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Thanksgiving is a festive time in America. Big meals, get-togethers, and parades are just a few highlights of this famous American tradition.
Recently, Thanksgiving has become a time to get away with family and close friends as well. Whether you are looking for an intimate, quiet Thanksgiving or a holiday filled with big parades, there are many great destinations that promise a remarkable Thanksgiving.
People who are looking for a remote, yet festive getaway, will want to visit Omni Grove Park Inn. This hotel in Asheville, North Carolina has become well known for its spectacular, nonstop feast created by a world-class chef who will delight you with his culinary masterpieces. The relaxing atmosphere and stunning hotel grounds make Omni Grove a perfect Thanksgiving destination.
While Thanksgiving is an America tradition, sometimes it is nice to get away and relax before the Christmas season gets underway. Plus, many cruises offer the regular Thanksgiving trimmings plus extra treats like seafood. Spending turkey day on a cruise lets you escape all the hustle and bustle, explore a new place, and still celebrate the holiday semi-traditionally.
Thanksgiving cruises are offered all over the world. A few top destinations are Panama, Australia, and Costa Rica. This is a great family option for people looking to spend the holidays someplace warm.
Of course, the most popular Thanksgiving destination is New York. It is a fantastic experience that is full of parades, epic meals, and shopping madness.
Spending Thanksgiving in New York means the opportunity to experience the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, shop till you drop in the Village, or hunt for the ultimate Black Friday Sales.
For people who like to help the community and volunteer, there are plenty of shelters where you can help serve Thanksgiving dinner to others in need. New York City offers so much that you can personalize the holiday to make it an experience that you will always remember.
Chicago knows how to celebrate major holidays, and Thanksgiving is no exception. The city has wonderful restaurants, museums, and aquariums that the whole family can enjoy year round, but what makes Chicago a top Thanksgiving destination is Christkindmarket and the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade.
The Christkindmarket is a German open-air market that not only has authentic German food but also sells gorgeous handmade gifts that makes shopping for your loved ones easy and special.
Why not spend Thanksgiving in the area where the holiday first originated? Thanksgiving in Plymouth is a full three-day event in the heart of the city.
Highlights of the celebration include learning how the Pilgrims lived and survived during that time. Tour the recreated 17th-century village and talk with the actors who live and breathe the pilgrim characters, or jump on the Mayflower II and see what it would have been like sailing to America hundreds of years ago.
Another perk of spending Thanksgiving in Plymouth is that Boston is less than an hour away. It also offers a wonderful Thanksgiving parade, many historical shops, museums, and sights to see.
Maybe spend the morning in Boston, and head back to escape the celebration in the city for a nice quiet meal in Plymouth.
Not everyone wants to spend the holiday adventuring in another country or a massive city. Some of us just want to celebrate silently on a sandy beach enjoying the sun. There are a lot of good beaches to do just that, including in Nantucket, Key West, and Miami.
Thanksgiving is an energetic time of the year in America. While some of us want the massive parades and lively celebrations that the big city offers, others want to get away from it all and have a nice, stress-free holiday.
Whatever type of Thanksgiving you are looking for, these are the top Thanksgiving destinations to spend your holiday and have a memorable Thanksgiving vacation.
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Stephen Schreck is a world traveler, nomad, and adventure backpacker. Knowing a life of aimlessly wandering the globe in search of adventures was the only life for him he set out to make his dream his reality. Currently he is trying to conquer his fears and tackle his bucket list. Follow Stephen's adventures at A Backpacker's Tale or on social media on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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