3 Fall travels in the United States with Bicentennial celebrations

If you\’re anything like me you like a good celebration and a 200 year anniversary is something to celebrate. Unfortunately, this year there have been quite a few cancellations from Oktoberfest to Glastonbury. However, that doesn\’t mean we can\’t participate in some celebrations. If you live in the United States here are a few celebrations which are still happening this fall.

Indianapolis, Indiana

This year Indianapolis or Indy as locals call it, is celebrating their bicentenial year in 2020 and will continue through May of 2021. The city has added public art works, tree plantings, and Crown Heritage bicentenial tours for their celebration. In addition the city will host a 5K and various other events through out the year. You can find out more at Indyturn200.com.

Although it is known for being one of the biggest testing grounds for professional stock car racing, the city itself is so much more. While there you check out Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens, The Children\’s Museum of Indianapolis, and stroll the Indianapolis Cultural trail or one of its numerous parks. From Breweries to creameries, Indianapolis has a thriving dining scene as well.

Tarrytown, NY

Do you love Halloween? Better than that do you love the legend of Sleepy Hollow? This year, 2020, celebrates the 200 year anniversary of its publication. Tarrytown has always been one of the best Halloween destinations and this year they will have added tours to celebrate the legend of Sleepy Hollow. This little town also hosts one of the greatest Jack-o-lantern displays in the US, it\’s called the Great Jack-o-Lantern Blaze and it\’s a must see.

Tarrytown offers more to visitors than literary persuits and gore it is a very rich cultural center with many fine examples of early American architecture. If you\’re an art historian like me you must plan a visit to Lyndhurst and Kykuit. Both are beautiful mansion with wonderful art collections. If you are a fan of Washington Irving you should visit Sunnyside, where the writer lived and take a stroll through nearby Rockefeller State Park. If you happen to visit in late September you can also catch the leaves changing is this beautiful part of the Hudson Valley.


Yep, the whole state of Maine turns 200 this year! However, due to COVID they have decided to postpone their major event to 2021. So you can still look forward to joining in the celebratory fun! The state will host activities and events throughout 2020 into 2021. Go to Maine200.org for a list of events.

If you\’re from the Northeat, Maine is one of those summer destinations where you load up on lobster rolls and attemp to swim in the frigid Atlantic Ocean and it\’s well worth the visit in the fall. Acadia National Park is one of the most stunning parks in the country. Take in the sunrise or sunset from Cadillac Mountain. It is the highest point on the North Atlantic Seaboard and you can drive to the top! In the fall the views are a riot of color. Don\’t forget to visit Portland for great food and entertainment, and LL Bean\’s Flagship store in Freeport.

Many celebrations are cancelled but we can still celebrate!

Although travel is limited this year it dosen\’t mean you have to stay at home. See if there is a celebration in the town next door or an event in the city. We may be socially distancing but we can always celebrate anniversaries and landmark achievements. What are some celebrations you\’re looking foward to this year or next? Let me know in the comments. Until next time.

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