November might not be the first to pop into our minds when we think about the right time to take a vacation. Yet, it’s one of the best months to travel.
In the southern states, the temperatures drop down to pleasantly warm, while the northern states boast the crisp fall weather and dress in a myriad of beautiful colors.
In the most popular travel destinations, there are fewer crowds. For that reason, you can also enjoy much cheaper accommodation than usual.
No matter if you’re looking for a bustling city destination, beach escape, or an outdoor adventure, on this list, we’ve handpicked the perfect mix of the 10 best places in the U.S. to visit in November.
Great Smoky Mountains for Leaf Peeping
Our list would only be complete with the Smokies. This America’s beloved national park offers the best scenic drives, breathtaking mountain views, and an opportunity for leaf peeping literally at every corner. It’s generally still warm, so you can spend a whole day outdoors, plus you can expect fewer crowds than usual.
New Orleans for Thanksgiving feast
There is no better place to prepare for the Thanksgiving feast than in the culinary paradise of the Big Easy. The weather is usually warm and sunny, so you can still embrace al fresco dining. Also, don’t miss the Oak Street Po’Boy Festival, a festival of the most popular Louisianian sandwich.
Middleburg, Virginia for Charming Town Vibes
Set near the Blue Ridge Mountains, this charming village has something for everyone. Set off hiking, taste delicious wine at local wineries, or watch horses train at race courses. If you’re into history, we recommend you stay in The Red Fox Inn & Tavern. This boutique hotel has been welcoming guests since 1728 and makes a fantastic home base to discover the area.
San Diego is Always a Great Idea
November is still considered the shoulder season in San Diego, and it’s often referred to as “local’s summer”. Temperatures still hover around 75 degrees, which is ideal for discovering the city or strolling around its beaches. Also, November in San Diego is packed with events, including the San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing Extravaganza, Fleet Week, and San Diego Beer Week.
New York City for Amazing Central Park Fall Atmosphere
The Big Apple is on the travel list of many, and November is one of the best months to visit it. Watch leaves change color in Central Park, see an exhibition, or grab a pumpkin spice latte in a cozy café to get the fall atmosphere like nowhere else.
If you opt for New York, make sure you arrive before Thanksgiving because that’s when the holiday season starts to pick up, and the prices for accommodation skyrocket.
Laurel Highlands for Fall Foliage
If you happen to be in or around Pittsburg, you shouldn’t miss Laurel Highlands. This 3,000-square-mile stretch of mountains features colorful mountain ridges, pristine streams, and river valleys, and is home to Ohiopyle – the state’s largest state park. Until mid-December, you can also enjoy some camping and glamping.
Puerto Rico for Beach Time
Puerto Rico is another amazing beach destination. Even though it’s a bit further away, with most major cities offering direct flights to the island, it’s worth even a prolonged weekend getaway. The temperatures reach about 85 degrees, and the beaches are usually peaceful and quiet. Puerto Rico is also a great spot to take a stunning picture for your Christmas card.
St. Michaels, Maryland for Chill vibes at Seaside
The fall foliage in Maryland is known to be outstanding. But don’t overlook the Eastern Shore of the state. If you come in early November, you can also enjoy the bright fall colors in St. Michaels, a quaint little town full of boutique shops, art galleries, and snug cafés. It might get a bit chilly by the seaside, so make sure to bring warm clothes.
Louisiana Swamps for Best Fall Scenery
Exploring the Louisiana Swamps during the fall season is a delightful adventure. As the weather cools down and the swamps take on a serene charm, it’s the perfect time to paddle through these unique landscapes. Trying stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) allows you to glide quietly through the cypress trees and Spanish moss, immersing yourself in the natural beauty.
Maui, Hawaii for Tropical Escape
Yes, a part of Maui was devastated by the summer wildfire, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit this beautiful island in Hawaii. On the contrary. Book a few days in a hotel and help the island to restore the tourist industry. For example, if you do so in the Four Seasons Resort at Wailea, you can donate a part of your stay to the Maui Strong fund.
What’s more, the ocean has just the perfect temperature for swimming, there are fewer crowds on the beaches, and you can book many activities just a few days in advance.