Top 7 USA Thanksgiving Destinations


Richard Shane
Founder and CEO
The World’s Greatest Vacations


Popular Thanksgiving destinations can vary depending on individual preferences and interests. However, several locations consistently draw crowds during the Thanksgiving holiday:

1. New York City, New York:

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a significant draw, along with the festive atmosphere, iconic attractions like Central Park and Times Square, and the renowned holiday window displays at stores like Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

2. Orlando, Florida:

Families often head to Orlando for Thanksgiving to enjoy the holiday-themed events at Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and other theme parks in the area.

3. Chicago, Illinois:

The city hosts its Thanksgiving Parade, known for its grandeur and festive spirit. Visitors can also enjoy the city’s beautiful architecture, Millennium Park, and various holiday events.

4. Washington, D.C.:

The nation’s capital offers a range of Thanksgiving activities, including the Thanksgiving Day Parade, visits to historical sites and museums, and the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

5. San Francisco, California:

The Bay Area attracts visitors with its picturesque landscapes, Thanksgiving Day Parade, and festive events, along with its diverse culinary scene and beautiful landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge.

6. Boston, Massachusetts:

Historic sites, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and vibrant neighborhoods make Boston a popular Thanksgiving destination. The city’s rich history and cultural events also add to its appeal.

7. Nashville, Tennessee:

Known for its music scene, Nashville hosts various Thanksgiving events, including holiday concerts, festive markets, and family-friendly activities.

Remember, these destinations might have specific events or attractions that draw crowds during Thanksgiving. The choice often depends on individual preferences, from big-city experiences to family-oriented activities or quieter getaways.

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