It’s officially November and it’s time to confirm those Thanksgiving plans – especially if you plan on traveling.
While the holiday, which falls on Nov. 24 this year, is all about socializing, cooking and visiting, sometimes it’s necessary to just get away from the stresses of prepping and planning. Thankfully, no matter what state you live in, there is no shortage of prime destinations to visit in the U.S. during this holiday.
Some of the best cities and locales to visit in the U.S. are no more than a plane ride or car drive away (depending on where you live, of course), and most cities will offer a little something for every vacation, from the foodie to the outdoor adventurer. Beat your holiday headache and visit one of these five choice locations to fully re-charge this Thanksgiving.
Hawaii: If you’re seeking the quintessential island vacation, Hawaii might be the way to go for Thanksgiving 2016. This is a trip for those who are more inclined towards comfortable weather and surf than turkey and stuffing. You’ll be able to score hotel deals on the Big Island, Maui and Oahu during this time due to the lull in the tourist season, according to Fodors.
Manhattan, New York: New York City is the classic Thanksgiving destination, thanks to its legendary Thanksgiving Day Parade. Although the city can be chilly during November, and Thanksgiving week will surely see hordes of tourists, this is a must-visit location for those who are looking for the ultimate Thanksgiving vacation. After watching the parade, start staking your place out in line at your favorite shop or department store – Black Friday deals will likely be kicking off Thanksgiving day.
Scottsdale, Arizona: Scottsdale is the place to be for those who are seeking warm, desert air. Sunset recommends booking a stay at the W Hotel in Scottsdale for prime sunbathing and pool-time activity.
Joshua Tree National Park, California: Joshua Tree National Park is a great destination for those who wish to forgo Thanksgiving crowds for a little adventure and outdoor activity. While this National Park might seem like an unconventional option, Sunset maintains that one of the best times to visit is during the month of November. Visitors will still be able to witness the abundance of wildflowers across the landscape and the weather will likely be crisp and sunny. The travel outlet recommends the 29 Palms Inn for its sprawling 70-acre property, complete with bungalows and private patios. The Inn will be the perfect reprieve from a day of exploring and rock climbing.
San Francisco, California: San Francisco is definitely the foodie lover’s destination for Thanksgiving. Book a room at the St. Francis hotel in Union Square, get a head start on some holiday shopping and work your way through a myriad of amazing restaurants. For Thanksgiving Day, hotels like the Palace Hotel will offer Thanksgiving brunch buffets with enough food to keep you sated through December.