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Best Thanksgiving Vacation Destinations for Every Desire


Best Thanksgiving Vacation Destinations for Every Desire

If you are looking to make your holiday an adventure, these Thanksgiving vacation destinations will be sure capture the spirit of the day …and let you escape in-laws.

Best Thanksgiving Atmosphere

Colonial Williamsburg – It’s not just a day of thanks in Virginia, it’s a three-day event – Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia running November 27–29. For a true experience, go to Berkeley Plantation, in nearby Charles City. Legend has it that is where the first Thanksgiving took place in 1619.

Best Transition to Christmas

Baltimore – Soak up history and enjoy the upcoming Christmas hype by walking down 34th Street in the Hampden neighborhood. Enjoy the German Christmas Village in West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor Hit. Get reservations at Bluegrass Tavern for a delicious smoked turkey dinner with all the fixins or enjoy a buffet at Grille 700 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

Best Snowy Thanksgiving

Colorado – Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs are two popular destinations for travelers. Enjoy the Festival of Trees and the Chocolate Tasting Festival at Steamboat Springs. Or, hit the slopes for discounted skiing in Breckenridge, before stuffing yourself with a feast at Sevens.

Best Unique Destination

New Orleans – One word …Turducken. It’s a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey and it’s the Big Easy summed up in one flavorful dish. You can get this creation that sounds like a medieval washing machine at K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen. If you want a different New Orleans option, enjoy La Provence, Whatever you decide to eat, make sure you hang out at Decatur Street near Café du Monde and Jackson Square. It’s the place to catch the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Parade.

Best Warm Weather Escape

Florida – It may seem like an obvious answer, but you can’t pass up the chance to spend Thanksgiving with Mickey Mouse. It’s not quite peak season, so there are deals to be had. Disney parks will also serve up special holiday menus on Thanksgiving Day – check Be Our Guest Restaurant and Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. Universal Orlando celebrates the holiday at three of their on-site hotels: Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Royal Pacific Resort.

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  1. R U S S says

    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in my country, but I am all for the places on your list. I have always wanted to go to Baltimore ( coz of the sights ) & New Orleans because of its history, food, and I’ve heard there are so many places to see as well.

  2. Courtney says

    I lived in Orlando for many years and I was always surprised thanksgiving wasn’t as busy as other holidays…..

  3. Fi Ní Neachtáin says

    I think Florida would be my favourite pick out of these options. Being in Ireland I crave the warm weather 🙂

  4. Franc Ramon says

    It would be nice to celebrate thanksgiving in different locations. You get to appreciate different ways to celebrate the occasion.

  5. Kungphoo says

    We were actually thinking of going somewhere warm this thanksgiving.. like maybe an island, but FL is must more in the price range.

  6. Catherine S says

    These all sound like great places to go. We usually go to Medieval Times Dinner Show in Orlando for Thanksgiving.

  7. Lynndee says

    My husband’s family lives in the nearby town and it is where we always celebrate Thanksgiving. It would be nice to go to any of those places though, for a change. If our budget will allow, why not? 🙂

  8. Penny Struebig says

    This is great information to have! I’m definitely printing this to save in my travel folder for future reference. Thanks for pulling this together.

  9. lisa jones says

    Great Getaways Would Love To Go To Colorado Some Day!

  10. Erica Brooks says

    We’ve gone to the Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore two years in a row and really enjoy it. It’s amazing how many displays are on one block.

  11. Brandy says

    I never thought to vacation for Thanksgiving, what a great list. I love the idea of experiencing a new place during the holiday.

  12. kendall says

    oOh I would love to go to baltimore for thanksgiving! Sounds great!

  13. Nina Say says

    I love Turducken! I’ll have to visit New Orleans one of these days.

  14. Emilee says

    We stay home for thanksgiving and I make dinner. Maybe some day we’ll travel for holiday 🙂

  15. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I live in Canada so our Thanks Giving just passed. We always spend it with my parents. We celebrate two birthdays as well.

  16. mary says

    Colonial Williamsburg sounds perfect. Unfortunately we will be in the Bahamas this thanksgiving.

  17. Liz Mays says

    I’ve only traveled once on Thanksgiving, and oddly enough it was to Canada. We couldn’t even find an American Thanksgiving dinner there, but we had a great trip anyhow. I like your ideas better though.

  18. Pauline C. says

    New Orleans sounds great for Thanksgiving! Love some French colony setting…

  19. estherjulee says

    i guess i would have never thought to go to orlando for thanksgiving, but they really do decorate the place nicely during the holidays!

  20. Elizabeth O says

    Best is still home for me. But I wish I can be somewhere in Europe.

  21. Rebecca Swenor says

    This is a great list for those wanting to go on vacation during Thanksgiving. I always wanted to be the one cooking so I never thought of leaving during Thanksgiving but it may be nice.

  22. Myrabev says

    such a great list I would love to go on vacation for thanksgiving but family commitments don’t agree

  23. Coolchillmom says

    Thanksgiving is an acquired celebration for us so traveling is always an option for us.
    Your list is amazing!

  24. Alejandra says

    I am from the DR and we don’t tend to celebrate TG, but Ive been in NYC for the last two years and its a great time to be here!

  25. Cia from Cia Says says

    I like that you have added so many options. This is so cool. I have not ever spent the holidays anywhere but with family.

  26. Roch says

    The Turducken sounds amazing! I haven’t seen or tried anything like it. Is it a madeup word or really an existing recipe in restaurants’ menus?

  27. HilLesha says

    I have never heard of the Turducken, but it sounds quite interesting! I wouldn’t mind going back to New Orleans so I can visit Cafe Du Monde again. 🙂

  28. Rosey says

    These all sound great (esp. Disney). Frankenmuth, Michigan is a great place too, they have a huge to-do on Thanksgiving (it’s a German town).

  29. NJ @ A Cookie Before Dinner says

    Great list! I think that Plymouth Plantation is also a really great spot for Thanksgiving. It is very similar to Colonial Williamsburg!

  30. Melissa Smith says

    I’ve never traveled for Thanksgiving before, but some of these places sound amazing. I’d love to visit Colonial Williamsburg or Baltimore.

  31. jo says

    I love this list! I live in Baltimore and I haven’t been to that place. LOL! I think we’d be visiting Williamsburg thought this Christmas instead of Thanksgiving. 😀

  32. Alysia from My Domestic Dish says

    Ohh, see our Thanksgiving is in October but I wouldn’t *want* to travel anywhere during the holiday. I’m a big fan of being at home with the family, around our giant table.

  33. Carly Anderson says

    These all sound like great places to go. My choice would definitely be Florida. I’m already tired of the cold weather we’re getting!

  34. Joanna Sormunen says

    I hope I get to visit US one day and enjoy Thanksgiving. It sounds like such a wonderful holiday!

  35. krystalskitsch says

    I’ve never had Turducken before! I have spent Thanksgiving at Universal. Very fun day.

  36. Jessica Doll says

    These all sound so great, especially colonial Williamsburg. I’d love to celebrate Thanksgiving for a few days.

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