The United States has a diverse landscape and is a country that can be explored during every season of the year. Plan your November vacation by visiting some of the best places in the country with endless outdoor activities and beautiful hotel rooms. One of the best things about traveling in the USA during November is knowing that you can always escape to beautiful beaches.
During the winter months, places like New York City becomes a winter wonderland while Florida stays at mild temperatures with sunny days. Wherever you travel inside the country, you are bound to have a good time.
Whether you’re here to see the last remaining fall foliage on the Blue Ridge Parkway or to visit the sand dunes in North Carolina, the USA has something to offer for every type of traveler.
Here’s the scoop on the best and cheap places to visit in November in the USA!
1. Death Valley National Park
Sitting in Eastern California and Nevada, Death Valley National Park is a hiker’s paradise with endless hiking trails and roads to explore. The largest of the national parks in the United States, reaching extremely hot temperatures during the summer months. The high season for visitors is usually every other season except for summer, peaking at 65 degrees in December. This pleasant weather makes December the best time to visit this west coast destination.
The vast landscape can be daunting for people unfamiliar with the region, so make sure to pack enough necessities to last the entire trip. Death Valley National Park is 2 hours away from Las Vegas and is known for Titus Canyon, Telescope Peak Trail, and Devil’s Golf Course.
2. Spring Hill, Florida
A lesser-known area in Florida, Spring Hill still offers warm weather all year round. Part of the Nature Coast region of Florida, this hidden gem is north of Tampa and is known for its world-famous mermaid show at the Weeki Wachee Hot Springs State Park.
Florida has some of the best beaches in the Gulf of Mexico and Spring Hill is no different, offering a short drive south to picturesque beaches like Sunset Beach and Fort Island Gulf Beach.
3. Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is also a hiker’s dream with Montana’s gorgeous rocky mountains and a calming blue lake. If you want to explore more of the wilderness, this national park is open for backpacking, cycling, and camping. To enter the park, you will need a parking pass and a vehicle reservation between the months of May and September.
Visiting Glacier National Park in November may be cheaper for budget travelers but could come with frosty days. The areas of the park that are accessible in November are the Apgar Village and Lake McDonald. The most stunning part about visiting this park in November is witnessing the bright orange, and red trees while having nature trails to yourself.
4. Yosemite National Park
A park that must be visited by all nature lovers, Yosemite National Park is an enchanted place located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Yosemite is known for the ancient sequoia trees, tunnel view, and the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan.
The best times to visit the beautiful park on a road trip are between May and September. However, if you’re prepared to face a beautiful winter wonderland without crowds, consider going in November. Due to weather conditions, most of the trails are closed but the park stays open all year round.
5. Grand Canyon National Park
Located in Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park holds an immense amount of geological history. There are certain viewpoints that show endless red rocks that stand it apart from other national parks. Sitting at an average daytime temperature of 80 degrees in June and August, the Grand Canyon National Park is the perfect nature getaway.
It is ideal to avoid the rainy season and explore the park from November through February to make the most of all outdoor activities for a great time. The best place to visit within the park is the Grand Canyon South Rim for stunning views and a family-oriented atmosphere.
6. Sequoia National Park
A California park known for giant trees, hiking trails, and camping. The Sequoia National Park is home to the giant General Sherman tree and a forest containing half of the largest trees in the world. If you want to experience fewer crowds, visit the park around November when the park is coated in snow.
It is advised to know what you’re getting yourself into if you do decide to visit this beloved park in November. For 35 dollars per vehicle, you can spend up to a week admiring the surreal views.
If you ever wanted to travel to Vermont, plan out your trip for early to late October as that is typically the perfect time to go. Make sure to do your research to find the best and the cheapest places to stay while capturing the stunning fall foliage.
Keep in mind that fall is the peak season for Vermont and the rest of the New England states. Some towns may raise the prices of hotel rooms due to the heavy traffic of people visiting during the autumn season. Here are a few towns to consider adding to your list when visiting Vermont in October and November:
8. The Great Smoky Mountains
It’s time to take the ultimate road trip this November through the Great Smoky Mountains! While driving through the mountains, you will have the opportunity to not only take in the mountainous landscape but will also come across a few animals on your journey. The Great Smoky Mountains are on the Tennessee and North Carolina border.
