20 Best Places To Visit In The USA In November (2022 Review)


November can be a wonderful time to travel in many places in the USA. In the northern USA, the leaves have almost all changed colors and the last of them are falling off of the trees. In some places, snow might have even started to fall. On the flip side, in the southern USA, gone are the startling hot summer days replaced with warm ones, waiting for your adventures. It is low season in many places, so flight and hotel deals are there to be found. There are amazing places to visit all over the USA in November if you know where to look. I decided to ask some fantastic travel bloggers where they would recommend. According to them, here are the 20 best places to visit in the USA in November.

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The 20 best places to visit in the USA in November include an exciting list of cities, towns and state or national parks, from all over the country, including Hawaii. When relevant, I have highlighted any annual special events or festivals that make November a particularly fun or interesting time to go. Lastly, if any of the travel bloggers have favourite hotels, I’ve included those as well, in addition to what makes them so special.

Not sure when you might travel? For other fantastic destinations in the USA in other months, please see:

If you are curious what Europe offers in November, please take a look at 23 Best Places To Visit In Europe In November.

For those of you struggling to find fun, affordable and useful stocking stuffers or gifts, check out 38 Best Christmas Stocking Stuffers For Adventure Seekers And Travelers. In addition, explore these amazing gift ideas for the men in your life – 60 Best Christmas Gifts For Men.

If you have had enough of the winter blues, you have amazing beach destinations in the United States that offer sun, warmth and turquoise waters – 50 Best US Beach Destinations For A Warm Winter Getaway.

And if you are already thinking of warm summer destinations that don’t have scorching temperatures, then check out 20 Best US Destinations To Escape The Sizzling Summer Heat.

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Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco (Photo courtesy of Umer Sayyam from Unsplash)

San Fransisco, California

By Jiayi Wang of The Diary of A Nomad

San Francisco is a beautiful city to visit all-year-round. However, November is actually one of the warmest months with temperatures averaging 51° – 65° F, which is only slightly lower than in the summer. The advantage of visiting in November is that not only will it be warm and sunny, but you also won’t have the crowds and tourists that usually swarm the city in the summer.

One of the top things to do in San Francisco is to rent a bike and cycle across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the views along the way are simply spectacular. You can bike all the way to Sausalito and have a meal at a waterfront restaurant there.

Another unmissable thing to do in the Golden City is to take a cable car from Powell Street and Market Street. Take the Powell-Hyde line from there and enjoy incredible views of the San Francisco Bay and the famous Lombard Street, also known as the “Crookedest Street in the World”. If you want to get off the cable car along the way, do so near Embarcadero, where there are beautiful piers to stroll, and even a bustling farmers’ market every Saturday. 

There are also plenty of things to do near San Francisco, such as wine-tasting at Napa Valley and escaping to Carmel — one of the best clear water beaches in the US.

Hotel Recommendation

Jiayi says, “Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at the Hotel Fairmont San Francisco, where you’ll be spoiled with sea views from your room and a relaxing spa on-site”.
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Everglades National Park, Florida (Photo courtesy of Victoria)

Everglades National Park, Florida

By Victoria of Guide Your Travel

The Everglades are an incredible National Park located in southern Florida. The best way to access the park is via Miami International airport. It is only a 30 minute drive away.

November marks the end of hurricane season in Florida which means the weather will mostly be warm and not too hot. Temperatures will go as high as 78°F which is far more comfortable than the hot summer months. You’ll also encounter fewer tourists which means more opportunities to explore the beauty of the Everglades without crowds and, of course, lower prices.

The Everglades are all about nature and exploring the great outdoors. Come here for hiking, camping and watching wildlife. For an easy and manageable hiking trail, try the popular Bobcat Boardwalk which is suitable for all levels and less than a mile long. Of course, there are longer hikes that are more challenging as well.

A boat tour is an absolute must-do in the Everglades. With beautiful mangrove forests and channels, this is an incredible experience and a perfect opportunity to explore the park on the water. You can choose from kayak or air boat tours although kayaking tends to be a lot quieter and more environmentally friendly.

