Ditch the turkey: 6 ideas for a Thanksgiving getaway

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s time to book travel before rates and fares get outrageously expensive. If you don’t need to visit family in a certain location for the holiday, why not ditch the cooking and spend your long weekend on vacation?

Here are a few of our favorite autumn destinations to check out.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

In the autumn, eastern Tennessee becomes a wonderland full of vibrant fall foliage, but up in the Appalachian mountains, late November starts to look like winter. If you’re looking for a not-too-hot but not-too-cold destination, Gatlinburg is ideal.

Situated at the foot of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg remains fairly warm in November, while providing the option to drive up into the mountains for some possible ice or snow at the summit.

During Thanksgiving weekend, the main stretch in Gatlinburg starts to light up with Christmas decorations and holiday spirit. Speaking of spirits, don’t forget to stop in for a free moonshine tasting at one of Gatlinburg’s many shineries, like Ole Smoky, Doc Collier or Sugarlands.

If you get tired of the bustling downtown, escape into the mountains and cross the Tennessee-North Carolina border to explore the town of Cherokee. It will be low season there, but it’s a good chance to learn about Cherokee nation and its deep roots in the Smoky Mountains.


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