You can uncover exotic and culturally diverse experiences without leaving the United States. Here are three suggestions from “Abroad at Home: The 600 Best International Travel Experiences in North America,” a new book from National Geographic.
Amsterdam – in Albany, N.Y. Gaze upon a sea of colorful tulips. Every May, more than 100,000 blossom. The 67th annual Tulip Festival is May 9-10. Details: www.albanyevents.org/events
Iceland – in Spanish Fork, Utah. The first wave of 400 or so Icelanders arrived in the region in the mid-1800s. Every February, their descendants congregate for a midwinter feast of shark meat, dried fish and sheep. Visitors are also welcome to join in the festivities surrounding Iceland’s Independence Day (June 17). Details: www.facebook.com (search for “Icelandic Association of Utah”).
Basque culture – in Boise, Idaho. Explore the unique Basque culture, food and art in Idaho’s capital city. Shop for traditional fare including olive tapenade, port-poached figs and squid ink in the Basque Market. Details: www.thebasqueblock.com.