Summer is synonymous with vacation, but it’s not the only season that’s worthy of a getaway. In fact, traveling in the fall, specifically November, is a great time to book a much-needed trip.
With the school year in full swing and Halloween festivities finished, many people, especially parents, are looking for a nice break and November provides the perfect opportunity. Thanks to the long Thanksgiving weekend, prospective travelers typically have a few days off from work and school — giving them extra time to take a late fall excursion. Plus, it’s right before the hectic holiday season. Ready to pack your bags, but not sure where to go? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to visit in November.
With fall’s cooler temperatures, it’s no surprise that many travelers want to escape to warmer climates. While milder weather may be a draw for some — crisp, chilly air is what makes a late autumn jaunt even more appealing for others. From turquoise beaches of the Caribbean to icy landscapes in Northern Europe, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best November destinations to suit your travel needs. No matter if you’re taking a road trip, hopping on a train or catching a flight, let these ideas be your inspiration.
The best part? Many popular locations are less crowded during this period and if you go before Thanksgiving, scoring deals on flights and hotel accommodations are highly likely. Whether you’re looking for a great spot with a top all-inclusive resort for families or somewhere to unwind that offers the best wellness hotels and spas, we’ve got an idea for you.
So, get your suitcase, car keys or passport ready for an unforgettable adventure!
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If clear blue skies are what you crave, look no further than Scottsdale, Arizona. This sun-soaked city boasts an average of 330 days of sunshine a year. Plus, the weather in November is pleasant for those seeking moderate temperatures with highs that hover around 70-degrees and lows in the 50s-60s. These mild conditions are optimal for outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, trail running and even horseback riding in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which encompasses nearly 36,000 acres of untamed Sonoran Desert land. Visitors can even cross off a popular travel bucket list experience: flying in a hot air balloon. In fact, November marks the return of sunset rides that are unavailable during the summer. Pretty cool perk, right? Oh, and if you thought air and land were the only places to have fun, think again. Water activities are also an option — yes, even in the desert. Just a short drive from the city’s center puts travelers in a hidden oasis like Saguaro Lake or the Lower Salt River, for kayaking, rafting and stand-up paddleboarding.
Palm Springs, CA
California dreaming? Make it a reality with a trip to Palm Springs. If you’re longing for poolside “me time,” this sprawling, desert oasis delivers. With a variety of trendy hotels with sparkling pools, you can sit pretty and take a dip while admiring mountain views and scenic landscapes. Pop by The Saguaro Palm Springs (with rooms starting at less than $200/night), one of the city’s most recognizable hotels for a relaxing swim. Its ultra-saturated, candy-colored decor makes it a lodging favorite — oh, and of course, a swoon-worthy Instagram haven. While lounging in comfy cabanas is a must for some, it’s not all that Palm Spring offers. With clear skies, low humidity, and mild temps in November, exploring the outdoors is also a good option. The Indian Canyons are a recreational treat for hikers, horseback riders and nature lovers. Not ready for a solo adventure? You’re in luck. Palm Springs has plenty of guided tours like Desert Adventures for an informational experience. The guides are knowledgeable about the desert’s wildlife, environment and history.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
With countless casinos, premier entertainment, fine dining and a vibrant nightlife scene, it’s no wonder Las Vegas attracts tens of millions of tourists a year. While this bustling desert is a top destination all year round, things really heat up in November. Well, figuratively. For those who don’t appreciate scorching temps upwards of 100-degrees during the summer, going in late fall is ideal. At its average height, the mercury doesn’t rise above 70-degrees. This allows for more outdoor exploration, which is appealing for people interested in taking a pleasant stroll along the Strip without desperately seeking shelter from the heat.
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If you consider natural beauty to be the greatest show on earth, Burlington in November gives you a front row seat. With breathtaking, colorful fall foliage peppering the city — it’s a seasonal paradise. In fact, forests cover three-quarters of the state, and has the highest percentage of vibrant maple trees in the country. From picking fruits and veggies in vast orchards like the Interval Center or Adam’s Farm Market, Vermont boasts a bevy of harvesting adventures. While farmers’ markets and mind-blowing autumnal sights abound, the city also offers fun indoor activities that the whole family will enjoy. Take a tour of the Vermont Teddy Bear, Lake Champlain Chocolates and the Burton Snowboard factory for an educational and entertaining time.