Many of the things to do here are free, making this location one of the cheapest places to visit in the USA in November.
The best things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains are to hike the Appalachian trail, drive through Cades Cave, and glance at the beautiful view of the Newfound Outlook. Late fall is when the mountains are the driest with very little rain, making it the perfect time to explore.
Did you know that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park starts on the Blue Ridge Parkway?
9. Asheville, North Carolina
If you want to avoid the cooler temperatures of the New England states, plan a trip to Asheville, North Carolina where you can see some of the best fall foliage in the country. Asheville is a great place to explore during the fall season. With North Carolina being further south, the leaves will change from late October to early November.
The best places to take advantage of the fall colors is the Biltmore, The North Carolina Arboretum, and the Pisgah National Forest.
10. Flagstaff, Arizona
Experience four seasons in Flagstaff, Arizona. Summer temperatures in the mountains of Northern Arizona average around the low 80s while the fall brings out the colorful fall leaves. Flagstaff is one of the only areas in Arizona to experience all four seasons with its own winter wonderland.
This part of Arizona is one of the cheapest places to go in November in the USA as most of the summer crowds have died down.
If you decide to travel to Flagstaff, try out skiing at the Snowbowl, watch the stars, or attend one of the annual events.
11. White Mountains, New Hampshire
Take a journey to New England by exploring the White Mountains of New Hampshire. One of the most popular times to go to the White Mountains is when the fall leaves have reached their peak colors.
But if you’re looking for the ski adventure of a lifetime, wait until November and December to take advantage of the ski resort.
12. Hudson Valley, New York
Hudson Valley is the complete opposite when it comes to famous landmarks like Central Park in New York City. Stretching from Westchester County to Albany on the Hudson river, this New York State region is a quaint area filled with history. By traveling to this part of New York, expect to see vineyards, orchards, and even farms.
If you’re loving the river views you can also check out Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. In addition, you can also visit the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia if this history filled area is a big interest for you. You can also checkout the Unesco World Heritage site if you’re looking for more fun destinations!
Most New Yorkers consider the Hudson Valley to be the perfect getaway from city life with fun activities like visiting art galleries and cocktail bars. Some of the best things to do in November include:
- Shaker Holiday Market in Albany
- First Thursday Gallery Hop in Yonkers
- Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
13. Oahu, Hawaii
When you decide to visit Hawaii, the ideal time to go would be during the off-season when crowds are minimal and prices are cheaper. The worst time of year to go is in the summer due to everything being overpriced.
The downside to visiting Oahu is the approaching rainy season which usually begins in mid-November and lasts through March. Make the most of your time in Hawaii by going between October and early November. When going at this time you’ll experience the perfect place for a beach vacation.
Home to the state capitol of Honolulu, this U. S. island has much to offer. Some of the key highlights on the island are the historic Chinatown and the cemetery that used to be a crater.
14. Salt Lake City, Utah
Known as the capital city of Utah, Salt Lake City draws in tourists from around the world with five national parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capital Reef, and the Canyonlands. Just like Las Vegas, Salt Lake City can be quite expensive during the high travel season.
For travelers looking to spend less money, going in November may be your best choice. You can still admire the beautiful landscapes and not have to worry about the crowds. However, you will less likely have a chance at swimming as the water can be cold in November.
Here are some fun activities to do in Salt Lake City in November:
- Snow Tubing
- Snowboarding and Skiing
- Visit the Great Salt Lake
15. Santa Fe, New Mexico
One of the cheapest places to visit in the USA during November is Santa Fe, New Mexico. The temperatures fall between 52 and 25 degrees on average, making the weather ideal for exploring the historic architecture that makes up the city. Prepare to embark on a journey through Native American history with opportunities to learn about the local culture and art.
When visiting Santa Fe, consider checking out Santa Fe Plaza, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Palace of Governors.
