Top 10 Best Places To Visit During Thanksgiving In The US

Traditionally, Thanksgiving Day is mostly celebrated at home. However, once in a while, wouldn’t it be great to plan a Thanksgiving getaway with your family at snow-capped mountains, sun-drenched beaches, and coastlines? Sounds good, right?

Taking a break from the usual routine and escaping to picturesque getaway destinations in the US is fun, especially during festive seasons. The brimming charm of small towns or the big and historical cities are food for the soul. 

Here are some must-visit destinations which can be added to your bucket list.

Take a Ride to Commodore Perry Estate, Texas

This beautifully furnished resort in Austin offers a Thanksgiving feast of 4-courses including all the spices and ingredients from Texas. You will get to enjoy several activities on various days of the week, like football on Friday, Scotch on the weekend, and much more stress-relieving boosters.

Commodore Perry Estate, Texas
Commodore Perry Estate – Austin, Texas | Image Source: Paul O’Connell on Flickr

There is an official Thanksgiving parade being held on Friday. The party goes on all night long with traditional songs and décor.

Visit Lake Placid, New York

Do you crave for peaceful moments? Lake Placid is a great destination to escape to. A small village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, and a tiny population of 2,300.

Together with Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake, they comprise the Tri-Lakes region. Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and the 1980 Winter Olympics.

Lake Placid – New York – Adirondack Mountains / Image Source: Onasill – Bill Badzo / Flickr
Lake Placid – New-York – Mirror Lake Resort / Image Source: Onasill – Bill Badzo / Flickr

The 1972 Winter Universiade were hosted in Lake Placid as well as the 2000 Goodwill Games, and will host the 2023 Winter Universiade.

You are free to enjoy fishing, hiking, camping, and biking alongside this lake. This lake is an idyllic Thanksgiving getaway destination.

Explore Canterbury, New Hampshire

The orchards in New Hampshire are one of the places which give the feeling of home along with essential and refreshing activities for their visitors. It is one of the best picnic places for families and friends.

person holding four red apples

If you have time, you must go and pick apples by yourself which is such a refreshing activity to take part in.

You will be amazed by the various donuts and ciders available in this charming town. You can also go to the nearby barn and farms. The surrounding nature is appealing and refreshing.

Enjoy a trip to Killington, Vermont

The most anticipated fall foliage you will see in the US is Killington. This place is in a combination of beautiful shades of orange, yellow, and red. So why shouldn’t you give it a try?

lake sorrounded by trees

If you’re thinking of visiting, and you are an ice-cream fan, you might want to stop by Mad Hatter’s Scoops. They have a vast selection of sundaes and toppings to choose from, a super fun taste experience.

The annual turkey Troy happens every year, so Thanksgiving is the best time to visit Killington.

Tour to Kiawah Island

Fasten your seatbelt and take a ride towards South Carolina, Kiawah Island is anxiously waiting to host you this Thanksgiving. It is one of the most luxurious and phenomenal getaway islands along the southern coast.

Grand hotels alongside palm trees, villas, and five-star resorts are the luxury this island has to offer.

Kiawah Island_South Carolina
Kiawah Island | Image Source: Rodel Aguilon on Flickr

There are many activities which you can get on this holiday trip. You can go to holiday markets, shootouts, and scavenger hunts. A fall festival is being held to keep the lies and tourists engaged.

Make a round towards Chicago, Illinois

The best getaway destination for all you that prefer visiting cities. The parade held there is considered to be greater than any of the other nearby parades.

The whole parade route is decorated with balloons, floats, and a musical display of traditional instruments.

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade
Chicago Thanksgiving Parade | Image Source: Jennine Jacob on Flickr

Nearby, you can go to the Zoo to see amazing holiday decor. The museum is there to give you a trip down the historical background and cultural identity of the region’s outsiders. You can enjoy the musical concert and ice skating.

Enjoy the holiday at winter wonderland, Keystone

If you are a snow lover or enjoy ski games, then Keystone Resorts are the perfect getaway destination for you. It is one of the best ski destinations in the region. It is preferred by visitors during Thanksgiving to relax because of its not so crowded location.

skiing thanksgiving getaway

It is a winter wonderland that appeals to visitors because of its sporting events. The families can enjoy a lot there because it has separate grounds for the kids too. You will enjoy having fun at ice-skating. Don’t worry if you don’t know much about skating, just let yourself be lost in the snowy mountains.

Have Fun at Williamsburg, Virginia

To get a historical and educational experience during your thanksgiving getaway, Williamsburg is the best place to go. At every corner of this destination, you will meet with unique historical facts and figures.

The iconic festival during Thanksgiving starts at Berkeley Plantation, which is claimed to be the first American thanksgiving place.

The Williamsburg Governor's Palace
The Williamsburg Governor’s Palace

You can go to the nearest idyllic parks for a recreational, pleasurable, and calm environment. The Busch Gardens are ideal. You can enjoy yourself with family and friends by going to the local markets, resorts, and Zoo.

Plan a recreational trip to New Paltz, New York

Being on a holiday at a destination that offers you recreational game activities and amazing food is a superb package, right? This goes for New Paltz which provides the ultimate amusement for its visitors.

Wallkill Valley Railroad Bridge near New Paltz, New York
Wallkill Valley Railroad Bridge near New Paltz, New York | Image Source: Katy Silberger on Flickr

You will always find something for everyone in this Hudson Valley town.

Explore Mohonk Preserve and Mountain House, bike the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, and visit Historic Huguenot Street. It is truly a treasurable place surrounded by mountains, providing the best scenic view.

There are also many restaurants to discover locally brewed beers and wines.

Make a Visit to Long Beach

Pack your bags and take a ride to Long Beach in California. It is the ideal getaway destination for those who enjoy being in a casual atmosphere. You can enjoy the famous Trot here with your family and friends.

Sunset at long beach California
Sunset at long beach California | Image Source: Ronnie Pitman on Flickr

You can enjoy swimming, and water sports alongside the palm trees which is quite an experience!


A short trip can do a world of good, especially in stressful day-to-day life. The beautiful jaunts, locales, and post-card towns in the US are the perfect getaway distractions awaiting you this Thanksgiving.

Start Planning Your Trip

With so many places to visit, narrowing down an itinerary may seem impossible.

But with so many options throughout this great continent, you’ll certainly have no problem finding places to go and activities to enjoy during your trip there.

Which of the above places are you most excited to visit?

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