Best Places to Visit in November in the USA

November is a great time to visit the USA because there are many places to visit!

One of the best things about visiting the USA at any time of the year is that the weather differs in many parts of the country.

This means you’ll be able to visit various places and experience different kinds of weather.

From getting a nice tan in Hawaii to placing some bets in Nevada, we’ve got something for everyone in this article! 

Let’s get right into it. 

Top 10 Places to Visit in November

1. Hiking at National Parks in Utah

Hiking at National Parks in Utah

Our first recommendation is for our outdoorsy folks. Utah is home to some of the country’s largest and most famous national parks, including Arches National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.

The weather is perfect in November, with temperatures ranging from 45° to 60°. Since the temperatures are cooler, it’s a great time to go hiking at Arches or Bryce without worrying about getting dehydrated in the cruel summer sun. 

National Monument in Utah
Colton Smith (left) and Jack Steward of Rock the Park canyoning at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah

Hiking in Moab means you will see the stunning red rock formations without tons of other tourists around.

You could also brave the chill and go white water rafting in the Colorado River at Canyonlands National Park or simply take in the unusual geological formations and hoodoo rocks at Bryce National Park.

Overall, visiting Utah’s national parks at the end of the year is a wonderful experience, because it gives you the opportunity to hike and explore the area peacefully. 

Also Read: Winter Vacation in Ogden, Utah

2. Wine Tasting In California

Wine Tasting In California

If you’re from a colder part of the country and want to experience warmer weather as the year winds down, what better way to kick back than with a glass of wine in Sonoma or Napa? Napa Valley and Sonoma County are known for their vineyards, relaxed atmosphere, and beautiful weather.

Both areas have guided wine tours that you can go on, so you needn’t worry about driving back to your hotel after a few too many! 

California Wine Tasting

Aside from the different Cabernet Sauvignon varieties, several great restaurants in both areas also feature fresh, seasonal fall produce like pumpkins, apples, and squash.

In Napa, we recommend checking out Pine Ridge Vineyards and Domaine Carneros.  We recommend Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards and Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma. 

3. Thanksgiving Parade in Plymouth

While you’re there, we recommend visiting Plymouth Rock and the Plimoth Patuxet Museums, which are living history museums that create an immersive experience for visitors. Most importantly, though, the Thanksgiving Day Parade is a must-see.

It often features floats from past parades, live music, and replicas of American icons. It even has a food bank to help the less fortunate. Overall, Massachusetts is a great place to be in November. 

You may also be interested in discovering the prime sights to visit in Boston.

4. Sightseeing in Washington, DC

Sightseeing in Washington, DC

Washington is another great place to visit if you’re interested in sightseeing. The temperatures tend to stay within the 60°F range, making being outdoors a breeze!

Since the summer months in Washington are packed with tourists and large crowds, visiting the nation’s capital in November allows you to take in the sights at your own pace. 

Aside from getting a glimpse of the White House, you can also visit the Washington Monument, Capitol Hill, and the Lincoln Memorial.

It’s a great idea to go on a walking tour if you’re interested in learning more about the history of each of these landmarks. Additionally, you can get brunch at Founding Farmer DC, visit the Smithsonian Museum, and go kayaking on the Potomac River. 

5. Alligator Watching in the Everglades, Florida

Alligator Watching in the Everglades, Florida

If you’re feeling more adventurous, going to Florida to watch the alligators in the swamps is a great idea. While it is still quite hot and humid in November, Florida might be a great way to escape the colder temperatures of your hometown for a short while.

Be prepared to deal with temperatures between 70 and 86°F!

The Everglades National Park has over a million acres of land and wetlands to explore, many of which are rife with crocodiles and other forms of wildlife.

You can explore the wetlands in canoes, on foot, on bikes, or even in a kayak. Aside from the crocodiles and alligators, watch for manatees, Floridian panthers, and even black bears. 

6. Relaxing in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is widely known for its laid-back and relaxed atmosphere. Located in Riverside County, California, Palm Springs is home to its famous hot springs, boutique hotels, and midcentury-modern architecture. 

If you’re in the mood for something outdoorsy, you can go hiking and stargazing in Joshua Tree National Park or play a few rounds of golf at one of the area’s local golf courses.

However, if it’s only relaxation you’re after, we recommend visiting the Palm Springs Art Museum and Sunnylands Center & Gardens.

You could also book a room and stay at the Trixie Motel, a new motel that was the subject of a recent Discovery+ show! 

7. Leaf Watching in Asheville, North Carolina

Leaf Watching in Asheville

North Carolina is widely known for its Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains; it is also well known for its beautiful fall season.

If you love autumn and all its colors, we highly recommend visiting Asheville and its Blue Ridge Mountains in November before the winter snow comes.

November is a great time to visit this town because that is when the autumnal leaf colors are at their very best! The Blue Ridge Mountains are the best place to take in all the colors, so it’s best to hike or drive through the area.

We recommend hiking the trails at Mount Pisgah and Mount Mitchell, and don’t forget to bring your camera with you! 

If you don’t want to hike but still want to do something outdoors, you can also go on a guided electric bike tour of Asheville! You may not see as many fall colors, but you’ll get to explore the city and its wonderful architecture. 

Consider a trip to Charlotte when you’re in North Carolina—it’s just a 2-3 hour drive from Asheville.

8. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, New York

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

A list like this would be incomplete without mentioning a visit to New York City to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! New York City is arguably one of the most iconic cities in the world, with tons of places to visit and sights to see.

From seeing Hamilton on Broadway to snagging tickets to an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and taking in the city from the Empire State Building, there are endless possibilities to what you could do in November in the city. 

However, we highly recommend visiting New York City to experience the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

This parade has been around for almost 100 years now and features a variety of Macy’s employees, balloons, floats, and live performances, including famous musicians and the casts of various Broadway musicals. 

9. Surfing in Hawaii

Surfing in Hawaii

There’s no better place to get some serious beach time than Hawaii. Known worldwide for its beautiful beaches, national parks, and stunning wildlife.

Aside from going hiking and snorkeling, we highly recommend that you go surfing at Waikiki Beach. 

Waikiki Beach is one of the most popular surfing destinations worldwide, and for good reason. Aside from its clean beaches and crystal clear water, it is home to several surfing schools that cater to surfers with various levels of experience.

We recommend going to either Sparky’s Surf School or the Hans Hedemann Surf School Waikiki; both schools are highly rated and offer a great surfing education!

Best of all, you’ll get to leave the cold weather of your hometown behind and return with a great tan! 

10. Experiencing Día de Muertos in San Antonio, Texas

Experiencing Día de Muertos in San Antonio

If you’ve always wanted to celebrate Día de Muertos, now is the time to do so! Día de Muertos is celebrated on November 2nd every year, and San Antonio is one of the best places to visit during this holiday! 

Many Texans connect with their Mexican roots during this holiday, and San Antonio is no different. This city hosts some of the state’s largest Día de Muertos parades with live music and floats, as well as people getting dressed up in traditional Día de Muertos outfits.

Aside from this festival, you can visit the Alamo, the Tower of the Americas, and even the San Fernando Cathedral. 

Consider exploring Dallas in Texas during your time in San Antonio—I highly recommend it.

Conclusion

Even though we’ve only barely scratched the surface with the best places to visit in the USA in November, we made sure to include something for everyone. If you love being in nature, then a visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains or the National Parks in Utah is definitely for you!

On the other hand, if you prefer more laid-back activities, then you might feel more at home in Palm Springs or in wine country in California. Either way, the USA has something for everyone, no matter what time of year it is.

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