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10 great places to visit for Thanksgiving

By: Josh Lew on Nov. 10, 2016, 8:43 a.m.
The city hall and Alcazar Courtyard of St. Augustine, Florida

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Tropical Thanksgiving in St. Augustine, Florida

In most of the country, the temperature is cold on Thanksgiving, so a vacation in a warm weather destination is compelling. St. Augustine, on Florida's East Coast, not far from Jacksonville, certainly fits the warm-weather bill. Some historians say the first feast shared by European settlers and Native Americans took place when Spanish explorers were fed by members of the Timucua tribe five decades before a similar party took place in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Whether you want to enter the "who had the first Thanksgiving" debate or not, St. Augustine is a worthwhile November destination. Its downtown boasts a historic ambiance, there are plenty of accommodations right along the beach, and the best local restaurants put on a Thanksgiving Day spread, although reservations usually are required.