Growing up, my Thanksgivings were anything but predictable. Some years we spent with family, while others included friends. And the best years involved both. Many years we hosted at our house, while other years we traveled. I’ve sat around countless tables all over the country- from grandparents’ to restaurants’- to celebrate the holiday.

Thanksgiving with family is always wonderful!

Thanksgiving with family is always wonderful!

My all-time favorite Thanksgiving memories involve the years we spent in New York City. After watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV for years, nothing compared to being there in person! If I could convey 1 “travel must-do in your life”, being at the Macy’s Parade would probably top the list.

Because of my upbringing, I view Thanksgiving with wide-eyed possibility. The destinations are endless. As strongly as I desire to host at my own house, I also want to give my kids adventurous memories. Additionally, it’s definitely a balancing act considering all the different families involved.

Thanksgiving in Orlando with the Disney crew

Thanksgiving in Orlando with the Disney crew

Recently Trips To Discover posted a list of the 14 best places in the U.S. to spend Thanksgiving weekend. Not surprising, the first 6 places listed are places I’ve spent the holiday! A few of them are wonderful because of the extra special happenings (ex. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade), while others boast terrific weather for late-November.

According to the post, here are the U.S. destinations listed as the top places to spend Thanksgiving:

Gatlinburg, Tennessee


Orlando, Florida

New York City, New York

Chicago, Illinois

Scottsdale, Arizona

New Orleans, Louisiana

Santa Barbra, California

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Plymouth, Massachusetts 

 Keystone Resort, Colorado

Williamsburg, Virginia

Las Vegas, Nevada

Lake Tahoe, California

Read the full article (here) for suggestions on lodging and activities in the areas.


Where do you like to spend Thanksgiving? Would you consider any of these “best places” to spend your holiday?

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