Best Places to Spend Thanksgiving

ThanksgivingThanksgiving is a time to spend with your family, but this doesn’t mean you have to stay at your house for your traditional dinner. If you don’t want to spend Thanksgiving day in the kitchen rather than enjoying your family time, then venture out and enjoy the holiday somewhere new. Here are some of the best places to spend Thanksgiving.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee: During the fall, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, turns into an autumn haven. Known as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, this destination is the perfect place for those that love fall foliage and family-friendly fun. There is the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show on Thanksgiving weekend from November 22-27, which means you can get a head start on holiday gifts, too.

New Orleans, Louisiana: If you are looking to escape to somewhere warmer—that also has a party atmosphere—look no further than New Orleans, Louisiana. As you might expect from the Big Easy, Thanksgiving is just an excuse for the city to enjoy delicious Creole-inspired cuisine. This city was even the birthplace of a modern Turkey Day tradition—the turducken, which is a chicken stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turkey. Enjoy Thanksgiving in a non-traditional way in this great Southern city.

Plymouth, Massachusetts: The first-ever Thanksgiving happened in Plymouth, Massachusetts, so there’s no better place to enjoy the long Thanksgiving weekend. At Plymouth Plantation, you can explore live exhibits, including a 17th-century English village. This destination even has its own Thanksgiving feast, complete with a roast turkey and plenty of traditional New England trimmings.