NYC, Cancun Rank Highest Among Americans’ Thanksgiving Travel Destinations



In its newly revealed ‘Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination Index’, Allianz Travel Insurance found that travel-ready Americans have primarily set their sights on two rather disparate types of destinations: the urban sprawl of New York City, famous for its twinkling lights, festive decorations and holiday-season department store window displays, and Cancún, Mexico, where sunshine, warm weather and white-sand beaches beckon to visitors seeking to escape the cold.

Allianz Partners analyzed 2.3 million travel itineraries with roundtrip flights departing U.S. airports around the Thanksgiving holiday—departing between Saturday, November 20 and Thursday, November 25 and returning between Friday, November 26 and Tuesday, November 30—to uncover the 2021’s most popular domestic and international Turkey-Day destinations.

Now that Broadway shows are again up and running, and such seasonal happenings as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will once again take place in-person, New York City’s end-of-year allure sent it to the top of the rankings for domestic travel. Seattle slipped to the second spot, followed by Boston in third, Atlanta in fourth and Dallas-Fort Worth in fifth.

A desire for sunshine, surf and sand seem to largely inform Americans’ choice of international Thanksgiving travel destinations, as all but two of the top 10 international Thanksgiving travel spots are beach destinations. As was the case last year, the tourism hotspot of Cancún took first place, followed by two more Mexican destinations: San Jose Del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta, both located on Mexico’s Pacific coast. London, capital of the United Kingdom, came in fourth place, followed by Montego Bay, Jamaica in fifth.

“Americans are craving a return to the good old days and nothing beats a traditional Thanksgiving surrounded by the sights and sounds of New York,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications for Allianz Partners USA.

“Whether you’ll be enjoying your Thanksgiving in the Big Apple or on the beaches of Mexico, it’s smart to protect your trip with travel insurance. In an increasingly uncertain world, travel insurance offers peace of mind by protecting pre-paid travel expenses from unforeseen covered events that may cause trip cancellations or interruptions, significant travel delays, baggage issues and medical emergencies,” he added.

Top Domestic Thanksgiving Holiday Destinations

2021 2020 2019
1 New York City Seattle New York City
2 Seattle New York City Atlanta
3 Boston Los Angeles Orlando
4 Atlanta Dallas Los Angeles
5 Dallas Boston Boston
6 Los Angeles Orlando Dallas
7 Phoenix Phoenix Seattle
8 Orlando Fort Lauderdale Detroit
9 Chicago Atlanta Chicago
10 Detroit Las Vegas Phoenix

Top International Thanksgiving Holiday Destinations

2021 2020 2019
1 Cancun, Mexico Cancun, Mexico Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
2 San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico Cancun, Mexico
3 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Puerto Vallarta, Mexico London, United Kingdom
4 London, United Kingdom Oranjestad, Aruba Paris, France
5 Montego Bay, Jamaica Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic San Juan, Puerto Rico
6 Oranjestad, Aruba Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico
7 Nassau, Bahamas Montego Bay, Jamaica Nassau, Bahamas
8 Paris, France Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
9 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Montego Bay, Jamaica
10 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Havana, Cuba Mexico City, Mexico


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