Top 10 Thanksgiving Vacation Rental Destinations

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Looking for a getaway destination for Turkey Day? According to HomeAway.com, the largest online vacation rental listing site, Americans are flocking to the mountains, the city, and the beach for the long holiday weekend. 

If you're flying to your destination, be sure to book your flights as early as possible. And by all means, arm yourself with our must-watch Thanksgiving movies and TV shows for essential holiday viewing.

The 10 markets driving the most inquiries for vacation home rentals over Thanksgiving weekend are these vacation spots:

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    Orlando, FL

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    ••• Orlando, Florida. HomeAway

    Number one on the list is Orlando, home to Disney World and other theme parks and a natural choice for a Thanksgiving getaway with kids. Vacation home renters are spoiled for choice, with over 800 HomeAway listings in downtown Orlando and over 13,000 listings in the greater Disney/Orlando area.

    Planning to have Thanksgiving dinner at Disney World? Be sure to reserve your table well in advance, as this is peak travel season.

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    Gatlinburg, TN

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    ••• Gatlinburg, Tennessee. HomeAway

    This gorgeous gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park draws families all year long, and it's the number two destination for vacation rental inquiries over Thanksgiving weekend. Though Gatlinburg has only 4,000 year-round residents, HomeAway currently lists over 1,900 properties in this small resort town, from cozy cabins to mountain chalets that can accommodate extended family.

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    Pigeon Forge, TN

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    Only 8 miles down the road from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge is another popular resort town in the Great Smokies, with the same easy access to the national park, a big country music dinner show scene and the Dollywood theme park, whose Lightning Rod is the world's first launched wooden coaster. Homeaway currently lists over 1,500 vacation home listings in Pigeon Forge. 

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    Destin, FL

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    With sand like powdered sugar and the brilliant turquoise Gulf of Mexico, Destin is a gem on the panhandle's Emerald Coast. There's plenty of fun for families here, and the 1.5-mile Henderson Beach State Park is a singularly impeccable waterfront paradise where you might spy dolphins, sea turtles, or migratory birds. Other highlights include Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Gulf Breeze Zoo and Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park.

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    Asheville, NC

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    ••• Asheville, North Carolina. HomeAway

    If you're a sucker for cool little mountain towns, Asheville belongs right at the very top of your list. This small but hip city boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene rivaling Santa Fe and thrill seekers will want to check out Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours. Whatever you do, don't miss visiting the Biltmore Estate, a landmark gem which is even open on Thanksgiving day. 

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    Las Vegas, NV

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    Before you dismiss Vegas as a family vacation spot, consider all the kid-friendly fun to be had. From indoor skydiving, amusement park-style attractions, and a zip line high above downtown Las Vegas to Blue Man Group and the Shark Reef Aquarium, there's never a dull moment. There are over 1,000 listings in Vegas on HomeAway.

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    Pocono Mountains, PA

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    ••• Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. HomeAway

    The wooded hills, valleys and lakes of Pennsylvania's Poconos have long been a hinterland escape for folks from Philly and NYC. The region is absolutely stunning in the fall, when the combination of woodland and water makes for myriad postcard-worthy vistas. While there is no big city in the region, popular hubs include Lake Harmony and Lake Wallenpaupack.

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    Myrtle Beach, SC

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    Next on the list is Myrtle Beach, another iconic seaside resort town beloved for its affordability, miles of beach, and myriad kid-friendly attractions. Though this is not a peak time of year to visit, the sun will be warm and the beaches uncrowded, which means you can stroll along the sand undisturbed or stake out your own special fishing spot. With over 4,100 vacation rental listings on HomeAway, families are spoiled for choice.

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    San Diego, CA

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    The famously ideal San Diego weather lives up to its reputation in November, with average high temperatures in the low 70s. Vacation rental options run the gamut from houses and condos to yachts and even three chateaux. Expect to pay a premium for a waterfront or beach location, of course. 

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    NYC Rockefeller Center at Christmas
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    Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the spectacular Christmas holiday season in New York City. From the must-see Radio City Music Spectacular to the renowned Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Gotham proves it's a truly fantastic place to be for the long holiday weekend.