Looking to spice up your traditional holiday plans with your family? DK Eyewitness Travel complied a list of the nine best places to travel for Thanksgiving that will make this holiday exceptionally memorable. From strolling through the Christmas markets in Germany to exploring the exotic wildlife of Costa Rica, here are the top spots to travel this Thanksgiving.
The eco-friendly country of Costa Rica is filled with beautiful wild life, gorgeous beaches and plenty of fun things for travelers to see. Animal lovers will want to visit the Manuel Antonio National Park, which is home to roughly "200 different types of birds and more than 100 species of mammals." Travelers are sure to spot sloths, iguanas and the endangered squirrel monkey while exploring the local jungles.
Be sure to visit Munich, Germany, this time of year when the city is filled with holiday lights and decorations. The city is stocked with Christmas markets, where travelers can find delicious foods, arts and crafts. For those who are looking to get into the Christmas spirit, visit Christkindlmarkt giant Christmas tree and take your holiday greeting card.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe is a city filled with a rich blend of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures, perfect for those looking for a twist on a traditional Thanksgiving experience. Local chefs use innovative cooking techniques to spice up the holiday turkey with chile peppers and fresh, local ingredients. Set aside the sweet potatoes and classic roast turkey and try piñon stuffing, pumpkin pasta, and jalapeño chorizo dressing at a local restaurant this Thanksgiving. While visiting the city, travelers should check out the vibrant art galleries and Native American markets where you can find treasures like ceramics and jewelry.
Some may not know that you can see a Thanksgiving Day Parade right in Seattle. The city puts on its own parade equipped with marching bands and fun floats that will make a New Yorker feel right at home. Afterward, head to the Pike Place Market for a delicious Thanksgiving feast and if you're feeling guilty for all the holiday food you consumed, take a walk around Mount Rainier.
For those looking to site-see this holiday, Iceland's capital, Reykjavík, should be on the top of your bucket list. November is the ideal time to see the Northern Lights, a once in a lifetime experience travelers do not want to miss. Visitors can spend the day marveling at the volcanic landscape and sit back and take in the breathtaking scenery at the popular Blue Lagoon.
Who wouldn't want to spend Thanksgiving on a beautiful Hawaiian beach? Trade in your turkey dinner for a Poke bowl and enjoy lower hotel rates and less-crowded beaches. For those who enjoy the water, join a whale-watching tour or watch the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing competition taking place at the Oahu's North Shore beaches, where you can cheer on some of the best surfers in the world.
San Diego, California
San Diego is the ideal vacation destination for families looking to change up their ordinary holiday routine. Spot seals at La Jolla Cove or visit the exotic wildlife at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park or take a day trip to Legoland.
Vail is the perfect location for your next ski trip or romantic getaway with a loved one. Ski the iconic Back Bowls slopes, relax at a nearby spa or spend the day shopping at Vail Village.
If you're finding yourself in Toronto this holiday, the city may be a little quieter due to the fact that Canada's Thanksgiving is held in October. But don't fret, there is plenty to do to keep up the holiday cheer. Visit the Distillery Historic District and shop for holiday treats and handmade trinkets or watch fireworks and listen to live music at the Cavalcade of Lights event.