Discover America’s Best in 2024: Unmissable Events and Budget-Friendly City Adventures

Hey J1 participants! As you’re diving into your work and travel experience in the USA in 2024, this blog is here to help you make the most of your time in the States. We’ve got the scoop on can’t-miss events and cool, budget-friendly spots. Whether you’re already stateside or just packing your bags, we’re here to give you insider tips on where to go and what to see without stretching your budget. Get ready for a mix of awesome festivals and hidden city treasures that’ll make your American adventure truly special! 

In such a vast country, there is something exciting to do and see every day of the year.  We’ve put together a selection of upcoming 2024 events that you’ll want to check out:

  • National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC (March 20 – April 14): Witness the breathtaking beauty of cherry blossoms painting Washington, DC, in shades of pink and white. 
    Celebrating the arrival of spring, this festival offers a perfect backdrop for your Instagram-worthy moments.  
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City (March 17): Grab your green outfit and celebrate the luck of the Irish at one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world. Join the 1,000s of NYC locals and tourists or head to Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities, where they turn the Chicago river green for the day!  
  • The Boston Marathon (April 15): Whether you’re into running or prefer to join the cheering crowds, attend the historic Boston Marathon and feel the energy and inspiration as athletes from around the world tackle the iconic course.  
  • Summerfest in Milwaukee (June 26 – July 7): Experience the “World’s Largest Music Festival” in Milwaukee. With over 800 acts across 12 stages, Summerfest is a music lover’s dream come true.  
  • Taste of Chicago Food Festival (July 10 – 14): Indulge your taste buds at the Taste of Chicago Food Festival, where the city’s culinary delights take center stage. From deep-dish pizza to gourmet treats… Chicago has it all!  
  • Comic-Con International (July 18 – 21): Calling all pop culture enthusiasts! Head to San Diego for Comic-Con International, where you can geek out over your favorite comics, movies, and TV shows.  
  • Lollapalooza (July 31 – August 3): Dive into the music scene at Lollapalooza in Chicago. This iconic music festival brings together top artists, creating an unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts.  
  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (October 5 – 13): If you’ve never seen a sky filled with hundreds of hot air balloons, now’s your chance! Head to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the Balloon Fiesta, a truly mesmerizing spectacle.  

And let’s not forget the essential downtime! Make the most of federal holidays throughout 2024: 

  • Washington’s Birthday / Presidents Day (February 19) 
  • Memorial Day (May 27) 
  • Juneteenth (June 19) 
  • Independence Day (July 4) 
  • Labor Day (September 2) 
  • Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Day (October 14) 
  • Veterans Day (November 11) 
  • Thanksgiving (November 28) 
  • Christmas Day (December 25) 

 Now, let’s shift gears and explore budget-friendly city options. Discover awesome cities in the USA where you can explore, indulge, and make memories without breaking the bank. 

  • Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin – Waterpark Wonderland:  

Welcome to the Waterpark Capital of the World! Wisconsin Dells offers a wet and wild adventure without soaking your budget. Stroll along the scenic Riverwalk, a picturesque path that winds its way through the heart of the city. For free fun, explore the beautiful parks surrounding the Dells, perfect for a picnic or outdoor activities with your friends.  

Austin, the world’s live music capital, offers a mix of eclectic vibes and affordable thrills. Dive into the local music scene, enjoy the outdoors at Zilker Park, and feast on mouthwatering tacos without emptying your wallet. This city knows how to keep it fun and affordable!  

Get ready to stroll down the iconic River Walk, soak in the historic charm of the Alamo, and savor affordable Tex-Mex cuisine. San Antonio blends culture, history, and budget-friendly fun, perfect for young explorers.  

  • Outer Banks, North Carolina – Beach Bumming on a Budget:  

Dive into the laid-back vibes of the Outer Banks. Hit the pristine beaches for some sun-soaked relaxation without spending a dime. For a taste of history, visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial, where you can explore aviation history without breaking the bank. Remember to catch a breathtaking sunrise or sunset over the Atlantic.  

And many more budget-friendly cities await your exploration!  

So, are you already considering which event you’ll add to your calendar? Maybe even your favorite artist will be on tour across the United States this year!  

Don’t miss your opportunity to experience first-hand the culture of the U.S. Whether you’re into musical vibes, historic charm, or barbecues, the USA has an array of cities waiting for you to explore. Follow @allianceabroadgroup on social media for updates on exciting opportunities in the United States because there’s no better way to discover American culture than through a genuine local experience.  


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