7 BEST PLACES TO VISIT BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS START

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Miami, Florida

Enjoy delicious food and drink at the Coconut Grove Food & Wine Festival, which takes place along Biscayne Bay in Miami’s Peacock Park on Nov. 24. This all-day event offers tastings from Coconut Grove’s top restaurants, plus chef demonstrations — along with plenty of wine, beer, and cocktails, like mojitos!

Croton-on-Hudson, New York

The Blaze, officially called the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, is one of New York’s most popular Halloween events. In fact, it has been extended well beyond Halloween and now runs throughout November! This annual event features thousands of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns illuminated in intricate designs like spiderwebs and dragons.

Denver, Colorado

The Denver International Wine Festival takes place Nov. 1 through 3 at the Denver Marriott Westminster, and it features tastings of hundreds of wines, beers, and spirits, educational seminars and lectures, and a food-and-wine-pairing competition from Colorado chefs.

Louisville, Kentucky

Check out the thoroughbred horses running in the annual Breeders’ Cup, a two-day event that takes place this year on Nov. 2 and 3 at Churchill Downs, the iconic racetrack in Louisville, where the Kentucky Derby takes place. Expect live music, festive food and drink (mint juleps, anyone?), and plenty of thrilling races.

Green Bay, Wisconsin

For many, fall and winter mean one thing — football. There’s nothing quite like seeing a game in person. For a truly classic (and cold!) NFL experience, there’s Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, home of the Packers. Other big-market teams include the Dallas Cowboys who play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Jets and Giants, who both play at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Washington, D.C.

A great place to visit in late fall is our nation’s capital. The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden, on a prime spot on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall, is transformed into an ice skating rink surrounded by sculptures from Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, and others. It opens this year on Nov. 16.

Boston, Massachusetts

You can also enjoy ice skating in Boston Common, the country’s oldest city park. The Frog Pond transforms into a rink in late November (the date hasn’t yet been announced). When you need to warm up against those frigid New England temperatures, have a cup of hot cocoa at the Pond Cottage.

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