Kanab, Utah

By Taryn Shorr of Chasing Trail Blog

One of the best places to visit in the US in November is southern Utah — specifically Kanab. Located just barely above the Utah-Arizona border, this small town packs a tremendous punch. Kanab is just 30 minutes from Zion National Park and about an hour from Page, Arizona, home to Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, and Antelope Canyon. 

Getting to Kanab takes a bit of effort, but that’s a huge part of what makes the town so enjoyable. Its’ remote location means Kanab sees fewer crowds than it otherwise might. You can fly into either Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (about 3 hours and 20 minutes drive), or Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (5.5 hours drive). Although that sounds far, the drive between Phoenix and Kanab is spectacular, so many people opt to make a Southwest road trip of it. 

Once in Kanab, there is so much to do. Ease into hiking at Moqui Cave, then get a little more adventurous on a guided tour to the Peek-a-Boo slot canyons. Or, head out to Pink Coral Sand Dunes State Park for some off-roading. Of course, you’ll want to dedicate at least one full day (I highly recommend two!) to exploring Zion. The Zion Canyon Overlook Trail offers incredible views with a one mile hike, but thrill seekers will want to hike Angels Landing, one of the park’s most iconic features. 

Visiting in November is ideal because southern Utah enjoys year-round mild weather and perpetual sunshine. High temperatures hover around 60 degrees and snow is exceedingly rare. Plus, if you visit Kanab later in November, there are several festive holiday events including a turkey trot, lantern festival, and light parade. 

Hotel Recommendation

Taryn says, “Timber & Tin is centrally located in the heart of Kanab and offers unique, memorable lodging with rooftop decks and tons of amenities.”
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Chicago, Illnois (Photo courtesy of Sawyer Bengtson from Unsplash)

Chicago, Illnois

By Kat Weiss Butler of World Wide Honeymoon

Many people don’t often consider Chicago as one of the best places to visit in the USA in November. With chillier days than many other destinations in the US, it deters visitors from giving it the chance it deserves at this time of year. 

However, Chicago not only sees fewer visitors this time of year, thus making it less expensive and more fun to visit, but you get to spend the start of the holiday season in Chicago which is next to none! (For more inspiration, check out this article, 15 Of The Best Things To Do In Chicago).

Starting in November, you’ll begin to see enchanting holiday displays across store windows on the Magnificent Mile, bright lights going up around the city during the Lights Festival, and, the best part of all, the start of the famous Christkindlmarkt Chicago

Be prepared for decadent treats and soul-warming mulled wine as you wander around the Chicago Christmas market, which is styled after the traditional German Christmas markets. Three days in Chicago is perfect amount of time to see and do many of the highlights including the market! 

Hotel Recommendation

Kat says, “A stay at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile is perfect as it is right in the action on the Magnificent Mile and not too far from the Christkindlmarkt”.
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Petrified Forest National Park, Florida (Photo courtesy of Jessica)

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

By Jessica Schmit of Uprooted Traveler

Petrified Forest National Park is a hidden gem tucked away in Northeastern Arizona and a spectacular place to visit. You can get here either by flying into Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (1 hour and 48 minute drive), Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (3 hour and 23 minute drive), or Albuquerque Airport (a3 hour and 26 minute drive). Another popular option is to visit this park while on a road trip- it’s right along the beloved historic Route 66. Fun fact- it’s the only National Park to preserve a section of the original Route 66!

While it may not have the dramatic scenery as some other national parks, the landscape is nothing short of stunning. You can see incredibly vibrant badlands, barren desert landscapes, and of course, forests of petrified wood that are literally millions of years old.

Petrified Forest National Park is one of the best places to visit in the USA in November. The summer crowds have died down, the Arizona heat has cooled, and the chance of rain is low.

