Top Thanksgiving Destinations: Fun Matters

Americans are clearly looking for fun at Thanksgiving. Why else would Fun City* (New York) be the number one destination and Las Vegas number two? You can probably guess where Orlando is.

*When this phrase debuted in the mid-1960s, it was pure sarcasm but New York has long since regained its fun-ness.

LISTEN: FareCompare’s Rick Seaney says, you don’t have to go to Grandma’s house.

Top Thanksgiving Cities

In its survey of more than 2,500 travelers, TripAdvisor proclaims these will be the most popular Turkey Day destinations. Results show 43 percent will travel this Thanksgiving and of that figure, 35 percent will hop on a plane. Here’s where they’re going:

  • Click the city name to find the cheapest flights to these destinations.

Top Thanksgiving Destinations (Nov. 22 to Nov. 27)

  1. New York City
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Orlando
  4. San Francisco
  5. Chicago
  6. New Orleans
  7. San Diego
  8. Gatlinburg
  9. Key West
  10. Los Angeles

What Travelers are Concerned About

Not Ebola. 96 percent of the survey respondents indicated this was not a concern. This is what they did think would be the most stressful part of the journey:

  • Congested traffic
  • Crowded airports and long security lines
  • Flight delays and cancelations

They could well be right about that last part but FareCompare’s travel expert Rick Seaney has some useful advice about traveling at Thanksgiving – and how to be prepared for problems.


Updated: November 18, 2014