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 during this 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 two cents? Vote below to influence next year's list.
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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 you have more room to rest and relax, but hotel rates will also be more affordable. Just make sure to travel here before Thanksgiving.
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While the weather can be chillier this time of year, the lower hotel rates you'll likely encounter during November will keep you and your wallet warm – especially considering San Francisco is one of the most expensive U.S. cities to book a hotel in. And if you visit after Thanksgiving, you'll be treated to annual festivals including Illuminate SF Festival of Light and the Union Square Tree Lighting.
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The best way to beat incoming winter temperatures is to travel to a place where summer is right around the corner. And what better way to take in New Zealand's natural splendor than Fiordland National Park? During this time of year, you'll find the park's many rivers and waterfalls roaring thanks to melted snow. What's more, you can spot newborn fawns and lambs grazing in full view on the park's farmlands.
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Because festival season (which is in full swing during summer) has ended and ski season (which sees the peak influx of tourists) is about to begin, this is the best time to snag travel deals to Telluride. Plus, with fewer visitors to contend with, you'll be able to enjoy the quaint town's dining scene, museums, breweries and spas with more locals than tourists. Keep in mind, the gondola doesn't reopen until mid-November.
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Families looking to beat the crowds and high rates of holiday travel will find solace in Sarasota. Florida's humidity is at one of its lowest points of the year come November and the city is filled to the brim with kid-friendly attractions, including the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Traveling without kiddos? The heavenly Lido Key Beach is the perfect holiday respite.