We are aware that Thanksgiving is a very popular time to travel. But think about it: for the holidays, almost everyone is going to visit family, and very few people are going on vacation. Because of this, Thanksgiving is a great time to take a trip to a beautiful place you’ve never been before.
With the help of this list, you can spend Thanksgiving in a place with small-town charm, big-city lights, or something in between.
The Best Places to Visit For Thanksgiving
As an early Christmas gift, take your family on a short trip, or sneak away with your sweetheart for some quiet time. Seeing a new place often gives you a new viewpoint and makes you think about all the good things in your life.
We’re sure you’ll be glad you went to one of these charming places for Thanksgiving. Here are our top choices for short trips this year.
1. Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid isn’t just beautiful and quiet; it’s also a lot of fun during the holidays. You can fish, walk, bike, or camp in the area, or you can visit the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. The Winter Olympics were held there in 1932 and 1980.
Even though snow isn’t a given this time of year, it is possible, so pack your winter coat and gloves!
2. Plymouth, New Hampshire
Learn about the past of this working seaport, look around the local shops, or go to the Strawbery Banke Museum, which covers 300 years of American history on ten acres. Don’t forget to get a lobster dinner while you’re in town!
3. Santa Barbara, Califonia
Santa Barbara is known as the American Riviera, and it is a beautiful place to visit. With its pretty beaches, mountains, and nearby wineries (pictured! ), it has everything you need for a relaxing, romantic weekend getaway any time of year.
4. City of Canterbury, New Hampshire
The famous Hackleboro Orchards in New Hampshire are open until Thanksgiving, so you’ll have plenty of time to go apple-picking before your holiday dinner.
If the weather is nice, you can bring your own blanket and have a picnic before going into the fields, or you can get some warm cider and freshly made donuts at the nearby barn.
5. Leavenworth, Wash.
This West Coast town is known for its famous holiday parties. The festivities start on Thanksgiving weekend with Christkindlmarkt, a Bavarian-style Christmas market.
Visit the town’s distilleries, breweries, wineries, and cider houses, then go shopping in some of the unique shops that sell cuckoo clocks, music boxes, beer steins, and other Bavarian goods.
6. Hawley, Pennsylvania
In the Poconos, Hawley is home to a number of popular resorts. There are lots of cozy places to have a Thanksgiving meal, from Woodloch to Silver Birches. Holiday events at these resorts include a scavenger hunt, special bingo games, horseback riding, and more.
7. Utah, Park City
Park City isn’t exactly a small town, but it has all the charm of a town half its size, and Thanksgiving is the time to be in this Utah city. Take a bobsled ride, go window shopping, or curl up by the fire at one of the town’s amazing motels.
8. Vermont, Killington
Why not spend Thanksgiving surrounded by the most beautiful fall colors you’ve ever seen? This part of Vermont is famous for having the brightest reds, yellows, and oranges in the United States. While in town, you can take part in the yearly Turkey Trot or try Sunup Bakery’s famous Chocolate Espresso Bread Pudding Muffins.
9. Denver, Colorado
Speaking of fall colors, the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway is the best place to go hiking after Thanksgiving. Walk through the bright yellow Aspen groves and take in the incredible autumn sights.
10. New York City, New York
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most famous things in the world. This year, instead of watching the party on TV, take your family to see their favorite figures flying in person.
It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and then you can eat a delicious meal at one of the city’s many, many places.
While Thanksgiving is usually a time when people of all ages get together at home, but it can also be the best time to get away. The first thing is that it’s a three-day weekend. And more importantly, who can resist the urge to have someone else do all the work for a change?
After all, it takes a whole day to cook the turkey, bake the pies, and clean up after the meal. When you travel for Thanksgiving, you don’t have to give up all of its important customs.