St. Patrick’s Day HotSpots
Posted by Cat Meeker on March 15, 2012 at 2:46 PM
Where will your luck bring you on St. Patrick's Day? The travel site Hotwire's compiled a list of the 10 U.S. cities with the highest population of Irish Americans -- places where the wearing of the green is an annual tradition and the Guinness is flowing.
Since St. Patrick's Day is on Saturday, here are 10 cities across the U.S. perfect for a day-trip or weekend getaway with unique festivities and an overnight stay. We've included Hotwire's average hotel cost for each destination for girls on a budget.
New York City
Easily accessible by train, New York City is the home of the first St. Patrick's Day parade, held on March 17, 1762. If you're thinking of attending, Hotwire's average hotel cost for the night is $166.
You're in luck if you're thinking of spending St. Patrick's Day in the City of Brotherly Love! Enjoy celebrations full of live music, bands, and dancing. There is a lot to do for an average hotel cost of $72.
If you'll be in the Windy City, be sure to see the annual green transformation of the Chicago River, a city tradition for more than 40 years. Hotwire's average hotel cost for a night stay in Chicago this weekend is $93.
LA is home to more than just some of Hollywood's most well-known Irish Americans. The city will be hosting tons of St. Patrick's Day festivities, including the annual Casey's St. Patrick's Day Street Festival, which for the early birds out there, starts at 6 a.m.! Be sure to get a wake up call at a hotel stay averaging $93 per night.
If you’re looking for the full traditional Irish experience (before you hit the bars), be sure to check out the St. Patrick's Day Parade And Faire in Phoenix. Average hotel costs are $113 per night.
Can't quite make it to Ireland this weekend? Yeah, we can’t either. But imitating the green scenery of Ireland, San Diego will be covering 80,000 square feet of its city blocks with artificial green turf to kick off St. Patrick's Day. Almost like the real thing! You can be there for an average hotel cost of $74 each night.
Boston is a great place to spend St. Patrick's Day, with average hotel costs of $112 per night. Not to mention it's just a 20 minute drive from Weymouth, MA, one of the highest populated areas of Irish Americans in the country.
If you're looking to break away from traditional Irish meals on St. Patrick's Day, Houston's Khun Kay Thai Cafe will be offering Thai food, with an Irish twist. An average night stay in Houston is $72.
Columbus will be hosting their annual St. Patrick's Day parade, and you can make your way there for an average hotel cost of $58 per night. Be sure to look for the shamrock painted streets throughout the city.
If you'll be in Indianapolis, be sure not to miss the 16th annual Greening of the Indianapolis Canal. Average hotel costs are $63 per night.