Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means that we will soon be waving goodbye to fall. In fact, by the end of November snow has often already replaced the beautiful orange and crimson leaves that adorned the trees not long ago.
Before all of the leaves fall and we all give winter a warm welcome, Tripping.com has pulled 6 of America's Cities that will have the prettiest Thanksgiving this week. Famous for their exceptional natural beauty, whether covered in white blankets or still holding onto their golden foliage, feast your eyes on these perfect places to enjoy Thanksgiving!
1. Asheville, NC
Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville's autumn display is a must-see. Lined with a long list of magnificent trees, the Blue Ridge's peaks offers stunning views bringing the beautiful Thanksgiving colors to life, even at this time of year! Those guests opting to camp, picnic and hike can become one with nature completely engulfed in the autumn hues.
Nearby, Asheville's Mount Mitchell State Park is home to the highest peak east of the Mississippi and includes miles of yellow and orange foliage. For many, a traditional Thanksgiving backdrop can be found right outside their window!
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2. Traverse City, MI
Did you know that Michigan boasts more shoreline than California? From the deep blue tones of the Great Lakes that surround it, to the vibrantly colored forests, autumn in Traverse City is a true spectacle. With its scenic driving routes, popular trails for outdoor activities, and nearby resorts for skiing, this lakeside city on Michigan's Lower Peninsula has it all.
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3. Gatlinburg, TN
Resting on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee sits Gatlinburg, one of Tripping.com's most popular destinations. Home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visitors travel from near and far throughout the year to explore this outdoor playground as well as the city's popular boutiques and restaurants.
The Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show and the Festival of Trees, both taking place the week of Thanksgiving, invite the community to celebrate the holiday season together.
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4. The Ozarks, AR
After leafing through many popular U.S. cities in late November, the Ozarks stand out for its late peak foliage season. Colorfully adorned trees blanket the region's mountainous landscape, which extends from Arkansas and north up into Missouri.
The Scenic Byway 7 offers the perfect route for a relaxing road trip. Among the area's standout cities is Eureka Springs, popular for its local art and quaint shops.
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5. Taos, NM
Although 'New Mexico', might not come to mind when thinking of traditional autumn landscapes, the Southwest's stunning aspen trees take center stage this time of year. Beautiful aspens clad in gold and orange leaves brighten the landscape of Taos, a charming artists' community.
The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, which passes through Taos, offers gorgeous vistas of mountains, forests and wildlife. The nearby Eagle Nest Lake State Park is the perfect destination for boating and fishing enthusiasts.
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6. Hood River, OR
Situated near Hood River, OR on the border of Oregon and Washington rests the Columbia River Gorge. Home to popular hiking trails and majestic waterfalls, the area boasts awesome natural beauty. A drive on the Historic Columbia River Highway, which the government has named a national historic landmark and an “all-American road", is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the deciduous forests' jewel-toned leaves.
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Wherever your travels take you this holiday season, be sure to use Tripping.com to compare prices, availability and amenities from the top rental sites. From large homes with spacious dining rooms big enough to accommodate large groups, to cozy condos and apartments where you and yours can comfortably relax, Tripping.com has 2 million rentals to fit your holiday needs!