16. Palm Springs, California
The perfect time to visit Palm Springs, California is in the month of November. With a low of 50 degrees and a high of 78 degrees, it’s time to throw on your swimsuit and relax in the pool. Palm Springs is part of southern California with hot springs and golf courses as the top activities in the area.
The make the most of your November travels, stop by the Palm Springs Art Museum, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, and the Indian Canyons.
17. Napa Valley, California
Just north of San Francisco, Napa Valley is home to hundreds of vineyards. It’s no secret that world-class wine comes from Napa Valley with its stunning vineyards and country views. When you’re road tripping through California, stop for wine tasting as the weather is fairly pleasant during November.
You will also get to witness the vineyards change colors and the quiet landscapes as the crowds die down during this time of year.
18. Roanoke, Virginia
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke is one of the most visited cities in Virginia. While the temperatures can be on the cooler side in November, it’s a far cry from the extremely cold temperatures in January. When visiting Roanoke in November, you might even get to see some fall foliage depending on the temperatures.
The bustling city is known for the Mill Mountain Star, hiking trails, and the Mill Mountain Zoo. For outdoor enthusiasts, Roanoke should be near the top of your list.
19. Boston, Massachusetts
Plan your vacation to Boston, Massachusetts! The financial center of the New England region, Boston is one of the best places to visit during the fall season for its gorgeous fall foliage mixed in with the city views. The temperatures are warm enough for the most part to enjoy the outdoors and the scenery.
Some of the best things to do are:
- Visit the Boston Common
- Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
- New England Aquarium
20. Chicago, Illinois
This vibrant city is one of the central hubs when it comes to holiday celebrations. If you decide to travel to Chicago, consider going when there are cooler temperatures in October and November. Once late November and December approach, the crowds will increase for the holidays.
Located on Lake Michigan, Chicago is known for its pronounced skyscrapers and bold architecture. Although Chicago isn’t the cheapest city in the United States, it is still affordable, especially during the off-season.
Here are things to do in Chicago:
- Visit Millennium Park
- See the Cloud Gate Sculpture
- Visit the Skydeck Chicago
- Walk along the Riverwalk
- Explore the Buckingham Fountain
21. St. Augustine, Florida
It’s time to go south for the winter! St. Augustine is home to endless history with the historic district and an award-winning Christmas light display starting in November. This part of Florida is often overlooked as many seek to drive further south in the state for beaches like Clearwater and Treasure Island.
But St. Augustine has everything you could ever want in a destination. With mild temperatures during November, you can explore the beach and the city to your heart’s content. Some of the places that I personally recommend visiting are the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, the Nights of Lights, and Saint George Street.
22. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
This city in Florida is one of the best and cheapest places in the USA to visit during November. Although the holiday crowd begins to appear in late November, it is still quite affordable and less crowded than in the summer.
Just over an hour’s drive from the Florida Keys, Ft. Lauderdale is known for its boating canals and beautiful beaches. Knowing this, you can see that visiting this location is the best way to spend a day trip visiting small towns with great deals.
You can also try inclusive resorts with beachfront views. There are plenty of things to do in the southeastern city. You can visit the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the Museum of Discovery and Science, and the Flamingo Gardens.
23. Los Angeles, California
One of the best times to visit Los Angeles is between September and November when the temperatures are cooler and the crowds have gone elsewhere. Choosing the right time of year to visit California is crucial as you don’t want to go in the peak of summer or during the gloomy month of June. If you plan well in advance, it is possible for cheaper accommodations to be available since it’s the off-season.
If you visit Los Angeles, it is almost guaranteed that you will find yourself in Downtown LA, immersed in the Hollywood world. Don’t forget to stop and take a photo of the Hollywood sign! The best part about this popular destination is you won’t have any trouble finding the latest trends.
24. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Even though Puerto Rico seems like it’s on its own, the country is still part of the continent of North America. Puerto Rico is currently a part of the U.S. territory. For travelers on a budget, this beautiful territory should be visited between August and November even if it’s during hurricane season. This is one of the best cheap places to travel. The average temperature is around 84 degrees, making it perfect pool weather.
