Whether you’re from Turkey, Texas, or you have friends in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, or you know someone living in Pie, West Virginia, there’s a good chance that when you’re busy giving thanks this fourth Thursday in November, you’ll be mumbling it with a full mouth! That’s because for many folks across the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated with food, glorious food!

With this in mind and to get your taste buds jangling in anticipation of the big day, here’s a tongue-in-cheek nod to places that sound like they should be on your Thanksgiving table, and should definitely be on your vacation calendars!

Bon appetit!

Turkey

On the table

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K2 PhotoStudio / Shutterstock

Often taking pride of place on the Thanksgiving table is the big bird itself. (No, not THAT Big Bird!) We’re talking turkey of course, and much like its feathered namesake, the Eurasian Republic of Turkey is just bursting with flavor!

Turkey

On the map

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Seqoya / Shutterstock

Spanning two continents, Turkey is a fascinating mixture of cultures and landscapes. It’s virtually impossible not to overdo the photos of Istanbul’s mosque and minaret filled skyline, as boats drift along the Bosphorus Strait from the Black Sea, under flocks of seagulls gliding lazily on the horizon. (Sigh!)

When in Istanbul, make sure to inhale the fragrant spice market, sip the delightfully aromatic Elma Cayi (apple tea) and snack on heavily perfumed and deeply delicious Turkish Delight (Warning. May contain nuts!)

As you travel across this amazing country you’ll encounter Cappadocian landscapes more suited to science fiction, beautiful beaches and seas along the Turkish Riviera, reputedly once gifted to Cleopatra by Mark Antony (presumably before J-Lo), ancient history (you’ve heard of Troy), and warm welcoming people!

Home to no less than 13 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Turkey is a delicious treat served up any time of year. Oh, and before you leave, don’t forget to pick up a Turkish rug—the perfect souvenir!

Green Bean Casserole

On the table

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MSPhotographic / Shutterstock

Crispy onions, creamy mushrooms, and tender green beans make for a great combination! I guess that’s why the Green Bean Casserole has become such a common fixture on the Thanksgiving table!

Green Bay, Wisconsin

On the map

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Henryk Sadura / Shutterstock

With sincere apologies for the somewhat tenuous link, we think the town that sounds MOST like green bean casserole, and therefore makes the cut for our seasonal sampler is—Green Bay, Wisconsin!

Green Bay is the third largest city on Lake Michigan’s west shore. Local football fans earned the nickname, cheese heads, from the State of Wisconsin’s famous production of over 600 different types of cheese—but it’s not all about the cheese in Green Bay!

This city has plenty to offer for a great family getaway! Visit the Botanical Gardens or the Wildlife Sanctuary in Bay Beach. Explore historic Lambeau Field, home of resident football team, the Green Bay Packers. Take care if you’re planning a winter visit, this field becomes known as the frozen tundra when the temps plummet, and the wind howls in from the lake. Cold!

Check out the Festival of Trees at the National Railroad Museum, open through January 3, 2016 or have fun learning at the Children’s Museum of Green Bay!

If all these activities leave you a little tired, then sit yourself down in the City Deck alongside the Fox River. This gathering place is great for people watching, live music, dining, and even free yoga! Oh, and when you’re taking those family photo’s—don’t forget to say cheese!

New England Stuffing

On the table

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Brent Hofacker / Shutterstock

New England has lent its name to more than one food item, think clam chowder, but at this time of year, New England makes our Thanksgiving travel list for its stuffing! New England stuffing is a delicious addition to any Thanksgiving repast. Recipes differ (as most recipes do) so the New England flavor can derive from apples and cranberries, or even oysters and chestnuts! The choice is yours!

New England

On the map

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Richard Cavalleri / Shutterstock

New England is a region comprising six US States, and is the only multi-state region defined clearly with a boundary. Take that, rest of USA!

Being so diverse, New England conjures up many different images—seafood chowder, Bean Town, fall foliage (thanks Vermont), presidential retreats, Ferris Bueller, and deflated footballs! (Sorry Pats fans!)

Each of the New England states has much to offer! Historic Boston, Massachusetts combines Revolutionary history (more tea anyone?) with a strong sense of identity—you gotta love this town! (New Yorkers may disagree.) Stunning Stowe, Vermont has graced more fall themed articles than it has leaves on its trees, and good old Mystic, Connecticut served us up a slice of small town Americana in the 80’s hit movie, Mystic Pizza!

Several presidents have chosen New England as their escape from the pressures of Washington DC. Clinton enjoyed Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Kennedy married in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Bush clan has hunkered down in their family compound in Southern Maine for over 100 years. Maybe they all like seafood?

Continuing the presidential theme, New England is also home to the Presidential Range of the White Mountains which has the highest peak in the northeastern section of the US, Mount Washington, New Hampshire—highest recorded wind speed at the peak—231 mph! (maybe leave the kite at home!)

Seasoned with history, beauty, and culture, New England is must-see, just as New England stuffing is a Thanksgiving must-eat!

Parmesan

On the table

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paulista / Shutterstock

Maybe it’s baked and crusted proudly atop a steaming bowl of mash, or maybe it’s adding that final touch to your secret family casserole recipe, or perhaps it’s just occupying a little side dish somewhere between the gravy and the pepper? No matter where it is—there’s always room for Parmesan cheese on the Thanksgiving menu.

Officially called Parmigiano-Reggiano, this King of Cheeses can only be named thus if it’s produced in certain regions of Italy, so beware the cheese police this year! (I wonder if all the fake Parmesan cheeses really grate on them?)

Parma

On the map

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i-photo / Shutterstock

The Italian regions of Bologna, Mantova, Modena, Reggio Emilia, and Parma have the honor of being the official producers of this world famous cheese, with Parma also famed for its Prosciutto—just imagine the local ham ‘n’ cheese sandwiches!

Located in Northern Italy, Parma is part of the wider Emilia-Romagna region, with capital city Bologna also no stranger to the food table.

Parma itself is a stunning experience for those with any interest in quiet streets, perfect food and wine, dramatic architecture, warm summer evenings, and opera. (Did I miss anyone?) Far less conspicuous than big city Bologna, Parma can fit neatly into your travel plans whether you’re venturing south of Milan or heading north of Florence!

Parma and neighboring towns reputedly have some of the best standards of living in the country, and are a fascinating glimpse back into Renaissance Italy, as well as being a showcase for some of the most modern cars of today. Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini are all produced in this region—names guaranteed to get your motor running!

The area is bordered by the Adriatic Sea to the east, where travelers flock to seaside resorts like Rimini, which is still regarded as one of the most famous playgrounds in Europe, due in no small part to its nine mile long sandy beach and bountiful supply of bars, restaurants, and hotels! Plenty to keep you amused and well fed! Now pass me the Parmesan please!

 

If you’ve got room for any more, how about a hot jolt of Kona, Hawaii coffee, and a big bite of some Big Apple pie to round it all off!

Then before you settle into your favorite armchair, let us know the most delicious sounding place you’ve visited, in the comments section below. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Brian Lees

Brian Lees is a Content Writer and Editor with 21 years of experience in the travel industry and a lifetime of personal traveling memories. Originally from Scotland, Brian is a big fan of soccer, family, friends, and food. He's now happily settled on South Shore Long Island with a wife, 2 kids, and a dog to keep him busy! Between trips to Jones Beach, he's happy to keep the CheapOair blog filled with travel insights for you all.