Many of us envision hectic Thanksgiving travel in November and don’t even consider taking a trip. But November is still a chance to take advantage of those gorgeous places in Autumn. Many of the best places to visit in November in the USA still have fall foliage and festivals. While going abroad in November can mean warm and beautiful Spring travel.
If you love to travel, and you have the time, there are some killer bucket list destinations that are truly the places to be in November. For more Fall travel inspiration, also check out the Best Places to Travel in October.
Best Places to Visit in November in the USA
Joshua Tree is the 11th most visited US National Park. The temperature is perfect in November for hiking, rock climbing, and the most spectacular star gazing. This is the place to get off the beaten path and wander through interesting cactus, beautiful lakes and unique landscapes.
Expand your experience by glamping in a boho styled airstream or relaxing by the pool in your remote, stylish vacation home rental. Over the course of a weekend, you will have an experience that is so relaxing and different than the rest of California. Stay: Joshua Tree Tiny Home
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Another California favorite, Palm Springs adds a completely different spin to your desert getaway with bright midcentury decor and tons of things to do. November is still warm enough to enjoy California weather by the pool. Take the 10 minute trip to the top of the San Jacinto mountains on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway where you will find expansive Coachella Valley views along with tons of hiking trails.
You can also take an architecture tour, stroll down Palm Canyon Drive for galleries and shopping, and indulge in one delicious restaurant after the next. Stay: Parker Palm Springs
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One of the best times of year to visit Sonoma Valley is harvest time in the fall. While the dates of grape harvest changes every season, there are seasonal activities like special tastings, fall dining menus, and music festivals. One of the best reasons to visit Sonoma is that there are so many things to do and wine is just one of them.
Visit the wild and beautiful Sonoma coast, go horseback riding, hike beautiful trails through the redwoods and hang out in charming little towns. You will fall in love with the low key version of California Wine country. Stay: H2hotel
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Autumn is peak season in Charleston. The weather is temperate, it’s one of the lowest rain months and late fall foliage adds to the beauty. Visit Magnolia Plantation for a step back in time and a great place to see fall color. Johns Island County Park is another colorful spot during the Harvest festival complete with Bluegrass bands and Carolina barbecue.
Charleston’s cobblestone streets and historic homes are easily explored on foot. Another fun way to see the city is a Historical Downtown Tour by Horse Drawn Carriage. Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the long established Charleston City Market and dine at all of the delicious restaurants. Stay: Hotel Emeline
Hawaii is always a good idea and the weather is pretty similar year round. November is considered to be the rainiest, cheapest, and least crowded month but we went to Maui one year to celebrate Thanksgiving with our whole family and never saw one drop of rain.
Kauai is another family favorite with the incredible Waimea Canyon and beautiful Poipu beaches. November is also the beginning of Big Wave surfing season at north shore Oahu. Catch of of the Pro surfing events at the end of the month. Stay: Turtle Bay Resort
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November is the Bahamas sweet spot and one of the best places to travel in November. It’s after hurricane season and before the holiday rush. For anyone living on the east coast, it’s a quick jump over to paradise.
If you head to the Exuma Islands, you can go swimming with pigs or sharks, snorkel at Thunderball Grotto, relax on a perfect white sand beach or kick back and grab a drink with locals. There are also great dive sites in the Bahamas and Caribbean overall. Stay: Grand Isle Resort & Spa or Sandals All Inclusive Resort
November is the perfect time to see the Northern Lights, the beginning of ice cave season and to catch the Icelandic music scene at the Iceland Airwaves Festival. In November the average temperature is 40°, which makes it cold enough for ice caves to be safe but warm enough that you won’t be completely freezing.
Plan your visit around a new moon for best views of the aurora and stay for 3-4 days to maximize your chance of seeing them. Stay: Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
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Step back in time to the land of Pharaohs and pyramids. We were lucky enough to do this trip of a lifetime in October and would definitely recommend Egypt as one of the best places to travel in November when the weather cools a little more.
Egypt is filled with more incredible monuments than anywhere we’ve ever been. Make sure you get to Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan. One of the best ways to enjoy the sights from Luxor to Aswan is a nile cruise on the Oberoi, the ultimate in luxury. Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
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While New Zealand is an incredible destination year round, Spring and specifically November is the absolute best time to visit. There are so many things to do that Campervanning New Zealand is the ideal way to explore.
From the small town of Paihia at the top of the North Island to Stewart Island off the Southernmost tip, there is adventure and beauty everywhere. Don’t miss Milford Sound, Glacier County, Rotorua, Queenstown, Auckland and of course the beaches and cute towns. Stay: Eichardt’s Private Hotel
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Flying into Sydney takes your breath away. That first glimpse of the world’s prettiest harbor is only a preview of the wonderful city below. In November, spending 3 days in Sydney at the end of Spring, you can hit the world famous beaches, enjoy festivals like Return to Rio, climb the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge and attend an event at the Opera House. You can even catch the beginning of a summer Christmas season down under. Stay: Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
Yi Peng, the biggest Lantern Festival in the world and one of the events Thailand is famous for, will be celebrated November 19-20, 2021 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The lanterns being released into the sky by thousands of people at once are breathtaking.
On your trip to Chiang Mai, definitely visit the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. You can play and swim with these amazing elephants that have been rescued from the tourism industry. Adventure seekers can go ziplining and foodies can learn how to make delectable dishes at a Thai cooking class. Chiang Mai is just one wonderful location on a 10 day Thailand itinerary. Stay: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
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Buenos Aires is all about experiencing the joys in life. The Argentine polo season is underway in November. This is the birthplace of Nacho Figueras after all. Ladies, if you don’t know who he is, google NOW!
Enjoy the cafe culture, take in the beautiful architecture, spend some time at the museum or theater. Better yet, venture out for a delicious Argentinean steak dinner after your sultry Tango lesson. Spring has sprung in Argentina. There are also great things to do with kids. Enjoy! Stay: Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt
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