Last-Minute, Unique St. Patrick's Day Trip Ideas

by Kaitlyn Wylde

Did you just look at your calendar and realize that St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday this year, and then facepalm because you wish you planned a vacation around it? Same. The good news is, it's not too late to plan a trip! There are actually all kinds of perks to booking last-minute trips, especially to some less popular St. Patrick's Day destinations. Because yeah, Dublin would be cool, but it isn't everything.

There are so many cool places to spend the long weekend drinking and celebrating away all over the world. So if you now have your heart set on getting out of town, ride that enthusiasm and book your next adventure. While St. Patrick's Day has clear and obvious Irish roots, you might be surprised to learn that it's really been embraced, globally. All over the world, people of all backgrounds celebrate the holiday. But maybe you're not surprised, I mean, what's not to like about a holiday that calls for drinking and partying?

So,. don't give up on your St. Patrick's Day travel adventure, it still awaits! These are a few last minute trip ideas you might want to consider booking ASAP:

Miami, Florida

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Fado Irish Pub throws a massive outdoor St. Patrick's Day event that totally makes the trip worth it. There's music, there's food, there's tons of drinking — it's basically a city-wide block party. And the best thing about Miami is, you get your beach trip and your city trip in one.

Hilton Head, North Carolina

Hilton Head Island is a magical place to visit, without the excuse of an awesome St. Patrick's Day parade. More than half of the islands residents show up for music, boozing, jet flyovers, clydesdales and all sorts on unexpected entertainment.

Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

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Pittsburg knows how to party. The rowdy bar patrons make the city feel incredibly spirited on the holiday. There's a massive parade and a ton of local Irish cheer to make things feel authentic. The city bursts with energy on this holiday.

Buffalo, New York

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Everyone always talks about the celebrations in New York City, but Upstate New York really has it going on. Between the green-tinted Niagara Falls show to the multiple parades and Irish food festivals, there's tons to do and see outside of the city.

Berlin, Germany

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If you've ever wanted to participate in a bar crawl, head to Berlin on St. Patrick's Day. With hundreds of pubs joining in the celebration, you definitely feel the need to see more than a few.

London, England

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The expats in London make this holiday particularly special. The bars and pubs will will packed with people of all backgrounds celebrating. Plus, there's an annual festival at Trafalgar Square that's definitely worth being a part of.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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With tons of music and dancing, the South American festivity vibes definitely revamp St. Patrick's Day in a way you won't expect. If you're looking for something different (and something warm) this is the best place to spend the holiday weekend.

Oslo, Norway

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Every year, the Norwegian Irish Society gathers on Jernbanetorget to kick off a huge parade. While most of the people in Norway who celebrate St. Patrick's Day are expats, the entire city embraces it. Plus, March is a great time to visit the country.