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The 30 best holiday destinations in November

30 best holiday destinations in November from the Caribbean to Stockholm

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November means winter is fast-approaching the UK , which equals getting up and going home in the dark, usually in the pelting rain, no winter coat on earth a match for the season’s creeping damp. It’s almost NHS-prescribed that you pick a November holiday destination to survive until the sunlight finally peeps through again around March . Happily, the Caribbean is basking in a mellow, pre-Christmas glow, while the rainy season has dried up in East Africa and South-east Asia. And if you want to see how winter is really done, leave behind our soggy isles for epic white-outs in the extreme north and south. So, without further ado, these are the 30 best holiday destinations in November. For more, see our guide to where is hot in November .

30 best holiday destinations in November

Temperature 20°C high 12°C low Season autumn Travel time from UK 2 hours 45 minutes Time difference GMT 0  As most of...

Lisbon, Portugal

Temperature : 20°C high; 12°C low Season : autumn Travel time from UK: 2 hours 45 minutes Time difference: GMT +0

As most of mainland Europe shivers, Portugal remains enviably mild: Lisbon ’s average November temperature is 18°C. Of course, it’s not just the weather that makes this cobbled capital so alluring: now ranking among Europe’s coolest city breaks , it’s a hive of high-end but refreshingly affordable restaurants , raucous hole-in-the-wall bars and covetable concept stores (not to mention those cute, canary-yellow vintage trams). Lisbon was even named Europe's most budget-friendly city break for 2023 . Make time to explore neighbourhood-of-the-moment Cais do Sodré, a formerly sketchy part of town that now has a spruced-up riverfront promenade, cool warehouse conversions and fab food stalls at Time Out -curated Mercado da Ribeira.

Where to stay: Tropical-themed The Ivens gets our pick for one of the best new hotels in the world for 2022. If you're after a view, try this rooftop Airbnb near Alfama or Memmo Alfama which has one of the best rooftop pools in the city. For more, see our edit of the best hotels in Lisbon .

Temperature 33°C high 20°C low Season dry Travel time from UK 15 hours Time difference GMT 5  Join the hippies in this...

Sayulita, Mexico

Temperature: 33°C high; 20°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 15 hours Time difference: GMT -5

Join the hippies in this Pacific coast surf town, where brightly painted design boutiques and vintage surfboard shops rub up against al pastor stands and street eats sold from wheelbarrows. Less glam than Tulum , but much hipper than resort-y Puerto Vallarta further south, it’s an easy-breezy scene, more catching waves and afternoon Margaritas than yoga and cold-pressed juice. An absence of major hotels, in favour of hippie-chic guesthouses ( Casa Love and Petit Hotel Hafa are favourites), gives the impression of a best-kept secret – but, come Christmas, Sayulita is packed. Nip in just before peak season, though, and not only have the summer rain and humidity finally eased off, but it’s the best time for whale watching, too. Or consider staying in Sayulita’s quieter neighbour, San Pancho. The small hotels here are closely tied to the community. Tailwind Jungle Lodge , for example, hosts community events, donates to sustainable development in the area and promotes local businesses to guests – and it’s just a 30-minute drive to Sayulita for a day’s surfing.

Where to stay: Just 36 guests are given the run of green jungle, white beach and blue water across 250 acres at Imanta Resorts Punta de Mita .

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Athens, Greece

Temperature : 18°C high; 12°C low Season: autumn Flight time from UK: 3 hours 40 minutes Time difference: GMT+2

Athens makes a brilliant and warm weekend city break , where the new youth culture is breathing life into this historical city and hip young start-ups are booming in the face of austerity. Performances spaces, art galleries and quirky bars have sprung up in once-gritty neighbourhoods, and high-end shops have been reborn as restaurants. Go in November, when it's cool enough to wander around the Acropolis and the Parthenon and still have a crisp blue-sky backdrop to your Instagram shots. The fact that you'll also skip the crowds is the cherry on top.

Where to stay: Foodies won't want to miss xenodocheio Milos , a hotel by chef Costas Spiliadis. For something playful, check in to one of the compact but comfy rooms at Gatsby Athens . Design hotel NEW packs a punch, with upcycled furniture and a rooftop restaurant. For an eco-friendly trip, consider a stay at the Coco-Mat hotel , where the all-natural, locally handmade mattresses and linens are just the tip of their stay-natural philosophy. There are also wooden bikes for eco-friendly sightseeing, an onsite herb garden and homemade, seasonal food. For more, see our pick of the best hotels in Athens .

