Top 5 U.S. Destinations For A Last-Minute Thanksgiving Getaway

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to take a minute to stop and reflect on all that we have to be thankful for.

Living with a sense of gratitude (no matter what time of year) is a sure-fire way to infuse joy into every corner of your life. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving can also be a time of stress and headaches as we worry about crafting the perfect dinner menu, sitting in long traffic jams and making conversation with the in-laws.

This holiday season, replace the usual Thanksgiving stress with meaningful family time in breathtaking destinations around the United States.

Whether you’re after off-the-beaten-path Thanksgiving celebrations or a luxurious holiday feast you’re finally not in charge of preparing, these top five last-minute Thanksgiving Getaways are bound to bring gratitude this holiday season.

Fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Princess Anne Hotel in Asheville, NC

Although a last-minute Thanksgiving getaway probably means you can’t secure a room at the famed Biltmore (America’s largest home), there is an array of luxurious hotels nearby that offer fantastic options for a Thanksgiving trip.

The Princess Anne Hotel in particular is perfect for a romantic getaway in one of the most beautiful cities in the US. Take advantage of this hotel’s romantic packages and receive champagne, roses, and chocolate covered strawberries to start Thanksgiving off right. They also offer two-day passes to The Biltmore at an enticing discounted price.

If you really want to mix things up this Thanksgiving, why not enjoy a gourmet picnic with your significant other in one of Asheville’s picture-perfect fall landscapes? From waterfalls to mountains to meadows, Asheville boasts postcard-perfect autumn landscapes that were simply meant to serve as the backdrop to a beautiful Thanksgiving celebration.

Plymouth, Massachusetts: A Traditional Experience

If you’re looking for a family-oriented Thanksgiving getaway, then look no further than Plymouth. Your kids will fondly remember this vacation for years to come.

Each year, Plymouth, Massachusetts celebrates Thanksgiving with a one-of-a-kind parade that includes a depiction of each century of America’s history—from the 17th-century all the way through to the 21st.

It’s a great way to bring history to life for your family, as well as celebrate the rich history of the United States during this special time of year.

While in Plymouth, stay at The Mirbeau Inn & Spa, a posh hotel that resembles a French Manor. The hotel serves a heavenly Thanksgiving dinner so you won’t have to worry about where to dine out.

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs

Thanksgiving is synonymous with stunning autumn scenery as nature changes her colors. Colorado’s crisp air and mountainous scenery make it an exceptionally fitting destination for any Thanksgiving getaway.

The Broadmoor is a luxurious five-star hotel with a rich historical past that offers alluring Thanksgiving packages at fantastic rates.

In addition to tactfully designed rooms, The Broadmoor also boasts wilderness expeditions, tempting restaurants, a spirited nightlife scene, eminent golf courses, and an exclusive spa.

The Mandarin Oriental In Miami

Escape the crowds that are chasing the changing of the leaves and instead head down south to soak in the sun this Thanksgiving. The Mandarin Oriental in Miami is an ultra-luxurious hotel that will dazzle you with their world-class amenities.

The Mandarin Orietnal offers a special holiday package between November 20 and December 29 with rates starting at just $400. And if you’re really feeling the holiday spirit, their Miami Holiday Fun Package includes daily breakfast, a cookie decorating workshop led by a private chef, a personal beach cabana, and a surprise present delivered to your room each day.

Yosemite National Park

Juniper Springs Resort is your ticket to an exceptional Thanksgiving Getaway at Yosemite National Park. Accommodations range from a studio to a three-bedroom to a luxury home.  Amenities such as a fireplaces, personal hot tubs, and full-gourmet kitchens are found in many of the rooms.

After you’ve soaked up some gratitude in your abode, head to the slopes for world-renowned skiing just minutes from the hotel. It’s the perfect way to burn a few of those Thanksgiving calories while having an active Thanksgiving your family will love.

If you want to take in a truly unique Thanksgiving dinner at Yosemite National Park, you will likely have to book in advance. But it’s always worth seeing if cancelations make this a viable option for a last-minute Thanksgiving feast.

Taking a vacation with the ones you love most is a perfect way to usher in joy and gratitude this holiday season. Do you have a last-minute Thanksgiving getaway planned? Which of these five destinations sound right up your alley?

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Casey Siemasko

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Casey Siemasko is the founder of, an award-winning travel blog dedicated to adventure travel with a dash of class. Her travels have seen her photographing jaguars in Brazil, chasing the Northern Lights in Lapland, and braving stinky tofu in Taiwan. When she's not traveling, you'll find her penning stories from her home base in Costa Rica. Click below to follow Casey on Instagram.

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