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The Best Road Trip Itineraries to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Road Trips USA

There's nothing quite like celebrating Thanksgiving, is there? From enjoying the delicious food to being with family and friends, it's an amazing time of the year. If you haven't made plans yet, we've narrowed down four great places where you can have a meaningful holiday with your loved ones. VroomVroomVroom is here to help you with all your car rental needs this Thanksgiving.

See the Macy's Parade in New York City

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Thanksgiving is certainly a favorite time of year in the city that never sleeps. Don't miss the amazing Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, as well as Black Friday - the day after Thanksgiving, when all New York's incredible shops begin their holiday sales.

Where to stay? New York City is full of amazing hotels and places to stay. The parade itself starts around 77th St in Central Park West and stretches to 34th St. Depending on the vantage point, you could stay anywhere in New York City and easily find you way to the parade.


  • Black Friday shopping
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
  • These must visit weekend road trip destinations

Getting there: Pick up your hire car from JFK airport and drive straight into NYC. It is recommended to use your hire car to get from the airport to your hotel and when you are driving to your next road trip destination.

The McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago

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Chicago is deemed as a must visit destinations for Thanksgiving. Did you know that this Thanksgiving parade is the largest in the country? You'll find marching bands, dancing, balloons and the best vibes in this epic location. You'll also be able to ice-skate and get your festive fix right here in Illinois.

Where to stay? The Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago will be located on State Street from Congress to Randolph. Staying in the CBD is a great idea so you are close to all the fun!


  • The McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade
  • Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Ice Skating at Millennium Park

Getting there: You can pick up your hire car in Chicago. If you are flying in you may want to pick up your hire car from the airport. Your hotel should have car parking so your arrival will be easy.

The Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony in San Francisco

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There truly is no place like San Francisco, with countless events to enjoy with friends and family. Join the excitement this year and plan a drive to Pier 39 for the annual Tree Lighting Celebration, or adore the impressive Christmas Tree in Union Square. There is so much to do in San Francisco, your options are endless!

Where to stay? If you are visiting San Francisco for the first time, staying at Fisherman's Wharf is a great idea for you. This historical waterfront district is where Pier 39 is so you will be central to the Thanksgiving activities.


  • Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Broadway Shows and Productions
  • Golden Gate Cruise

Getting there: If you are road tripping from LA to San Francisco, it will take you just under 6 hours to get here. Once you have arrived, you will notice the amazing hills. It's an great place to drive around and you will be spoilt for choice where you can visit in your hire car.

Black Friday Shopping in Las Vegas

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Since Vegas is a constant celebration, expect to find all kinds of amazing concerts, shows and fiestas, casinos, shopping and other cool activities to fill up your time. Arrive early and enjoy Black Friday shopping at LINQ Promenade. Don't forget to enjoy a scenic ride on the High Roller after a long day of shopping. This may also be the perfect opportunity to tour the Grand Canyon!

Where to stay? If it is your first time visiting Las Vegas, staying in the main strip is the best idea. This way you are central to all the activities going on.


  • The amazing selection of food and buffets.
  • Black Friday shopping
  • The nightclub scene

Getting there: An amazing road trip adventure awaits you from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Just over 5 hours away, this drive is world renowned! Drive through the desert and enjoy the ride. Once you are in Las Vegas, park your car at your hotel and enjoy the sights.

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