St. Patrick’s Day has everyone feeling the luck of the Irish, no matter their roots. It’s not always easy to travel to Ireland, though, so here are a few towns in the United States that are reminiscent of Ireland--some have rolling hills, some have great Irish pubs, and most have incredible St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but none require leaving the United States.
Of all large cities in the United States, Boston has the highest percentage of people with Irish descent—22.8 percent, to be exact. So it figures that a town with a large Irish population will have great St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and Irish activities to do year round.
Try staying at the Westin Boston Waterfront. As the name suggests, it’s got a great view of the Boston Bay, but it’s the Irish pub in the hotel that provides an Irish flair. The restaurant has all the classics: corned beef & cabbage, fish & chips, and all sorts of potatoes.
Albany, New York
Albany also has a high number of Irish-American people. Every year, it hosts multiple St. Patrick’s Day parades, Irish soda bread baking competitions, and more. Learn about the history of Irish people in the United States at the Irish American Heritage Museum which has a variety of interactive exhibits and artifacts.
Albany has a few Irish pubs to choose from, but McGeary’s Irish Pub is one of the best. Again, it has lots of traditional Irish food, plus live music every Monday.
Chicago and Galena, Illinois
Every year, Chicago dyes the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day. What gets more celebratory than that?
For a more authentic Irish experience, though, venture outside of Chicago and visit Galena, Illinois, which is a few hours outside of Chicago. Stay in Galena where you can find Irish art, and pubs. Plus, Galena’s architecture and rolling hills are indistinguishable from Ireland.
While the United States’ Irish population is mostly in the East, Irish immigrants moved to the West for mining just like many others did. Now, Butte’s population of Irish people is one of the highest in the country. Butte is a small Montana town in any time of the year, but during St. Patrick’s Day, the town bursts with life.
Stay in Butte where the entire town celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, but outside of March, Butte is right between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park.
Compared to other towns, Savannah has a relatively small Irish population, at 8 percent. But the town still has the second largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the nation.
The streets of downtown Savannah look a lot like Ireland’s, with cobblestone streets and moss covered buildings. Try Kevin Barry’s Pub, which was recently named the most authentic Irish Pub in the world. It’s got traditional Irish music, art and, of course, food.