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Antigua and Barbuda

Temperature: 29°C high; 23°C low Season: autumn Flight time from UK: 8 hours 35 minutes Time difference: GMT-5

Friday nights in Antigua go something like this: rum punch and barbecued spiny-tailed lobster, dancing barefoot on the beach in the moonlight, and walking home sandy and dishevelled but happy the next morning. The island is as wild and wonderful as it is flashy - away from the five-star hotels and super yachts, you can still find empty white-sand beaches. Support conservation and biodiversity by booking an ecotour at Wallings Nature Reserve , the first-ever community-managed national park. Learn about the history and the wildlife as you hike this not-for-profit sanctuary. Antigua's little sister Barbuda is more go-slow, with a handful of low-key hotels.

Where to stay: We recommend Jumby Bay , a secluded 300-acre island off the north coast of Antigua.

East Sussex England

The South Downs, England

Temperature : 11ºC high; 3ºC low Season: autumn/winter Time difference: none

Fairweather walkers should probably stick to summer. But for blustery yomps along the beach or over Downs, followed by local ales fireside in some toasty, well-restored boozer – which the area has in spades – autumn is a treat of a time for a South Downs weekender. South Downs National Park spans 165 conservation areas, more than a dozen European wildlife sites, and thousands of listed buildings and monuments, with the South Downs Way stretching 100 miles. The walk is broken up into short sections and is nicely signposted for cyclists and walkers. Visit The Sustainability Centre , which hosts workshops for children and adults throughout the year. And on 5 November it hosts the most spectacular Guy Fawkes’ Night anywhere, when the market town of Lewes becomes the bonfire capital of the world, with processions, fireworks displays, flaming tar barrels and burning effigies illuminating its streets.

Where to stay: At The Pig in the South Downs , featured on our 2022 hot list of the best new hotels in the world. We also love The Star , a wonderful 15th-century inn given a fresh makeover in 2021 by Olga Polizzi.

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Temperature: 4°C high; -2°C low Season: winter Travel time from UK: 2 hours 50 minutes Time difference: GMT +0

November brings Iceland ’s dark winter nights and, with them, the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Oh yes, you’ll be told to manage your expectations, that aurora-hunting is a tricky business, but in a country where it’s not unheard of to see the dance of the green veils as you exit the airport, you’d have to be rather luckless to miss out. Stack the odds in your favour by staying somewhere as deliciously remote as Deplar Farm . Iceland’s best hotel is a high-end hideout on the remote Troll Peninsula , with diversions ranging from sensory-deprivation pods to heli-skiing excursions.

Where to stay: Scandi-rustic Deplar Farm is the most extraordinary stay in the country. The newly opened Reykjavik Edition is a great central option, with a notable rooftop terrace for viewing the northern lights. For something private, rent this unique glass cabin on Airbnb . See our guide to the best hotels in Iceland for more recommendations.

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Temperature: 25°C high; 10°C low Season: autumn Flight time from UK: 11 hours Time difference: GMT-8

Frank Lloyd Wright said Arizona deserved its own architecture; that the state invited a distinctive, desert aesthetic. So he set about scattering that legacy across the barren landscape from his winter home and studio, Taliesin West in Scottsdale – just outside the state capital, Phoenix, and perhaps the ultimate manifestation of mid-century Arizona style. So it was only a matter of time until Phoenix dropped its decades-long reputation as an arid, old-school spa town and adopted that of an edgy, visual arts hub. Inevitably, the hip young things descended, bringing cool and culture, too. Taliesin West is now an art museum and architecture school; downtown, Bentley Gallery at Bentley Projects shows exciting mid-career artists under the exposed pipes of a restored warehouse and former laundry. Today’s Phoenix is the sort of place to drink cocktails in an Art Deco landmark (Bitter & Twisted), before retiring to a fabulously retro hotel designed by a Wright protégé, once frequented by Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant ( Hotel Valley Ho ). For the best view of the city, though, you’ve got to hike up red-rock Camelback Mountain – an easier proposal in November’s mid-20s temperatures.

Where to stay: We love The Phoenician , set across 250-acres of the Sonoran Desert. Or choose a hotel that takes advantage of their place in the ‘Valley of the Sun’ and using solar power, including The Phoenician and the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale .

