It’s still not too late to get away for Thanksgiving! Whether you’re looking to escape the in-laws or just feeling impulsive, there’s still time for you to plan a quick Thanksgiving trip. In fact, luck is on your side if you’ve waited this long to start planning your trip – many hotels and airlines offer especially good deals on last-minute holiday travel.
You can also use a coupon to shave a little more off the price of your weekend away. Here are five of our top destination picks for Thanksgiving:
1. Chicago, IL
Everybody talks about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, but did you know that Chicago also has a Thanksgiving Day parade? The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, and regularly draws over 400,000 spectators. You can join the fun on State Street – the parade starts off at 8 am on Thanksgiving Day. Besides the parade, Chicago is a great city to visit for a weekend, with museums, luxury shopping, and a plethora of gourmet restaurants to choose from.
2. San Diego, CA
If you’re looking to go somewhere a little less chilly for Thanksgiving, consider heading over to San Diego’s beautiful beaches. If you want to try something a little different for Thanksgiving dinner this year, you can take a dinner cruise in the San Diego Bay, and enjoy gorgeous views of the city while you enjoy your meal with family and friends. Find out more about it here.
3. San Antonio, TX
This little city in Texas gets most of its fame from the Alamo, but that’s not the only reason you should visit this Thanksgiving. The beautiful River Walk is also an enticing attraction, a picturesque creek lined with restaurants and shops. You can have your Thanksgiving meal at one of the many River Walk restaurants offering brunch and dinner, and then watch the Ford Holiday Parade and the lighting of holiday lights on the River Walk.
4. Washington, DC
You hear a lot about the famous cherry trees of Washington DC that bloom in the springtime, but Thanksgiving is also a great time to visit the capital (and a perfect destination if you have children). You can watch the annual Presidential Turkey Pardon, run off some of that stuffing in the annual Trot for Hunger, and visit the National Zoo to see the beautiful holiday lights.
5. St. Augustine, FL
St. Augustine has more to offer than just a sunny and warm respite from late-fall chills. As the first European settlement in the United States, this city’s rich history will keep you intrigued for your entire stay. Besides enjoying the picturesque streets and palm trees, Black Friday fanatics can also indulge in some bargain shopping at the St. Augustine outlets. If you’re feeling creative or curious, you can also check out the annual Arts & Crafts festival on November 30th and December 1st at the fort.