2. New York City Marathon
New York, New York
On the day of the New York City Marathon, all tired stereotypes of the city’s denizens gets wiped out by the overwhelming positivity surrounding the event. “The city shuts down for the marathon, so it’s pretty special,” says celebrity trainer and New York City Marathon runner Joe Holder. “It comes alive with the idea of striving towards a goal as thousands take the street to pursue a goal.” Thousands show up to cheer on runners in the world’s largest marathon, which attracts more than 50,000 competitors annually. “I think NYC is special 365 days a year! But the marathon is great because it’s the rare time all New Yorkers are rooting for each other,” says author Aaron Goldfarb, whose apartment is located along the marathon route.
1. Christmas City
Karlsruhe, dubbed the gateway to the Black Forest, transforms into Christmas City beaming with 160,000 lights, 110 decorated stalls selling snacks and crafts, Santa Claus walking along tightropes, and a 55-foot-tall mulled wine Christmas pyramid. Honor the pyramid while drinking mulled wine yourself, and try local specialties like boiled smoked pork and cabbage, and Dambedei, a human-shaped pastry.