Temperature 22°C high 15°C low Season autumn Flight time from UK 6 hours Time difference GMT0  For a blast of winter sun...

Essaouira, Morocco

Temperature: 22°C high; 15°C low Season: autumn Flight time from UK: 6 hours Time difference: GMT+0

For a blast of winter sun a short hop away, Morocco is ideal - even for a weekend break. Along the coast are windswept beaches and surf towns such as Taghazout and Tamraght, where it's all about chilling out in the sun. Essaouira is a feast for the senses: freshly-caught fish is grilled over smoking-hot coals in shacks right on the harbour, and shisha smoke rises from rooftop bars. Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens used to hang out here, and it's still a free-spirited place, with dozens of independent galleries and boutiques selling locally made pottery and crafts. Make time for a spot of ethical shopping. Mashi Mushki, which sells locally made art and crafts, donates a portion of profits to Project 91, which helps young people in Essaouira find employment. Swanky (and sustainable) boutique hotel Villa Maroc sells Argan oil made by a local cooperative.

Where to stay: At Didier Spindler's maximalist B&B Dar Adul . For something more romantically rustic try Villa Maroc or Auberge Tangaro .

Above: Reading room at Auberge Tangaro


 Tenerife, Spain

Temperature : 23ºC high; 18ºC low Season: autumn Flight time from UK : 4 hours 30 minutes Time difference: none

Short-hop year-round sunshine is what Tenerife is known for. Which is great – but beyond the beaches and the package-holiday crowds, there’s another side to this Canary Island which delights the more curious traveller: architecture in the colonial towns of La Laguna and La Orotava, low-key restaurants in fishing villages such as Garachico, lunar landscapes to walk in its blackened interior, and contemporary art and architecture in the capital Santa Cruz. The waters around Tenerife are busy with whales, and with whale-watchers. Not all whale-watching trips are responsibly operated – check out their eco-certification first. Whale Wise Eco Tours use solar-powered electric boats to minimise noise and carbon footprint. Plus, 200 miles out in the Atlantic, the island is one of the best places in the world for stargazing .

Where to stay: Families love the pink palace that is The Ritz-Carlton Abama . For something more boutique, book a room with a terrace at La Laguna Gran Hotel.

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Temperature: 30°C high; 21°C low Season: autumn Flight time from UK: 7 hours 25 minutes Time difference: GMT+3

If what you want is a hit of winter sun, somewhere remote with wide open spaces, and just a short flight away from the UK, then Oman may just be the place you were looking for. Muscat is where you'll find age-old traditions, elaborate mosques and scent-filled souks. On the west coast, the Musandam Peninsula has empty coves and always-warm green-blue water, hidden by the imposing Hajar mountains. For more dramatic scenery still, travel along the southern coast, camping among the dunes in goat's-hair Bedouin tents. Choose an overland camping adventure with Responsible Travel that spirits you across the desert from the capital, Muscat, to incongruously green Salalah in the south. As well as visiting traditional fishing villages and learning about Bedouin life from local guides, you’ll stop by Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve and the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary.

Where to stay: The Chedi in Muscat is made up of low-built villas set in gardens of oranges. At Six Senses Zighy Bay, the pool villas embrace traditional Omani style and are carved out of stone. For a grown-up mountain retreat, try Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort , one of Oman’s most ambitious wilderness hotels.

Above: Zighy Bay, Oman


Namibia, Africa

Temperature : 31ºC high; 16ºC low Season: dry season/winter Flight time from UK : 10 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT+1

The vast, remote landscapes of Namibia are some of the most magnificent on earth. Mountainous dunes, endless empty desert, untouched savannah where the big hitters of African wildlife roam: elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hippos, rhinos, giraffes. In recent years, a crop of knock-out new camps is allowing wildlife lovers to discover the farthest stretches of this country. While November brings the start of the rains in Namibia, this is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to wildlife variety and sheer drama.

“Across most of southern Africa, November is an interesting month. It is a time of transition – giving travellers an amazing experience of the end of the dry season and the spectacular breaking of the rains,” says Chris McIntyre, founder of specialist tour operator Expert Africa . At the tail end of the dry season, wildlife gathers at the waterholes in places such as Etosha National Park. Then as the rains roll in, when storm clouds gather over the mountains and plains, the landscapes begin to bloom again.

