Any year is a great year to travel, but we think that 2017, in particular, is going to be one for the books. Coming up is a year full of historic moments, iconic festivals, and long-lasting traditions that almost everyone can enjoy.
You can choose to spend your big 2017 trip learning, sightseeing, being part of history-making moments, enjoying iconic sports games, or seeing something new you've never seen before! Make this year count, and choose among our top 7 favorite picks for unforgettable trips to take in 2017!
Inauguration - January 20th
If we're talking on land, then this one is most definitely the biggest things happening in the states in 2017, the monumental Presidential Inauguration. This event allows you to be a part of a history-making moment for the United States, a moment to be in the crowd as the President is sworn into office and also for exploring the countless sightseeing and learning opportunities while in D.C. This city is a super hub for travel, government, and educational activity, just be sure to save some time before or after the ceremony to see such popular landmarks as Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol Hill, the Pentagon Memorial, and/or the Smithsonian museums.
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Rose Bowl - January 2nd Since 1893 the Rose Bowl has been a huge annual event for sports fans across the United States, pitting the best college football teams in the nation. The Rose Bowl is a match of the two of the top teams in the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. This is perhaps more geared toward high school and college-level personal interests and college affiliations. The location is at the official Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, and each year you can count on a great game, a chance to learn some college and sports history, local culture, and even great pre-game activities like tailgating and traditional Rose Queen and Royal Court appointments. This is always a great annual event option for student groups and sports junkies
Iditarod - February 28th - March 1st If you have the means to get to Alaska, do it for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the "Last Great Race on Earth," the Alaska Iditarod. This man/animal versus nature type of race travels 1,000 miles of the most beautiful and also roughest terrain over Alaskan mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra, and coastal land. The conditions are brutal, yet thousands upon thousands of guests gather annually the first Saturday of March to see at least the start of the sometimes two-week historic trek from Anchorage to Nome. Each town along the path warmly (no pun intended) welcomes both guests and racers for the event, so feel free to make it a longer trip following the race if you please!
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Philadelphia Flower and Garden Show - March 11-19th Have you heard about the big event in Philadelphia that brings in over 260,000 guests each year? Well if not save some time this year to head to the Philadelphia Flower and Garden Show, the world’s largest indoor flower show. This is the world’s oldest and largest event of its kind, a massive gathering within the Center City building each year. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society runs this event and will enter its 189th year, each year hosting a different themed show featuring amazing floral displays of all shapes and sizes. This is considered to be one of the top festivals in the world and expects an even bigger crowd for its 2017 show, featuring a Holland themed show full of tulip-laden scenery of the Dutch Netherlands.
Kentucky Derby - May 4th - 7th When it comes to iconic Southern Comfort classics you’re going to want to attend this next great 2017 event, the Kentucky Derby. This is perhaps the most iconic Louisville attraction, steeped in history and located within the extremely beautiful Churchill Downs Racetrack since 1875. This horse racetrack plays host to the famous Kentucky Derby, bringing all the finest racers, horses, and best-dressed society in all of the state out each year. Enjoy the excitement and history-making thrill of watching the races in person and learning the history and culture behind this important event for yourself by planning your very own trip to see it happen in 2017!
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Solar Eclipse Stop - August 21st One of the biggest events of 2017 isn’t going to be happening down on land, but up in the sky! 2017 is going to bring one of the absolute most visible total solar eclipses all over the U.S.! This is the first one in 26 years and is set for August 21, the path running from Oregon to South Carolina. Pack up your bus and head to Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, or South Carolina to get good visibility, cities such as Kansas City and Portland among the best viewing areas. Be sure to wear eye protection during your observation, and remember the next one won’t happen until 2024!
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Thanksgiving Day Parade - November 27th 3.5 million live guests and 50 million at-home viewers can’t be wrong, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is most definitely one of the top annual events that you are going to want to be a part of in 2017, its 90th year of cultural tradition. Giant balloons, animated floats, and one-of-a-kind performances will make your New York experience that much greater during this annual festive parade, one that actually started as a Christmas parade! Learn the history of the parade then see its cultural influence up close and personal. See your favorite cartoon characters and even Santa Claus himself make their way from Central Park, Manhattan, to Macy’s flagship store on Herald Square during this truly iconic 2017 event!