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Top Destinations for Your Thanksgiving Vacation Weekend

Top Destinations for Your Thanksgiving Vacation Weekend

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! If you are looking to get away, we think these spectacular Thanksgiving vacation destinations would be perfect for the upcoming holiday. The destination you choose for your Thanksgiving vacation really depends on your interests and what kind of things you want to do while celebrating the holiday. If you’re still deciding where to go, here are some wonderful options for your Thanksgiving weekend getaway!

New York City, New York

NYC is a hub of excitement year-round, but it’s an especially great spot for your Thanksgiving vacation. While the Thanksgiving holiday is always exciting, it’s really the transformation the city takes into a Christmas-winter wonderland that makes it such a spectacular place to visit. While in town, here are some of the top things to do:

      • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – This is a can’t-miss event if you’re in the city for Thanksgiving. This parade features giant balloons, floats, and performances.
      • Explore Central Park – Enjoy a leisurely stroll or go ice skating if the rink is open.
      • Thanksgiving Dinner Cruises – If you don’t have plans for your Thanksgiving meal, consider going on a cruise! Dine on a delicious Thanksgiving feast while cruising around the Hudson River.

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San Francisco, California

If you want to visit a warmer destination to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we highly recommend San Francisco. This quirky west-coast city has so much to do and see; from restaurants, shops, and cultural attractions, there is something for everyone. During Thanksgiving weekend, be sure to check out:

      • Golden Gate Park – Explore this iconic park and maybe even visit the Japanese Tea Garden.
      • Alcatraz Island – Take a tour and learn all about this historic prison.
      • Thanksgiving Dinner at a Local Restaurant – San Francisco is home to a wide range of incredible restaurants, and many offer special Thanksgiving menus so you can enjoy the holiday in a unique atmosphere.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is another wonderful city to visit during the early winter season to get into the holiday spirit. Walk the streets to find shops, museums, cafes, restaurants, and so much more. The city plays host to a number of fun holiday events that you and your family are sure to love. This includes:

      • Magnificent Mile Lights Festival – Get into the Christmas spirit early with this popular event that features a tree-lighting parade
      • Walk Around Millennium Park – Take in the beautiful public art and architecture
      • Thanksgiving Day 5K – Pregame your Thanksgiving feast with a 5K turkey trot

Orlando, Florida

Orlando is magical year-round, but there is something very special about being there right before the Christmas season. You can enjoy a warm-weather Thanksgiving dinner with your family and then hop right into the Christmas spirit by exploring the Disney parks and their impressive decorative display. Be sure to visit:

      • Walt Disney World – Experience the Disney holiday magic with holiday parades, shows, and attractions
      • Universal Orlando Resort &nash; Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to experience the holiday season in Hogsmede
      • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – Partake in a wide range of holiday traditions from all different cultures around the world

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Nashville, Tennessee

Head to Nashville for some incredible music, food, and southern hospitality that will make your Thanksgiving holiday one to remember. This city is so exciting and always has so much going on, but it is easy to do and see a lot within a weekend timeframe. While visiting for your Thanksgiving holiday, be sure to visit:

      • Country Music Hall of Fame – A must-see attraction when in Nashville. Learn all about the rich history of country music
      • Grand Ole Opry – Tour this incredible venue and catch a live performance if your schedule allows
      • Thanksgiving at the Opryland Hotel – If you don’t have dinner plans, have your feast at this historic hotel. Or check out any of their other seasonal events

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