Family-Friendly Places to Visit for a Thanksgiving Getaway

Thanksgiving is a great time to take a family getaway. Not only do you get to see and the beautiful colors of the fall season, but you also get to enjoy some of the tastiest fall flavors.

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Plus, traveling for Thanksgiving can bring some memorable experiences for the family and you can avoid cooking a large meal as you enjoy the flavors of Thanksgiving in the area you choose to visit.

This list of family-friendly places to visit for a Thanksgiving getaway takes you around the United States to some of the best areas. Each has its own unique attraction and will be the perfect destination for your Thanksgiving trip.

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Anywhere in Tennessee is beautiful in the fall and if you are looking for a mountain top getaway for Thanksgiving, the Smokies are an ideal place to travel to. One of the best ways to experience Tennessee is to visit Gatlinburg. Rent a rustic cabin and enjoy the various events, activities, and attractions the area has to offer for a special experience with the family.

You will also find a variety of different restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal at. Each serves its own amazing feast of main dishes, sides, and of course sweet desserts. If you are looking to take a Tennessee Thanksgiving getaway, simply pick an area throughout the state and you won’t be disappointed because every area is beautiful and unique.

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is known for being a charming city that the whole family can enjoy. Full of family-friendly activities this Blue Ridge Mountain area has something for everyone. 

Scenic drives will allow you to enjoy the area as you view the beautiful land around you. While visiting, there are plenty of places to hike or take an outdoor adventure. Downtown Asheville is also full of local galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that you can enjoy while you are there.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio has a lot of fun and exciting attractions that you can enjoy throughout the year, but some of the best festivities start the day after Thanksgiving. Don’t worry, there are plenty of things to do on Thanksgiving Day and the days leading up to the holiday, but we recommend staying after to join in on the celebrations.

Delicious feasts are available throughout the holidays and downtown is the place to go for a tasty Thanksgiving meal. You also won’t want to miss out on the San Antonio Museum of Art. Admission is free and the museum offers plenty of exhibits that both adults and children can enjoy.

One of the favorite attractions is the Holiday River Parade that is held the day after Thanksgiving. There is a beautiful holiday display of lights and elaborate floats that attracts many visitors and locals that love to come out and enjoy the festivities. 

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Park City, Utah

Want to mix it up for Thanksgiving and see something other than the fall colors? Park City is a beautiful city that has the charm of a small town with amazing cozy resorts to relax in.

Many enjoy visiting the area around Thanksgiving time so that they can take a sled down the mountains and enjoy the celebrations the area has to offer. While sledding is a fun attraction you may enjoy, the area has much more to offer. From various performances to see, trails to hike, and a parade, Park City is worth traveling to any time, but especially around Thanksgiving.

Sarasota or Bradenton, Florida

While there are many cities in Florida worth visiting, these two areas are full of fun so we couldn’t pick just one and if you are looking to spend Thanksgiving on the beach or in warmer weather, this is the area to visit. Each one has its own unique attractions and events for Thanksgiving, that visiting both areas is worth the trip. 

In Sarasota, we love the Thanksgiving Eve Sunset Tour which takes you around the area onboard the Shellebrate so you can enjoy the sunset. Thanksgiving is also the time to take advantage of the Florida Turkey Trot, local diners and restaurants in Sarasota that offer special Thanksgiving meals, and if you enjoy music, you can attend some of the music shows from various attractions in the area.

Bradenton is another family-friendly city to visit while you are in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday. Just like Sarasota, Bradenton hosts various events and local attractions put on special Thanksgiving shows. Restaurants and diners celebrate by offering delicious meals and buffets that the family can enjoy for a laid-back and relaxing Thanksgiving dinner.

family-friendly thanksgiving getaway

No matter where you go for a Thanksgiving getaway, you are certain to find some beautiful views, fun adventures, delicious food, and more. Traveling for the holiday has become more popular and gives you a chance to take the day off and enjoy your Thanksgiving break from work or school. These popular Thanksgiving destinations will make for a fun family getaway this year.

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