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The fall can offer travelers an excellent opportunity to explore destinations in and far from the United States. From beaches to the mountains, November can be a great time to enjoy some time away. 

If you find yourself interested in exploring new areas in November, read on to discover some incredible places that can offer rewarding trips at this time of year. 

Key Points

  • Uncover places around the world to explore in November
  • Find destinations to escape the November chill
  • Find the perfect place for your trip, from cities to mountains

Why November Is a Great Time to Travel

When people think of the travel season, November might not be the first month to come to mind. The summer holidays have ended, leaving behind memories of beaches and pools and the relaxed atmosphere of the warmer months. At the same time, the winter holidays aren’t yet in full swing, with the appeal of crisp, white snow, ski resorts, Christmas markets, and winter adventures on the horizon.

However, flexible jet setters shouldn’t discount November — especially early November, which is sometimes considered the off-season. Popular travel destinations are typically less crowded or can offer greater deals on attractions. This means you may find it easier to enjoy some sightseeing and hitting all the hot spots listed in your travel guide. 

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And if you want to venture to places like Florida that endure hurricanes, you’ll be happy to know that November falls on the tail end of the hurricane season. A trip to Florida in November means you’re less likely to experience severe weather.

Regardless of why you want to plan a trip in November, though, here are a few spots to consider. 

8 Amazing Places to Travel in November

We’ve highlighted some of the best places to travel across the USA and around the world in November. Depending on your travel style, you might aim to hit some of these places on a road trip or by plane.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon offers a pleasant climate, making it a great place to visit in Europe throughout the month of November. Those interested in a break from the cool weather will appreciate the mild 60-degree days. The city also offers some astounding architecture, amazing music, and beautiful views. 

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Foodies will delight in the delectable courses offered, including fresh seafood and pastries that are enough to whet any appetite. Visit the numerous cafes or venture to restaurants to see all the city has to offer. 

If you want a bit of history, you can also venture to the historic district to see the local castle, Castelo de São Jorge — translating to George’s Castle — and churches and other buildings that tell the city’s history. 

We recommend Lisbon for those who:

  • Need a break from the weather
  • Love exploring new cities and urban environments
  • Want a vacation that lets them explore new tastes and scenery

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen is a wonderful vacation destination for people with a variety of interests. First, the weather makes it feel like summer nearly year-round — a great escape from the cool November temperatures of the north. Temperatures in November typically average around the mid-80s, with only a few days of rain during the month. 

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Additionally, the stunning white sand beaches provide a chance to spruce up any fading summer tans while rekindling the love of summer relaxation. Then, venture into the warm water for swimming and snorkeling. Delicious Mexican food will only make the trip even more memorable.

History lovers will also appreciate the nearby Mayan ruins and other fantastic glimpses into the history of the Yucatan Peninsula. Few other places can offer such a combination of relaxation and ancient history in one location.

We recommend Playa del Carmen for:

  • Beach lovers
  • Those missing the summer already
  • Those who love exploring entirely new environments

Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs offers something for nearly anyone who prefers to venture to the West Coast. The comfortable weather in the 70s makes it easy to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, and there’s plenty to see and do in the area. With mountains and canyons for exploring and hiking, you’ll be amazed at the beautiful landscapes.

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Take a hike up to see the views from the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains or go bird-watching at The Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Additionally, the city is known for its bike trails for those who want to bring their bikes while they explore. Local waterways even offer some kayaking and canoeing.

If you want to take a break from the outdoor activities, you’ll appreciate the different museums in the area, such as The Palm Springs Art Museum. Numerous art galleries can also be found throughout the city, including The Elena Bulatova Fine Art collection and The Artize Gallery.

We recommend Palm Springs for:

  • Art lovers
  • Outdoor lovers
  • Those interested in a vacation of mild temperatures and fall days full of exploring

Havana, Cuba

Havana in Cuba is an interesting destination to put on your bucket list. Travel restrictions remain in place in a variety of situations. However, Americans can venture to the island for reasons like educational activities, support for the Cuban people, or humanitarian projects. 

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If you get an opportunity to travel to Cuba, though, you’ll be in for a true feast of the senses, immersing yourself in a Caribbean culture full of delicious food, incredible history and architecture, and plenty to explore. You can visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Havana or Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (El Morro), which was built to guard against pirate attacks. The island ocean also has warm temperatures throughout November, with highs generally in the mid-80s, making the late fall a great time to come and experience the area.

We recommend Havana for:

  • Adventurers
  • Island lovers
  • Those who love exploring new cultures and places

Grand Canyon National Park

Those looking for a great getaway before Christmas can also consider taking a road trip to the Grand Canyon or another national park across the country. Venturing to this park in Arizona will reward you with a view like nothing else in the United States. 

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November is an ideal time to explore hiking trails while enjoying the magnificent colors of the fall foliage of nearly any national park. Since the height of the tourist season has passed, you can see the natural beauty of North America without having to battle your way along popular trails. If you live close enough to a national park, you can even make it a wonderful day trip. If not, consider camping or finding accommodation in one of the small towns near the park. Stargazing alone can make this adventure worth it.

We recommend the Grand Canyon for:

  • Outdoor lovers
  • Hikers, bikers, and campers
  • Those who want to appreciate November in all its beauty

Maui, Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands offer a little piece of paradise, and the island of Maui provides a lush escape for those looking for a little rest and reprieve during the late autumn. The island boasts a warm average temperature year-round, with November temperatures typically in the low 80s, so you can still enjoy the beaches throughout the year. 

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The tropical island culture, hiking opportunities to waterfalls and other breathtaking sites, and even volcanic peaks will keep the trip exciting for all explorers. Visit one of the world’s largest dormant volcano craters at Haleakala National Park, hike The Pipiwai Trail, or swim at black sand beaches at Waianapanapa State Park. 

We recommend Maui for:

  • Beach lovers missing the summer
  • Those who want an outdoor adventure
  • Travelers who need a little R&R as the year draws to a close

Crete, Greece

Greece has been home to some of the greatest ancient civilizations the world has ever known, and you can see numerous ruins and glimpses into the past in Crete. See ruins from Minoans, some of which date back to 1100 BC. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum also houses numerous other pieces of history, allowing you to explore the land on which you stand and take yourself back in time. You can also leap to the history of more recent people, seeing the site of the Cretan Revolt against the Ottomans in 1866. 

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Of course, take some time to appreciate the beautiful beaches that line the island and hike the stunning gorges, such as the Samaria Gorge. Lake Voulismeni also provides a beautiful landscape that will leave you wishing you never had to leave.

We recommend Crete for:

  • Adventurers
  • History lovers
  • Beach lovers

Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca — an island off the coast of Spain — might be the right vacation spot for you. In November, you might not get swimming weather, but the temperatures are still pleasant — around the low 60s and upper 50s — allowing you to spend ample time outdoors. You can also venture down to the beaches to enjoy the incredible views and play in the sand. 

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Enjoy the numerous festivals held throughout the fall, seize opportunities for exploring local wineries, try popular street food, experience the golf courses, tour museums, and visit galleries. Consider trying the winery Oliver Moragues, which is one of the oldest wineries in the region and grows local traditional grapes. You can also see the area by hiking and taking in some of the breathtaking views the island has to offer. 

We recommend Mallorca for:

  • Those who want to uncover a hidden gem
  • Adventurers who love exploring new cultures
  • Vacationers who want to enjoy the culture and the great outdoors while traveling

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As you begin to plan your November trip, plenty of destinations await across the U.S. and around the globe. Consider your interests and motivations for traveling, such as adventure or escaping the cold weather, and see which destinations might suit you best during this great month for travel.

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