21 of Our Favorite Thanksgiving Getaways 2023

Make the most of your Thanksgiving break with a great getaway. Practice yoga surrounded by hummingbirds, explore a USS battleship or eat your fill of po' boys and gumbo on a Cajun food trail.

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Looking for the best places to go for Thanksgiving while you're off from work or school? Have your turkey and dressing down the road, or on the road, with one of the Thanksgiving vacation ideas we've rounded up. Some are laid back while other Thanksgiving getaways are packed with adventures, and you can do most of them in three or four days. Choose one that's right for you (We've got the best Thanksgiving getaways for families, too.), even if you have to take off a little more time to travel.

Read up on these Thanksgiving vacation ideas before you go. Some attractions may close for the season or the holidays, and others may be too cold for some activities.

Find Your Vibe in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

A view of Lake Tahoe with mountains in the background from the drive along the Lake Tahoe Loop.

Find Your Perfect Vibe in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

If you can’t make it to Nevada on Oct. 14, 2023, when the highly anticipated “Ring of Fire” eclipse will be visible over parts of the state, head to Lake Tahoe instead. Take the spectacular scenic drive on the Lake Tahoe Loop and plan to stop along the 145-mile-long route to lounge on a beach, hike the Tahoe Rim Trail or dip your toes in the crystal-clear water. The north shore, home to one of Nevada’s largest public beaches, feels laid back, and its Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort boasts a private beach and pier. For a livier vibe, check out South Lake Tahoe’s Zephyr Cove Resort, where you can parasail, play golf and find more activities. The luxurious Edgewood Tahoe Resort, also on the south shore, will offer a Thanksgiving -inspired menu on the 2023 holiday.

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Travel Nevada/Nevada Dept. of Transporation

If you can't make it to Nevada on Oct. 14, 2023, when the "Ring of Fire" eclipse will be visible in some areas, head to Lake Tahoe for one of the best Thanksgiving vacations instead. Drive the scenic Lake Tahoe Loop and stop along the way to lounge on a beach, hike the Tahoe Rim Trail or dip your toes in the clear water. The north shore, home to one of Nevada's largest public beaches, feels laid back, and its Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino boasts a private beach. For a livelier vibe, check out South Lake Tahoe's Zephyr Cove Resort, where you can parasail, golf and find more activities. The luxurious Edgewood Tahoe Resort, also on the south shore, will offer a 2023 Thanksgiving-inspired menu.

Visit a Volcano in Costa Rica

A view of a lake and trees in Costa Rica with the Arenal Volcano in the background.

Climb Lava Trails in the Jungle in Costa Rica

Prices in Costa Rica are typically lower in November (high/dry season starts in December) and crowds are down. he island is less than 3 hours by plane from Miami and about five from New York, and Vamos Rent-A-Car is available at either of the two international airports. The Arenal Volcano area, shown here, is one of the most popular places to visit thanks to its mineral-rich hot springs, rainforest trails and delicious local and international cuisine. Hike an ancient lava flow, zipline, ride horses, go sloth-spotting or just admire the scenery. More to do in other regions: explore a cacao plantation or take a guided tour to learn about medicinal plants, rare fungi (some are bioluminescent) or the country's 116+ bat species.

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Visit Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the best places to go for Thanksgiving because the prices and crowds are usually down. It's less than three hours by plane from Miami and about five from New York. Pick up a vehicle from Vamos Rent-A-Car at either of the two international airports and drive three hours to Arenal Volcano National Park, shown here, to enjoy its mineral-rich hot springs, rainforest trails and safari floats. Hike an ancient lava flow, zipline or go sloth-spotting; it's a fun Thanksgiving getaway for families. More to do in Costa Rica: Visit a cacao plantation or take a guided tour to see medicinal plants, rare fungi (some are bioluminescent) and more than 116 species of bats.

Chase the Lights in Iceland

Someone standing in the mountains in Iceland with the Northern Lights shining overhead.