“Swiftly following the greening of the land is a flush of new life, as more insects, reptiles, amphibians and migrant birds appear on the scene,” says McIntyre. And as it’s low season, prices are appealing low, too.

Where to stay: Many of Namibia’s incredible new lodges are eco-friendly with a minimal footprint and work with local communities and conservation groups. In the Huab River valley, Damaraland Camp is a pioneer of community-based tourism – a partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the local Torra Conservancy. Hoanib Valley Camp works with the local community and Giraffe Conservation Foundation. Expert Africa can arrange bespoke itineraries to Namibia. We also love Habitas Namibia , a wellness-focused, people-driven safari camp.

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Verbier, Switzerland

Temperature: 3°C high; -6°C low Season: autumn Flight time from UK: 1 hour 40 minutes Time difference: GMT+1

In Switzerland ’s Verbier, the emphasis is on fun. The smugly proficient can get their free-ride fix with the best back-country skiing in the Alps. The forever hopeless can just park their planks and whoop it up tobogganing instead. The apres scene is second-to-none: Farm Club has been a snooty institution for nearly half a century, with its haughty door policy and past guests including Diana Ross. And the hotels aren’t your average chalet set-up, belonging to the likes of Design Hotels and Small Luxury Hotels Group. Several lifts open in early November (weekends only), thanks to good snow cover at higher altitudes – your best chance to ski in and then ski the hell out before the high-season crush.

Where to stay: Paris-based cocktail crew The Experimental Group are behind speakeasy on the slopes Experimental Chalet .

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New Zealand

Temperature: 22°C high; 12°C low Season : spring Flight time from UK: 24 hours Time difference: GMT+11

On New Zealand 's South Island, you can ski in the morning and sunbathe in the afternoon. It's action-packed, with wild swimming, white-water rafting, glacier hiking, bungee-jumping, sky-diving, horse-riding… On the North Island, you'll find hot springs – pure bliss – and off the coast of Auckland, some of the most amazing beaches you'll ever see. Take a couple of weeks out to do a classic campervan trip when the islands are at their most Middle Earth-y. New Zealand has its own breed of super lodges in superlative settings, from remote bays to rugged mountaintops and beside lakes so enormous and awe-inspiring it's difficult to comprehend. Visit the small seaside town of Kaikoura, not far from Christchurch, is widely hailed NZ’s most sustainable spot. Known for its resident sperm whale population and regular blue whale sightings, the town has established a community trust, Whale Watch, owned by the local Maori people. Not only is this a multi-award-winning, responsible whale-watching operator, but it reinvests profits in community education and employment, and the local environment. Check out the brilliant Hapuku Tree Houses and Lodge too, with locally sourced food, composting and recycling programmes, salvaged interiors and a native tree-planting scheme.

Where to stay: Matakarui Lodge in Queenstown is the country’s favourite lodge.

Above: Scrubby Bay, Akaroa


Kerala, India

Temperature : 31ºC high; 24ºC low Season: dry season/winter Flight time from UK : 10 hours Time difference: GMT+4.5

November marks the beginning of Kerala's dry season and the end of the monsoons, which bring God’s Own Country bursting forth in verdant green, from its palm-lined lakes to the richly biodiverse slopes of the Western Ghats. This is India at its most chilled, its sandy shores quieter than those in Goa , and the scent of Ayurvedic oils in the air. Exploring is a hassle-free delight here – pootling around the backwaters by boat for an insight into local life, or hiring a motorbike to seek out new beaches, or putting up at homestays with families.

Where to stay: The quiet colonial streets of Fort Cochin – one of the most charming places on the entire planet – are home to many lovely places to stay. One of the loveliest is Malabar House , Cochin’s original boutique hotel, arranged riad-like around a courtyard pool. Now their properties include a houseboat on Lake Vembanad.

Temperature 20°C high 13°C low Season autumn Travel time from UK 3 hours 10 minutes Time difference GMT 1  Down in the...

Valletta, Malta

Temperature : 20°C high; 13°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 3 hours 10 minutes Time difference: GMT +1

Down in the southern Med, between Sicily and the North African coast, November does not mean gloomy dark afternoons and morning frosts. Even though you might spot the odd red telephone box, that’s as far as the British influence extends – sunny Malta gets eight hours of shimmering rays a day this month, while the mercury floats, or perhaps gloats, at around 20°C. Better still, this is a European autumn sun break with more going for it than beaches (though it has those, too). Capital Valletta’s honey-coloured forts are so cinematically good-looking, they starred in Game of Thrones as King’s Landing, and the old town’s palazzos are lately finding new life as high-design hotels, such as millionaire philanthropist Mark Weingard’s upcoming Iniala Malta.

