Three American attractions celebrating their birthdays in 2021
Travel to the United States is permitted again, as it finally lifted its ban on foreign travel today.
So if you are planning a trip, why not take the excuse of celebrating famous birthdays too?
Yellowstone National Park is 150 years old, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix is said to have turned 80, and the Amtrak train has been running for 50 years.
Read on to find out how you can visit them on your own.
yellowstone national park
Yellowstone National Park, which straddles Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho and turns 150 in 2022, is a great place to spend some alone time. It can be explored on a variety of tours, including boat trips and guided hikes.
Can’t wait until 2022? Consider a visit in the winter. You can explore it on snowshoes or snowmobiles – imagine a bus with oversized tires – and there’s only one place to stay: the cozy Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins (Deluxe King Room from £ 182).
Did you think Nashville was all about country music? Think again. Jimi Hendrix would have turned 80 in 2022, and it’s a brilliant year to visit Music City, where the god of the guitar lived in the early 1960s.
You can learn more about him at Jefferson Street Sound Museum (founded by Lorenzo Washington, friend of Hendrix; free entry) and the new National Museum of African American Music (tickets for non-members from £ 18).
And don’t forget to take a stroll along the Walk of Fame: The Hendrix Star is at 121 4th Avenue South. There will soon be plenty of new hotels to stay at, including the Conrad Nashville, opening in spring 2022.
Amtrak rail trips
Your commute will look pretty straightforward after one of Amtrak’s long-distance train journeys, a spectacular no-flight way to explore the United States. President Joe Biden recently announced a $ 66 billion investment in U.S. railways, and a long-haul rail adventure is a great way to celebrate Amtrak’s 50th anniversary, which took place this year.
Our preferred route is the empire builder, which winds from Chicago to Seattle via Montana (from £ 110, one-way). Amtrak’s Gulf Coast service, which will connect New Orleans to Mobile, will launch in early 2022.
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