Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway this Thanksgiving weekend or just seeking some travel inspiration, this November travel guide from InsureMyTrip.com can help travelers decide where to visit in the US for crisp weather, special events, fewer crowds and great deals.
Discover rock-art at Colorado Plateau or camp among the juniper at White Sands and climb the sand dunes. If you are a powder-hound, get a jump on the ski season with a visit to Park City. After the slopes, tour the countryside by horseback or mountain bike. Wind down fireside with some hot cocoa at Montage Deer Valley.
New York City is the place to be in November for a full autumn experience. Cheer on the marathon runners or watch the parade balloons in midtown during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Cap off your visit with the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Grab your cowboy boots and head to the southland. Ride the tram through the gateway of the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg. Chow down on some chili at the city’s annual cook-off before taking in the millions of holiday lights of Winterfest. Then, get an early start on some holiday shopping at Jonesborough’s craft show. If you head west, make a music stop in Nashville and then swing through Memphis for a peek inside Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland.
For a tropical escape, Hawaii brings a warm climate, great sightseeing and shoulder season rates this November. Go on a whale watch cruise to spot a humpback or hike it to get a rare glimpse of Kilauea volcano’s lava flow hit the ocean. After that, you may want to perk up with a visit to Hawaii’s oldest food event, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Finally, after a long day touring the islands, kick back in your very own vacation rental home.
Virginia is all about National Parks, cider and oysters this month. So, why not raise a shell and hit the Oyster Trail, a 250-mile guide to the state’s oyster farms. Hard cider fans can also drink up at one of the many cider events underway. Before you leave, take a 2.6 mile hike along the Appalachian Trail to Harper’s Creek and cross the famous hand-build swinging bridge over the Tye River.
Pack a sweater and hop in the car for a drive northeast to experience Maine’s coziest season. For stunning views, stop at the summit of Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State Park before hitting Freeport to shop at L.L. Bean. If you continue on to Portland, board the ferry over to Peak’s Island. Better yet, head straight to Kennebunkport for a lobster roll at The Clam Shack.
While Walt Disney World tends to have less crowds and mild temperatures, there is far more to enjoy beyond Orlando’s theme parks. Explore the Space Coast, home to Cocoa Beach and Kennedy Space Center. If timed right, you might even catch the November rocket launch at Cape Canaveral . Hotel goers should find deals aplenty.
Craft beer lovers will enjoy hop-and-malt heaven with beer festivals around the state. But if that doesn’t get you jazzed, grab some binoculars and hit the road for wildlife sightings instead. Elk can be spotted this time of year bugling around in Rocky Mountain National Forest. For the last hints of autumn color before winter moves in, make the drive from Denver to Aspen. It won’t disappoint.