Celebrating Thanksgiving Abroad: Istanbul, Turkey

Just because you're headed overseas this November doesn't mean you have to miss Turkey Day. We round up the best Thanksgiving feasts for backpackers, expats, and other travelers.

Nov 19, 2012
Outside Magazine
Istanbul's skyline

Istanbul's skyline.    Photo: Tatiana Popova/Shutterstock

There’s nowhere more fitting to celebrate a foreign Thanksgiving than a country named Turkey, and Istanbul’s vibrant expat American community keeps the holiday’s traditions alive with a number of celebrations. But the most popular feast in town is held each year at the Bosphorus Terrace Restaurant at the Hilton. Though the meal isn’t generally advertised as holiday fare, turkey (the bird) and pumpkin are on the buffet line, and you’ll often find the tables around you reserved by expat groups.

The best outdoor adventures in Turkey are a long car ride or a short plane ride from Istanbul. For a quicker burst of adrenaline, go on a three-hour rafting trip on the Class II and III rapids of the Melen River, about 120 miles outside the city.

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