As a kid, I remember those big Thanksgiving family dinners around the dining room table. Our idea of Thanksgiving travel consisted of going nowhere at all. The whole family would gather in my hometown of Gary, Indiana. Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and immediate family all together as one. Mama’s sweet potato pies and rum cakes on the dessert counter, combined with turkey and all the trimmings positioned as the main display. Before eating, we’d go around the table and say what we are thankful for, then join hands in prayer before diving into the meal. A tradition always immediately followed by my father’s favorite line of:
“Rise, Peter. Slay and eat.”
Although I long for those days of grandma at the head of the Thanksgiving table, with family spread out and many elders passed on, the idea of Thanksgiving travel has become a more appealing option. With that said, the question of: “Where to go for Thanksgiving travel arises?”
Skip the smoked turkey and head to the Smoky Mountains. Or, as the old English proverb states, “Have your smoked turkey and Smoky Mountains too!” In either case, Gatlinburg offers a great, family-friendly Thanksgiving travel option. With the Great Smoky Mountain Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show in full swing and the Smoky Mountains nearby, you can combine crafts, fitness, and good food all in the same trip.
There’s a saying that everything is bigger in Texas. However, with New Orleans being the birthplace of the turducken, you won’t find a bigger centerpiece than this on your traditional Thanksgiving table. If the hybrid bird doesn’t quite fancy your taste buds, fear not, you can engage in an alternative Thanksgiving dinner of Po’ Boys, crawfish, and seafood fresh from the Gulf.
Dead week refers to a period immediately following a major holiday. While prices usually spike during peak travel period, Thanksgiving travel during dead week is great for two reasons. 1). You can still enjoy a small family dinner at home. 2). You can travel to some far-off location at a fraction of what you would have paid a week earlier. The best of both worlds!
If an alternative holiday menu, and location, are what you seek; then look no further than Alaska. Pack your parka as you prepare for the long journey up north. And be ready to replace that holiday staple of warm turkey with items such as reindeer roast and raw whale. We only live once, after all, and life is all about adventure!
In the comments below, share where you will be (or would like to be) on this Thanksgiving holiday?