This year, do something decidedly untraditional for the holiday. You'll be thanking your lucky stars for the bevy of natural wonders, cool towns, and stellar adventures found right in our Western backyard

There’s no need to spend Thanksgiving fretting in the kitchen, fielding awkward family conversations and entertaining emergencies, and ending each night in a tryptophan-induced turkey coma. Instead, embrace your wanderlust spirit with any of these Thanksgiving getaways that combine epic scenery and under-the-radar destinations. Whether you dream of seeing the northern lights, crave a wine country escape, or want to reconnect with nature, this is where and how you can make it happen.