Unlike other national parks, the Petrified Forest has lots of relatively easy, yet incredibly scenic hiking trails perfect for beginner hikers. In addition, there lots of other trails for more advanced hikers. One not to be missed is the Blue Mesa Trail, which will take you below the rim of a mesa, as hills of striated bluish bentonite clay soar above your head. Alternatively, check out the Painted Desert Rim Tail, where you’ll have a birds’ eye view of the seemingly endless scarlet badlands of the aptly named Painted Desert. If geology is more your scene, make sure to stop by the Crystal Forest trail, where thousands of stunningly colored petrified logs litter the desert landscape. No matter whether you’re a fan of Americana, epic landscape, or even some prehistoric geology, you’ll be blown away by this park, one of the National Park Service’s best kept secrets!

Hotel Recommendation

Jessica says, “Brad’s Desert Inn, in the delightfully kitschy Holbrook, AZ, is a classic Route 66 motel built in 1967 that’s recently been through renovations. The rooms, while basic, are eclectically decorated in a Route 66-theme and the service makes you feel like you’re staying with a family friend.”
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Savannah, Georgia (Photo courtesy of Erin)

Savannah, Georgia

By Erin Clarkson of Savannah First-Timer’s Guide

November is the perfect time of year to take advantage of Savannah’s incredible fall weather! 

When planning your trip, it’s easiest to fly into the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) and then take an Uber or Lyft into the Historic District. The short drive averages about 20 minutes. 

Low humidity and mild temperatures during the month of November make it an ideal time for touring Bonaventure Cemetery. It’s considered one of the prettiest cemeteries in the world, and it’s a “must-see” stop on any Savannah itinerary. 

The balmy weather also means you can comfortably spend entire days strolling through the Historic District to explore some of the city’s most beautiful streets and squares. A few highlights include Jones Street, River Street, and historic Factors Walk

Additionally, Broughton Street is lined with charming local businesses such as The Paris Market, Savannah Bee Company, and Leopold’s Ice Cream – which often has lines stretching around the block. 

There are a few popular festivals and events during the month of November. The Savannah Rock & Roll Marathon and the Food & Wine Festival are two of the most well-known. Many area businesses also begin adding Christmas décor and activities the last week of the month. 

Finally, it wouldn’t be a visit to Savannah if you didn’t at least do one ghost tour while you’re in town. The city is considered one of the most haunted in the US!

Hotel Recommendation

Erin says, “The Marshall House is one of the oldest and most popular hotels in Savannah. It has the haunted factor going for it, as well.”

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

By Rai of A Rai Of Light

Great Smoky Mountains region during fall is a fantastic idea. The air begins to cool and the leaves of the maples, scarlet oaks, and birch trees change color. October tends to be busy in the Smokies, but November is ideal to enjoy the park and its sights without the crowds.

The Smokies are renowned for its scenery and scenic overlooks are a great way to view the changing landscape. Hiking is a popular activity in the fall, with Laurel Falls Trail and Alum Cave Bluff Trail great options at this time of year. Other recommended activities include horseback riding, fly fishing, and zip lining. A road trip with some good travel music is an ideal way to experience the region. The best scenic drives include Foothills Parkway, Cove Creek Road, Newfound Gap Road, and Balsam Mountain Road.

Getting here is easy enough with the closest airport, McGee-Tyson (TYS), less than 25 miles west of the park. Other major airports in the region are Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)  and Charlotte Douglas International (CLT), both around 3 1/2 hours by car. The Great Smoky Mountains are well worth the time and effort required to visit and is without doubt one of the best places to visit in the USA in November.

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Kauai, Hawaii (Photo courtesy of A Goeller of Unsplash)

Kauai, Hawaii

By Noel Morata of Travel Photo Discovery

One of the best places to visit in the USA in November is Kauai. You get the best of island weather, less crowds, and the ability to tour the island more freely. In addition, early November or after Thanksgiving are great times to get excellent flight and hotel deals, and discount on tours and excursions.

If you are looking for some beach fun, there are plenty of amazing beaches to explore all over the island. If you prefer adventure, you can hike, kayak, surf, snorkel, among other outdoor activities.

