November is a tricky time of year for planning a vacation under normal circumstances and 2020 brought a whole new set of complications. And while November isn’t typically associated with jet-setting, cocktail-sipping and discovering new destinations, it may just be the best time of the entire year to travel.
With COVID reminding us what a strange year it’s been, you might be a little uneasy about traveling and we understand your fears. For many reasons, there are some people who shouldn’t be traveling (i.e. health concerns, etc.) but, we haven’t ruled out travel for everyone. Now it’s just finding somewhere to go… in November.
If you live in a colder climate – this is a no-brainer: find somewhere warm. If you’re one of the lucky ones who sees the sun all year, you may just find this the opportune time to take advantage of lower than usual rates. Either way, we’d say this year we all deserve a little getaway, so we’ve put together a list of the best places to travel in November.
Top 7 Places To Travel:
- Charleston, SC
It’s all about old-world Southern charm in this delightful little city rich with history, food and architecture. The pretty port city was founded in 1670 and still boasts its iconic cobblestone streets, horse drawn carriages and delightful pastel homes. Palm trees dot the waterfront and the city somewhat feels like another passage in time. Lush gardens line the walkways through town and you can’t help but feel enchanted.
Folly’s Beach and Sullivan’s Island will still be warm enough for a swim and you may just have the beach to yourself, as this is the off-season for tourists. And if you’re a foodie, the city’s heart and soul can be tasted through the down-home cuisine at the many five-star eateries.
- Sante Fe, NM
This region is distinct, no doubt, and has been long hailed as a rustic getaway in the desert. Sante Fe also provides a historic experience with old-world Spanish influenced architecture and vibrant emphasis on the arts. Typically, a lot of fall festivals occur here in autumn, this year will be undeniably less crowded so you can stroll the streets, peruse the local galleries and taste the many chile-inspired menus.
A peaceful pocket of New Mexico, you’re bound to find one-of-a-kind paintings, antiques and jewelry, much of it made from local artists. The weather here is typically very dry so be sure to stay hydrated and use caution regarding which local activities to take part in.
- Palm Springs, CA
An oasis in the midst of it all – Palm Springs should be on every bucket list, not only for it’s year-round sunny skies, but the local scene is beyond entertaining. Old Hollywood and new stars alike have been jaunting out to the desert for an escape, and who can blame them!
The average daily temperature is between 73-82 degrees Fahrenheit. There are plenty of pools, outdoor dining and self-guided tours through the city’s remarkable galleries and quaint shops. For golfers there is no better time or place to hit the greens. The modern resort city features eccentric neighborhoods, mid-century buildings and a feeling of freedom.
- San Antonio, TX
Rich with colonial history, this Texas town is most famous for the Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission preserved as a museum, marks an infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. If history isn’t quite your cup of tea, the San Antonio Riverwalk is one of the state’s most popular destinations.
Full of dining, shopping and cultural experiences, the colorful waterway is the largest urban ecosystem in the nation. San Antonio Missions Natural Historical Park offers plenty of breathing room for social distancing as you admire the 18th century buildings and features.
- Savannah, GA
No sweltering heat in November here! Savannah is famous for its Victorian Historic District, manicured parks and horse-drawn carriages. This southern escape offers an enchanting experience of simpler times and prime hospitality as it is consistently named one of the world’s “friendliest cities.”
The 30-acre Forsyth Park is veiled in Spanish moss and you can sit for a nice picnic spread and watch boaters glide down the river. The coastal town is also adjacent to Tybee Island, renowned for its seafood and wide, sandy beaches. Plenty of room to stretch out and watch the waves roll.
- Scottsdale, AZ
This desert city is famous for its spa resorts, golf courses and beautiful trails. McDowell Sonoran Preserve is 30,500 acres of contiguous land and allows you to connect with nature from sunrise until sundown. The peaceful getaway is just next door to Phoenix so you won’t have to travel too far from a major airport to experience this sunny getaway.
Delicious restaurants are abundant and represent nearly any type of food. Downtown Scottsdale, known as “Old Town,” hosts unique boutiques, fine art and free old-style trolleys to help you explore the authentic feel of the west. You’ll experience some of the most chic pools, spas and impeccable service when you travel to and throughout Scottsdale. It’ll likely be on your list of places to come back to.
- Jackson Hole, WY
We know you’re thinking that Wyoming in November is a crazy idea, but Jackson Hole actually offers relatively warm temperatures and you’ll just miss the summer rush. It’s a quieter, peaceful version of its summer scene and you can partake in many of the popular adventure options at a lower cost.
Camping is a Jackson Hole favorite, but there is also a thriving arts scene, out-of-this-world stargazing and Grand Teton tours. It’s a great family trip, or for anyone, really. The “last real mountain town” as it has been called, is also right next to Yellowstone National Park.
As November nears, make it one to remember with a relaxing weekend, beautiful scenery and new cultural scenes before we say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021. The year may not have panned out as we thought, but we can certainly end it with a smile.