Thanksgiving travel

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CHARLES CITY, Iowa – Many in Charles City are getting ready to head out of town to celebrate tomorrow’s turkey holiday with family.

“Thanksgiving plans headed to my mom and dad in Oelwein and then we’ll go on to spend time with about 50 of my relatives all day Thursday,” Charles City resident Kim Arndt said. “We’ll leave at 9 a.m. Thursday and get home about midnight on Thursday night just to be with family.”

But for some Thanksgiving is better spent in the comfort of their own home.

“We’re just going to stay home,” Jenni Miller of Charles City said. “We’re going to have my parents over and my husband’s boss is coming over, so kind of excited to make the turkey and everything.”

Miller says her family keeps close to home to stay safe.

“Traffic is so crazy and it’s unpredictable weather so we just like to play it safe,” she said.

For one new Charles City resident who just moved to town yesterday, he’s happy to be off the roads and celebrating the holiday in a new place.

“Thanksgiving reservations they’re just the norm,” Lamone Heavens said. “Just looking for a real good grocery store out here, you know I’m from Chicago and everything is compact, so just hopefully I can find something good.”

AAA expects more than 48.7 million Americans to travel 50 or more miles from home this Thanksgiving holiday and almost 90 percent of the people traveling for Thanksgiving will be driving.

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