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Top Travel Destinations for Easter
Wondering where to travel this Easter? Let us help by pointing out the best spots for an Easter Parade, Egg Hunt, or to see where Easter treats come from.
Where do those chocolate bunnies come from? More than likely, those delicious Easter treats come from the sweetest place in America — Hershey, Pennsylvania! This spring why not bask in chocolately goodness with a complimentary tour of Hershey’s Chocolate World, the source of the all things delectable? The sweet-smelling factory qualifies as the biggest chocolate-making operation on the face of the earth. After the factory tour and a 3-D show, you’ll be on your way with a tasty candy sample in hand. After ruining your appetite, explore the non-stop amusements at Hersheypark, where ten thrilling roller coasters, refreshing water rides, live entertainment, and appetizing food options await you.
Open year around. 10 am – 9 pm April 6-8
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Washington, District Columbia
This year, take the kids on an Easter Egg Hunt — with the President! Travel to DC, and participate in The White House Easter Egg Roll — an annual family event where kids hunt for and race Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn while enjoying storytelling and a visit with the Easter Bunny. This presidential holiday tradition dates back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes officially opened the White House grounds to local children for egg rolling on Easter Monday. The event was such a success that following Presidents have continued the tradition of inviting children to the White House Lawn for egg rolling and other activities and entertainment.
April 9, 2012, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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If you thought hunting eggs with the President of the United States was daunting, try an Easter Eggs search with tigers! If you travel to Nashville, Tennessee, you can take the kids to Nashville Zoo’s Annual Eggstravaganzoo, one of Nashville's most popular Easter events. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to meet with the kids as they participate in the main event — the Easter Egg Hunt. Each egg found can be turned in some great prizes. The kids will enjoy finding and eating special treats and then they can try feeding the animals as well.
April 7th, 10 am -2:30 pm
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San Francisco, California
Another great Easter Celebration occurs on the West Coast. Every year, the city of San Francisco, California, puts on a fantastic, wacky, elegant, fun, and wonderful Easter Parade. Known as “The Biggest Little Parade in San Francisco”, this year’s event features remarkable floats, classic cars, large inflatable bounce houses, a climbing wall, costumed characters, a petting zoo, roller-blading cows, and music from great local, Bay Area bands. Bring your appetite, as some of Union’s Street’s best restaurants serve parade watcheres in an outdoor bistro setting.
April 8th, 10 am - 5 pm
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Chimayo, New Mexico
Every Good Friday, thousands of people from around the country flock to the tiny village of Chimayo, New Mexico, to participate in a tradition dating back hundreds of years. The legend of this area states that in the 1800s, a wooden crucifix was miraculously unearthed by a local towns person. Excited, the villager brought the icon to a church located 8 miles out of town. But when the town awoke the next day, the crucifix was back in Chimayo! They tried to bring the religious symbol back to the church twice more, but each time the crucifix made its way back the town. Finally taking a hint, the residents of Chimayo built a chapel around the site—naming it “el Santuario de Nuestro Senor de Esquipulas”, which was renamed “El Santuario de Chimayó” —and kept the crucifix there. And on this site, reported miraculous healings have been happening for two hundred years.
Now, every Easter weekend, religious pilgrims travel from miles around to pay homage to this sacred site, and celebrate the holiday with people all around the country. The town participates with Easter re-enactments and religious pageantry.
April 6th – 8th
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