Chase the Northern Lights in Iceland

November is one of the best times of year to see Iceland's Aurora Borealis, a natural display of dancing waves of light. Combine your time off at Thanksgiving with a few vacation days, and you can also see ice caves, frozen waterfalls, glaciers afloat in lagoons and a snowy, otherworldly landscape on a 6-day tour of Iceland: Reykjavik & the Northern Lights. The tour starts in Reykjavik, sometimes called "the greenest city on Earth," and goes on to Iceland's "Golden Circle," known for its natural wonders, and ends on the South Coast, home to a volcano, black sand beaches and a magnificent waterfall.

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GAT Jonatan Pie/EF Go Ahead Tours

Iceland is also one of the best places to go for Thanksgiving, when you can often see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Combine your holiday time with a few vacation days, and take a 6-day tour of Iceland: Reykjavik & the Northern Lights to see ice caves, frozen waterfalls, glaciers and the snowy, other-worldly landscape. The tour starts in Reykjavik and includes Iceland's "Golden Circle," known for its natural wonders. It ends on the South Coast, home to a volcano, black sand beaches and a magnificent waterfall.

Take a Family Getaway to Mobile, Alabama

late afternoon aerial shot of the USS Alabama Battleship and park in Mobile, Alabama

Take a Family Getaway to Mobile, Alabama

You don't have to skip Thanksgiving with Grandma if you take her with you. Mobile, Alabama, has something for all ages, from green spaces to rooftop restaurants and bars, to trail walks and botanical gardens. Explore the Mardi Gras museum to discover the city's ties to the New Orleans festival, or pop into a museum dedicated to history, art or maritime explorations. "America's Amazon," the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, is also here; weather and season permitting, you can kayak, canoe or fish. Shown here: the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, which is open daily except on Christmas Day.

Photo by: Tad Denson/Visit Mobile

Tad Denson/Visit Mobile

Don't skip Thanksgiving with Grandma. Take her with you to Mobile, where there's something for everyone, from green spaces to rooftop restaurants to the Mobile Carnival Museum, which highlights Mobile's Mardi Gras traditions. Pop into other museums dedicated to history, art or maritime explorations or, weather and season permitting, kayak, canoe or fish in "America's Amazon," the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Shown here: the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, open daily except Christmas Day.

Stroll, Shop and Dine in Greer, South Carolina

A view of Greer Station in Greenville, SC

Shop, Stroll and Dine Downtown: Greer Station, SC

Greenville, South Carolina's neighboring city, Greer, is on track to become the South's "next big small town." (From Greenvllle, South Carolina,named One of HGTV's Best Small Towns in America, Charming Greer Station, drive less than 10 miles to its neighboring city, Greer. Greer is on track to become the South's "next big small town" thanks to fantastic shopping at local boutiques and a redesigned downtown area, shown here, inspired by cities in Montreal and Europe. Now free of curbs and gutters, its brick-paved street invites visitors to walk from stores to restaurants to almost weekly special events. Explore the 12-acre city park and amphitheater, watch for trains that run through downtown and admire the turn-of-the-century architecture (over 40 buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places). Save time for the brewery, the many independent eateries and the food trucks that open on weekends.

Photo by: Visit Greenville SC

Visit Greenville SC

From Greenville, South Carolina, named one of HGTV's Best Small Towns in America, drive less than 10 miles to charming Greer Station, on track to become the South's "next big small town." Inspired by cities in Europe and Montreal, the downtown area has been redesigned with brick-paved streets that invite pedestrians to explore boutiques, restaurants and breweries. And almost every week there are frequent special events. Explore a 12-acre park and amphitheater, watch for trains and admire turn-of-the-century architecture (more than 40 buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places).

Escape to Horse Country in Ocala, Florida

A sunset with the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida, in the background and a rider on a horse.

Take a Luxurious Escape to Horse Country in Ocala, FL

Ocala/Marion County, Florida, is the official "Horse Capital of the World." The World Equestrian Center (WEC), pictured here, is a world-class, multi-indoor and outdoor facility for horse shows; the complex includes a luxury hotel, seven restaurants and over two dozen upscale shops. Check out the 80 Schonbek Swarovski crystal chandeliers, the 6-foot-tall stuffed Coach bear, the original Toys 'R Us Geoffrey and a $15,000 rocking horse. This paradise for horse lovers, boasts an in-house master sommelier and front desk staff dressed from head to toe in Ralph Lauren. Olympians often visit and actor John Travolta is said to be a regular. Come before Thanksgiving for the USEF Hunter Jumper Grand Prix, scheduled for Nov. 8-12 and Nov. 15-19, or see the events calendar here.

