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Where to Spend Thanksgiving in Texas

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Thanksgiving weekend is the official start to the holiday season across the United States. Texas is no different. If you are looking for a place to spend the Thanksgiving weekend in the Lone Star State, there are plenty of options. Here are some of the very best Texas Thanksgiving weekend vacation destinations.

1. Austin

Not only is Austin the state capital of Texas, it is also a popular destination for in-state and out-of-state visitors alike. As one might imagine, the city is steeped in history. However, Austin has also developed a reputation for excellent live music, an expansive art scene, scenic outdoor experiences and more. More often than not, the late November weather in the Austin area is quite pleasant. For football fans, there's always the chance to catch a high school playoff game in the area. This year, there is also the opportunity to watch the University of Texas Longhorns in action on Thanksgiving evening, when they host the TCU Horned Frogs. So, whether your plans are indoors or outdoors, Austin is a very accommodating Thanksgiving weekend destination.

2. Dallas

Dallas is one of Texas' largest and most popular cities. The 'Big D' is full of modern attractions, as well as natural attractions such as lakes, parks and more. And, of course, sporting events, namely 'America's Team,' the Dallas Cowboys, are always a big draw. Regardless of what time of year you visit Dallas, you can be assured there will be plenty to see and do. This is particularly true during Thanksgiving weekend. Every year the Cowboys, who have a tradition of playing on Thanksgiving day, play host to an NFC opponent. This year, the Cowboys play host to longtime division rival, the Washington Redskins. Additionally, Dallas' celebrated shopping scene always kicks into high gear over Thanksgiving weekend. And, right next door in Ft Worth, the annual Parade of Lights is held the day after Thanksgiving.

3. Houston

Houston is Texas’ largest city and attracts hordes of travelers every year. However, the vast majority of these visitors travel to Houston on business. Relatively few travelers see Houston as a vacation destination on par with other top Texas tourist spots. But, believe it or not, Houston has much more to offer visitors than most people realize. Over Thanksgiving weekend, when the holiday season officially kicks off, Houston really comes into its own. For more than six decades, the HEB Holiday Parade has been held on Thanksgiving morning in downtown Houston, helping put Houston in the holiday spirit. Houston's incredible shopping scene also gets going on "Black Friday," while the Galleria ice rink becomes increasingly popular during the holiday season. As a final perk, there are generally scores of Texas high school playoff football games being held in Reliant Stadium and other stadiums in the Houston area over Thanksgiving weekend.

4. Salado

Of course, not everyone wants to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in a major city. For those looking for a destination with a much slower pace, Salado offers an ideal destination for a Thanksgiving weekend get-a-way. Offering fine bed and breakfast inns, as well as quaint shops, dynamic water gardens, and carriage tours, Salado is sure to put your mind at ease.

5. San Antonio

As is the case everywhere, San Antonio kicks off its holiday season Thanksgiving Day. There will be various activities throughout the city over Thanksgiving weekend. The San Antonio Children's Museum will be hosting Thanksgiving themed family activities all weekend long. Of course, San Antonio is well known for its world class shopping malls, so Black Friday shopping will be quite a rush as well. Restaurants throughout the city will be offering specials for Thanksgiving dinner, which gives visitors and residents alike a way to enjoy a great Thanksgiving dinner without all the hassle.
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