by Matt Alderton | November 24, 2013
Approximately 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to AAA. If you're one of them, you might want to consider a last-minute change in your travel plans to include one of the cities on's list of the "Top 10 Most Popular Thanksgiving Destinations." The list follows, along with links to articles that will help you explore the meetings offerings in each destination:
10. Boston
Just an hour outside of Boston is Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass. — where the Pilgrim's Thanksgiving traditions began.
Lawmakers Seek Expansion of Boston Convention Center

9. Miami
It's not a traditional Thanksgiving destination, but Miami's warm temperatures makes it the perfect place to hunker down for a long weekend before winter begins.
Miami Celebrates Record Tourism Numbers

8. London
Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but November in London nevertheless commences a festive holiday season with Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.
3 Days in London

7. San Francisco
The day after Thanksgiving, San Francisco hosts the annual Macy's Tree Lighting event in Union Square.
San Francisco Freshens Up

6. San Diego
Because it's home to the famous Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego is perhaps the best place in the nation to have Thanksgiving on the beach.
State Approves San Diego Convention Center Expansion

5. Los Angeles
Palm trees aren't as festive as Christmas trees, but Los Angeles' annual "Downtown on Ice" gives you holiday festivities — without low holiday temperatures.
3 Days in Downtown Los Angeles

4. Orlando
Orlando doesn't scream "turkey," but it's home to a host of family-friendly attractions, which makes it an ideal destination for a long holiday weekend.
Inside Orlando's Latest Building Boom

3. Las Vegas
It's not Mom's house, but its swath of famous chefs and restaurants makes Las Vegas an especially great place to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast.
Las Vegas Convention Center Completes $20 Million Upgrade

2. Chicago
Along with a festive Thanksgiving celebration, the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade, Chicago is home to Christkindlmarket, the largest German Christmas outside of Europe.
Chicago Is Ready for Meetings

1. New York
Along with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, now in its 87th year, New York has hundreds of world-class stores where you can do your Black Friday shopping.
New York's Javits Center Completes Green Renovation