Photo by: Andrew Ryback Photography

Andrew Ryback Photography

Ocala, in Marion County, is the official "Horse Capital of the World." It's also home to the World Equestrian Center (WEC), pictured here, a world-class, multi-indoor and outdoor facility for horse shows. The WEC complex includes a luxury hotel, restaurants and upscale shops. (Check out the 80 Schonbek Swarovski crystal chandeliers and $15,000 rocking horse.) This horse lover's paradise boasts an in-house master sommelier and front desk staff in Ralph Lauren attire. Olympians often visit, and John Travolta is said to be a regular. Come before Thanksgiving for the 2023 Premier Hunter/Level 6 Jumper competition; see the dates on the WEC events calendar.

Go Cajun in Coastal Louisiana

People standing around a table and dumping out a pot of boiled crawfish and other Cajun foods.

Get Your Cajun on in Coastal Louisiana

Instead of turkey and stuffing, celebrate Thanksgiving with fresh seafood and party vibes in coastal Louisiana, which includes Lafourche Parish, St. Tammany Parish and Jefferson Parish. Need to choose just one? Try Thibodaux, Louisiana's Cajun Bayou. When you're hungry, hop on the Cajun Bayou Food Trail. Make time to stop on the Louisiana Oyster Trail or feast around town on a crawfish boil and popular foods like etouffee and gumbo. When you're full, relax on a swamp tour or learn to play the washboard in a Cajun music Jam. Let all that good food settle before you go paddleboarding on the bayou. Rather catch your dinner? Charter a boat and go fishing.

Photo by: Louisiana's Cajun Bayou

Louisiana's Cajun Bayou

Instead of turkey and cranberry sauce, celebrate Thanksgiving with fresh seafood in coastal Louisiana, which includes Lafourche Parish, St. Tammany Parish and Jefferson Parish. Time to visit just one? Try Thibodaux, Louisiana's Cajun Bayou. When you're hungry, hop on the Cajun Bayou Food Trail, the Louisiana Oyster Trail or feast in restaurants and cafes on crawfish, étouffée and gumbo. When you're full, catch a swamp tour or play the washboard in a Cajun Music Jam. Rather catch your dinner? Charter a boat and go fishing.

Find Music for Your Ears in Macon, Georgia

An aerial view of downtown Macon, GA, with a welcoming sign in the foreground.

Catch a Show in The Next Big Music City: Macon, GA

Move over, Nashville. Macon, GA, is known as The Next Big Music City. It’s where native little Richard first sang on stage, Otis Redding grew up, the Allman Brothers Band lived and James Brown cut a demo that landed his first record deal. Today, the world=class Macon Pops Orchestra plays everything from southern rock to funk. They perform live on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to launch the annual Holiday Light Show Extravaganza, when more than 500,000 twinkling lights dance in time to music from the Macon Pops symphony. Macon celebrates its bicentennial in 2023 with a downtown revitalization that includes about a dozen art galleries, 30 entertainment venues, over 55 restaurants, and more than 3 dozen shops & boutiques. https://maconpops.com/

Move over, Nashville. Macon aims to be the next big music city. It's where native Little Richard made his stage debut, Otis Redding grew up, the Allman Brothers Band lived and James Brown landed his first record deal. Today, the world-class Macon Pops Orchestra plays everything from Southern rock to funk. In 2023, they'll perform live on the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Macon's Holiday Light Show Extravaganza while more than 500,000 twinkling lights "dance" with the music. Macon also celebrates its Bicentennial in 2023; check out the revitalized downtown area featuring art galleries, 30 entertainment venues, more than 55 restaurants and dozens of shops and boutiques.

