16 Best Places to Travel in November

Written by Anietra Hamper
Sep 24, 2019

November is a transition month for many destinations, when temperatures are cooling and so are the tourists who are traveling less as they gear up for the holiday season. This is why you can get some great rates for hotel rooms and airfares to some destinations in November.

While November means the start of the winter season for the Northern Hemisphere, it is one of the best months from a weather standpoint to visit destinations in the Southern Hemisphere like Australia and New Zealand.

It is also one of the best months for some of the world's most stunning natural experiences like the northern lights in Iceland. So, while many people hold tight in November gearing up for the holidays, you can take advantage of some of the late-year travel perks that this month has to offer.

Plan your next vacation with our list of the best places to travel in November.

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1. Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, Australia

November is one of the best months of the year to visit Melbourne, Australia. It is in the shoulder season, so you will get the best of all things, including cooler temperatures, fewer tourists, and lower rates for hotels and airfares.

Springtime in Melbourne means that flowers are in bloom at the Royal Botanic Gardens, and you will have plenty of room at the top tourist attractions like the National Gallery of Victoria and Port Campbell National Park.

Weather in November is about perfect anywhere in the country, so you can easily set up base and take day trips from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Places to Stay in Melbourne, Australia

2. Portugal

Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal

The small country of Portugal is a great place to visit in November, when tourist crowds are gone, and the prices for hotels are affordable. Compared to other European destinations that are generally damp and grey in November, many parts of Portugal have sunny days and comfortable temperatures.

You will likely want to base out of Lisbon to enjoy the winding city streets. You can walk or ride Tram 28, the cable car that takes you through many local neighborhoods like Alfama and past some of the most popular tourist attractions.

Since November is the start of the off-season in Portugal, you will be able to find airfare deals and better availability than in the summer months.

Accommodation: Best Holiday Resorts in Portugal, 2018

3. Sedona, Arizona

Cathedral Rock, Sedona
Cathedral Rock, Sedona

While Sedona, Arizona can be a stifling place to visit in the summer, November brings a great opportunity to soak in the colorful fall in the region along with the comfortable temperatures to enjoy the outdoors for longer periods of time.

Fall is a popular time for tourists to visit the stunning red rocks that Sedona is known for, but November has the best deals on hotel rates. Take advantage of the cooler air to explore Red Rock State Park, visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross cultural site, or explore some of the hiking trails in the area.

For an all-inclusive experience, you can combine your visit with a stay at one of the area's health and wellness retreats, which make popular getaways in Sedona.

4. London, England

Westminster Abbey and Big Ben in London
Westminster Abbey and Big Ben in London

The weather in London in November is not necessarily beautiful, but if you are looking to visit the city and take advantage of lower rates and lesser crowds, this is a good month for it.

November offers another advantage: a more authentic and cultural side of London with many annual festivals that celebrate England's history, like the Guy Fawkes Night celebration.

Without the summer crowds, you can take in the best of London's attractions, from the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey. With fewer crowds visiting in November, it will be easy to book one of the many city tours that take you to see all of the highlights.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in London: Best Areas & Hotels

5. Greece

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

The options for visiting Greece in November are numerous because the weather is still fairly nice and sunny, with the exception of some rain, but prices are low and the crowds are gone. This is perfect for visiting archeological sites and other attractions.

If you pack to accommodate the mix of weather, you can take advantage of affordable hotels that might even enable you to extend your stay. Some of your best options for Greece in November are Athens, where you have plenty of room to visit the historic sites, and places like Delphi or Meteora.

6. Palm Springs, California

Golf course in Palm Springs
Golf course in Palm Springs

A November visit to Palm Springs, California is a nice alternative to the stifling summertime temperatures. In the fall, temperatures are tolerable for outdoor desert adventures in the Coachella Valley Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park.

There are so many things to do in Palm Springs, from hiking and boutique shopping to outdoor dining and just relaxing by the pool. November is a popular time for conventions in the city, but tourists will be in smaller numbers, making your trip to the mountaintop on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway easy to do.

You will also find nice deals on hotel rooms, especially for weekend stays.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in the Palm Springs Area

7. Paris, France

Eiffel Tower at sunset
Eiffel Tower at sunset

As one of the most visited cities in the world, finding the best time to visit Paris, France is relative depending on the experience you are looking for, but November offers some advantages.

Fall is a great time to visit, namely because the summer tourists are gone, and lines at some of the attractions in Paris are not long. You will also find great rates on hotels and airfares in the fall compared to the summer months.

In exchange for the savings in Euros and fewer tourists, you will need to pack a jacket as you head out to explore the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Paris: Best Areas & Hotels

8. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Positano, Amalfi Coast
Positano, Amalfi Coast

For an unforgettable fall vacation on the Amalfi Coast, which stretches along southern Italy in the Campania region, consider a November departure. The 54-kilometer UNESCO World Heritage Site draws millions of tourists every year, who come to experience the coastal cliffs and majestic Mediterranean waters, mainly in the high summer season.

There are far fewer crowds in November competing for the coastline, and the temperatures have dropped to comfortable daytime levels. Your trip can be split up into several days in several cities, like Positano or Ravello, or you can base out of one city and make day trips to visit the sites, hiking trails, and to take boat excursions.

