This Thanksgiving, take a break from the usual and the hectic holiday rush. Treat yourself and your family to a Thanksgiving weekend getaway. Let others do the cooking while you strengthen relationships and create lasting memories.
We’ve found five best destinations where you can bring the whole clan for an adventure and relaxation instead of just watching football.
1. Breckenridge, CO
For an authentic mountain town experience, go to Breckenridge. Located 80 miles from Denver, Breckenridge is a destination for those who love the great outdoors. Its reputation for family fun is not restricted to the ski slopes, and there are ample opportunities for culinary adventures, exciting apres scenes and energetic nightlife.
Stay at The Lodge at Breckenridge, perched on a forested cliff at 10,200 feet elevation with views of Boreas Pass, Breckenridge Ski Resort and the Tenmile Range – an ideal Rocky Mountain getaway for the family.
Choose your Thanksgiving dinner at one of the following restaurants recommended by Breckenridge Tourism Board:
- Blue River Bistro
- Hearthstone Restaurant
- Sauce on the Maggie
- Doma 1898
Take a trip to Maui if you prefer warmer places for your vacation. Get a taste of island-inspired Thanksgiving feasts and warm Hawaiian hospitality.
November is also a special time to visit Maui when the humpback whales (kohola) return to the island. Maui’s south and west shores have the highest concentration of whales. To spot humpback whales from the shores in Maui, go to Puu Olai in the middle of Makena State Park and at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center.
Experience your Hawaiian-style Thanksgiving dinner at
- Kimo’s Maui
- Monkeypod Kitchen
- Grand Dining Room at Grand Wailea
Get your family and friends together and join the annual Goody Goody Turkey Gobble 5K, 8K or 1 mile run on Thanksgiving Day in Tampa before heading to a restaurant for the Thanksgiving feast. The runs start and finish in front of Amalie Arena on Channelside Drive.
Thanksgiving in Tampa is ideal for families who prefer a destination that is close to a beach, a theme park and plenty of dining options. Clearwater beach is only around 30 minutes away. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with its thrilling roller coasters, live entertainment, and 300 species of animals is ready to welcome everyone even on Thanksgiving Day.
Open Table has a list of four places for your special dinner in Tampa:
- Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
- Élevage at Epicurean Hotel
- Shula’s Steakhouse
- Rusty Pelican
4. Blowing Rock, NC
Blowing Rock is recommended if you like to drive on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and you enjoy sweeping views of mountains, forests and waterfalls.
Known as “Crown of the Blue Ridge” and located about 94 miles from Charlotte, Blowing Rock is a destination for those who enjoy outdoor adventures. The Blowing Rock and Tweetsie Railroad are two of the must-see places in Blowing Rock.
For your Thanksgiving dinner, Blowing Rock Tourism Board recommends:
- The Table at Crestwood
- Timberlake’s at Chetola
- Best Cellar
- Chestnut Grill at Green Park Inn
- Southern Comforts
5. Grand Canyon
How about a Thanksgiving celebration at the Grand Canyon, one of the natural wonders in America? The South Rim (including Grand Canyon Village and Desert View) of Grand Canyon is open 365 days a year and is ready to welcome visitors even on Thanksgiving day. Note that the North Rim is closed.
The Grand Hotel, Best Western Canyon Squire Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Seven Mile Lodge are some of the hotels located close to the South Rim. For Thanksgiving dinner, check out El Tovar Dining Room at the Grand Canyon National Park Lodges.
Note: Reservations are strongly recommended for all restaurants, hotels, and attractions in these destinations.