Puerto Rico is one of the cheapest cities to visit in the USA in November for low crowds and affordable hotels. Experience the island without the large amounts of tourists.
San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and is known for its colorful Spanish buildings and 16th-century landmarks. Here are the best things to do to experience the local culture in Puerto Rico:
- Castillo San Felipe del Morro
- Museum of Art of Puerto Rico
- La Fortaleza
- Condado Beach
If you’re looking for a similar destination, check out Costa Rica in Central America! This could also be a great way to spend a fun vacation.
25. San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is a major city in Texas with a rich colonial heritage. You can spend the day comfortably exploring the city in 70-degree weather during November. Just like most locations on this list, San Antonio sees the most tourists during the summer, so make sure to plan your trip between November and April for warm daytime temperatures and lower hotel prices.
To make the most of your time in the south-central city, consider visiting The Alamo, the San Antonio River Walk, the San Antonio Zoo, and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
26. San Francisco, California
Alongside Los Angeles, San Francisco is another great place to visit in the USA in November. Known for the Golden Gate Bridge, this northern city can draw in tons of people from around the world. If you decide to visit this place in the USA in November, it will be easier to see some of the top sightseeing locations with cheap tickets and fewer crowds.
November can be one of the warmest months for San Francisco, but it is definitely more bearable than going in the summer.
Here are some of the best things to do in the city:
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Alcatraz Island
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
- Palace of Fine Arts
- Japanese Tea Garden
- The Painted Ladies
27. San Diego, California
Take a road trip through California and make sure to add San Diego to your list of locations. This beautiful city on the Pacific Coast is known for its stunning beaches, parks, and warm temperatures.
Between September and November, San Diego provides comfortable and warm temperatures for anyone looking to enjoy the outdoors and swim in the ocean. Similar to many other California cities San Diego is cheaper in November compared to the summer months.
Some of the places you should consider visiting in San Diego are the zoo, the USS Midway Museum, La Jolla Cove, and the San Diego Air and Space Museum.
28. New Orleans, Louisiana
Located on the Mississippi River, New Orleans is home to the Mardi Gras celebration and vibrant nightlife. This city near the Gulf of Mexico is the central melting pot for French, African, and American cultures. New Orleans is a bustling city filled with history, live music, and delicious cuisine.
New Orleans is cheap and is one of the places to visit in November in the USA. The city has beautiful Christmas decorations and warm temperatures. Some of the best places to soak in the local culture are Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, and Cafe Du Monde Mail Order.
29. Washington, D.C.
A metropolitan about two and half hours from Harrisonburg, Virginia, is the capital of the United States of America. This city is located on the Potomac River and is known for its historical museums, monuments, and the White House.
During the November season, Washington D.C. serves mild temperatures and fewer crowds to get the most out of your trip. To avoid waiting in crazy long lines for the museums, consider booking a trip to the capital between September and November as well as March and May. You also don’t want to pay for overpriced hotels in the summer. The best part about this city is you can easily travel via public transport for a smoother experience.
30. Savannah, Georgia
Make the most out of your trip to the most haunted city in the world in the months of September, October, and November. With the city being fairly warm during the day, the weather will give you plenty of opportunities to explore Savannah, whether you’re taking a ghost tour or walking on River Street to try out local restaurants.
Some of the best destinations to see in Savannah are The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Forsyth Park, and the Mercer-Williams House Museum.
31. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is one of the best cities to learn about history and can be fairly expensive during the peak travel season. The sweet spot to visit this city is between October and early November when there are fewer crowds.
It’s a great thing that Charleston not only carries a ton of history but is well-known for its cobblestone streets, carriages, and the French Quarter. Make sure to visit Rainbow Row and the Fort Sumter National Monument.
While you’re planning your next expensive trip to Southeast Asia or South America, check out some of these cheap places to visit in November in the USA! From Savannah, Georgia to New Orleans, there are countless locations in the USA that make the best fall vacations in November. This list only includes a few locations to help you plan your next trip in November. Whether you’re looking to explore the local culture or relax on a sandy beach, there is a place that every traveler will love.
That’s the scoop on cheap places to visit in November in the USA!
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