For many of us, Black Friday is as much of a Thanksgiving institution as cranberry sauce and gravy-soaked turkey. But as more and more of us early birds hit the shops that morning, the crowds grow crazier and, unfortunately, the sales get more difficult to navigate—which is precisely where we come in.
After serious, season-long research, we’ve compiled our most comprehensive list yet of the best markdowns happening across the country. From nationwide department stores to city-specific hot spots, our recommendations will make your Black Friday adventures a piece of cake—or rather, yummy pumpkin pie. Click through our 38 picks above to create your master itinerary for what should be (in our opinion, at least) the best morning of the year!