Outside of visiting family for Thanksgiving, few people do much traveling in the month of November. It makes sense in a way, but it’s also a mistake for people who love to travel. November is actually a great time to travel because it’s before the busy holiday season but after the summer tourist season. If you’re looking to take advantage of this time of year and plan a spontaneous trip this November, here are some great travel destinations to keep in mind.
The reasons to go to Maui are obvious. There are amazing beaches, plenty of golf courses, and opportunities for water activities like snorkeling. It’s also one of the better Hawaiian islands to visit if you care about seeing wildlife or learning about the culture of Hawaii because a trip to Maui doesn’t have to be all sun and surf. More importantly, visiting Maui in November prior to Thanksgiving is the ideal time to go. There will be fewer tourists crowding up the place and most of the snowbirds won’t be there yet either. It’s also the time of year when plane tickets and hotel rooms will be at their cheapest rate.
November is Native American Heritage Month, so it’s only natural that you visit the southwest, a prime location for native populations. Obviously, the southwest is a large area, and not that far from Las Vegas if you want a little fun and recreation, but you’ll definitely want to make the Grand Canyon a priority. It’s a place everyone needs to visit at least once in their life. The views are, of course, spectacular, but there are also ample opportunities for camping and hiking, as well as learning about the culture of the area. In November, you’ll be able to avoid both the summer crowds and summer heat in that part of the country.
If you want to see some beautiful fall foliage but want to avoid the November chill in New England, rural Virginia is a great alternative. Take a relaxing drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which also extends into North Carolina. The parkway is a scenic drive with gorgeous views of the Appalachian Mountains, which in November will be bursting with color. If you want to do more than drive and sightsee, Virginia is known for having an endless number of charming small towns. Any of them would make a great place to kick off your shoes and relax.