Camp Out in Hot Springs, Arkansas

An aerial view of campers, a pond and a climbing tower at RVC Outdoor Destinations, Catherine's Landing, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Camp in Hot Springs, Arkansas

On a budget? Camp at one of ten RVC Outdoor Destinations sites across the U.S. Choose from a cabin, cottage, yurt, standard tent site or glamping tent or an RV hookup. Some accomodations are pet friendly, but see the website for rules for your furry friends. Catherine's Landing, near Hot Sprigns National Park in Arkansas, is pictured here. Take the Big Foot Trail, where you're likely to see armadillos, deer and bunnies, ride a zip-line over this 400-acre property and explore the one-mile frontage on lovely Lake Catherine. You'll only five minutes from the historic city of Hot Springs if you're crave an urban outing.

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RVC Outdoor Destinations

Looking for the best Thanksgiving getaways for families? Camp at one of RVC Outdoor Destinations' RV resorts and campgrounds across the U.S. Choose a cabin, cottage, yurt, standard tent site, glamping tent or an RV hookup. Catherine's Landing, five minutes from historic Hot Springs, Arkansas, is shown here. Hike the Big Foot Trail and watch for armadillos, deer and bunnies. Zipline over the 400-acre grounds or explore a mile of water frontage on clear Lake Catherine.

Golf and Relax on Amelia Island, Florida

A golf course and pond under Spanish moss-laden trees on Amelia Island, Florida.

Golf and Play on Amelia Island, Florida

Unlike most Florida destinations, Amelia Island boasts a rare maritime forest ecosystem; it also offers 13 miles of uncrowded beaches. Plan a golfer's getaway on the island's courses, which are surrounded by magnificient live oaks, wax myrtles and other lush landscaping and welcome players of every skill level. Dine on fresh seafood under the stars at Beech Street Grill, catch some tunes at a live music venue, bike along a beautiful trail or book a fishing trip or wildlife tour while you soak up the sun and fresh air.

Photo by: AmeliaIsland.com

AmeliaIsland.com

Amelia Island is home to a rare maritime forest ecosystem and 13 miles of uncrowded beaches, making it an especially nice Thanksgiving getaway for families. Play golf surrounded by magnificent live oaks, wax myrtles and other lush landscaping; all skill levels are welcome. Dine on fresh seafood under the stars at Beech Street Grill, take the kids biking, charter a fishing trip, book a dolphin tour or just bask in the sunshine.

Soak Up History, Art and Culture in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A colorful mural on a building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Soak Up History, Art and Culture in Milwaukee, WI

Celebrate the season with a visit to Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood, the heart of the city’s African American community. It’s undergoing major redevelopments, such as the acclaimed America’s Black Holocaust Museum, a historical and memorial museum. In 2022, the New York Times listed Bronzeville as one of 52 places for a changed world, where “travelers can be part of the solution.” Look for the mural shown here, "Mother Africa," on the Wisconsin Black Historical Society building located at 2620 West Center Street; then visit the diverse restaurants and shops on and around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Drive. Bronzeville is in the 6th district of the city of Milwaukee.

Photo by: Visit Milwaukee

Visit Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Bronzeville neighborhood, in the heart of the city's African-American community in the 6th district, is a great destination for a family getaway. In 2022, the New York Times called Bronzeville one of 52 places for a changed world, where "travelers can be part of the solution." Attractions include America's Black Holocaust Museum, an acclaimed historical and memorial museum, and the "Mother Africa" mural, shown here, on the Wisconsin Black Historical Society building at 2620 W. Center St. Don't miss the diverse restaurants and shops on and around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Check the Bronzeville website for details about special events.

See Reefs, Rainforests and Ruins in Belize

Ancient ruins in the jungles of Belize

Discover Ruins, Reefs and Rainforest in Belize

History buffs, nature lovers and beachgoers: use some extra time off for a 9-day Thanksgiving getaway to Belize, located in the northeastern corner of Central America in the Caribbean Sea. Explore its Mayan ruins (shown here), rainforests teaming with wildlife like spider monkeys and colorful birds and the spectacular Belize Barrier Reef. You can also fly non-stop from various major U.S. cities and take a 12-minute plane ride or 75-minute water taxi to Ambergris Caye, the largest Belizean island. The award-winning Victoria House Resort and Spa sits at the edge of the reef and offers luxurious accommodations like villas with private pools and a 3500-square-foot spa and fitness facility.

