund. A group of friends run down the steep face of a coastal dune kicking up sand.

Photograph by John Warburton-Lee Photography, Alamy

National Geographic Travel has posted their Best Family Trips around the World! These are just 12 of the top 100 from the book 100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life.

 

  1. Amalfi Coast, Italy
  2. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  3. The Great Wall, China
  4. Hong Kong
  5. Iceland’s Ring Road
  6. Machu Picchu, Peru
  7. Manhattan, NYC
  8. Marrakech, Morocco
  9. Namib Desert
  10. Havana, Cuba
  11. Paris, France
  12. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Where is your next trip going to be? I wonder which of these places would be the best to travel by bike?

St Patricks Day Celebrations

According tot the National Geographic book Four Seasons of Travel these top 10 places are the spot to be on St Patricks day!

Where will you be? 

New York City, New York

www.nycstpatricksparade.org/

The six-hour long parade attracts nearly 2million people annually. Led by a military unit, a foot-power only procession (no cars or floats allowed) starts at 44th Street and ends at Fifth Ave.

2013 NYC Saint Patrick's Day Parade
2013 NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

 

Boston, Massachusetts

www.southbostonparade.org

South Boston is St. Patrick’s Day central! Since 1901, “Southie” has hosted the parade, which is held on the Sunday closest to March 17th.

Bostons St Patricks Day Parade
Bostons St Patricks Day Parade

Chicago, Illinois

www.chicagostpatsparade.com

 

Chicago has a tradition of turning the Chicago River Green with 18kg of EPA-approved dye; the perfect kelly green. the St. Patrick’s parade begins at noon (always on a Saturday) full of bagpipers, horses and high-stepping colleens leading the way.

http://www.getawayhostel.com/tag/st-patricks-day-parade-chicago
http://www.getawayhostel.com/tag/st-patricks-day-parade-chicago

Savannah, Georgia

www.savannahsaintpatricksday.com

 

The first city in Georgia has been hosting St Patrick’s Day festivities since 1813. This 3 hour rolling street party is held on March 17, unless the 17th falls on a Sunday, then it is held on Saturday.

Budweiser Wagon
Budweiser Wagon

Montserrat, West Indies

www.visitmontserrat.com/St_Patricks_Festival

The first Irish on this “Emerald Isle of the Caribbean” were former indentured servants fleeing religious persecution from neighboring islands in the 1600s.

http://www.visitmontserrat.com/St_Patricks_Festival
http://www.visitmontserrat.com/St_Patricks_Festival

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

www.montrealirishparade.com

Neither rain nor snow has ever canceled the Montreal St. Patrick’s Parade. Run consecutively since 1824, the three-hour processional of floats, bands, and costumed characters is traditionally held on the Sunday closest to March 17.

 Photo by John Zimmerman
Photo by John Zimmerman

Dublin, Ireland

www.stpatricksfestival.ie

Half a million spectators line the 1.6 mile route of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Festival. This  is a four-day celebration of Irish culture and craic (good fun). The signature March 17 parade kicks off at noon from Parnell Square, continuing past Trinity College to the end point near St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/gallery
http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/gallery

Birmingham, England

stpatricksbirmingham.com

On the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day, the UK’s largest St. Patrick’s parade roars through Digbeth, Birmingham’s postindustrial Irish Quarter. Packed pubs line the route and the dress code trends emerald green, but the passing floats, dancers, and drum corps increasingly reflect the city’s cultural diversity.

http://stpatricksbirmingham.com/the-parade
http://stpatricksbirmingham.com/the-parade

Cabo Roig, Spain

www.spain-holiday.com/Cabo-Roig

Spain’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade is hosted at Cabo Roig. The parade is filled with marching bands, motorbikes, and irish dignitaries.

Auckland, New Zealand

www.stpatrick.co.nz

The worlds first St. Patrick’s Day celebrations each year is hosted by New Zealands largest city. The cities heritage is Irish and the celebration includes a parade, afleadh (dance and music fest), and lighting the 1,076 foot Sky Tower Kelly Green.

www.stpatrick.co.nz
www.stpatrick.co.nz

 

Where are you going for St. Patricks Day? Any big plans?

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National Geographic’s 21 Best Travel Destinations for 2014

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER MAGAZINE BEST OF THE WORLD DESTINATIONS LOGONational Geographic Traveler has announced its 2014 Best of the World Destinations list. Photo credit: PRNewsFoto/National Geographic Traveler magazine.

National Geographic Traveler magazine has released its annual Best of the World list, which features 21 top travel destinations to visit in 2014. The magazine says the list reflects what’s “authentic, culturally rich, sustainable and superlative” in travel worldwide now.

“The Best of the World list reflects the expertise and experience of National Geographic Travel’s huge network of global travel experts. If you want to explore places worth visiting now, this is a great place to start,” says Keith Bellows, editor in chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Here are the 21 Best destinations in the 2014, according to the Best of the World list (in alphabetical order):

See the National Geographic Traveler photos and destination stories at travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-trips-2014/.