Over 2.1 Million New Englanders Expected to Travel This Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
GoLocalWorcester Lifestyle Team
AAA is projecting that over 2.1 million New Englanders will travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, a 2.4 percent increase over 2015.
Overall, AAA is projecting that 48.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more over the holiday, a 1.9 percent increase over 2015. The number represents the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007.
“One million more Americans than last year will carve out time to visit with family and friends this Thanksgiving. Most will travel on the tried and true holiday road trip, thanks to gas prices that are holding steady throughout the Fall months,” said Lloyd Albert, AAA Northeast Senior Vice President of Public and Government Affairs.
According to AAA, over 89 percent of holiday travelers will drive this Thanksgiving, up 1.9 percent, while travel by air will be up 1.6 percent. Nearly 1.9 million from New England are expected to drive to their destinations, up 2.5 percent over 2015.
AAA estimates that U.S. drivers have saved over $28 million at the pumps this year compared to the same period last year.
This year's top vacation destinations for Thanksgiving are as follows:
1. Las Vegas 6. New Orleans
2. San Francisco 7. Anaheim
3. San Diego 8. Fort Lauderdale
4. Orlando 9. Philadelphia
5. New York City 10. Seattle
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For something completely different, Mystic Aquarium is a fun destination for a day trip that includes playing with starfish, a Sea Lion Show, seeing penguins and so much more.
North Conway, New Hampshire
For the leaf peepers, the best time to visit the White Mountains is right at the beginning of October, as that is when the fall foliage is at its peak.
The hotel provides great rooms with amazing mountain and cliff views.
This Bed & Breakfast is located right in the historic district of Newport, Rhode Island. Each room is unique and complete with amenities like imported linens, spa showers and fireplaces. It’s just steps away from the Newport Cliff Walk, providing excellent views of the Atlantic. Don’t miss the seasonal gourmet breakfast!
Across Southern New England
The Coastal Wine Trail is a nonprofit group of 14 wineries that are spread throughout Southeastern New England.
Vineyards on the trail include Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut, Travessia Winery in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery in Westport, Massachusetts and Coastal Vineyards in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
The heart of the trail is less than three hours from New York City and 90 minutes from Boston.
Check out the super cool Boston Museum of Science and their brand new lightning exhibit.
Plus, don't miss out on their upcoming football exhibit titled "Gridiron Glory" and of course their Imax films.
You're guaranteed to be in the museum all day and likely never get bored.
All exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.
Need your fix of Sam Adams Oktoberfest?
Take a FREE tour of Sam Adams Brewery, and see where some of the best beer is made. Learn about the history of Sam Adams beer, how it's made, experience the entire craft brew process, and of course, try some samples.
The tour departs every 45 minutes and lasts about an hour.
Block Island, RI
It may be October but it is not too late to get over to Block Island and explore all that it has to offer.
To make it easier to get around, rent a bike
Block Island features 17 miles of pristine beaches, protected by lighthouses and spectacular bluffs, and surrounded by rolling roads and winding paths.
Newport Vineyards is in prime wine making season, making the fall one of the best times of year to go visit.
Taste some great wine, and then grab lunch or dinner at Brix restaurant.
What is cooler than riding a segway around the city of Boston? It is hard to think of something.
A one hour tour cost $60, while a two hour tour will cost you $90, but you will see Boston in a different way then ever before.
Boston Segway tours is located at 364 Boylston street.
If you’re a couple that digs the art scene, a trip to Burlington, VT to spend a nice weekend at Made INN Vermont may be right up your alley. A self-proclaimed “urban-chic, historic” B&B, their rooms have one wall painted with black chalkboard paint (and come with colored chalk) so you can add your own personal decorations.They also come with rotating vintage toys, vinyl albums, and vintage art for guests to enjoy.
Each morning guests are treated to a gourmet, cooked-to-order Vermont breakfast that supports local farms and producers. On top of all of this, they boast views of downtown Burlington, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack Mountain
North Adams, Massachusetts
What was once a series of dilapidated Victorian-era row houses, is now one of the most innovative and romantic hotels in the Berkshires.
As part of the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art (MassMoCA), The Porches Inn features unique designs and bold colors, while still paying homage to the generations of mill workers' families who once lived there.
Set directly in the middle of the White Mountains and Lake District of New Hampshire, this finely decorated 1896 Victorian house provides a desirable intimate and cozy getaway. With six bedrooms, five of which are pet friendly, as well as six custom suites that include double whirlpool baths, the Glynn House provides for couples who are interested in romantic adventures or a laid back weekend.
North Adams, MA
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art features art exhibits such as "Here Comes the Sun,' "Free Roses" and so much more.
The Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.
Cape Cod, MA
Take a Whale Watching trip near Monomoy Island on a 90-minute tour led by ferry captain, Keith Lincoln.
The tour also features a view of the Monomoy Lighthouse and a great chance of spotting sea ducks and maybe a white-tailed deer on the beach.
Passengers experience a sense of adventure and history on the Mount Washington Cog Railway's 3-hour guided train tour to the highest peak in the Northeast.
With approximately one hour to spend at the 6,288 foot summit, visitors can take in the spectacular panoramic view, spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, north into Canada, and east to the Atlantic Ocean.
Take a trip to Old Sturbridge Village as they celebrate the Harvest with Apple and Ag days beginning October 7.
Guests will learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Meet oxen and see multiple teams demonstrate plowing and field preparation.
Guests will also learn more about heritage breed animals and talk with breeders.
Allagash Brewing Company offers FREE beer tasting every day that they are open. Participants receive four, 3 oz samples of beer during the tastings.
The tastings do change every few days.
A beautiful brick estate in the Berkshires of Lenox, MA, the Cranwell Resort is great for luxury. As a guest there, you have the option of pre-ordering treats for your room like chocolate covered strawberries, locally brewed beers, and flowers – or maybe a pleasant surprise for your significant other. There are plenty of dining options that strive to use fresh and locally produced ingredients.
With options for golf, skiing, and ice skating, Cranwell is a great option for anyone and for pretty much any time of the season.
The 9 million sq. ft resort and casino gives you and your friends or significant other plenty to do on your getaway. Gamble, see a show, play golf (weather permtting) or just relax in the hotel and spa area.
Fruitlands Museum annual Harvest Festival begins on Sunday, October 8 and is free with museum admission.
During the festival, participants will have the opportunity to learn about Native American gardening and how local Native peoples prepared for the winter long ago.
Who doesn't love Teddy Bears? Assuming that you do, plan a trip to Vermont and take a tour of the Vermont, Teddy Bear Factory and see how the bears are made.
Tours run seven days a week and children under 12 are FREE. The tours take about an hour and 15 minutes.
For just $5, you can take a tour of Harpoon Brewery, and see everything that goes into making beer. That $5 also includes beer tasting.
Pamper your mind, body, and soul at the Daniel Webster Inn and Spa.
Head over to the nearby Heritage Museum and Gardens for some wonderful exhibits.
One of the more popular attractions is the Carousel Gallery.
The working carousel was designed by Charles Looff in 1908. Rides are unlimited with the price of admission.
A brand new Hall of Fame class, including Allen Iverson and Shaquille O'Neal, were just inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Head over and check out their plaques, along with the rest of the legends that call the Hall of Fame their home.
The Hall of Fame is open Wednesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.