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Family Thanksgiving traditions have a tendency of existing around a set location–be it a rotation between the homes of the aunties of the family, or Grandma’s house. But with the passage of time– and, if we’re honest, the way inflation has many of our pockets in disarray– you may have a number of reasons for wanting to switch up your 2023 Thanksgiving destination. If you’re considering a change of scenery this year, you’re in luck. We’ve already narrowed your domestic options down to five cities.

It took a little work and science, executed by our friends over at WalletHub. Starting with a list of America’s 100 largest cities, the personal finance platform used 20 key factors–including the weather, flight delays and the cost of Thanksgiving dinner– to determine which destinations are easiest to navigate during the holiday. 

Whether you’re traveling alone or with those nearest and dearest, we encourage you to let someone else worry about the actual cooking portion of the show, and use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to pack a few more Golden Hour moments into your holidays. Check out the five best cities in which to indulge in this softer take on Turkey Day.

Atlanta, GA

With an overall experience score of 71.05, the ATL earned high marks for its Thanksgiving traditions, safety, and beautiful weather. The combination of all these things put the Southern city at No. 1 on the list of the top five cities to celebrate Thanksgiving in.

Orlando, FL

Orlando isn’t just theme parks and Florida Man memes. With an overall experience score of 66.43, Orlando is one of the most affordable cities for Turkey Day.

Scottsdale, AZ

Trailing just a fraction of a point behind Orlando is one of Arizona’s most exclusive zip codes. Despite its high cost of living, Scottsdale still lands comfortably in the top 10 of affordability of Thanksgiving meals.

Miami, FL

Miami’s Cuban population keeps the focus on family, which is why it’s ranked second in the Thanksgiving traditions category. Its overall experience score of 62.64 puts it at No. 4 of WalletHub’s top five cities to go for Thanksgiving.

Raleigh, NC

As the third-most affordable city to enjoy Thanksgiving celebrations, Raleigh, NC has an overall experience score of 62.29, which makes it round out the top five cities list.