Best Thanksgiving Vacation Spots

Try something different than the same old family get-togethers this Thanksgiving. Take your family on a Thanksgiving vacation instead. The best Thanksgiving vacation spots offer fun for all ages and also offer festivities to keep you in the holiday spirit. The best Thanksgiving vacations also come from staying at a vacation rental instead of a hotel. Rentals have lots of space and offer more privacy, ensuring you will feel more at home during your vacation.

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New York City – Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

One of the trademarks of Thanksgiving is the Macy’s Parade. Therefore, one of the best thanksgiving vacation spots is in New York City seeing the parade in person. If you have children, attending this parade will be one of the top memories from their childhood. Be sure to arrive super early on Thanksgiving to find a great spot for viewing the parade. If you are really into the parade festivities, you can watch as the parade balloons are filled on Thanksgiving Eve. The parade balloons are huge and it is quite a sight to take in as they are filled with helium. After watching the parade on Thanksgiving Day, you will want to enjoy a traditional holiday feast. You can either cook the meal in your vacation rental or go all out by dining at a popular restaurant. A few restaurant choices include Cibo Restaurant and Brasserie Restaurant.

Philadelphia – Appreciating America’s History

Philadelphia is loaded with history and is one of the best Thanksgiving vacation spots for your family. As in New York City, Philadelphia offers a Thanksgiving Parade. Complete with towering balloons, exquisitely decorated floats, marching bands, and much more, this parade will not disappoint. Be sure to arrive early and bring extra warm clothing in case of bad weather. After attending the parade, enjoy a Thanksgiving feast without cooking anything. Many Philadelphia restaurants offer delicious Thanksgiving meals. A few popular choices include City Tavern, Lacroix, and Moshulu.

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Plymouth – Steeped in History

What better place to celebrate the holiday than the birthplace of Thanksgiving? Plymouth is steeped in Thanksgiving history and tops the list of best Thanksgiving vacation spots. America’s Hometown Thanksgiving celebration is occurs here and is a cherished holiday tradition by both local residents and visitors. The celebration activities include a grand parade, a food festival, plenty of kid’s activities and much more. Be sure to check out the Mayflower II Museum and the Pilgrim Hall Museum during your vacation to learn a little history about the holiday. You can also stay in Boston for more vacation rental options and then just spend Thanksgiving Day in Plymouth.

Minneapolis – A Shopper’s Paradise

Although Minneapolis may seem unlikely as one of the best Thanksgiving vacation spots, it deserves of spot because of its great Black Friday shopping choices. If you are a bargain shopper, one of the best days to find great deals is the day after Thanksgiving and one of the best places for countless Black Friday deals is the Mall of America. The Mall of America has extended hours on this biggest of shopping days so you can shop from sunrise to sunset. Of course, with the great Black Friday deals come massive crowds so be sure to plan ahead on meeting places if you are traveling to the mall in a group. After a long day of bargain shopping, you will want a big meal and a few drinks. The closest restaurants are those at the Mall of America. A few popular restaurants include Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Napa Valley Grill, and Tiger Sushi. Hopefully you will leave for home loaded up with bargain purchases to make this your best Thanksgiving vacation ever.