11 Underrated Thanksgiving Weekend Getaways

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Plymouth, Massachusetts

Make the pilgrimage to Plymouth, Massachusetts, to learn about pilgrim life at one of the many museums. Bring the kids to Plimoth Plantation for a full-scale replica of the Mayflower.

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Key West, Florida

Escape the cold weather in the Sunshine State not too far from where Ernest Hemingway once lived. Enjoy the sandy beaches and artwork of the International Sand Art Competition during the entire weekend.

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Aspen, Colorado

Choose from one of many ski resorts such as Aspen Snowmass resort that hosts a snowboarding competition on the day after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day happens to be the opening day of the mountains so you can be one of the first to ride the slopes.

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Asheville, North Carolina

Visit the Biltmore Estate for beautiful fall landscape around the country's largest privately owned home. After you're done sampling wine and touring the grounds, head over to one of the 30 craft breweries in town.

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Phoenix, Arizona

If you want to burn the calories from the gravy you had for dinner sign up for the family friendly Phoenix Turkey Trot. Visit the Phoenix Zoo at night for Zoolights to see more than a million lights.

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Napa Valley, California

Enjoy wine country after the busy season and you'll void the crowds and the high prices. Rent a cozy cottage that overlooks the vineyard at Carneros Resort that offers a great Thanksgiving dinner with its own seasonal twists.

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Savannah, Georgia

Influenced by Antebellum architecture and historical buildings, Savannah offers Southern charm during your holiday weekend. Take a stroll through Forsyth Park or enjoy low country boil on River Street.

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Williamsburg, Virginia

Experience what America's first Thanksgiving was like in 1619 at Berkeley Plantation. You can also visit one of the historic colonial taverns for pumpkin soup and slow-roasted prime rib. It's the best time for leaf-peeping in the Virginia area as well.

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Yosemite National Park, California

Where better to escape reality than the wilderness of the beautiful Yosemite? Reserve your campsite or plan to have your Thanksgiving feast at the Majestic Yosemite hotel.

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Kona, Hawaii

Coffee lovers will want to visit Kona, Hawaii, as the coffee bean harvest begins in November. If you arrive early enough, you can attend the Kona Coffee Festival to pick your own Kona coffee.

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Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

If you're a fan of parades, consider traveling to the beaches of North Carolina for a Thanksgiving parade on water. There will be plenty of fun family activities leading up to the nighttime "flotilla" light show.

By Tyler Carnahan on 10/22/2018

Thanksgiving is the time of year many people travel to visit relatives and family or to explore a new destination.

You could travel south to a warm Florida beach or even enjoy a charming small town. Learn about the many hidden gems to spend a Thanksgiving weekend with family or exploring solo.