If you’re a traveler who loves wintertime activities, consider a trip to Canada’s Banff National Park, home to three major ski resorts. Whether you’re a novice or expert, you can enjoy a long weekend on the slopes against a backdrop of the spectacular Canadian Rockies.
When you’re done for the day, check out the restaurants, galleries and shops in Banff. The Banff Craft Beer Festival takes place Nov. 27-28, offering samples from dozens of breweries, as well as food from the area’s best restaurants and pubs.
In Nassau, the capital, you can soak up some history and culture, from the Changing of the Guard at Government House to shopping for handmade crafts at an authentic marketplace held downtown on the weekend.
For history buffs, a long weekend in Boston should fit the bill. Take a walk along the Freedom Trail to see some of the sights associated with the American Revolution, like Paul Revere’s House and Old North Church. For a break from the sightseeing stop for lunch at the Boston branch of Eataly, chef Mario Batali’s Italian marketplace. You’ll be less than an hour from Plymouth, site of the first Thanksgiving in 1621 and home to Plimoth Plantation, where you can learn how the Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors lived.
If you want a vacation that combines a Thanksgiving parade with holiday shopping, head to Chicago. The city’s parade takes place on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving morning, complete with marching bands, floats and giant balloons.
On Friday, go shopping or just browse the stores along the Magnificent Mile. The Christkindlmarket, Chicago’s European-style outdoor market, will be open for the season with dozens of vendors selling food and holiday gifts.
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