Must do things on the island include exploring the spectacular cliffs along the Napali coast in the north shore, hiking the Kalaulau trail or seeing the stunning coastal views everywhere you go. Explore the Waimea Canyon and Koke’e State Park, which is considered the lush and green version of the Grand Canyon. I

f you love waterfalls, you will love Kauai. You can spend days discovering spectacular waterfalls in deep canyons including Wailua falls, Opaeka’a falls, Hakakapiai falls and Manawaiopuna falls.

In addition to enjoying the beautiful scenery, you’ll find a lot of fun places to visit around the island, delicious local and street foods to try and enjoy, shopping, and visiting cool and quirky towns. 

Most of the time, you have to fly into Honolulu International airport and then, take a domestic flight to Kauai. However, there are flights between the Hawaiian islands as well.

Hotel Recommendation

Noel says, “If you are in the mood for a little splurge then stay at the fabulous Westin Princeville Ocean Resort in the North Shore. It is a gorgeous property with beautiful views and really nice amenities and rooms.”

Mammoth Lakes, California

By Wander Us Living

When it comes to outdoor adventure, Mammoth Lakes in California is the ultimate destination to visit in November. There are literally endless activities to do, such as hiking, skiing, soaking in hot springs, off-roading, kayaking, shopping and exploring the town. 

The best way to reach Mammoth is to fly into the Mammoth Yosemite Airport or Reno. The Mammoth airport is only 5 minutes from town. The Reno Airport is 3 hours away, but a straight shot down Hwy 395, making it an easy drive. Even though it is a very small airport, there is an Enterprise rental car.

The main reason that Mammoth is one of the best places to visit in the USA in November is that the summer crowds are gone. This means that every outdoor activity, other than skiing, will be much less crowded.

There are plenty of must do things while in Mammoth, but the top two have got to be skiing and soaking in the famous hot springs while overlooking the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is famous for its trick park and back country skiing. If you aren’t experienced, there are even group lessons.

My favorite thing to do is to soak in the hot springs at dusk or dawn. The views of the Eastern Sierra Mountain Range from Shepard Hot Springs and Wild Willy’s is simply amazing! The water is “hot tub” temperature – not scalding hot. 

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Miami, Floriday (Photo courtesy of Lance Asper of Unsplash)

Miami, Florida

By Lavina Dsouza of Continent Hop

Miami is a popular destination for travellers and one of the best places to visit in the USA in November when the December sun-seekers have yet to arrive.

The closest airport is Miami international airport which has great connectivity to most locations in the world. South Beach is only 30-40 minutes away.

November is an ideal time to visit not only because it is less busy but also because flights and hotels become budget friendly. The weather is also pleasant, hovering on average around 77F.

You should spend at least two days in Miami. Of course, you can always relax at your resort or hang by the beach for days on end but if you feel adventurous, you could also go kiteboarding and snorkelling or take speedboat rides.

If you prefer art, Wynwood Walls is an unmissable experience. It features huge, colorful street murals by artists from around the globe. You can spend the whole day exploring and have lunch at one of the hipster cafes in the area. 

The Art Deco district and Little Havana are 2 more areas you should visit. The Art Deco area has buildings in the Mediterranean Revival and Miami Modern (MiMo) architectural style. Little Havana is a very fun and energetic area with lots of fantastic restaurants. 

best places to visit in the USA in November
Montpellier, Vermont

Montpellier, Vermont

By Jumana of Planet Hopper Girl

Montpellier is a perfect destination in USA to visit during November. This capital city is a picturesque town and the least populated capital in the USA. It is the prettiest during the fall season and popular during winter for skiing activities around the region.

Montpellier is very quaint with a European charm, famous for scenic houses, maple syrup farms and vineyards, all great for a relaxed vacation. By late November, it begins to get cold so remember to bundle up. It is low season with good deals on accommodation and tourist attractions.

