Top 5 romantic Thanksgiving breaks

Top 5 romantic Thanksgiving breaks

Propose, honeymoon or simply seek some romantic inspiration this Thanksgiving at our top USA locations, writes Alexandra Gregg

If the name is anything to go by, Thanksgiving (tomorrow - Thursday 27 November 2014) is not just a time to consider the history of the US, but also a chance to acknowledge your loved ones and the wonderful things they do. Hopefully anyway. So what better time to take a romantic trip together?

1. Plymouth, Massachusetts

As the birthplace of Thanksgiving, Plymouth is a town steeped in history. The Pilgrim Hall Museum, in the heart of the town, demonstrates the courage and perseverance of the American people since the landing of the Mayflower in December 1620. The dramatic saga of the first settlers, battling though the harsh New England winter, is inspirational. It's enough to bring a patriotic tear to anyone's eye, and give you an excuse to draw your loved one even closer. The museum is open every day (including Thanksgiving), 9:30am-4:30pm, until 30 December. Entry is $8 (£5) for adults.

Want something a bit different? While history is Plymouth's biggest trump card - showcased perfectly by the intact 17th century thatched structures of the Plimoth Plantation - it also has a wide range of other activities: from whale watching to water sports.

2. New York City

Marching through the streets of the Big Apple, nothing's more iconic about this American holiday than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is a made-for-TV extravaganza, boasting giant balloons, over-elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country and, most importantly, the first signature appearance of old St Nick. It is a cheesy yet hallowed tradition for the city, marking the start of the Christmas period and a time of romance and giving.

Wondering how to beat the crowds? With over three million spectators lining the streets of NYC on the day, things can get a bit claustrophobic. To get a decent view of the 87th pageant, head to Sixth Avenue before 7am and you should secure a good spot. The floats and balloons will reach there at about 9:30am EST.

3. San Francisco

The day after Thanksgiving (29 November), why not hot-foot it to San Francisco to witness the 24th Annual Tree Lighting event in Union Square? Entry is free, but as with all Thanksgiving events you'll need to stake your claim early. The event kicks off in Union Square Park, between Sutter and Post and Geary and Stockton Streets, at 6pm PST, with the tree being lit at 6:40pm.

For a good vantage point, grab some late afternoon grub at the Cheesecake Factory, which has a heated outdoor balcony overlooking the ceremony. There's nothing more romantic than cuddling up to your beloved as the tree lights twinkle for the first time in the festive season.

4. Washington DC

Washington DC, the USA's capital city, has lots to offer on Thanksgiving Day. By far the most interesting however - and quirky, if you're looking for something a bit different during your romantic break - is the presidential turkey pardon. Each year, the president spares a turkey from the dinner table, sending it instead to live out its days at Morven Park's Turkey Hill. More bizarrely, between 2005-9, the turkeys were shipped off to Disneyland or Disney World where they led the theme park's annual parade.

The ceremony takes place today (Wednesday 27 November) at 2pm EST in the White House Rose Garden. For those who can't make the pardoning, the spared turkey will temporarily be on display for the public at the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia, until 6 January 2014.

5. Honolulu, Hawaii

Turkey dinners and sunbathing don't usually go hand-in-hand, but in Honolulu, Hawaii, they honour the custom with gusto - and for a cheap price too. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants offering the traditional dinner, including the locally-owned Tiki's Grill and Bar in Waikiki. For just $29pp (£18), 4-10:30pm, loved-up couples can enjoy a three-course dinner, featuring Waimanalo greens or a parsnip and apple bisque, roasted turkey and all the trimmings, followed by a pumpkin butter cake with eggnog anglaise.

All of this while relaxing and overlooking the beautiful Waikiki Beach: now that's something to be thankful for.

Pictured:The 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Image courtesy of Macy's.

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