November is a magical time of year. In fact, it might be the most magical, even more so than Christmas. After all, Thanksgiving is hands-down the best food holiday, and that’s a hill worth dying on.
November is also a lovely time to travel as well. As long as you avoid traveling during Thanksgiving, flights are relatively inexpensive if you plan ahead. Road trips are also great in November, because the vibrant fall colors are still intact in the northern states, and at their peaks in the deep South. In some places in the northeast, it has already started to lightly snow, while down south, it’s still warm yet mild.
Here are 25 best places to travel in the USA in November:
1. Kauai, Hawai’i
Who doesn’t need a heavy dose of tropical weather before winter sets in? Treat yourself to a trip to paradise during one of the most affordable times of year. Flights and accommodations to Hawai’i are cheapest in early November and after Thanksgiving, and the weather is perfect in Kauai during this time of year. Temperatures are slightly lower than average, and it’s the end of hurricane season.
Kauai is home to some of the state’s most impressive scenery, like the Na Pali Coast and the Waimea Canyon. For the ultimate guide, check out our magical things to do in Kauai post.
2. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
November kicks off the chilliest months in the Columbia River Gorge, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth visiting during this time of year. Fall colors pop and waterfalls are flowing in this incredible national scenic area — so consider a road trip! Not only are there some of America’s best waterfalls here, but you’ll also enjoy jaw-dropping vistas throughout the Cascade Mountains.
If you are thinking about visiting the Columbia River Gorge while staying in Portland, this small group tour is a great option for a quick trip. Hike to Multnomah Falls, mountain bike along the trails, or explore the other car-free options for getting around the park.
3. San Francisco, California
Although a visit to San Fran, California, is wonderful any time of year, November is surprisingly one of the more pleasant months, making it an ideal time to visit. The clear weather and mild climate are ideal for strolling through the city, hanging out along the bay, and visiting parks. Plus, it’s low season for tourism, so you can avoid the crowds at most popular attractions.
One of the best ways to take advantage of the awesome…