NYC Top Destination for Thanksgiving Travel

For the third year in a row, New York City and Cancun are this year’s most popular domestic and international destinations for Thanksgiving amongst Americans, according to Allianz Global Assistance’s Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination Report.

Allianz Global Assistance reviewed more than 4.5 million plans made by Americans for travel during Thanksgiving (between November 18, 2017 and November 28, 2017). The top 10 domestic destinations ranked by popularity are: New York CityAtlantaLos AngelesOrlandoBostonChicagoSan FranciscoDallasWashington, D.C., and Seattle. Cities falling off the list from last year include: Las VegasFort Lauderdale and Newark. Destinations added to the rankings are DallasWashington, D.C. and Seattle.

Many tourists come to NY on the holiday to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan.

Internationally, Cancun is followed in popularity by LondonParisPuerto VallartaTokyoSan Jose Del CaboMontego BayRomeNassau and ArubaSan JuanHong Kong and Sydney did not make this year’s list. Montego BayRome and Nassau are new additions for 2017.

The report also showed the busiest travel days for Thanksgiving: most Americans are planning to depart internationally on November 18, domestically on November 21 and their return is nearly evenly spread between November 25 and 26.

Thanksgiving can be one of the most stressful times of the year to travel given the high volume of travelers and the potential for delays.  It’s important to consider travel insurance anytime you travel, but especially during Thanksgiving,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Given the number of travelers headed out of the country for Thanksgiving, it’s important to remember that travel insurance may provide coverage for medical emergencies and emergency medical transportation.”

Thanksgiving Travel Data For Americans

Rank

Domestic

International

2017

2016

2015

2017

2016

2015

1

New York

New York

New York

Cancun

Cancun

Cancun

2

Atlanta

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

London

London

London

3

Los Angeles

Orlando

Orlando

Paris

San Juan

San Juan

4

Orlando

San Francisco

Chicago

Puerto Vallarta

Tokyo

Paris

5

Boston

Boston

San Francisco

Tokyo

Paris

San Jose Del Cabo

6

Chicago

Atlanta

Atlanta

San Jose Del Cabo

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

7

San Francisco

Chicago

Boston

Montego Bay

San Jose Del Cabo

Tokyo

8

Dallas

Newark

Fort Lauderdale

Rome

Hong Kong

Aruba

9

Washington, D.C.

Las Vegas

Newark

Nassau

Aruba

Bangkok

10

Seattle

Fort Lauderdale

Las Vegas

Aruba

Sydney

Hong Kong