First thing’s first. No trip to Orlando, also known as the theme park capital of the world, is complete without visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. Yes, that goes for adults traveling without kids too. Walt Disney World is a popular destination for people of all ages — and for good reason. The resort includes four parks: Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and of course, Magic Kingdom — making it a good place to satisfy and amuse just about everyone in your party. The parks have exhilarating attractions like the newly-opened Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, a thrilling roller coaster ride located in World Discovery at Epcot, impressive theatrical productions, and extensive food options that range from quick and casual to exquisite fine dining.
Plus, through November 19, guests can indulge in a taste across six “continents” during the resort’s International Food and Wine Festival, also held at Epcot. What’s more, travelers can expect fewer crowds during this sweet-spot period since many soon-to-be revelers await the favored holiday season. However, if visiting the “Most Magical Place On Earth,” or other theme parks really isn’t your speed, Orlando also offers robust dining, nightlife, arts & culture and shopping experiences. For instance, visitors can enjoy a live performance at the prestigious Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts or an improv show at SAK Comedy Lab.
Milwaukee may be known for its cheese curds and beer, but this welcoming Midwestern city is more than that. Sure, its semi-frigid temps in November aren’t for the faint of heart, but locals would argue that the cold weather adds to its charm. Just north of Chicago, this Windy City neighbor is teeming with arts, culture and award-winning culinary experiences. Just this year, the city claimed nine James Beard semifinalists. Visitors can dine at prominent spots like Sanford, a critically-acclaimed restaurant that features a surprise tasting menu with seven courses, ARIA, which is housed on the second floor of the cool and contemporary Saint-Kate: The Arts Hotel, for artisanal Midwest cuisine. With several festivals including the Holiday Folk Fair International and the annual Train Fest, which returns for the first time since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic — Milwaukee is jam-packed with unexpected gems to pique your interest.
With the monsoon season just ending, travelers visiting Thailand’s capital can enjoy pleasant weather with less humidity. Comfortable temps are key for sightseeing and taste testing mouth-watering dishes like Roti Gluay and fried rice from the city’s plentiful street food vendors. After indulging in delicious, budget-friendly bites, visitors can check out ornate historical sites and religious temples like Wat Phra Sri Rattanasamaram and Wat Arun Ratchawararam to marvel at impeccable architecture. Shop for premium goods in the city’s buzzing Siam Square with prominent retailers throughout. Out-of-towners who crave top-notch service tend to stay in luxury hotels like Mandarin Oriental Bangkok or Park Hyatt Bangkok for high-end aesthetics and can’t-miss amenities.
Turks and Caicos
White sand beaches with warm, crystal-clear waters in November are hard to pass up for people hailing from cold-weather states. That’s why so many from the Midwest and the East Coast flock to Turks and Caicos for a reprieve. Comprising 40 different islands, it’s a tropical wonderland. While lodging options abound at desired price-points, Ocean Club Resorts on Grace Bay Beach is a sure bet. The hotel recently underwent a refresh, updating finishing touches across both of its properties, including its on-site restaurants. The best part? Guests can unwind at each of the resorts for an even more delightful vacationing experience.
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It’s always a good time to visit Paris, but November is one of the best. With fewer crowds due to the upcoming holidays, this month is a wonderful time to take in the city’s wondrous, one-of-a-kind sights and partake in its world-class shopping. After checking must-see tourist attractions like The Louvre and Eiffel Tower off your list, venture into less popular territory. Go on a unique cultural experience to discover the rich legacy of Black people in France with Ricki Stevenson’s Black Paris Tour. Explore the lively Little Africa area and learn little-known facts about African, Caribbean and American history in the City of Lights.
