Every year, there are must travel to events that are exciting and out of the ordinary. 2012 is no exception, as there are thousands of unique and fun-filled events to check out all over the world. Here are some of the hottest 2012 events you may have already checked out and some that are coming up!
- Mardi Gras -- New Orleans, LA
Of course, Mardi Gras is held every single year, but this year is as important as ever. The gulf coast is getting back into the swing of things, and the city of New Orleans is finally back on its feet after the devastating hurricane more than 7 years ago. More people than ever are heading to this wild carnival of fun, so why not check it out this year? The party runs from February 4th to the 21st.
- Launch of the Titanic Belfast – Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Take a trip to Ireland at the end of March for the grand opening of a new shipyard museum celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic. View never before seen artifacts from the ship and enjoy being a part of history.
- 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, CA
Come enjoy the 75th anniversary of this iconic bridge in San Francisco over Memorial Day weekend. The annual Golden Gate festival will be bigger than ever as locals and tourists alike eat, drink and dance in celebration of this large and beautiful industrial work of art.
- The Diamond Jubilee – London, England
This huge celebration is in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years of leadership. There will be 1,000 boats in a pageant on the Thames River to commemorate the queen’s rein, as well as festivals, food, drink and music. This will take place the first week of June.
- The Summer Olympics – London, England
London has another huge event this summer, this one on a national scale. The 2012 London Summer Olympics kick off on July 27 and last until August 12. More than 10,000 athletes from all over the world will compete on the world’s stage and hundreds of thousands of spectators will fill the city to see the events.
- GrapeFest – Grapevine, Texas
This massive celebration of all things wine and champagne kicks off in mid-September in Texas. The largest champagne cork shoot-off ever will take place, as will a healthy amount of wine drinking and fun.
- 2013 New Year’s Eve – New York City, New York
One of the largest parties in the world takes place in New York City every year on New Year’s Eve. People often book their hotel rooms, flights, and JFK, EWR, and LGA airport parking a year or more in advance, so if you are looking to join the party, book now!
For all of the above events, especially the London Olympics, it is wise to make your travel plans as soon as possible. Waiting too long can mean missing out on getting a hotel room or flight, so book early to get your spot and to save money. Prices will rise as the events get closer especially with the rising cost of flights, baggage fees, and parking. Try reserving your airport parking online at Airport Parking Connection in advance to find great deals at your favorite airports, LAX, ATL, DIA, MDW, and ORD.