Montpellier is famous for many historical sites, with Vermont state house being the most popular and a must visit. This state house, with its golden dome, is a spectacular piece of architecture. You should also climb up Camel’s hump to see a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. On your way, you can visit Hubbard Park for a nice hike. In addition, Vermont is one of the top destinations for experiencing fall foliage, and taking a fall foliage road trip in Vermont, covering the small villages around Montpellier and Burlington would be a great option for early November.

The Burlington international airport is the closest airport to Montpellier and a one hour drive away.

Hotel Recommendation

Juamana says, “When in Montpellier, the best accommodation is to stay at a Bed and Breakfast, which offers the Vermont style breakfast”.

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Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo courtesy of Erin)

Vegas, Nevada

By Erin of Pina Travels

Las Vegas is in the middle of the Mojave Desert, which means that for many months of the year Vegas is hot. This is why November is a great time to visit. In November it’s between 63 and 70 degrees fahrenheit, and sunny. It’s the perfect time to explore Vegas’s outdoor attractions, without the fear of overheating! To reach Las Vegas, fly into McCarran International Airport, and then grab a cab for the 30 minute trip into the city. 

Start your tour of Las Vegas’s outdoor attractions by visiting the famous Las Vegas sign at 5200 Las Vegas Blvd S. Once you’ve grabbed your iconic Vegas photo, head a little further out of the city to the Seven Magic Mountains. This is a free public art installation in the middle of the desert, which makes for amazing photos.

Then, head to Fremont Street, home of the “Fremont Experience.” It’s a pedestrian mall that has a canopy of lights and hosts street performances and free concerts. The area is lively, and you’ll find many great restaurants in the area, like AmeriBrunch. While exploring Fremont Street, visit the Las Vegas Neon Museum. This outdoor museum features famous iconic Vegas signs from old casinos and other businesses. 

Finally, November is the perfect time of year to hike near Las Vegas. Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area that’s just a 30 minute drive from the city. For a small entry fee you can enjoy a 13 mile scenic drive of the park, with opportunities to stop for pictures or for a hike. For example, hike the Calico Tank Trail, a 2.5 mile long trail.

Hotel Recommendation

Nicole says, “For an upscale experience with gorgeous adult and family pools, check out the Wynn Las Vegas. I’ve stayed here multiple times. There is limited gambling on the ground level, fantastic world-class restaurants, and there is some awesome people watching by the pool.”
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Buena Vista, California (Photo courtesy of Meg)

Buena Vista, Colorado

By Meg of Fox In The Forest

Buena Vista is one of the most beautiful places in Colorado if mountain adventures and dreamy alpine vistas are your jam. Nestled at the base of the Sawatch Range, Buena Vista is a perfect place to base yourself for a few days to experience some of the best nature Colorado has to offer. While here, make sure you go on a hike or biking adventure in search of beautiful scenic views, check out the mighty Arkansas River, or conquer a Colorado 14er!

Even though visiting Buena Vista later in the year means you’ll likely get cool temperatures, it’s still one of the best places to visit in the USA in November. There are hardly any crowds and you will be able to find flight and hotel deals. Moreover, it’s a fantastic opportunity to go on a hike in search of fall foliage and then soak in one of the many incredible hot springs in the area!

The closest airport is Denver International Airport. From Denver, it’s just a 2 1/2 hour drive to get to Buena Vista. Its’ proximity to Denver means it makes for a wonderful getaway from the city or a super easy stop on a Colorado road trip.

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New York City, New York (Photo courtesy of the Morgans)

New York City, New York

By Mark and Kristen of Where Are Those Morgans?

November is the perfect month to visit legendary New York City with fewer crowds and the holiday season fast approaching.

Start by soaking up NYC’s extraordinary urban landscape by day and night from atop the iconic Empire State Building, Top of the Rock or futuristic looking Edge.

Next, take a ferry to see the symbolic Statue of Liberty up close and personal or take a romantic stroll through Central Park, where beautiful burnt orange and yellow Fall leaves will be on display.

Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the best things to do in New York City. A crisp November sunset means bundling up in a warm winter coat with a hot chocolate in hand.

But what makes November best time to plan a trip to the city that never sleeps? 

