Thanksgiving is still a couple of months away, and while it is traditionally spent at home or with relatives in other parts of the country, it’s also a great time to hit the road and do some exploring. Beaches, festivities, the Northern Lights, these and more amazing places await you on our list of top Thanksgiving destinations for 2014.
Of course, these destinations also have plenty of great restaurants for traditional (and not so traditional) turkey family dinners.
Make holiday dinner reservations at Bluegrass Tavern for amazing smoked turkey, and sweet-potato cornbread, but save room for bratwurst and gluhwein at the Christmas Village in Baltimore. More than 60 booths sell traditional foods, ornaments, and crafts at this German-style market. You’ll also want to take a drive down 34th Street in the Hampden neighborhood where you’ll find two blocks of festive holiday decorations and lights carefully festooned across every row house.
Turducken (a favorite chicken inside a duck inside a turkey) is on the menu in New Orleans and you should have it than K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, which serves up this dish with eggplant-sweet-potato gravy on Thanksgiving Eve. Meanwhile, the Thanksgiving Po-Boy at Parkway Tavern is a post-Turkey Day must-have. Camp out on Decatur Street near Café du Monde and Jackson Square. It’s among the best spots for getting beads as you watch the marching bands and decorative floats pass in the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Parade.
A somewhat different Thanksgiving. Spend the day riding horses, hiking, and mastering your archery skills before settling in for a cowboy-inspired Thanksgiving feast at Triple Creek Ranch. Take in the vastness of Big Sky Country and many stories about the Wild West as you enjoy your festive turkey, mashed potatoes, and Montana wine al fresco. Before the weekend is over, take a private flight to Kalispell to spend the day exploring Glacier National Park. Save time for a photo safari and many off-ranch hikes.