Photo by: EF Go Ahead Tours

EF Go Ahead Tours

History buffs, nature lovers and beachgoers: Take some extra time for a 9- or 12-day Thanksgiving getaway to Belize, located in Central America on the Caribbean Sea. Explore its Mayan ruins (shown here), rainforests teeming with colorful birds and other wildlife and the stunning Belize Barrier Reef. From Belize, take a 12-minute plane ride or a 75-minute water taxi ride to Ambergris Caye, the largest Belizean island. The award-winning Victoria House Resort and Spa sits at the edge of the reef and offers luxurious accommodations like villas with private pools and a 3500-square-foot spa and fitness facility.

Make Waves in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama

Two little girls lying on the sand and laughing with the Gulf of Mexico in the background.

Hit the Beach in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL

Most beach towns settle down when fall arrives, but Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, in Alabama, are great places to find the sun and fun and enjoy a warm Thanksgiving getaway. Stroll some of the 32 miles of white sand beaches on this island on the northernmost coast of the Gulf of Mexico, enjoy a leisurely bike ride or book a tiki cruise and sip a tropical drink while you sightsee and chill out to some good tunes.

Photo by: Art Meripol

Art Meripol

Families love Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. You'll find 32 miles of white sand beaches on this 27,000-acre island on the northernmost coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Head to Gulf Shores if you enjoy biking, nature and craft beers (adults only, of course). Visit Orange Beach if you'd rather boat, fish or shop. Take a sightseeing tiki cruise and hang out in a hammock or hit the links. Bring sand buckets for the kids.

Discover Charming Spartanburg, South Carolina

An aerial view of the Morgan Square Clock Tower in Spartanburg, S.C.

Spartanburg, S.C.

Spartanburg, South Carolina was once a mill town, but now it's a bustling city known for art, culture, a culinary scene that blends Southern cooking with international flavors and lots of outdoor experiences. The downtown area is a designated cultural district, and it's where you'll find music venues, world-class art galleries, museums and more. Visit the only BMW museum in North America, sip a cocktail at Initial Q, an upscale smokehouse, or hike, bike, picnic or ride horses in Croft State Park. Look for the historic Clock Tower in Morgan Square, shown here, where you'll also find live music, specialty shops and boutiques and public art.

Photo by: Sam Dean/Visit Spartanburg

Sam Dean/Visit Spartanburg

Once a mill town, Spartanburg is now a bustling city known for art, outdoor experiences and a growing culinary scene that blends Southern cooking with international flavors. It's a great Thanksgiving getaway for families. The downtown area is a designated cultural district with music venues, world-class art galleries, museums and other attractions. Visit the only BMW museum in North America, sip a cocktail at Initial Q, an upscale smokehouse and bar, or hike, picnic and ride horses in Croft State Park. Look for the historic Clock Tower in Morgan Square, shown here, where you'll find live music, boutiques and public art.

Make a Splash in Bermuda

People on the beach and in the water of Warwick Bay, Southshore Beach, Bermuda

Dive Into Bermuda

Pink sand beaches, turquoise waters and a mix of British and American culture draw visitors to Bermuda, an archipelago of islands (seven main islands and numerous smaller ones) in the western North Atlantic. Visit one or all of three regions: historic St. George's and the East End has a delightful, historic village vibe. Hamilton and Central Bermuda are liverier and more cosmopolitan. The Royal Navy Dockyard and West End is popular for its maritime history and incredible views. Fly from Atlanta or Boston to arrive in under three hours, or from New York to land in about 90 minutes, but you'll probably want a couple of extra days if your flight takes longer. Although the island is just 21 square miles, you'll want to explore the beaches, historic sites, galleries, golf courses and live music venues.

Photo by: Howarth Photography, Ltd.

Howarth Photography, Ltd.

Pink sand beaches, turquoise water and the British/American culture draw visitors to Bermuda, an archipelago of islands in the western North Atlantic. Visit one or all of three regions. Historic St. George's and the East End has a historic village vibe. Hamilton and Central Bermuda are more cosmopolitan. The Royal Navy Dockyard and West End is popular for its maritime history and incredible views. Fly from Atlanta or Boston to arrive in under three hours, or from New York in about 90 minutes.

Get Back to Nature in Western Montana

A long-distance view of buildings, trees, fences and mountain in the background at The Resort at Paws Up in western Montana.