Well, you can watch (or take part in) one of the world’s biggest marathons (New York Marathon), see the Radio City Rockettes perform the Christmas Spectacular and if you’re lucky, you might just catch the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting at the end of November. If you’re luckier still, it could even snow.

However, the NYC November centerpiece has to be the marching bands, enormous helium filled balloon cartoon characters and of course a star-studded lineup of world famous musicians at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

To reach Penn Station near Times Square in Manhattan, you’ll need to fly into either JFK in Queens or Newark Liberty in New Jersey. Both have easy rail connections.

For amazing tips to make your trip to New York City the best, please see 50 Best New York City Tips For First Time Visitors. For amazing attractions to go with your kids, please see 10 Best New York City Attractions With Teens and An Action Packed Two Day Itinerary With Teens.

Hotel Recommendation

Mark and Kristen say, “Hotel options in New York City can be overwhelming. For a first visit, stay centrally between Times Square and the Empire State Building. The Archer Hotel strikes a wonderful balance between cost, location and luxury.
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Moab, Utah (Photo courtesy of Jenny)

Moab, Utah

By Jenny Kotlyar of Limitless Hiker

Moab in Utah is one of the best places to visit in the USA in November because the weather is perfect. Days are mild, especially early November, while the nights are chilly but not cold. This is the perfect goldilocks zone for exploring the outdoors, especially if you are heat sensitive. During the summer months, temperatures can reach over 100 F.

In the latter part of November, there is also the possibility of light snowfalls. However, you can still get outside and hike without technical gear like snowshoes.

Moab is the gateway to two national parks, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Arches National Park is a small park that can be explored in a day or two. On the otherhand, Canyonlands is a big national park with a variety of hiking trails and off roading. The views are spectacular and easily enjoyed from the comfort of your car!

Another amazing park nearby is Dead Horse Point State Park. The park got its name because during the 19th century, wild horses corralled by cowboys died of exposure. Legend aside, this state park is beautiful and has stunning views.

In addition to national and state parks, Moab is known for its off roading trails. One of the best ways to experience this town is by renting a Jeep or an ATV or UTV and taking it out for an adventure.

The closest international airport is in Salt Lake City. From there, it’s around a 4 hour drive to Moab. 

San Diego, California

By Daria of The Discovery Nut

San Diego is one of the best places to visit in the USA in November thanks to its mild climate and tons of things to do.

Many international visitors arrive in San Diego via Los Angeles, however, San Diego also has its own international airport. The drive from Los Angeles to San Diego is about 1.5-2 hours.

San Diego is California’s southernmost city. You can easily cross over into the Baja Peninsula in Mexico if you want to explore this neighboring country.

In addition to being a beautiful destination, San Diego boasts plenty of culture. One of the most exciting things to do is to visit Carrillo National Monument, a historical landmark on the southern tip of Point Loma. This monument commemorates the arrival of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European explorer who arrived in the area. You can also learn about San Diego’s strategic role in many historical events, such as WWII.

Another great spot is Balboa Park, San Diego’s version of Central Park. It is home to art venues, concert areas and beautiful gardens. If you decide to head to Balboa Park, make sure to check current concerts and exhibits as there are always events being held. 

Finally, make sure to check out Torrey Pines State Reserve for some epic ocean views. Here you can take a hike and catch a gorgeous sunset to finish your trip to San Diego.

Salem, Massachusetts

By Cami Neves of Travel Cami

Salem, a small town in Massachusetts, is known as one of the most famous Halloween destinations in the world. However, visiting in November is way more enjoyable than October. Salem gets very crowded leading up to Halloween, and in November, the crowds are far smaller, while the town’s main attractions are still open.

There are many fun things to do in Salem, but the most popular activities always revolve around the history of witches – Salem was the place where the Salem Witch Trials took place. The Salem Witch Museum, for example, is a great place to start learning about the town’s dark past. You will hear the real story of the witch trials in a fun and interactive way.

Another cool activity is going on a ghost tour. There are many from which to choose and they are a great way to experience Salem.

