Top 4 Valley Cities for a Memorable Thanksgiving Escape



WalletHub ranked four Arizona cities in the top 12 best places to go for Thanksgiving 2023. The cities were ranked based on five criteria including, Thanksgiving traditions, affordability, safety, giving thanks, and weather forecast. Phoenix ranked as the 7th best city, with the best ranking for holiday decoration shops per capita; the best city overall was San Francisco, California.

Four Arizona Cities Among Best Thanksgiving Destinations in 2023

The 2023 list of top 100 places for Thanksgiving by WalletHub featured four Arizona cities in the top 12. Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, and Gilbert ranked at number 4, 7, 11, and 12 respectively. Other Arizona cities such as Tucson, Chandler, and Glendale also made it to the top 100 with rankings of 20, 34, and 70.

Ranking Criteria for Best Thanksgiving Cities

The rankings were determined by comparing 100 of the most populated U.S. cities across five dimensions. As per WalletHub, the dimensions included Thanksgiving celebrations and traditions, affordability, safety, giving thanks, and the weather forecast. These dimensions were evaluated using 18 additional metrics like pumpkin patches per capita and Thanksgiving temperature versus average temperature.

Phoenix’s Spot on the List

Phoenix made the list by ranking number 1 in holiday decoration shops per capita, among other things. Here are some other key performance areas:

  • 52 in the cost of Thanksgiving dinner category
  • 10 in pumpkin patches per capita
  • 18 in total volunteer hours per residents aged 16 and over
  • 27 in weather forecast

In this year’s ranking, San Francisco, California bagged the top spot as the best city for Thanksgiving 2023, while Stockton, California fell at the other end. WalletHub’s analyst, Cassandra Happe, emphasized that San Francisco is perfect for an affordable yet high-rated restaurant experience and enjoyable outdoor activities during Thanksgiving.

During the five-day Thanksgiving period, WalletHub reported that the average person spends $325. As a nation, Americans spend $949 million on turkeys, slaughtering 40 million birds.

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