Google knows when you should leave on Thanksgiving to avoid sitting in traffic

There's not much that can get in between us and a turkey-laden buffet table. Well, except all those other travelers on the road heading home for Thanksgiving.

Luckily, if you're leaving NYC this week, there's a way to spend less time in the car with the same album on repeat and more time stuffing your face with pumpkin pie. After analyzing data trends from the past year, Google has determined the best times to leave the city.

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Stores that will be closed for Thanksgiving, Black Friday 2017

REI

-Closed on Thanksgiving & Black Friday

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Costco 

-Closed on Thanksgiving

Crate & Barrel

-Closed on Thanksgiving

Home Depot

-Closed on Thanksgiving

IKEA

-Closed on Thanksgiving

Marshalls 

-Closed on Thanksgiving

Lowe's

-Closed on Thanksgiving

Cabela's

-Closed on Thanksgiving

Neiman Marcus

-Closed on Thanksgiving

Petco

-Closed on Thanksgiving

TJ Maxx

-Closed on Thanksgiving

A.C. Moore

-Closed on Thanksgiving

ABT Electronics

-Closed on Thanksgiving

BJ's Wholesale Club

-Closed on Thanksgiving

Burlington Coat Factory

-Closed on Thanksgiving

Cost Plus World Market

-Closed on Thanksgiving

DSW

-Closed on Thanksgiving

Guitar Center

-Closed on Thanksgiving

H&M

-Closed on Thanksgiving

HomeGoods

-Closed on Thanksgiving

Apple

-Closed on Thanksgiving

Half Price Books 

-Closed on Thanksgiving

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Hobby Lobby

-Closed on Thanksgiving

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Jo-Ann Stores

-Closed on Thanksgiving

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Nordstrom

-Closed on Thanksgiving

(REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

Nordstrom Rack

-Closed on Thanksgiving

(REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Office Depot 

-Closed on Thanksgiving

(REUTERS/Mike Blake)

OfficeMax 

-Closed on Thanksgiving

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Pier 1 Imports

-Closed on Thanksgiving

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Jos. A. Bank 

-Closed on Thanksgiving

(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

P.C. Richard & Son

-Closed on Thanksgiving

(Photo by Jb Reed/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Party City 

-Closed on Thanksgiving

Patagonia

-Closed on Thanksgiving

(Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

Publix 

-Closed on Thanksgiving

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West Marine

-Closed on Thanksgiving

(Photo by John Patriquin/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

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If you want to experience blissfully open roads, set your alarm clock for Wednesday at 4 a.m. For those who'd rather hit snooze for a few more hours, the next best time is 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Meanwhile, travelers departing the city Wednesday afternoon and early evening should probably add a few more songs to their road trip playlists. (Non city dwellers, don't despair: Google's also included data for more than 20 other cities.)

For the return trip, Friday at 4 a.m. and Saturday at 6 a.m. are your best bets, while Sunday at 3 p.m. is the worst. But, hey, even if you do get caught in traffic on the way home, this time you'll have Thanksgiving leftovers to keep you company.

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