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(2022 - Winter/Spring Issue)


U.S. destinations are gearing up for an action-packed 2022. Many places are marking special anniversaries while others have expanded their attractions and facilities.

Here’s a sneak peek.

In Georgia, this year marks Jekyll Island State Park’s 75th anniversary. The island—located between Jacksonville and Savannah—will host celebrations with vintage drive-in movies, fireworks, a Beach Village block party, as well as special museum programming. The year caps off with November’s award-winning Shrimp & Grits Festival. Meanwhile Columbus, Georgia—a popular whitewater rafting and kayaking destination, and home of the world’s longest urban whitewater course—will host an international kayaking race in 2022. exploregeorgia.org

The year 2022 is the 35th anniversary of the cult movie Dirty Dancing, filmed at Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia. The resort is planning Dirty Dancing-themed weekends with dance lessons and dance parties. In central Virginia, the Shenandoah Caverns will celebrate its milestone centennial anniversary packed with vintage Old Virginia. Watch for a big birthday bash reception with re-enactors; a time capsule opening; an autumn celebratory event under the theme of “Honoring our Past — Inspiring our Future,” and more. mtnlakelodge.com; virginia.org

After a hiatus last year due to the pandemic, South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach is welcoming Canadians back to “The Beach for Can-Am Days” in March. Visitors can explore 100 kilometres of the Grand Strand’s natural splendour, play their best game of golf and find that perfect bite in the hyperlocal dining scene. Many area resorts will offer special exclusive deals for Canadians. Other special events are being planned for Can-Am Days (March 12–20). Canadian ID is required to take advantage of special deals. visitmyrtlebeach.com

For one week in mid-March, Great Falls, Montana becomes the Western Art Capital of the World. Western Art Week is an annual event with 700 artist booths and up to 100 events including artist demonstrations, auctions and live music. Great Falls is a two-hour drive from the Alberta border crossing at Coutts/Sweet Grass. visitmt.com

The World Athletics Championships “Oregon22” is coming to Eugene, Oregon—“the birthplace of Nike”—in July for this massive sporting competition. This will be the first time in history that the championships are held in the United States. More than 2,000 athletes representing nearly 200 countries will compete at the renowned running tracks known as TrackTown USA. worldathletics.org

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