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5 Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Getaways

Thanksgiving offers us a much-needed chance to relax with our families and friends. The time off allows us to give thanks, eat delicious food, and even travel! Because of this, many Americans consider Thanksgiving to be one of their favorite parts of the year. So, this year, treat yourself and your loved ones to one of these special Thanksgiving getaways!

1. The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Helicopter

Characterized by bold colors and awe-inspiring cliffs, the Grand Canyon has amazed visitors for centuries. Consequently, it’s one of America’s most iconic getaways. Because of its magnificent scale, you might not even believe it’s real! Hike its many trails, raft in the Colorado River, and even see it from above, helicopter-style! The Grand Canyon is a great place for a family vacation.

2. Ellis Island, New York City, New York
Getaways to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, New York City
New York City with the Statue of Liberty, courtesy of George Hodan

Thanksgiving is one of the most important American holidays. Because of this, learning about American history is a great way to celebrate. Ellis Island was once a major gateway into the United States, and millions of immigrants got their first glimpse of America there. This Thanksgiving, immerse yourself in American history. Visit the island, tour the museum, and, most importantly, visit Lady Liberty.

3. Los Angeles Coastline, California
Los Angeles Beach with Family
Courtesy of Robin L on Flickr

Typically, Americans associate Thanksgiving with cold weather and falling leaves. While this is true, wouldn’t it be nice to escape to warmer weather? This Thanksgiving, visit the Los Angeles Coastline to enjoy a beautiful beach getaway. In addition to warm sun and sandy beaches, you’ll also get some gorgeous coastal views. Spend some time with your kids in the sand or get out on the water to enjoy the ocean breeze. Trust us, you’ll thank yourself!

4. Country Roads, Vermont
Getaways to Vermont
Country house and road in a forest, courtesy of William Alexander

Vermont has some of the most beautiful back roads in the country. Because of this, in the fall, it’s a great place to enjoy autumn leaves. Imagine winding roads and an abundance of red, yellow, and orange hues. Driving through Vermont’s country roads is peaceful, quiet, and relaxing. In addition, it offers great family time! Tell your kids to keep an eye out for foxes and moose, which are both local native animals.

5. Honolulu, Hawaii

Family Friendly Surfing in Hawaii

The picture above says it all! Want to do something totally different this Thanksgiving? This family surfing will give you some idea of what to do in Honolulu! Due to Hawaii’s proximity to the equator, its weather is warm all year. As a result, the Hawaiian Islands are a great tropical getaway! There, you can visit the beach, soak up the sun, and sample traditional Hawaiian delicacies. Furthermore, Hawaii is a great place to enjoy quality family time.


Whatever your holiday traditions are, you almost certainly could benefit from one of these Thanksgiving getaways. Travel to a warm place like Hawaii or a cold place like Vermont, or even stick close to home. If you have some time off, you should enjoy it with your family. This country has a lot to offer, from rich history to beaches to back country roads. So get out there and see it all!

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