If you’re itching to fit in one last fall vacation—or searching for a place that’s big enough to host your entire extended family—consider renting a vacation home and enjoying a change of scenery this Thanksgiving.
Top Thanksgiving Getaways Across America
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you’re probably already thinking about digging out your fine china and frantically tidying your home for guests. To save yourself the stress, why not plan a Thanksgiving getaway that’ll allow you to truly enjoy one of the longest holiday weekends of the year? For some inspiration, we’ve spotlighted seven of the most festive Thanksgiving destinations that host a cornucopia of events everyone will love. We know, NYC’s parade is the crowned jewel of Turkey Day events—which is why we didn’t need to include it in our list! Instead, we’re suggesting some other top celebrations across the country you may not have considered.
Book a vacation rental for your Thanksgiving getaway, and you won’t have to miss out on any of your Thanksgiving traditions while you’re away. In fact, you might even be inspired to start a few new ones! Prepare a home-cooked meal in your gourmet kitchen, unwind as a family by the outdoor fire pit, or challenge each other to a game of billiards. From sprawling rural retreats to stylish city apartments, there’s plenty to choose from on FlipKey.
Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or with your entire family in tow, here are seven Thanksgiving getaways where you can make the most of your holiday weekend.
Grab your family and inch to the front of the crowd at St. Louis’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. With musical floats, giant helium balloon figures, antique cars, and more, the event is a must-see in November. Even Santa Claus comes to spread some holiday cheer! In addition to its Thanksgiving events lineup, the rapidly growing city offers lots to do. Admire the view from the top of the iconic Gateway Arch, tour the Anheuser Busch factory, or stroll through Forest Park. At the end of the day, unwind in your vacation home, enjoying amenities like a private sauna and multiple family rooms.
Parade Details: Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thanksgiving is a weekend-long affair in Plymouth, a town best known as the famous landing site of the Mayflower. This charming New England destination is home to America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade—the only historically accurate chronological parade—which breathes life into authentic Americana. Rent a cozy Cape-style home or find a place with panoramic harbor views for an idyllic Thanksgiving getaway. No matter where you stay in Plymouth, you’ll never be far from the festivities!
Parade Details: America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration
For more than 30 years, Fountain Hills has been hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade—referred to locally as the Parada de Los Cerros (Parade of the Hills). As one of the only places in Arizona with an official parade to celebrate the holiday, it tops most lists of Thanksgiving getaways in the Southwest. Another perk of spending Thanksgiving in the desert is the option to dine al fresco on your private patio. With warm temperatures year-round, book a spacious Fountain Hills vacation home to enjoy the upcoming holiday poolside.
Parade Details: Parade of the Hills
Every November Charlotte buzzes with energy in anticipation of its 70-year-strong Thanksgiving Day Parade. Arrive early to snag a prime spot on the sidewalk before the floats start their colorful crawl down the streets. Prefer to sleep in? No problem! The event is televised locally, so you can watch without having to leave the couch at your Charlotte rental. Other must-see Charlotte attractions during your Thanksgiving getaway include the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Freedom Park.
Parade Details: Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
For travelers with the urge to immerse themselves in American history, look no further than Philadelphia. It’s one of the most celebrated cities in America and its storied past is palpable. Translation: it’s the perfect place for Thanksgiving getaways that blend education with fun. Tour the Philadelphia Museum of Art, step inside Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence was signed), or relax in your turn-of-the-century row house rental. Just make sure you keep Thanksgiving morning clear for the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest of its kind in America.
Parade Details: 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade
All of Montgomery County buzzes with anticipation every November for the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, held in downtown Silver Spring. The spirited celebration takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving and heralds the start of the holiday season. Don’t fret if you’re not in town by then—the event is rerun on television, so you can watch it in the comfort of your Silver Spring vacation home. At just 20 minutes from Washington, DC, it’s an ideal spot for travelers who want access to downtown, without the big city price tag.
Parade Details: Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Don your Thanksgiving-themed costume and kick off your day with the annual Turkey Trot, a road race through downtown Detroit. Often called “the parade before the parade,” the family-friendly event bursts with cheer and is the perfect way to make that second slice of pie less guilt-inducing. Cross the finish line then head to America’s Thanksgiving Day parade, a decades old tradition in Detroit. After an action-packed day, retreat to your spacious Detroit rental for your Thanksgiving meal (and a well-earned nap!).
Parade Details: America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade