When it comes to traveling for Thanksgiving, it is imperative that you plan your arrival carefully. New York City especially is bustling with activity during Thanksgiving week so you need to be prepared to arrive early, and make your reservations well in advance.
Don’t Forget the Parade
One of America’s favorite events takes place in New York City every year on Thanksgiving Day. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade flows through the city in a flurry of spectacular displays. However, this also means that millions of people come into the city to enjoy the celebration. Hotels are often booked months ahead of time for the performers and their guests. In addition, you can expect full flights and plenty of road traffic in the 2-3 days leading up to the event. The best thing to do is to come into town a week before Thanksgiving and plan on staying through the weekend after. This will keep you out of the fray during the busiest travel days into and out of the city.
Early Mornings Are Easiest
If you do plan on coming into New York City during the week of Thanksgiving, your best travel times will be early in the morning on weekdays. For instance, Tuesday morning will be less busy than any other day of the week. Monday morning will likely still be busy due to business travelers heading into the office. Obviously early morning flights are less desirable for most travelers, but they will be your best bet for sneaking into the city at the last second.
Plan for Car Rentals
If you plan on renting a car for your stay in New York City during Thanksgiving you should also plan on reserving a vehicle at least a month ahead of time. There will be a significant number of road closures in preparation for the parade, and limited parking. Rental vehicles will be in short supply and many shuttles will be working to bus people to and from major parts of the city.
Ultimately, there is a ton of fun to be had in New York City over Thanksgiving holiday, but you must plan for the huge number of attendees coming for the parade. If you are unable to get into the city during the week preceding the event, you can definitely expect long lines and limited options for hotels and rental vehicles during the week of. Now is the time to start planning your travel for a smooth holiday.
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