To get to Salem, the closest international airport is Boston Logan International Airport. From there, you can either drive (35 minutes) or take the train to Salem.

Hotel Recommendation

Cami says, “Regarding good places to stay, the Salem Inn offers comfortable rooms for great prices. Also, it is walking distance to all of Salem’s main attractions.”
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Sedona, Arizona (Photo courtesy of Angel Origgi from Unsplash)

Sedona, Arizona

By Candice of CS Ginger

November is one of the best times to visit Sedona. The fall weather in Sedona is mild and you will avoid a lot of the crowds. In addition, the fall-colored leaves really stand out against the dramatic red rocks. You can take a drive through scenic Oak Creek Canyon to admire the fall foliage. 

Sedona is most famous for its miles and miles of beautiful hiking trails. One of the most notable is the Cathedral Rock hiking trail. It is about a 1.2-mile hike that is short but steep. The sunset from the top of Cathedral Rock is spectacular. Other fun hikes are the Devil’s Bridge, Bell Rock, Soldiers Pass, and Boynton Canyon Trail. 

Sedona is also home to several wineries along the Valley Verde Wine Trail. The Valley Verde area is about 20 minutes south of Sedona. There are about 20 wineries that you can visit on a self-guided tour. Most of the stops allow you to explore the grounds and sample locally crafted wine.

There is a small airport in Sedona – Sedona Oak Creek Airport – but most people fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The drive from the airport to Sedona is 119 miles which takes just under three hours.

Hotel Recommendation

Candice says, “There are a number of resorts and spas in Sedona. One of the best is the Enchantment Resort. There are several amenities like pools, tennis courts, a golf course, and the adjoining award-winning Mii amo Spa.”
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Washington, DC (Photo courtesy of Harold Mendoza of Unsplash)

Washington, DC

By Vicki of Vicki Viaja

As the capital of the United States, everyone should visit Washington DC at least once in their life. A great month to visit is November because there are few tourists in the city and shorter line-ups to see the amazing sites. At the end of November, the Downtown Holiday Market opens, if you are ready for some Christmas festive vibes.

One of the must-sees is the Washington Mall. Here you will find not only the famous Lincoln Memorial but also a lot of fascinating museums. In fact, Washington DC is full of unbelievable museums. You can easily avoid any rainy or cold days by exploring these fascinating institutions. For example, the Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, with 19 museums, such as the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History.

A visit to the Washington Monument is also highly recommended. From there, you can have a fantastic view of the city and the White House. In addition, you can learn more about the history of the city.

Washington DC has three international airports. The closest is Ronald Reagan Airport, from which you can get to the city by metro in just under 20 minutes.

White Sands Dunes National Park, New Mexico

By Poli of the Bucket List Places

Like a mirage in the desert, the incredible White Sands National Park  is a must-visit destination. Located 3.5 hours from Albuqurque International airport, the long drive is well worth your while. Towering dunes seem to go on for miles, creating a picturesque landscape that you can easily enjoy right next to the highway.

There are many ways to explore this vast expanse of sand heaven. Stop in to the Visitor’s Center and buy a sled then head over to any of the dunes for a thrilling sand-sledding experience. Either follow the trails left by others or find your own dune to explore and leave your own tracks. If sand sledding is not your thing, there are miles and miles of trails that you can follow through the dunes. Just make sure to bring plenty of water. 

November is the perfect time to visit White Sands National Park because it isn’t too hot, like summer, and it isn’t too cold.

Hotel Recommendation

Poli says, “There aren’t a lot of lodging options nearby but the Great Sand Dunes Lodge is a great option.”

Last Word

Sometimes, it isn’t always obvious where you should go in the USA in the month of November. However, there really are lots of fantastic options. First, you have to figure out the type of weather you want – warm or cool. Then, you have to decide whether you want outdoor adventures or city life. If you still don’t know where to go after that, then see which destination has the best flight and hotel deals, or offers experiences that best suit you. Whichever route you choose, you should have an amazing time.

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