November is perfect for those who love traveling during the shoulder season. Depending on what part of the country you visit, you can either catch the tail end of fall or get a head start on winter activities. Plus, if you travel in early November, you’ll avoid the crowds traveling for Thanksgiving.
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Last Updated: September 1, 2022
15 Best Places to Visit in November in USA
1. Los Angeles CA
If you’re looking for a warm getaway, Los Angeles is one of the best places to visit in November in the US. We loved being able to walk around in tees and shorts year-round.
With numerous beaches, plenty of outdoor patios, amazing food, and endless photo spots, you can never be bored.
Local Tip: The city is massive. To ensure we’re not sitting in traffic all day, we like to explore a specific area or neighborhood each day.
2. San Diego CA
We prefer the laidback vibes of San Diego and November is one of the sunniest times to visit. We love exploring the beaches in the area, plus there are a ton of breweries if you love craft beer.
Local Tip: Bring a light jacket. It can be chilly near the beach.
3. Joshua Tree National Park CA
November is when we start planning our trips out to Joshua Tree because the weather is perfect for climbing. It’s one of our favorite National Parks to visit since we get to meet up with our climbing buddies from SoCal. If you don’t climb, there are plenty of pretty photo spots and the stargazing is always amazing!
For a classic fall and Thanksgiving experience, NYC is perfect. Unlike many fall destinations, the peak fall foliage tends to be later, typically in mid-November. You can see also see the amazing floats from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Also, if you love Christmas, you’ll be able to catch all the holiday festivities as the holiday decor starts to go up and winter activities get into full swing.
Events: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC Marathon, Lighting at Rockefeller Center
5. Maui HI
Things You Can’t Miss: Road to Hana, Kaanapali Beach, Haleakala National Park
What to Eat: Mama’s Fish House, Geste Shrimp Truck, Paia Fish Market
Where to Stay: Look for deals here
Weather Avg: 81° / 72° F
Maui is one of the best places to visit in November in USA if you want to avoid the crowds and save some money. October and November are the slowest months out of the year since you’re visiting between the summer and winter rush, so prices will reflect that.
Weather is pretty consistent throughout the year so for the best experience, you’re looking for the slow seasons.
6. San Antonio TX
Things You Can’t Miss: San Antonio River Walk, Natural Bridge Caverns, The Alamo
What to Eat: Boudro’s On the River Walk, Rosario’s Mexican Cafe Y Cantina, Sangria on the Burg
Where to Stay: Search for hotels
Weather Avg: 72° / 49° F
November is a great time to visit San Antonio. The weather is perfect to explore the historic missions or to take a stroll along the river walk. If you’re there early in November, you can celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
7. Big Sur CA
The best time to visit Big Sur is from September to November. November is the least busy month right before the wet season, which makes it easier to secure lodging.
8. Las Vegas
We always tell all of our visitors to come in November. October can still be hit or miss on how hot it is, but come November you’re mostly in the clear of triple-digit weather. It’s also a popular time for rock climbers to start coming into town to climb at Red Rock.
9. Bryce Canyon National Park UT
Visiting Bryce Canyon in November can be a toss-up with the weather, but that can be part of the fun. You may see the hoodoos covered in snow or you may get dry, cool weather great for hiking. Regardless, it will be beautiful either way.
10. Charleston SC
Things You Can’t Miss: Middleton Place, Joe Riley Waterfront Park, Fort Sumter National Monument
What to Eat: 49 Best Places to Eat in Charleston SC
Where to Stay: Search for the best hotels
Weather Avg: 67° / 53° F
Charleston is beautiful in November! The weather is cool making it pleasant to wander around town and eat a bunch of delicious food on rooftops or outdoor patios.
Pro Tip: November is the tail end of the hurricane season, so be sure to check the weather before heading there.
11. Savannah GA
Can’t-Miss Spots: Bonaventure Cemetery, Forsyth Park, Historic River Street
What to Eat: The Old Pink House, Savannah Seafood Shack, The Ordinary Pub
Where to Stay: Find hotels in Savannah
Weather Avg: 70° / 49° F
Savannah GA is another city that’s pleasant to visit in November after the hot and humid weather starts to dissipate. Since so much of the city’s charm is best seen outdoors, like the Historic District and River Street, the cooler weather makes it an ideal time to explore.
12. Santa Fe NM
Sante Fe is a unique city that blends its Native American history and Spanish influences with its food, culture, and art scene. November brings cooler weather, but also the lowest visitors and best hotel prices. Just be sure to bring warm clothes as you explore the city.
13. Orlando FL
Things You Can’t Miss: Disney World, Epcot International Food & Wine Fest,
What to Eat: Sticky Rice Lao Street Food, Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa, Santiago’s Bodega
Where to Stay: Look for Orlando Hotels
Weather Avg: 75° / 58° F
Head to Orlando in November if you love Disney. Depending on the time of the month you visit, you can catch anything from the tail end of Halloween themes to early Holiday decor. Plus, food lovers can stop by Epcot for the International Food and Wine Fest.
14. Williamsburg VA
Things You Can’t Miss: Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Jamestown Settlement
What to Eat: Food For Thought Restaurant, Second Street American Bistro, Shorty’s Diner
Where to Stay: Hotels in Williamsburg
Weather Avg: 61° / 45° F
Fall foliage is the highlight in Williamsburg in November. The cool weather makes it perfect to bundle up and explore Historic Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg. Busch Gardens also starts their Christmas Town holiday event in mid-November.
15. Phoenix AZ
Things You Can’t Miss: Desert Botanical Garden, Camelback Mountain, Musical Instrument Museum
What to Eat: Cocina Madrigal, The Arrogant Butcher, Little Miss BBQ
Where to Stay: Search Phoenix Hotels
Weather Avg: 76° / 51° F
November in Phoenix is a great time to enjoy luxury resorts, hit the golf courses, and relax before the holiday season. The city has a rich Native American history that can be found in its food and culture too.
Map of the Best Places to Visit in November
More Places to Visit in November in USA
Here are more November travel destinations in the US according to other travel experts.
- Asheville NC – Christmas at the Biltmore
- Gulf Shores AL – Oyster Cook-off and Craft Beer Weekend, Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival
- Houston TX – Texas Renaissance Festival
- Memphis TN
- The Ozarks MO – early Nov has fall foliage and activities like pumpkin picking and corn mazes
- Raleigh-Durham NC – might catch the end of fall colors early Nov.
- Santa Barbara
- Sedona AZ – Day of the Dead Celebration lasts until early Nov.
- Shenandoah National Park – fall foliage lasts through mid-Nov but peaks in October.
- Stowe Vermont – peak foliage also happens in Oct but you might catch them later depending on the year.
Where is the Warmest Place in the US in November
These are the average highs of the warmest cities in the US in November.
Any other destinations that belong on our list of best places to visit in the US in November?
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Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.