Dallas Rises Among Top Spots for Holiday Travel

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Dallas remains a top destination for air travelers during the Thanksgiving break despite New York and Seattle retaining their sky-high popularity over the last several years, according to a report from Allianz Partners.

In a review of more than 800,000 itineraries, the travel insurance company found that Orlando, Boston, and Los Angeles are also among travelers’ favorite destinations.

“For the third consecutive year, New York City reigns as the number one domestic destination drawing in Americans for Thanksgiving celebrations,” the 2023 Allianz report reads. “In 2020, Seattle was the only destination to knock the Big Apple from its number one spot since the survey’s inception in 2015, and the big-city outdoor haven continues to stay on top of the charts with its number two position this year. Orlando rounds out the top three for the second year in a row, indicating Americans’ desire for warm weather fall getaways.”

Dallas came in at No.6 in Allianz’s Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination Index this year, preceded by Atlanta at No.4 and Boston at No.5. Phoenix took the seventh spot, while Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Detroit rounded at the top 10 in 8th, 9th and 10th, respectively.

To compile this list, Allianz examined itineraries for roundtrip flights departing the United States between November 18 and November 23 and those returning between November 24 and November 28.

“Dallas made a noticeable two-place jump year over year, perhaps indicating yet another strong year of recovery for the second-busiest airport in the world,” according to Allianz.

U.S. travelers also continue to prioritize Mexico, specifically CancunSan Jose Del Cabo, and Puerto Vallarta, in their Thanksgiving travels, Allianz pointed out.

Perhaps one of the more favorite holiday attractions in Dallas each year is the NFL Thanksgiving game at AT&T Stadium. This year, the Cowboys face NFC East rival the Washington Commanders, at 3:30 p.m. CT.

Other activities to fill visitor and resident Thanksgiving itineraries in Dallas include a 14-stop trolley tour, visits to Klyde Warren Park and Deep Ellum, and the city’s annual Turkey Trot 5K, Visit Dallas shared.

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