Thanksgiving week is finally upon us. On Thursday, many Idaho families will reunite in living rooms and dining rooms to get caught up on life, work, relationships, sports trash-talking, and family movies.

One of the greatest holiday films ever made is the 1987 work of art Planes, Trains & Automobiles. It stars the late John Candy (Del Griffith) and Steve Martin (Neal Page), and the plot centers around Martin's character trying to make it home for Thanksgiving from a business trip. He crosses paths with Candy's character and the rest is cinematic gold.

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For southern Idahoans, traveling for the holidays presents its fair share of potential problems as well. For starters, those who wish to travel to visit family don't have very many options as far as flights out of Twin Falls unless they have the time for multiple potential layovers. There aren't very many direct routes available through the airport, and Boise is nearly a two-hour drive. Between Sun Valley and Coeur d'Alene is the most heavily-forested and mountainous region of the state, which can make travel rough during the winter months particularly.

One of the most frustrating things about flying out of southern Idaho (especially to the east) is the fact that often you can't get further than Salt Lake City before you experience your first layover. Idahoans can relate to having to use multiple modes of transportation to get from point A to point B.

Getting to the northern part of the state in a timely manner during the holidays can also be tricky. Visitnorthidaho's website even uses the verbiage, "By plane, train, or automobile...we're easy to get to!" I've heard the opposite from friends I know who have traveled up north.

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