Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it, plenty of food and festivities. If you’re hoping to do something a little bigger this year, why not try traveling? There are plenty of cities with their own special events happening around thanksgiving. If you’d like to liven up the season, then check out our top Thanksgiving vacation ideas for families.

4 Thanksgiving Vacation Ideas for Families

New York City 

New York City is practically synonymous with the holiday season. The big apple is the setting for plenty of iconic films set during Christmas and New Years, so it’s only natural that it makes a good vacation spot. What really makes New York a great Thanksgiving vacation idea for families is that it gives you the chance to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live. The parade has been an annual tradition since 1924. This year, guests have access to 2.5 miles of public viewing along the parade’s route, with most of it located in Central Park West. Be sure to show up early for a good view. Macy’s parade features acclaimed performers like Big Time Rush and Jordin Sparks, along with balloons of beloved characters like Spongebob and Pikachu. With everything there is to see, this event is sure to have something for everyone in your family.

If you’d like to be as close to the Thanksgiving Day Parade as possible, be sure to check out West 57th Street, a Hilton Club. This resort is less than a mile away from the parade. Additionally, West 57th offers amenities like a business and fitness center to help you keep up with your routines. Accommodations include studios, one-bedroom villas, and penthouse units with beautiful furnishings. Studios feature a king-sized bed and 32-inch HDTV. Meanwhile, one-bedroom villas come with all the same features as the studio along with a sleeper sofa and a bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower. Lastly, the penthouse units boast everything the other units have to offer as well as wood-style flooring and spectacular views of the city thanks to their floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Plymouth, Massachusetts

What better place is there to spend your Thanksgiving than at the site of the very first? At Plymouth, you can watch history come to life. Explore outdoor living exhibits like the Mayflower II or the Plymouth Grist Mill. For even more history, check out the Pilgrim Hall Museum. The museum is home to three galleries with rare artifacts and exhibitions that show the experiences of the English families and indigenous peoples who lived in Plymouth. A number of historic houses of pilgrim families are also here and offer walking tours. As far as Thanksgiving vacation ideas for families go, this one is perfect for immersing yourself in the spirit of the holiday. 

The Holly Tree Resort Hotel is just 45 minutes from Plymouth, making it a great homebase for your trip. Plus, while it’s within driving distance of Plymouth, this resort is also located in Cape Cod! The Holly Tree Resort features an indoor and outdoor pool, a whirlpool, hot tub, basketball and racquetball courts, and an exercise room. On top of these great features, the resort has seasonal activities for both kids and adults. Guests have their choice of a studio or one-bedroom suite. Studio suites are equipped with Murphy bed and sleeper sofa. Meanwhile, one-bedroom suites offer a king-sized bed and sleeper sofa. No matter which you choose, you’ll also have a full refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, and tableware.

Chicago, Illinois

New York isn’t the only city with big festivities. Chicago has just as much in store to make it a great Thanksgiving vacation idea for families. One of Chicago’s traditions is to have the mayor light up the city’s official Christmas Tree the night before Thanksgiving. While that’s plenty of fun, the excitement doesn’t stop there! On Thanksgiving Day, Chicago hosts one of the largest parades in the country. This parade runs for three hours and features balloons of pop culture icons like Garfield and Hello Kitty alongside performances from dance acts and bands. Aside from the parade, Millennium Park hosts ice skating and caroling. Perfect for the winter season!

Looking for a place to stay? Then try the Hotel Blake. This resort is within walking distance of Millenium Park. Plus, State Street, the starting point of the parade, is only a mile away! It’s safe to say you’ll have easy access to Thanksgiving festivities from the Hotel Blake, but this resort has even more to offer. When you stay at the Hotel Blake, you’ll be staying in a piece of the city’s history. Formerly known as the Morton building, you can find a historical marker right next to the hotel’s main entrance, but there’s more to Hotel Blake than its historical value. The Hotel Blake features King suites with jacuzzi-style bathtubs and Two Queen suites with two plush, queen-sized beds.

Big Sky, Montana

Want to try something more adventurous? Then Big Sky Resort is an exciting Thanksgiving vacation idea. Big Sky Resort is set to open on Thanksgiving day, so if you’d like to usher in the holiday with a shot of adrenaline, this is the perfect way to do so. The resort boasts 5,850 acres of skiable terrain. Even if you’re new to skiing, you have nothing to worry about. Almost a quarter of Big Sky’s slopes are geared towards beginners, so you’ll be able to learn at your own pace. Meanwhile, more experienced skiers can challenge the resort’s more advanced slopes. There’s something for everyone at Big Sky. Once you’re done with the slopes, Big Sky is also a great home base to explore Yellowstone National Park. In fact, the park’s western entrance is only an hour away! For a nature-filled Thanksgiving, you can’t go wrong with Big Sky, Montana.

Guests at Big Sky also have access to great amenities like the Solace Spa, which features body treatments, facials, and massages. Additionally, Big Sky has nine dining options for guests to enjoy, from Mexican to burgers, to pizza.  Accommodations include studio, one, two, and three-bedroom suites. Whichever you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy a warm fireplace and rooms that combine a rustic Montana feel with the elegance of the alps. 

Buy or Rent a Timeshare To Experience Thanksgiving Vacation Ideas for Families

Thanksgiving is a yearly tradition for many families, so why not make traveling part of them too? With a timeshare, you can travel to one of these amazing locations each year on Thanksgiving, and make them something your family can look forward to around the holidays. Want to go somewhere different or stay at home for a year? No problem! Plenty of timeshare companies allow members to bank their timeshare points so they can use them for another year, or use their points to travel somewhere else. If you’d like to buy or rent a timeshare, then check out our marketplace! If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-610-2734 or email us at: info@timesharesonly.com.

Author

Noah Belachew is a Stetson University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Theater Arts minor. He specializes in content writing, voiceover, and digital research. While born and raised just outside of Washington D.C., Noah has lived in Florida since 2018 and enjoys bicycling, cooking, and traveling.

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