9. Belize

Amergris Caye, Belize
Amergris Caye, Belize

There is a small window to visit Belize in November, when you can escape the summer crowds and enjoy the best attractions in the country before the holiday tourists arrive.

The ideal time to plan your trip to this Central American country is mid-to-late November. You will get great weather and low rates for hotel rooms and local tours.

Pack your bathing suit and adventurous spirit and enjoy the flexibility on tours to enjoy snorkeling along the barrier reef at the Great Blue Hole and visiting ancient Mayan sites like Lamanai, Altun Ha, and the cultural experience in the nearby Cayo District.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Beach Resorts in Belize

10. Iceland

Northern Lights in Iceland
Northern Lights in Iceland

Iceland has one great feature going for it in November—the best chance to see the spectacular Northern Lights. You either get lucky and catch the occasional overnight show during the high tourist season in the summer, or you can visit during November in the window when the nights are the longest in the country.

Pack your winter gear and prepare for a natural spectacle of not just the Northern Lights but also the Blue Lagoon, volcanoes, waterfalls at the Golden Circle Gullfoss, and glacial treks.

Since November is in the low-season, you can get great deals on hotel rooms and airfares. You can base out of Reykjavik and take day trips to many of the top destinations on the island.

Accommodation: Top-Rated Resorts in Iceland

11. Ireland

Kylemore Abbey, County Galway, Ireland
Kylemore Abbey, County Galway, Ireland

A fall trip to Ireland will have spectacular temperatures, and the summer crowds will be long gone. While November will require a light jacket, you will have more opportunities to see attractions like St. Patrick's Cathedral and St. Stephen's Green park in Dublin without long lines.

Festivals are kicking into high gear in the capital city and throughout the country, so it is a great month to immerse yourself into the authentic Irish culture.

You can find great rates on hotels, and save money on local transportation by taking the hop-on, hop- off city bus line.

12. Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

November is a shoulder month in Auckland, New Zealand, which makes it a great time to consider a vacation. It is springtime in the city, so the weather is moderate with mostly sunny days, and it is comfortable for outdoor excursions like a visit to Mount Eden and Cornwall Park.

November is a perfect month for hiking, hitting the beach, biking, and strolling through the parks to enjoy the abundance of flora and fauna unique to this region.

The additional perk to traveling to Auckland in November is that you will avoid the tourist crowds and the premium rates for hotel and airfare.

13. Madrid, Spain

Plaza de Cibeles
Plaza de Cibeles

The month of November is one of the best times of the year to visit Madrid, Spain, when the city weather is cooler, tourists have left for the season, hotel rates are lower, and you can experience the city at your own pace.

There are fall festivals to enjoy in Madrid, and without the crowds, you can feel like a local at the El Rastro flea market. You can stroll the gardens at the Buen Retiro Park without the worry of intense summer heat that can oftentimes make it tough to enjoy the outdoor attractions.

During the occasional rain, you can hit one of the many indoor attractions like the Prado Museum and the Plaza de Cibeles, which can be tough to see in the high tourist season.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Madrid: Best Areas & Hotels

14. Marrakech, Morocco

Medina of Marrakesh
Medina of Marrakesh

If you are looking to take a vacation in Marrakech, Morocco, November is an ideal time to go, when the sweltering summer temperatures have cooled a bit, and the large volumes of tourists are gone. There are a number of festivals taking place in November, and with fewer tourists you can haggle for cheap prices at the markets for souvenirs.

Hotel rates are rock bottom, too, so you can book your entire vacation for a fraction of what it would cost in the summer season. Plan a few extra days with the savings and enjoy more time exploring the Medina of Marrakesh and the central open-air district of Jemaa El Fna.

While there is so much to see in Marrakech, you can also plan day excursions to the Atlas Mountains, Ourika Valley, and the Sahara Desert.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Marrakesh: Best Areas & Hotels

15. San Antonio, Texas

Downtown San Antonio
Downtown San Antonio

The Texas city of San Antonio is the most comfortable to visit starting in November, when the temperatures have cooled off from the summer heat, and boat rides along the River Walk are enjoyable. Since the city has a number of historical sites and theme parks, it is a popular summer family vacation destination.

By November, hotel rates have dropped, and the tourists are gone, so it is a more pleasant (and cheaper) time to visit. You will enjoy fewer crowds at some of the top must-sees in San Antonio, like The Alamo, Brackenridge Park, and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

The other up-side to visiting in November is the boost in local festivals that you can enjoy. November is a popular time for conventions, so you will want to plan around that before you book your trip.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in San Antonio: Best Areas & Hotels

16. Bermuda

A beautiful Bermuda beach
A beautiful Bermuda beach

If you have your eye on a discounted deal to Bermuda then November can offer that. While this might be the perfect time to catch a golf vacation on the cheap and fewer tourists, be advised that the water is still a bit chilly for swimming. If you didn't plan to swim anyway and just want to soak in the perfect ocean beaches and famous pink sand then pack your bags.

There are plenty of excursions to enjoy in Bermuda, from the underground Crystal Caves and golf courses on the ocean to the winding old streets in Historic St. George.

You will be able to find great hotel rates in November and, likely, package deals to bundle the activities that you would like to do while you are here.

Accommodation: Best Hotels in Bermuda

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