Major U.S. cities and warm-weather international destinations will see the highest number of American travelers this Thanksgiving, according to the Allianz Partners Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination Index. The company reviewed more than two million travel itineraries around the Thanksgiving holiday (roundtrip flights departing U.S. airports from November 12-24, returning November 25-29) to reveal the most popular domestic and international destinations for 2022.
What the research found: New York City has once again claimed the crown as the No. 1 domestic destination on Americans’ fall 2022 travel schedules. Seattle, the only destination to have knocked New York City from its number one spot since the survey’s inception in 2015, continues to attract outdoor-loving travelers to the West Coast and is ranked No. 2.
Orlando has worked its way back up to third place this year (climbing five spots since 2021), likely due to popular amusement parks and nearby cruise ports resuming standard operations following the removal of strict pandemic-era travel restrictions. Fort Lauderdale returns to the Top 10 list after being knocked off in 2021, and Washington D.C. makes the cut for the first time in five years. Other major cities filling out the top 10 positions include Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Dallas.
Those eager for an international escape primarily choose Mexico, with Cancun, San Jose Del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta named the most popular international destinations where Americans are spending their Thanksgiving holiday. The summer of 2022 proved that European travel is back in full force, and London retains its fourth-place position this year with Paris taking ninth. The rest of the top 10 international spots are captured by perennial favorite beaches, including former No. 1 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (2019), as well as Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; and Oranjestad, Aruba.