Where to stay: 66 Saint Paul’s on balconied Ursula Street has a tiny rooftop pool. Another option is Domus Zamittello , a restored baroque masterpiece with painted coffered ceilings.

Temperature 23°C high 8°C low Season autumn Flight time from UK 12 hours 10 minutes Time difference GMT445  November is...

Temperature : 23°C high; 8°C low Season: autumn Flight time from UK: 12 hours 10 minutes Time difference: GMT+4:45

November is the optimum time for trekking in the Himalayas: it's not too hot, the sky is clear enough to see where you're going, the peaks and high passes are clear enough for trekking, and it's the tail-end of high season. (Note: porters are a common feature of Himalayan trekking, and while this does provide much-needed employment to impoverished rural Nepalese people, you must ask tour operators about policies on porters’ rights, and check the weight of loads they’re expected to carry: 25kg is the recommended maximum). Whichever route you're taking – the Annapurna Circuit and Everest are breathtakingly beautiful at this time of year – you're likely to pass through Kathmandu. The gateway city is a remarkable place to spend a few days in before or after trekking: for the Buddhist monasteries and stupas, gardens, enchanting old buildings and colonial air, shopping and the insanely good street food.

Where to stay: Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu has become the stuff of legend among wellness-seekers.

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Temperature : 26°C high; 13°C low Season : autumn Travel time from UK : 5 hours 30 minutes Time difference : GMT +2

November ushers in Egypt ’s mild winter, more akin to a good summer in England : Cairo this time of year basks in an average temperature of 25°C. It’s ideal weather for exploring the Pyramids of Giza, just a half-hour drive from the chaos of Cairo’s downtown. Tempted to take a boat trip down the Nile? Resist the big cruises, which are notorious for pollution, and opt for a small group sailing excursion on a traditional felucca instead.

Where to stay: At one of Cairo’s most prestigious hotels; the Nile Ritz-Carlton or the The St. Regis Almasa .

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Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, USA

Temperature: 21°C high; 2°C low Season: autumn Flight time from UK: 10 hours 45 minutes Time difference: GMT-8

There's nothing more dazzling than the firework-bright lights of The Strip at night. Nothing more tempting than the red and black flashes of a spinning roulette wheel. Nowhere more excessive, high-octane and brilliantly bonkers than here. And what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Then get the hell out of Vegas on a road trip from here down to New Mexico, through the canyons of Utah via the awesome Grand Canyon. Many national parks have Native American reservations nearby: an area allocated to indigenous people removed from their ancestral lands to make way for the park. If possible, visiting these reservations with a community guide is a great way to learn about the landscape’s history and support their economy. In the Grand Canyon, it’s possible to hike down from the rim into the remote Supai village, home to the Havasupai tribe for more than 1,000 years. Here there’s a campground, lodge, store and café – attempting to hike in and back within a day is not encouraged – but you must reserve in advance to enter.

Where to stay: At Resorts World Las Vegas , the first new resort to be built on the Las Vegas Strip in more than a decade.

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Temperature: 29°C high; 21°C low Season: dry Flight time from UK: 10 hours Time difference: GMT-5

Time’s running out to get to Cuba before it’s changed forever. The big resorts haven’t got to all the beaches yet, and Havana still has that rickety, time-warp romanticism going on – but for how long? Warm and sunny November is the ideal time to swing by before crowds fill out December to February. The silver lining? A fast-evolving boutique bar and hotel scene, catering to a more sophisticated traveller: in Havana, the colonial-cool of Twenties-era Casa Habana, or cocktails at 304 O’Reilly, a toy warehouse turned gin bar. Make time to escape to the Caribbean shores of Holguín, where you’ll find small, thatched, barefoot beach hotels with not a hint of a package deal.

Where to stay: Beach-front Villa Maguana is set in the Guantánamo Province of Cuba.

