To find the best Easter travel deals, hone in on flexibility and exploration. Shop around to see what you can get in a package deal, and weigh your options to see where the real value is. If your destination is set in stone, it’s smart to book your flights early, but if you’re more spontaneous, waiting for a last-minute Easter travel deal can make all the difference. If you’re really looking to save, fly on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to get the best mid-week rates.
At Easter, Rome is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. Christians and Non-Christians alike come to celebrate, visiting the Vatican and watching the dramatic street processions. A solemn Holy Week leads up to the Pope’s celebration of the “Via Crucis” (Stations of the Cross) in several languages near the Colosseum. Easter Sunday (Pascua) and Monday (la Pasquetta) are joyous holidays, when people gather at St. Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro) and St. Peter’s Basilica for Easter Mass, also held by the Pope. While you’re there, the Vatican Museums are another attraction worth visiting.
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New York City
Manhattan is known for its eclectic Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival. Visitors can also attend Easter services at local churches. The most popular is St. Patrick’s Cathedral; others include Saint Thomas Church and 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church. Easter brunches and dinners are extremely popular, and there are plenty of family activities to keep the kids entertained. The Easter Festival in Harlem’s St. Nicholas Park, with arts and crafts, an egg hunt, and a visit from the Easter Bunny, takes place on Saturday. A popular Easter Sunday destination for egg decorating and other kids’ activities is the Children’s Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side.
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Easter travel deals, along with beautiful spring weather, lure many visitors to Washington, D.C. The city’s most famous Easter event is the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House Lawn, taking place on the Monday following Easter. There is no cost, but thousands of people attend, so advance tickets are required. Other free options include Easter festivities on the Ellipse, such as live music, stories, and other entertainment. The National Zoo also holds a free public event on Easter Monday, celebrating multiculturalism with entertainment and family activities. Washington, D.C., also has many wonderful restaurants to choose from, as well as plenty of outdoor and indoor attractions for the whole family.
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