Thanksgiving Weekend Travel Suggestions
Choosing to spend Thanksgiving at home with the house full of guests and a stubborn turkey in the oven waiting to be devoured is choosing the safe and homey way. But there are downsides of this approach that we often underestimate: we might forget how tiring can be to organize a family dinner and wash up all those dishes; after days of preparation, many people end up more stressed that ever.
Taking an extended weekend vacation on Thanksgiving represents the modern alternative. With more and more caterers and hotels offering special Thanksgiving packages, many Americans begin to consider a short Thanksgiving break. Home-made pumpkin pie and dishes or travel and a classy dinner in a historic inn? It can be heard to decide, but wait until you hear these irresistible Thanksgiving weekend travel suggestions:
New York City
Like I always say, any time of the year is the best time to pay your homage to the Big Apple. But New York City becomes particularly animated on Thanksgiving Day. This is when the inhabitants of Manhattan gather around Central Park West to watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. 2011 will mark the 87th year when the parade takes place, so if you want to watch the giant balloons and get a first glimpse of Santa make sure you get there in time and reserve a place with a view.
What a better place to celebrate Thanksgiving than the place where it all started? The Thanksgiving weekend is a great occasion to pay your tribute to the pilgrims and visit the historic town of Plymouth. Not far from here you can find the famous Pilgrim Monument overlooking the picturesque Cape Cod harbor. All over Massachusetts and New England there will be plenty of possibilities to dine in the most traditional style – just look up a nice inn or bed and breakfast and make the reservation in time.
US Virgin Islands
I know that advising people to travel to the Caribbean at almost any occasion has become a little bit of a stereotype in the world of travel journalism, but why not? The hurricane season is over in November and hoteliers will be delighted to have you in. And in a place like the US Virgin Islands you’ll be able to enjoy both the warmth of the Caribbean and the spirit of Thanksgiving. I mean, sun, beach, swimming, palm trees AND a well-roasted turkey? What more can you expect?