Experience the Towns and Mountains in Western Montana

The mountainous lands between Glacier Park in the north and Yellowstone Park in the south make up Western Montana, a great place for outdoor activities or just enjoying the scenery. Pan for sapphires in Philipsburg, flyfish in Bozeman, mountain bike in Whitefish ore Museum of the Plains Indians in Browning or go rock climbing in the Bitterroot Corridor. If you’d rather relax, pick sweet cherries in Flathead Valley, star gaze or enjoy live theater in Bigfork or Whitefish. Shown here: The Resort at Paws Up, an authentic--and luxurious--working ranch in Greenough, Montana, about 35 miles northeast of Missoula.

Photo by: Stuart Thurlkill

Stuart Thurlkill

Western Montana spans the mountainous lands between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Explore Missoula, the biggest town, or Bozeman, Livingston and others for outdoor adventures like hiking, wildlife watching and horseback riding. Pan for sapphires in Philipsburg, tour Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park or stroll historic Last Chance Gulch, the main street in Helena, the capital city. Flyfish in a clear river, see the Museum of the Plains Indians in Browning or go rock climbing in Bitterroot. If you'd rather kick back, go stargazing, take a helicopter or airplane tour or see live theater in Whitefish. Shown here: The Resort at Paws Up, an authentic — and luxurious — working ranch in Greenough, about 35 miles northeast of Missoula.

Experience the New York Adirondacks

An aerial view of highways, houses and trees in the Adirondacks in fall.

Explore the Adirondacks Region in Northern New York

Made up of twelve distinct regions, the Adirondacks region offers almost limitless things to see and do. Adirondack Park, "New York's largest playground,' is the largest park in the continental U.S. and an ideal Thanksgiving getaway for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore its waterfalls, paddle its waterways, climb mountain trails for panoramic views or explore the Lake Placid Olympic Center and other museums with the whole family. Browse for regional crafts in charming villages, take a steamboat cruise or ride the Adirondack scenic railroad.

Photo by: VisitAdirondacks.com

VisitAdirondacks.com

Made up of 12 different regions, the Adirondacks has countless things to see and do for a great Thanksgiving getaway. Adirondack Park, a protected wilderness area comprised of over 6 million acres, is an ideal destination for photographers, hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. Relive past Olympic Games at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum or ice skate indoors year-round at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. Save time to shop for crafts in delightful villages, ride your motorcycle on rural roads or ride the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

Play at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Lampe, Missouri

A man and boy fishing in Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Lampe, Missouri

Experience Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Lampe, MO

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a 10,000-acre nature preserve in the Ozark Mountain region. It offers extraordinary fishing for rainbow trout in its spring-fed waters, and kids as young as four can try their luck. Catch and release your fish or catch it and keep fishing. If it's more fun, feed the fish instead at the Glory Hole; it's near a big waterfall and you can overlook a trout-filled pool. Cast a line for bass with or without a guide at Table Rock Lake, launch a pedal boat, ride horses, hit the trails on foot or mountain bike, look for wildlife or just take in the rugged scenery, handcrafted bridges, bluffs, creeks and other natural wonders.

Photo by: Art Meripol

Art Meripol

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a 10,000-acre nature preserve in the Ozark Mountains. It's another terrific Thanksgiving getaway for families. Kids as young as 4 can fish for rainbow trout in its spring-fed waters. If it's more fun, feed the fish at a trout-filled pool. Cast a line for bass (with or without a guide) at the lake, ride horses, hit the trails on foot or mountain bike, take a wildlife tour or just savor the rugged scenery.

Explore Croatia's Cities and Coast

A view from the sea of the shoreline in Croatia.

Take a Budget-Friendly Getaway to Croatia

Use your Thanksgiving holiday and some extra days to visit Croatia in southeast Europe. Take a 9-day tour of Zagreb, the capital city, and Split, a coastal city known for its mix of traditional and modern culture. If you can stretch your trip to 11 days, add Dubrovnik, where ancient stone walls surround Baroque buildings in its UNESCO-listed Old Town (it was the site for"King's Landing" in the Game of Thrones television series). November is off-season, so the prices and crowds are down. It's also wine season, so celebrate at the national winemaking festival called Martinje.

