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Best Places to Visit in November
November may seem like an inconvenient time to vacation due to Thanksgiving at the end of the month, but there are benefits to traveling at the end of the fall shoulder season. Crowds at popular destinations are a thing of the past, and hotel rates are often brilliantly low. U.S. News took into account these factors and considered a variety of destinations, from outdoorsy spots to big cities to small towns, both domestically and abroad, to compile the best places to visit in November. Want to put in your 2 cents'? Vote below to influence next year's list. (Note: Some of the below destinations may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Check with the CDC and the U.S. Department of State before traveling.)
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As one of the most-visited islands in Hawaii, Maui is typically overrun with tourists year-round. November is the exception: This is the travel sweet spot for the island, as honeymooners are long gone and snowbirds have yet to arrive. Not only will hotel rates be more affordable, but you'll have more room to rest and relax on Maui's many beautiful beaches. Just be prepared for some occasional (albeit brief) rain showers, especially toward the end of the month.
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With daytime temperatures in the low to mid-70s, smaller crowds and less smog, November is a great time to visit Los Angeles. The weather this time of year is ideal for hiking in Runyon Canyon Park, checking out the Hollywood Walk of Fame, catching a show at the Hollywood Bowl and biking around Griffith Park, among other outdoor pursuits. Plus, November is one of the best months for surfing at LA's beaches, so save some time to ride the waves at popular stretches of sand like Zuma Beach and Venice Beach.
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Fall's changing leaves and crisp weather invite visitors to take a stroll around the City of Brotherly Love. When you're not checking out historical attractions like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center, head to Rittenhouse Square or Wissahickon Valley Park to relax and watch passersby. If you enjoy attending events, consider visiting during Thanksgiving when the Philadelphia Marathon (one of America's most popular marathons) and the 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade (the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the U.S.) take place.
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November is one of the best times to experience Denver's thriving art scene. Every November, the Mile High City celebrates Denver Arts Week, a weeklong celebration with hundreds of events hosted at theaters, art galleries and museums throughout the city. Plus, creative types can attend Denver's First Friday Art Walks and explore local arts-focused neighborhoods, such as the Art District on Santa Fe and the Golden Triangle Creative District, when they're not perusing the exhibits at the Denver Art Museum.
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While summer in Williamsburg, Virginia, can be hot and humid – not to mention crowded – fall brings refreshingly cool weather to this charming town. In November, average temperatures hover between the low 40s and low 60s, and the gorgeous fall foliage provides the perfect backdrop for touring Colonial Williamsburg, the Yorktown Battlefield and Jamestown. Because kids are still in school, you'll likely encounter fewer people at these famous historical attractions. Another bonus: Starting in mid-November, Busch Gardens puts on its annual Christmas Town holiday event, which features lights displays, festive rides and themed shows.
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The Maldives is consistently warm year-round, but some of the best weather happens during its dry season. November marks the beginning of the transition out of the wet season, offering sunnier days that are ideal for lounging on the island nation's white sand beaches and enjoying water sports activities like windsurfing and Jet Skiing. This month also brings increased water visibility, making it one of the best times for snorkeling and scuba diving. When you need a break from the water, there are plenty of sights, markets and restaurants to explore in the capital city of Malé.
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November may mark the start of Vancouver Island's rainy season, but it is a great time to visit if you're looking to score deals on accommodations and avoid thick tourist crowds. There are plenty of indoor attractions where you can escape the rain, including the Royal BC Museum and Craigdarroch Castle, both of which can be found in Victoria, British Columbia. On drier, sunnier days, spend the bulk of your time outdoors exploring the Inner Harbour and The Butchart Gardens. Just remember to bring a jacket – daytime highs typically sit in the upper 40s and low 50s.
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Spring is in full swing in Argentine Patagonia in November. The month's comfortable daytime temperatures, which rest in the 60s, are perfect for exploring Argentine Patagonia's many natural wonders. Visit Puerto Tombo and Peninsula Valdés in Atlantic Patagonia to look for marine wildlife like whales, Magellanic penguins and sea lions. Or, head to the Argentine Lake District or Southern Patagonia to hike, ride horses and go whitewater rafting. Though the journey to Argentine Patagonia is long, its jaw-dropping scenery and affordable lodging make a November trip well worth the effort.
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This Mexican town's rainy hurricane season comes to an end by November, leaving clear, sunny skies and warm weather without a lot of humidity. Take advantage of the great weather by spending your trip sunbathing on beautiful Playa Paraíso and snorkeling and diving in El Gran Cenote, one of Mexico's best-known natural swimming holes. November is also a terrific time to explore Tulum's ruins, including the Muyil archaeological site (where you'll find the impressively tall El Castillo) and the nearby Cobá archaeological site (which many believe are some of the country's most authentic ruins).
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Visit Curacao at the end of its offseason to score major deals on airfare and accommodations. Though you'll come across some rain during a November vacation, you won't have to worry about the threat of a hurricane thanks to the island nation's location outside of the Caribbean's hurricane belt. Luckily, showers mostly occur at night, leaving you plenty of time to soak up some sun. Head to Playa Lagun or Cas Abao Beach to swim and snorkel, or take a stroll down the Handelskade pier to admire the colorful buildings and gorgeous water.
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Swiss Alps#11 in Best Places to Visit in November
A trip to the Swiss Alps in November appeals to those who want to save some money and avoid the peak ski season crowds. Ski season doesn't officially start until December, but there are several cable cars and ski resorts, including Arosa Lenzerheide and Zermatt, that may open early if they see snowfall. If you arrive before the snow, don't fret: You can trade shredding powder for hiking or biking various resorts' trails.
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Shenandoah National Park#12 in Best Places to Visit in November
Shenandoah National Park's stunning fall foliage and comfortable weather (think: temperatures in the low 50s to low 60s) last through mid-November, making this a great time to take in the landscape while exploring the park. Hit up the Virginia park's miles of hiking trails, including popular (albeit challenging) Old Rag Mountain and Fort Windham Rocks, which is part of the Appalachian Trail. Or, bring a bike and enjoy a scenic ride down tree-lined Skyline Drive.
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Charlottetown#13 in Best Places to Visit in November
Vacation in Charlottetown in November to explore Prince Edward Island's capital while the air is crisp. The town is often associated with the classic novel "Anne of Green Gables," but there are many other reasons why you should visit. Check out the town's thriving art scene at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, spend a Saturday perusing the fresh produce and baked goods at the Charlottetown Farmers' Market or search for bronze mice scattered around town while participating in the Eckhart in the City Scavenger Hunt.
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California's Joshua Tree National Park can be overwhelmingly hot in summer. For more comfortable weather (think: average highs in the 60s), plan a November trip instead. Climbers of all skill levels will find 8,000-plus rock climbing routes to explore. Additionally, there are numerous hiking trails available, many of which lead to some of the park's most-visited sights, including Skull Rock and Keys View. Joshua Tree is also a popular place to go stargazing, so be sure to stick around until after the sun sets.
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Compared to its hot, busy summer season, November is a pleasant time to travel to Marrakech. Daytime temperatures drop to the low 70s, and tourist traffic wanes significantly. As a result, you can comfortably maneuver through this bustling Moroccan city to see its various sights. Put your bargaining skills to the test at Jemaa El Fna, tour the lavish Bahia Palace or take a relaxing stroll through Majorelle Garden. Don't forget to save time for a desert tour by camel or all-terrain vehicle. Regardless of what you choose to do, remember to dress modestly.
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