2 North Carolina Cities Rank Among Nation’s Best Places for Thanksgiving



Two cities in North Carolina have been named among the nation’s “best places to go for Thanksgiving”.


North Carolina is home to two of the country’s best cities for Thanksgiving, according to a new report.

Raleigh is No. 5 and Greensboro is No. 9 on a list of places offering volunteer opportunities, profitable dinners and other holiday traditions, according to results from personal finance website WalletHub.

To create the ranking, the website said it used data from the U.S. government and other sources to look at the 100 most populous cities in the country. Then he evaluated each city in five categories: festivals and traditions; volunteering and charitable giving; weather forecast; safety and accessibility; and affordability.

Raleigh was the top-ranked city in North Carolina after receiving the highest scores in the affordability category, which weighed in on the costs of Thanksgiving dinners, high-quality dining, and hotel stays. The city has also received a nod for safety and accessibility – a measure of several factors, including its crime rate, vaccination rate and the share of delayed flights during the holidays.

Meanwhile, Greensboro was recognized for its Thanksgiving weather forecast, a category that took into account precipitation and temperatures at this time of year, according to results released on November 8.

Neither city made it into the top 10 of WalletHub’s remaining categories, which focused on Thanksgiving-related businesses, events, online research, and charitable acts.

This isn’t the first time that a city in North Carolina has been recognized as one of the best places to vacation.

In December, Raleigh and Durham made it to the top 10 in a list of the best cities for Christmas. This WalletHub report weighed in on generosity, access to Christmas trees and other festive qualities, McClatchy News reported.

This time around, other North Carolina towns on the Thanksgiving list include Durham at # 12, Charlotte at # 54, and Winston-Salem at # 75.

Overall, Atlanta has been named the top Thanksgiving destination. Orlando also landed in the top five; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Miami, the results show.

The lowest ranked city in the report was San Bernardino, California.

This story was originally published November 8, 2021 11:33 a.m.

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Simone Jasper is a reporter covering breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.


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