Best Thanksgiving Travel Deals: 10 Spectacular Getaways, With Hotels and Flights Information

Thanksgiving doesn't need to be a stuffy weekend with every aunt, uncle and cousin you've not seen in years stepping over your toes at the big family reunion.

Do yourself (and your family) a favor and book a stay elsewhere for some breathing space and the chance to make it a relaxing weekend escape. Here are some of the best places to stay and things to do over the Thanksgiving weekend. All prices and dates are subject to availability.

1. Go skiing and skating in Boston

The capital of Massachusetts has plenty to offer over the Thanksgiving weekend, from markets and shopping to museums and live performances. Get into the holiday spirit at the Boston Opera House as it begins the Boston Ballet's run of The Nutcracker Suite from November 29. Get started on your Christmas shopping on Black Friday on prime shopping area Newbury Street or bag more bargains at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. For some activity to burn off the Thanksgiving meal, go skiing at a host of ski resorts open over the Thanksgiving weekend, including Stowe Mountain Resort, Bretton Woods, Sunday River and Loon Mountain, or ice-skating at the Frog Pond on Boston Common.

Four nights at the citizenM hotel, conveniently located just a two-minute walk from Boston North Station and a 5-minute walk from The Freedom Trail, costs from $674 (reduced from $789) per person on Expedia. Includes return flight from Philadelphia to Boston departing on November 27.

2. Explore Miami's art scene

There's more to Miami than bikini-clad models and the nightlife party atmosphere. The city's bubbling arts scene is home to the Perez Art Museum Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach, which has been running since 2002. The international art fair attracts tens of thousands of visitors, art collectors and curators from galleries and museums around the world each year. Alternatively, burn off the Thanksgiving calories on a stroll through the city's famed Art Deco district.

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Park Central Hotel, an example of the city's famous Art Deco architecture in South Beach, Miami, pictured here in February 2019. Getty Images

Four nights at the beachfront The Confidante hotel in Mid-Beach costs from $1,534 (reduced from $1,842) per person on Expedia. Includes return flight from Boston to Miami departing on November 27.

3. Visit Nashville's Musicians Hall of Fame

Some of the greatest figures of indie, rock and pop music have sprung from the Tennessee capital, with the city giving birth to everyone from Kitty Wells to Kesha. So music lovers will have plenty to chew on in this creative city over the Thanksgiving weekend, including the Grammy Museum Gallery at the Musicians Hall of Fame and a host of gigs from its countless music venues.

Four nights at Hotel Indigo in Downtown Nashville costs from $1,182 (reduced from $1,368) per person on Hotwire. Includes return flight from New York City to Nashville departing on November 27.

4. Go shopping in the Big Apple

There's plenty to keep you busy around Thanksgiving in the City That Never Sleeps, not least the many floats on display at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or Christmas showcases at various shops on Fifth Avenue—just in time for the Black Friday shopping extravaganza.

You can also escape to a winter wonderland in Bryant Park at the Winter Village, featuring a free admission 17,000 square-foot ice skating rink.

Four nights at the four-star Radisson Hotel New York Midtown Fifth Avenue, steps from the Top of the Rock observation deck at Rockefeller Center, costs from $1,364 (reduced from $1,603) per person on Travelocity. That includes a return flight from LA to New York City departing on November 27.

5. Celebrate Andy Warhol in Chicago

The Chi rivals the Big Apple in terms of incredible architecture and a skyscraper-line cityscape. Visitors can equally enjoy its impressive arts scene, including the current Andy Warhol exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, the first major retrospective of the artist's work in 30 years. Alternatively, experiment with fantasy at the Nevermore Park, named after a fictional neighborhood in the city. The park is described to be a "6,000 square-foot immersive art experience [that] will transport you into an exciting alternate reality filled with new sights and sounds," according to the venue's website.

Four nights at the Thompson Chicago, located in the shopping district, just a 5-minute walk from State Street and Michigan Avenue, costs from $869 (reduced from $1,246) per person on Expedia. Includes return flight from Orlando to Chicago departing on November 27.

