No offense to Thanksgiving, but after a while, the holiday just seems very “been there, done that.” Why not shake things up this Thanksgiving and take a little trip. Whether you want to take your family with you or prefer to travel alone for Turkey Day, here are a few places that make great travel destinations for Thanksgiving.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Most people associate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims, but the holiday also relates to Native Americans. With that in mind, consider taking a trip to Sante Fe. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, the city hosts a three-day long Winter Indian Market that features Native American music, dancing, and artwork. Even without the festival, Sante Fe is a great city to visit to learn more about Native American culture. However, if you go on Thanksgiving, you’ll be able to get a great Turkey Day dinner with a southwestern twist and perhaps even do a little skiing just outside the city.
For a holiday like Thanksgiving, which is deeply entrenched in history, it makes sense to visit one of the country’s historical hot spots. Any time of year, Williamsburg is a great place to go to see people wearing historical costumes act out the early days of American history. But the week of Thanksgiving, the city of Williamsburg takes things to another level. There’s an entire “Foods & Feasts” festival that lasts three days and allows you to spend your Thanksgiving eating the kind of food that was enjoyed during the days of the colonies. It’s the perfect mix of food and history and a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving.
If you’d prefer to spend your Thanksgiving in a more rural setting, consider visiting the Great Smoky Mountains in the eastern part of Tennessee. The small city of Gatlinburg is a popular vacation destination because of its proximity to Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well as Dollywood, a family-friendly theme park. In late November, the mountains not only offer majestic views of snow-covered peaks, but they also provide a great venue for skiing and other winter sports. When it comes to your Thanksgiving meal, you may not be able to get a home-cooked meal, but Gatlinburg and the surrounding area is home to a number of great restaurants that can cook up an incredible Thanksgiving Day meal that will taste homemade.