November may seem like a bad time for vacations, with Thanksgiving coming so close at the end of the month. However, there are a lot of benefits to traveling at the end of the fall shoulder season, when there are no crowds at popular destinations, and hotel rates often go down significantly.
Autumn has finally arrived, and that means leaves will soon start changing colors and falling off trees, the air will cool down, and it’ll be easier to enjoy a nice evening outside again—and of course, there will be tons of fun holidays to celebrate! This November, don’t stay in your hometown just because it’s cold or gray; travel instead to one of these under-the-radar destinations. These spots aren’t as popular as they once were, so you’ll avoid the crowds while enjoying an authentic local experience.
1) Maui, Hawaii – Maui is an island off the coast of Hawaii, part of the Hawaiian archipelago.
Maui isn’t as large as the Big Island, or as small as Lanai. It’s not as bustling as Oahu or as calm as Kauai. For many people coming to Hawaii for the first time, Maui offers everything you might be looking for: You’ll have an experience with everything from incredible wildlife to captivating culture and history. While on a visit to Hawaii, you can practice your hula-dancing skills with the pros, tee off with an ocean backdrop, glide down a zip line, snorkel with five different species of turtles, or simply lounge on one of our best-known beaches. However, if you’re into surfing, you’ll want to travel in the winter for the best conditions – just book as early as possible to get a discounted rate.
2) Maldives, South Asia – The Maldives is an independent country of island atolls in the Indian Ocean.
I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of the Maldives before – perfectly-constructed villas hovering over crystal blue waters, flawless white beaches, and serene sunsets resting on the horizon. Visiting the Maldives and seeing the picturesque beaches with your own eyes is a different experience that only really hits home once you get there in person. In general, the best time to visit the Maldives is from November to April, because it has a dry season and a rainy season. Travelers will experience the best weather between November and April, which has little precipitation and temperatures that are warm. Although the high-season rates are relatively expensive, because each resort is situated on its private island, you won’t have to compete with swarms of tourists and resort staff.
3) Marrakech, Morocco – In western Morocco, Marrakech is a major economic centre and home to mosques, palaces, and gardens.
It is hard to navigate the labyrinth of twisty alleyways in Marrakech, not to mention its snake charmers, fortune tellers, and spice sellers. There isn’t a problem with the city: It has everything to do with your mental state. You won’t regret leaving your structured daily routine behind when you are drawn deeper into the colorful chaos of Marrakech. You can begin your visit by strolling along the salmon-pink walls of the Medina of Marrakech, which contrast with the nearby Atlas Mountains’ white, jagged peaks, thus earning the city its nickname, the Red City. Under creamy awnings in this ancient part of Marrakech, you will find the famous Jemaa El Fna square, where you can find everything from sheep’s heads to snails.
4) Charlottetown, Canada – Charlottetown is a beautiful coastal city in Canada with a rich history.
Fall vacation in Charlottetown. Prince Edward Island’s capital, this place is usually associated with Anne of Green Gables. Nevertheless, there are many other reasons why you should visit Charlottetown in the fall. Enjoy Charlottetown’s flourishing arts scene by visiting the Confederation Centre of the Arts, a day in town checking out the fresh produce and baked goods at the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market, or looking for bronze mice spread across town during the Eckhart in the City Scavenger Hunt.
5) Denver, Colorado – Denver the capital of Colorado’s thriving art scene is at its best in November.
In the Mile High City, you can find a mix of urban excitement and natural surroundings that set it apart from other American cities. Visiting Denver’s eclectic eateries, exploring its museums, or sampling some of its famous brews before you leave is a great way to end your hike in the Rockies. Take one of the best Denver tours to learn about Denver from a local’s perspective.
Residents of Denver are much more laid-back than those of other major cities, embracing an active, outdoorsy lifestyle that is centered around good food and beer. Get to know the hiking paths, shopping streets, and brewery trails of the Mile High City by taking a cue from its residents. Besides loving nature, Denver’s residents also exhibit a passion for arts, culture, and cuisine. In case Mother Nature isn’t your cup of tea, wander around the Denver Art Museum, Larimer Square, and the Capitol Hill district’s Restaurant Row before grabbing a basket of Rocky Mountain oysters.
6) Tulum, Quintana Roo – In the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Tulum is home to a pre-Colombian Mayan walled city once serving as a port for Coba.
For the past ten years, Tulum has grown into a top vacation destination for luxury travelers, though it still lures bargain hunters who recall the old days, when it was a secluded retreat with luxurious inns along a quiet coastline. When the sun goes down, you will have the opportunity to explore the city’s flourishing cocktail culture, but during the day Tulum is its crown jewel. Let’s not forget Tulum’s main draw for most visitors: its beaches. White sand and turquoise waters beckon travelers to spend their days lazing in the sun, listening to the waves. Whether or not you’re a fan of the beach, visiting one of Tulum’s many shorelines is a must-do. The best time to visit Tulum is between November and December. You’ll get the benefit of post-hurricane-season breezes, plus the hotel prices are reasonable. Not to say that it’s hard to find reasonable room rates at other times of the year – this small pocket of the Yucatán has one of the widest ranges of price points on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.
7) Swiss Alps, Switzerland – As one of Switzerland’s major natural features, the Alpine region is commonly known as the Swiss Alps.
A trip to the Swiss Alps in November appeals to those who are looking to save some money by visiting off-peak, avoiding the peak ski season crowds. Although it is not ski season until December, a few cable cars and ski resorts, including Arosa Lenzerheide and Zermatt, might open earlier in November if they see snow. Come early in the season and don’t worry, there’s plenty to do besides skiing or snowboarding such as hiking and biking the resort’s many trails. This majestic view of mountain peaks will have your camera busy while you’re here.
8) Curacao, Willemstad – Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island, is known for its beaches tucked into coves and its expansive coral reefs rich with marine life.
This island is the westernmost island of the Leeward Antilles, and its historic settlements, rugged landscapes, and beachside fun make it a great choice for a vacation. A Caribbean version of an Old World European city would be Willemstad, Curaçao’s principal port city. The beach is the real draw of Curaçao. Picture-perfect bays and coves overlook the island’s turquoise waters. The semiarid island of Curaçao has an abundance of marine life, making it a great place for scuba divers and snorkelers alike. You can enjoy the outdoors all year round, thanks to gentle trade winds that keep temperatures in the mid-80s.