Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many of you are planning trips to visit close friends and family. If you want to mix things up and do something else or go somewhere different , here is a list of places to consider:
Right before their arrival the pilgrims spent several years in Holland. Going to Leiden will give you an opportunity to visit the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum and learn about the history of the pilgrims that fled from England. There is a Thanksgiving service at the recently renowned Pieterskerk church where you are always welcomed. If you like you can take a trip to Amsterdam and enjoy in a nice Thanksgiving buffet or in a holiday fare.
It`s an interesting way to spent Thanksgiving just like the pilgrims did many years ago. You`ll have a chance to learn some history and explore the living museum Plimoth Plantation, established in the 17th century by English colonist. You will also have an opportunity to get on board on the Mayflower II, a full scale replica ship, which can be pretty awesome. There is also an annual 3 day celebration with parades concerts and various activities. I think you`ll have your hands full for this one.
Dana Point, California
Dana Point is a perfect choice for those who want to stay active and avoid gaining some extra pounds for the holidays. For that purpose there is an annual race called Dana Point Turkey Trot that draws close to 10.000 runners each year. The Dana Point Harbor is nearby which is an excellent place for some nice relaxing time spent sailing, fishing or whale watching. If you happen to have kids than visit the Ocean Institute for interactive marine science activities.
A nice opportunity to get away from the cold and spent Thanksgiving enjoying the sunshine, maybe go snorkeling or take advantage of the off-season discounts. This place will keep you busy with great places like Mayfield Falls and Mineral Springs where you can do some hiking or swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove. A nice way to finish it all is with a Thanksgiving party on a beach enjoying in the Caribbean-inspired dishes.
Keystone is a great place to start off the ski season. If skiing is not your thing, than there are plenty more outdoor activities to enjoy. There is the annual family festival with parades, ice skating, and snow-tubing. Families can also enjoy the new Welcome Winter Carnival featuring face painters, balloon artist, carnival games and great live music. Thanksgiving meals can be enjoyed at places like Bighorn Steakhouse, the Alpenglow Stube, Keystone Ranch Restaurant and Black Bear Grill. All of this is available at great rates, your kids can ski free and you`ll get 33% off lodging.