What Each State Should Be Most Thankful For
No matter where you live, from the snowy summits of Alaska to the swampy bayous of Louisiana, we all have at least one reason to feel blessed. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here’s what each state should be thankful for this year.
Alabama: White barbecue sauce
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BBQ is one of the most divisive topics in the South. But Alabamians will stand strong in their opinion that sauce should be white. Wait… what? Yep, white BBQ sauce is as much a staple in Alabama as Crimson Tide games on Saturdays. Born in Decatur in 1925, the mayonnaise-based sauce is a tangy, slightly sweet substitute for your traditional red sauce. Don’t knock it ’til you try it! You’ll also want to find out the strangest food laws in every state.
When someone says “the lights are out” in Alaska, they aren’t talking about a power outage. Instead, they’re talking about the glimmering starry streaks of the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. The best place to see the breathtaking celestial display light up the sky in green, teal, and white? The town of Fairbanks between September and April, when the auroras are most visible.
Arizona: Luxury spas
Relaxation isn’t hard to come by in Scottsdale, where there are more destination spas than in any other city in the country. Soak in a Turkish steam bath, experience the healing powers of crystals, or sip a green juice made with local agave in your private cabana.
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Forget rollin’ down the river. In Arkansas, you’ll be floating. Grab your tube or canoe and spend a Saturday afternoon on a float trip down the Buffalo River. Whether you go it alone or take a guided tour, enjoy the breathtaking bluffs as you wind your way through the Ozark Mountains. Don’t forget the cooler stocked with plenty of cold ones and the perfect picnic to be enjoyed riverside.
California: Road trips
There’s really no better way to see California than from the passenger seat of a car (bonus points if it’s a convertible so you can feel the warm Cali sun on your face). Turn up the Beach Boys tunes and zoom down the famous Pacific Coast Highway that runs along the cliffs and overlooks the waves crashing on the shore below. The stunning views more than make up for the hours Californians spend in L.A. rush hour during the week. Find out the best weekend getaways in every state.
With stunning ski resorts dotting the mountains (and even more backcountry trails that only the locals know about), it’s no surprise that Colorado recently saw over 13 million skier visits in just one year. From Aspen to Telluride to Keystone, there are plenty of spots for adrenaline junkies to go flying down a steep mountain at 20 miles per hour. You can even hit the slopes year-round thanks to the indoor training facility at Woodward Copper complete with ramps and jumps.
In Connecticut, you don’t order a piece of pizza, you order a “piece apizza.” New York and Chicago may have their own pie bragging rights, but no one does it quite like the town of New Haven, where you’ll find Neopolitan-style pizza baked in coal ovens, giving it a little extra crunch. The toppings are light, the dough is crisp yet chewy, and the pies are oblong and irregular since each one is hand-formed.
Delaware: No sales tax
Christmas shopping isn’t quite so painful in the First State, which is one of five states that don’t have any sales tax. And with most sales taxes falling in the 4 to 7 percent range, you could be banking hundreds of dollars in money saved the next time you hit the mall. Even if you don’t live in Delaware, here are 40 easy ways to save money on your holiday shopping this year.
Florida: Mild winters
There’s a reason so many snowbirds flock to Florida every winter, and it’s not to see Mickey Mouse at Disney World. Rather, it’s that reading on the thermometer outside that, even during the coldest month of January, hovers at an average of 61 degrees. The promise of lounging poolside in December and never having to shovel snow again? Sign us up.
Georgia: Sweet tea
In the state famous for peaches and beaches, the only thing sweeter than that syrupy Southern accent is the tall glass of iced tea sitting in front of you. It may contain as much sugar as a bottle of soda, but sweet tea also has good-for-you antioxidants since it’s brewed from black tea leaves. Just don’t drink it too much.