Best Places to Spend
Thanksgiving in the US

Thanksgiving is a special time of year when people come together to show gratitude for family, food, and the gifts of life. It’s also the perfect time to show your special someone how thankful you are for him or her with the gift of a weekend getaway. These cities offer unique holiday celebrations ranging from traditional to spectacular and luxury inns to make your stay romantic and comfortable. Consider one of these top Thanksgiving destinations for your getaway.

New York City, NY

New York City NY

The Big Apple is home to the grandest Turkey Day celebration in the country: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The festivities kick off at 9 a.m. each year, when some 4,000 volunteers and a cast of Macy’s employees start marching from 77th Street through Central Park West. It features the jovial sounds of marching bands and, of course, massive, colorful floats depicting some of America’s most iconic characters. More than 3.5 million spectators flock to the streets to watch the parade go by, and most people have fond memories of watching it on television as a young child.

Visitors who stick around after the holiday can take part in the Black Friday shopping experience of New York City. There are plenty of boutique shops and specialty stores to help you take care of your Christmas shopping list early. For a perfectly charming Thanksgiving excursion, stay at one of the quaint bed and breakfasts instead of a huge commercial hotel. The Cozy Brownstone, for example, lets you stay in a historic brownstone set among a serene, tree-lined street in Manhattan.

Plymouth, MA

Plimouth Plantation

Plymouth is the birthplace of Thanksgiving in the United States. In 1621, the colonists and Wampanoag tribe joined together in harmony for a grand feast that would start an historic 400-year tradition. So what better place to spend the November holiday? Settle in at the By The Sea Bed & Breakfast before taking a stroll down to the site of the “Mayflower” landing in 1620 - Plymouth Rock. Be sure to check out the stunning Massasoit statue, which commemorates the Wampanoag leader who originally befriended the colonists, as well as the William Bradford statue that pays tribute to the man who was governor of Plymouth for 30 years.

While you’re in town, don’t miss out on the Plimouth Plantation, one of the local hotspots during this time of year. The huge estate is now a living museum that lets you step into a 17th-century Pilgrim village - the location was the original settlement of English colonists in the 1600s. You’ll come across old timber houses, a replica of the “Mayflower” and a barn with livestock. Each year, the plantation hosts a set of Thanksgiving dining programs, which let you choose from an American-style or buffet-style feast made from fresh, local ingredients. .

3. Dallas, TX

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Dallas may not seem like your first choice for a Thanksgiving vacation, but this city offers pleasant warmth that lets you escape from the cold of late November. And it’s home to a huge celebration that turns the downtown park into Thanks-Giving Square. It features attractions like the “Hall of Thanksgiving,” an exhibit that takes you through the exciting journey of this American tradition, and the “Glory Window,” a massive piece of stained-glass artwork. Sports fans can also catch the annual Turkey Day football game featuring the Dallas Cowboys. Looking for a comfortable place for you and your guest to stay? Try a bed and breakfast like Bailey’s Uptown Inn, which is within walking distance from some of the area’s best fine dining and shopping options.

4. Washington, D.C.


Another excellent place to spend this American holiday is the country’s capital and seat of government - Washington, D.C. Spend a weekend discovering the intricacies of U.S. history by exploring the many patriotic attractions. Make your way to the National Mall, where you’ll find the breathtaking Washington Monument, a 555-foot marble obelisk dedicated to the first president. Stroll past the massive reflecting pool to find the Lincoln Memorial, which holds a giant, seated statue of the 16th president. Don’t forget to stop by the stunning Jefferson Memorial - did you know our third president was opposed to making Thanksgiving a national holiday?

During your visit, take a walk past the White House, where the president pardons a turkey every year, sending it to a peaceful farm rather than the oven. While many of the local establishments will be closed for the holiday, there are plenty of dining options for visitors. Eateries like Michel Richard Citronelle, Fiola and 2941 Restaurant offer Turkey Day dinners. Add an extra element of charm to your visit with a stay at an historic inn like the 1921 Gessford or the Eastern Market Suites.