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Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:24 pm
by energy2025
Hello BHs:

Any suggestions for vacation places from Dallas, Tx for 5-7 days with the exception of Florida and California. Been there few times. Family with 3 kids from ages between 1-8.

Air travel or road travel both ok.

Budget without airflights- $2k-$3k for hotels, activities, etc..

Thanks in advance
energy1923

Re: Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:25 pm
by adamthesmythe
In Canada they don't have Thanksgiving at the same time, so nothing will be closed. Don't know if that matters to you. Vancouver is nice.

Re: Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:47 pm
by Doom&Gloom
I hesitate to offer suggestions because these threads invariably have "but we've already done that" to the responses. But here goes anyway:

Road trip to Grand Canyon. White Sands & Carlsbad Caverns on the way/way back. Zion NP and Bryce NP are also within easy drives of the Grand Canyon. Do as much or as little as you have time for or interest in.

Re: Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:29 pm
by evancox10
Check out Travelzoo, they may have some deals. For example, $605 per person all inclusive stay in Cancun for 4 nights, including flights from Dallas, kids stay free. But only available every week BUT the week of Thanksgiving Don't know how flexible your travel times around Thanksgiving are.

Also you didn't say how much you'd be willing to spend on airfare, that's kind of an important detail considering it's a huge holiday weekend.

Re: Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:00 am
by Watty
I try to avoid flying around the big holidays since a canceled flight or a missed connection can be hard to recover from especially since you would need to find five seats on the same plane. If you do decide to fly I would highly recommend trying to get direct flights just so there will be less chance of problems.

I would just look for a cabin on a lake somewhere that is only a few hours drive.

Re: Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:19 am
by Rupert
Watty wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:00 am
I try to avoid flying around the big holidays since a canceled flight or a missed connection can be hard to recover from especially since you would need to find five seats on the same plane. If you do decide to fly I would highly recommend trying to get direct flights just so there will be less chance of problems.

I would just look for a cabin on a lake somewhere that is only a few hours drive.
+100. No way would I try to fly with kids that young during Thanksgiving week. It's very stressful, even if all the flights work out. I would also choose a cabin or resort near a national park, if they aren't booked (this is a short notice trip). How about Carlsbad Caverns with a detour north to Roswell just for alien kicks? Or how about Santa Fe?

Re: Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:23 am
by open_circuit
Big Bend National and/or State Parks.

Re: Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:35 am
by Pajamas
I would also suggest driving a few hours maximum and renting a cabin or camping in a park or natural area if it is possible to get reservations. It's a good time of the year for that in your part of the country and that would be less stressful than flying or driving long distances with three children. It's also a good experience for children and relaxing for adults and relatively inexpensive.

Re: Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:58 am
by JupiterJones
I'm a bit biased, but... how about Nashville? 8-)

Re: Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:37 am
by fishandgolf
Watty wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:00 am
I try to avoid flying around the big holidays since a canceled flight or a missed connection can be hard to recover from especially since you would need to find five seats on the same plane. If you do decide to fly I would highly recommend trying to get direct flights just so there will be less chance of problems.

I would just look for a cabin on a lake somewhere that is only a few hours drive.
+1000%......too risky....delays during major holidays can ruin an even well planned vacation. How about a Stay-cation? You can plan special events with and w/o the kids. A couple of evening out for dinner with DW, lots of stuff to do........and so much less stress!

Re: Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:43 am
by an_asker
energy2025 wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:24 pm
Hello BHs:

Any suggestions for vacation places from Dallas, Tx for 5-7 days with the exception of Florida and California. Been there few times. Family with 3 kids from ages between 1-8.

Air travel or road travel both ok.

Budget without airflights- $2k-$3k for hotels, activities, etc..

Thanks in advance
energy1923
If you're OK with spending an additional $2-3k on flights to Europe, a whole continent of options is available. Pick from Iceland, England, France, Germany, Italy ... heck, you might even visit Switzerland on that budget if you were to skimp a bit on the "eating out" part!

Re: Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:27 am
by aprilcpa
JupiterJones wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:58 am
I'm a bit biased, but... how about Nashville? 8-)
We're going to Nashville over Thanksgiving!!! We have kids age 9 & 10 - right now they love old country music so we're hoping they will enjoy it!

Re: Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:49 pm
by JupiterJones
aprilcpa wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:27 am
JupiterJones wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:58 am
I'm a bit biased, but... how about Nashville? 8-)
We're going to Nashville over Thanksgiving!!! We have kids age 9 & 10 - right now they love old country music so we're hoping they will enjoy it!
Awesome! Some good threads floating around here on suggestions, if you haven't searched for them already.

Depending on how old you mean by "old country music", you'll probably want to make sure a visit to the Station Inn is on your list. :sharebeer

Re: Weeklong vacation Thanksgiving

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:56 pm
by soccerrules
One idea
Broken Bow, OK -- great high-end cabins, lake, outside activities.