Photo by: EF Go Ahead Tours/Unsplash/Boer Boudewijn

EF Go Ahead Tours/Unsplash/Boer Boudewijn

You'll need your Thanksgiving holiday and a few more days to visit Croatia in southeast Europe, but a guided tour is worth it. For a memorable Thanksgiving vacation, book a nine-day trip to Zagreb, the capital city, and Split, a coastal city known for its museums and historic sites. Stretch your trip to 11 days and add Dubrovnik, where ancient stone walls surround Baroque buildings in its UNESCO-listed Old Town. (You might recognize Dubrovnik as "King's Landing" from the Game of Thrones television series.) November is off-season, so prices and crowds are usually down. It's also wine season. If you're there on Nov. 11, 2023, celebrate at the annual winemaking festival, Martinje.

Find Your Bliss in St. Lucia

A view from the ocean of Windjammer Landing on St. Lucia.

Find Your Bliss in St. Lucia

Bring an appetite for St. Lucia's authentic island food, sunscreen for the beaches and a sense of adventure for its boat tours, jungle biking, horseback riding and the every Friday-night street party that's been going on for 50 years. This lovely Caribbean island is a great Thanksgiving getaway for a long weekend; direct flights are available from Atlanta, Miami, Boston and other major cities. Unwind with a chocolate-making class (cacao trees flourish in the rich, volcanic soil), raise a glass of rum punch on a sunset cruise or bathe in a hot, muddy pool at Sulfur Springs. Stay at luxurious Windjammer Landing, shown here, and practice Hummingbird Yoga where the colorful birds hang out. Try Windjammer Landing's first-of-its-kind Underwater Breathwork Programme for an underwater therapeutic experience; see the website for availablity.

Photo by: Windjammer Landing

Windjammer Landing

Popular with honeymooners and anyone who craves a beach getaway, St. Lucia, a Caribbean island is located about four hours from Miami by air. Bring an appetite for authentic island food, sunscreen for the beach and a sense of fun for boat tours, jungle biking, horseback riding and the Gros Inlet every-Friday-night street party that's been going on for 50 years. Chill out with a chocolate-making class (cacao trees flourish in the volcanic soil), sail on a catamaran at sunset or dip into a hot mudbath at Sulfur Springs. Stay at luxurious Windjammer Landing, shown here, and practice hummingbird yoga where the tiny birds hang out. Try Windjammer Landing's first-of-its-kind Underwater Breathwork Programme for an underwater therapeutic experience; see the website for availability.

Tourists riding in a horse-drawn buggy steered by a man in a Colonial uniform at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.

Have Revolutionary Fun in Williamsburg, Virginia

The best leaf-peeping in Virginia may be over by late November, depending on the weather (check here for )But there’s still plenty to see and do on a Thanksgiving getaway. Williamsburg, in the middle of the Eastern Seaboard, draws visitors to its battlefields and historic towns. Kingsmill Resort is a good base for activities like hiking and biking; it also features two championship golf courses, a large indoor pool and a million-dollar spa. Shop the Williamsburg Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through December or look for arts and crafts, produce and baked goods, also on Saturday mornings, at Yorktown Market Days. Catch the Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia from Nov. 26-28, 2023 to explore 17th- and 18th-century foodways. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, pick up discounts at Michael Kors, Nautica and other stores at Williamsburg Premium Outlets.

Photo by: Brian Newson/The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Brian Newson/The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Williamsburg, Virginia

The best leaf-peeping in Virginia may be over by late November, but there's still plenty to see and do on a Thanksgiving getaway. Williamsburg, in the middle of the Eastern Seaboard, draws visitors to its battlefields, historic towns and its popular living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg. Kingsmill Resort is a good base for activities and boasts two championship golf courses, a large indoor pool and a million-dollar spa. Shop the Williamsburg Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through December or look for arts and crafts, produce and baked goods, also on Saturday mornings, at Yorktown Market Days. Catch the Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia at the Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museums at Yorktown from Nov. 24-25, 2023, to explore 17th- and 18th-century foodways. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, pick up discounts at Michael Kors, Nautica and other stores at Williamsburg Premium Outlets. Again, check for days and times of operations for these and other attractions around the holiday.

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