For lots of people who celebrate Thanksgiving, holiday travel is pre-determined and a no-brainer. It’s a traditional time of year often spent inside distant relatives’ homes with turkey, pumpkin pie, and football. But if your family could use a little break from routine, why not plan a quick weekend trip together to show your thanks?
Since Thanksgiving travel tends to be a day trip and lots of people stay with family, this is a good time of year to find deals on hotel rates. These are some of the best travel destinations to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.
Head to Plymouth, Massachusetts to spend Thanksgiving Day where the pilgrims did centuries ago. Plymouth is just a 45 minute drive from Boston, so it’s a quick trip if you live in the area. Watch costumed actors reenact historical scenes on the Mayflower II and learn about how early colonists lived in the 17th century. Thanksgiving is a big deal in Plymouth, with concerts, parades, and activities to keep you busy all weekend long.
New York City, New York
Watching the massive Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV has become a tradition in many American households over the years. Head to New York City to see it live and in person! If you’re a Black Friday shopper, this is the perfect place to be to scope out all the holiday deals.
Another great place to visit over the Thanksgiving holiday and celebrate American history is Washington, D.C. You’ll typically enjoy fewer crowds and shorter lines as you explore the museums and walk around the monuments as well.
Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
To escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, even if just for a long weekend, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are an excellent travel choice. This is a beautiful mountainous region to book a vacation rental and make a home-cooked meal with your whole family.
For snow sport enthusiasts, Thanksgiving weekend means the beginning of ski and snowboard season. One of the best places to get into the action is in Keystone, Colorado, which also has lots of charming restaurants and shopping areas nearby.
To warm up and enjoy some wintertime sunshine, consider spending your Thanksgiving weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona. This is a great destination to get in a few games of golf, go hiking, and take advantage of holistic spa treatments.
San Diego, California
Another warm and sunny Thanksgiving destinations to keep in mind is San Diego. To lure visitors from other Southern California destinations, his lively beach city often offers lower hotel prices at this time of year. Leave the holiday cooking to the professions and treat yourself to one of the city’s fine dining restaurants.
Wherever you decide to spend your holiday weekend this year, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving from all of us at FunSherpa!