6. Go for a thrill ride in Las Vegas

Sin City offers plenty of guilty pleasures, from the hotels and casinos along the famous Strip on Las Vegas Boulevard and the galleries, shops and outdoor sculptures at the CityCenter complex to a host of live music performances currently offered from Lady Gaga, Blink-182 and Cher among other artists.

Thrill-seekers can also try the Strip's first-ever zip line spanning 1,121 feet over the LINQ outdoor promenade, which also features a whole world of attractions including the 550 foot-tall High Roller, what's said to be the world's tallest observation wheel offering 360 degree-views of the Las Vegas Valley and Strip, the Caesars Entertainment website describes.

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Lady Gaga performing during her residency at Park Theater at Park MGM on December 31, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Getty Images

Or you can simply get into the holiday spirit at The Park promenade, which will be transformed into a Christmas-themed park from November 29 to December 31, featuring an 80-foot tree and pop-up cabins serving Christmas-themed drinks and bites, the Las Vegas tourism website notes.

Four nights at the Caesars Palace Resort & Casino, located a 10-minute walk from the LINQ Promenade and High Roller and Miracle Mile Shops, costs from $968 (reduced from $1,171) per person on Expedia. Includes return flight from Chicago to Las Vegas departing on November 27.

7. Discover hipster Portland

Portland has become a hipster haven in recent years since, from its vibrant and eclectic music backdrop, including a rising class of new hip-hop and R&B artists, and its craft beer scene. Earning the nickname "Beervana", Portland is home to more than 75 breweries, more than any other city on Earth—according to the city's tourism website.

For those who prefer wine over beer, Thanksgiving weekend sees more than 150 wineries open their doors for samplings of special vintage wines and popular labels. The annual Wine Country Thanksgiving event is on from November 29 to December 1 and also features live music, food and wine pairings and winery tours including at venues that are normally not open to the public.

Four nights at Hotel Lucia, found in Downtown Portland within a 10-minute walk from Powell's City of Books, Pioneer Place and Portland Art Museum, costs from $804 (reduced from $1,078) per person on Expedia. Includes return flight from New Orleans to Portland departing on November 27.

8. Get your music on in Austin

This Texas capital is a bustling hub of culture entertainment, with more than 250 music venues and more than 60 music festivals to choose from, including the popular South by Southwest festival. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, tune into the Austin Area Jazz Festival with live performances from the city's best jazz artists against the backdrop of the Austin cityscape and absorb the arts at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, which showcases the artwork of more than 200 local and regional artists.

Or you can work up an appetite for Thanksgiving at the ThunderCloud Subs' 5-mile run and one-mile walk at the Long Center on November 28.

Four nights at the four-star Hilton Austin, centrally located steps from Sixth Street and a 6-minute walk from the Austin Convention Center, costs from $1,370 (reduced from $1,556) per person on Travelocity. Includes return flight from New York City departing on November 27.

9. Explore the arts in Seattle

Washington's largest city is home to some of the biggest tech companies, including the headquarters for Amazon and Microsoft. But there's more to the city than chips and code. Visitors can enjoy a thriving culture and a sophisticated arts scene, with a host of venues such as the Nordic Museum, which is currently featuring 19th century Danish painter L.A. Ring's first solo exhibition in the U.S.

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The sun sets on the Space Needle and downtown skyline as viewed at dusk on November 4, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Getty Images

Four nights at Hotel Max in Downtown Seattle, a boutique hotel a short walk from Seattle Paramount Theatre and Seattle Waterfront and adjacent to Westlake Ave Hub Station, costs from $1,008 (reduced from $1,141) per person on Hotwire. That includes return flight from Newark, New Jersey to Seattle departing on November 27.

10. See Philadelphia light up

The City of Brotherly Love will be spreading Christmas cheer with a host of Christmas-themed markets and events kicking off around Thanksgiving weekend, including spectacular light shows at the Philadelphia Zoo and Longwood Gardens, which will feature 500,000 lights displayed across trees and foundations, and an underwater Christmas tree display at the Adventure Aquarium.

Four nights at the Pod Philly hotel, located in the city center just minutes from Walnut Street and a 10-minute walk from Rittenhouse Square, costs from $960 per person on Hotwire. Includes return flight from Phoenix to Philadelphia departing on November 27.

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