Top Five Thanksgiving Destinations

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful. Whether that means celebrating with family or friends, or taking the time to vacation and relax, there is no right or wrong way to celebrate life’s blessings. And if a nice, relaxing vacation is what suits you, then look no further than this list of great Thanksgiving destinations.

Plymouth, Massachusetts

That’s right. It’s the place where the first Thanksgiving was held. What better place to celebrate? You can spend Thanksgiving in the same way the Pilgrims did at the Plimoth Plantation or you could go and explore the Mayflower II, a full-scale replica of the original Mayflower. Only 45 minutes south of Boston, Plymouth hosts an annual three-day celebration to commemorate the original Thanksgiving.

New York City

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Prade 2010It doesn’t get any bigger than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The spectacle’s 88th anniversary will be celebrated this year. In and of itself, the parade is a great reason to visit NYC for the Thanksgiving holiday, but who wouldn’t want to go to the city anyway? With its world-class cuisine and multitudes of shops for Black Friday buying, it seems like the perfect place to go for a fun-filled, action-packed holiday.

Washington, D.C.

What better place to celebrate American history than in America’s capital city? Spend some time at the many Smithsonian museums. And remember that, in D.C., Turkey Day is not only about celebrating the past, but also about looking forward to our nation’s future. Since 1989, the President has pardoned a turkey every year, to symbolize mercy and compassion.

Orlando, Florida

It might not be the first destination that comes to mind for Thanksgiving, but celebrating in Orlando, specifically at Walt Disney World, is a great way to ensure family fun. Beyond the family-friendly attractions of Disney World, the city itself is a great, warm spot to visit while winter creeps up on the northern states.

Phoenix, Arizona

Among this desert setting, you can celebrate Thanksgiving by remembering the First People, the Native Americans such as the Navajo , Hopi, and Apache, who still reside in the Southwest. Whether you choose to visit reservations or check out the Heard Museum of Native American art and archaeology, there is plenty to do in lively Phoenix. You can even take a road trip on the legendary Apache Trail, where you’ll view breathtaking scenery, ghost towns, and ancient ruins.

Regardless of where you decide to go this Thanksgiving, whether you take a family vacation or visit relatives in a small town, remember to remain grateful for the people in your life. Whether you celebrate like the Pilgrims in Plymouth or watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (on TV or in person), try to look around you and appreciate the people who surround you. That’s what Thanksgiving is really all about.

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