Want to catch some waves and get a glimpse of migrating humpback whales? If so, Maui is your place. Known for its world-famous beaches, farm-to-table cuisine, and remarkable sunrises and sunsets, visiting Hawaii’s second-largest island is always a good time, especially in November. This low-season month delivers fewer crowds, lower fares and calm weather conditions. Visitors get the best of both worlds. From white to black sand, Maui boasts more than 30 miles of beaches. Visit Makena Beach State Park for snorkeling, fishing or swimming. Just want to sunbathe? That can be done too. Plus, the hourglass-shaped island is home to two volcanoes that visitors can learn about and see on various informational excursions such as the Haleakala tours.
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
Alluring and serene, The Berkshires are the perfect backdrop for a November jaunt. This western region of Massachusetts is a top east coast destination thanks to its picturesque villages and towns. With fantastic foliage viewing opportunities, copious water sports and outdoor activities, this rural area just 120 miles west of Boston, is great for those who like to stay active. Those who enjoy a slower, more relaxing pace can also get in on the fun. Scores of museums and cultural centers pepper the region. Thirsty for adult beverages? You’re in luck. The Berkshires are home to several wineries and breweries, including Balderdash Cellars and Bright Ideas Brewing.
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Starbucks, rainy weather and a very popular ‘90s rom-com may come to mind when thinking of Seattle, but this Pacific Northwestern city has more to offer. Sure, Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and all the other touristy haunts are mandatory, but don’t be afraid to explore the city’s thriving arts & culture scene too. This fall, the Center for Wooden Boats is partnering with Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists (PRIMA) on, PRIMA Marine Art Show, an art exhibition featuring up to 42 pieces of art by more than 10 artists. The show runs from September 10 – December 27, 2022.
Also, if you’re traveling with your spouse on a romantic getaway, take a quick 35-minute drive east to Snoqualmie Falls for breathtaking views of one of Washington’s most scenic attractions. Treat yourself and stay overnight at Salish Lodge and Spa for some R&R. Why not pamper yourselves while you’re there? Try the personalized Tranquility massage inside the fireside couple’s suite aimed to reduce stress and promote rejuvenation (50 minute – $185 per person; 80 minute – $275 per person).
Antigua and Barbuda
Discover what the West Indies has to offer with a visit to Antigua and Barbuda. Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, these sister islands are known for their reef-lined beaches, rainforests and first-rate resorts like The Verandah Resort & Spa. Guests of the island can swim with stingrays, dive, fish, kayak or kite surf. Simply put, there are ample water activities to accommodate just about all aquatic preferences. With pristine pink and white beaches, visitors can escape to a tranquil environment with friendly locals and tourists alike. Don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes. Most nightclubs and hotspots scattered around the islands promise steelpan and live music.
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Although “ice” is literally in the name of this Nordic Island nation, it’s not as chilly as one might think. The average high in November is a surprising 40 degrees — that’s balmy if you’re comparing it to Midwest winters. So, remember to pack your bathing suits. In fact, swimming is one of the most popular things to do — even during the winter thanks to heated pools around the city.
Dubbed the Land of Fire and Ice, visitors can admire the beauty of frozen landscapes and of course, try to see the elusive, colorful Northern Lights. Due to its size, it’s easy to chill out and explore on foot. And there’s much to see. With natural wonders like glaciers and ice-capped terrain at every turn, a trek to Iceland is a must.
New York City
Visiting the Big Apple is always a good idea and November is no exception. With a seemingly endless list of must-sees places to eat, shop and play — a visit to Gotham takes major curation and careful planning. Thankfully, whatever you do, it will be undoubtedly memorable. Whether it’s scarfing down a classic hot dog before catching the famous Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes at the iconic Radio City Music Hall (starting November 18), wandering through Central Park or taking a stroll along Museum Mile for world-renowned arts & culture exhibitions, New York City has something for everyone, especially kids. Take your preteens to a performance of Romeo & Juliet at New Victory Theater (November 11-20) in the heart of Times Square for an enlightening, Shakespearean experience.
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