If you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the last place you want to head is Mexico. While the holiday is associated with all things Mexican (or, at least, the American interpretation of all things Mexican, from the tacos to the tequila shots), the country’s celebrations aren’t as popular as what you’ll find stateside. Here are six places to go without leaving the country for an awesome Cinco de Mayo 2019.
The National Cinco de Mayo Festival is a free event on the National Mall, between 9th and 12th Streets Southwest. Expect food, music, arts and crafts and cultural presentations.
San Francisco’s Dolores Park Cinco de Mayo festival is plenty of fun and attracts thousands of people every year. However, if your idea of an awesome Cinco de Mayo includes plenty of tequila and fuzzy memories, then you’ll want to steer clear of this one — it’s totally alcohol free.
Denver hosts a huge Cinco de Mayo festival with a parade, music, authentic cuisine and more. There are chihuahua races, arts and crafts vendors and even a taco-eating contest. The free fest takes place in Civic Center Park.
While Vegas celebrates Cinco de Mayo with plenty of partying, Reno takes a more family-friendly approach with two days of fun at Grand Sierra Resort. The festival is the largest celebration of Latino heritage in northern Nevada, with tens of thousands of attendees. In addition to the great food, carnival rides and handicrafts, you can also catch a dancing horse show.
You probably don’t think St. Paul, Minnesota, and Mexican flare go together, but you might be surprised to know St. Paul hosts one of the largest Cinco de Mayo festivals in the country. The Cinco de Mayo West Side Fest includes a marathon, parade and huge marketplace with local vendors.
Lastly, Portland, Oregon, hosts its Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. It’s the largest multicultural festival in Oregon and takes place over several days. There are tons of activities and entertainment, from live music to mass, amateur boxing matches to Mexican food.
Start your explorations of Gettysburg with breakfast, but not just any breakfast. Gettysburg has many delightful bed and breakfasts worth a stay. If you book a stay at Baladerry Inn, you not only get a comfy, spacious guestroom in a historic home once a Civil War hospital, but you also dine on a scrumptious, hearty breakfast each morning, and it’s all included in your room rate.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
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