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Temperature : 18°C high; 5°C low Season: dry Flight time from UK: 22 hours Time difference : GMT-4

A wild frontier, Patagonia is the vast and empty tip of South America . For every photogenic massif and glacier, there’s about a million more miles of desolate, scrubby steppe. Finding the glimmering diamonds in the rough is half the satisfaction, though: Welsh tea shops, teal lakes and crackling glacial tongues in Argentine Patagonia; then puma-tracking safaris and unforgettable treks in Chilean Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park, accompanied by the unearthly trio of granite peaks that give this rugged wonder its name. Mid- September to early May is the established season; December to February bring hiking hordes. Nip in during November when mild temperatures are ideal for outdoor adventure and spring’s a-blooming. Torres del Paine rewards the effort with several polished overnight options: try the geodesic domes of EcoCamp, or lakeside five-star humdinger Explora, which has views you’ll struggle to believe However, due to a lack of rules around land sales, large swathes of Patagonia have been bought up and turned over to either heavy industry or unscrupulous developers. This isn’t just bad for the natural landscape, but also for the Indigenous peoples for whom this environment is sacred. Make sure to visit national parks and local communities so that your money goes towards the right people and projects. Tour operators such as BlueGreen Adventures employ regional guides and source from locally owned businesses.

Where to stay: The Lodge at Valle Chacabuco is the smartest stay in Parque Patagonia.

Above: Lake Pehoé, Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile.

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Temperature: -20°C low; -4°C high Season: autumn Flight time from UK: 13 hours Time difference: GMT-8

“There are no guarantees in life but elk and taxes,” says the Yukon tourist board — but the chances of catching the Northern Lights in this Canadian hinterland are comfortably high. That’s because it’s such a stark wedge of territory — tundra and forests, lakes and mountains, the same size as Spain but home to just 40,000 hardy locals — creating ideally remote, unpolluted conditions for watching those elusive lights dance across the sky. November is considered the beginning of aurora season in most destinations, with some Scandinavian spots not fully open until December, but the Yukon’s nightly shows start as early as August. Still, with enough snow for days of dog-sledding, temperatures have yet to plunge to the fearsome depths of January and February (averaging -22C).

Where to stay: Tagish Wilderness Lodge is in a prime spot for viewing the northern lights. As are the glass chalets at the Yukon River Valley’s Northern Lights Resort & Spa .

Above: Aurora Borealis over the city of Whitehorse, with Gray Mountain and shooting star, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

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Temperature: -1°C high; -15°C low Season: summer Flight time from UK: 19 hours Time difference: From GMT-3 to GMT+12, depending on the area

Where better than the Great White South for a wintry getaway? Snowscapes don’t get more epic than Antarctica ’s, a bright-white wilderness so pure, you’d swear it’s CGI. A trip to the end of the world is far from barren, though. Keep busy gaping at far-off, frosted summits and colossal, mint-blue icebergs; snapping breaching orcas and stumbling penguins; not to mention getting jelly-legged on homemade Ukrainian vodka at the world’s southernmost pub. Expedition boats visit the peninsula November to March, when the Antarctic summer makes penetrating pack ice possible (temperatures hover around a toasty 1C). Landings get progressively muddier and boot-blighted as the season wears on; find the freshest powder in November, the first time tourism touches the continent after a seven-month break. Just make sure your tour operator is registered with IAATO, the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators. Membership demands strict adherence to a code of conduct that is respectful of both the landscape and its wildlife.

Where to stay: At Whichaway Camp , on the edge of an ice lake – one of the most exclusive places to stay on the planet.

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Colorado, USA

Temperature: 14°C high; -5°C low Season: autumn Flight time from UK: 10 hours Time difference: GMT-7

In the likes of California , Arizona and Texas , the dusty desert cities have gone hipster; in Colorado, its cute little mountain towns are wending the same way. Telluride’s Victorian streets are now packed with fancy tacos, craft cocktails and bespoke ski shops; Boulder has bicycle cafés with taprooms and espresso bars; Aspen is still Aspen, glamorous and pricey, and resolutely on-trend (farm-to-table restaurants, speakeasies). High up in the Rockies , ski season has started, the towns have recovered from summer madness, but the December masses are yet to invade.

Where to stay: Dunton Hot Springs is a former ghost town and natural hot spring that sets the bar for glamping.

Above: Longs Peak, Longmont, Colorado.

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Seoul, South Korea

Temperature: 12°C high; 2°C low Season: autumn Flight time from UK: 11 hours Time difference: GMT+8

Seoul is an exciting city break with just the right mix of ease and exoticism: transport and general infrastructure are both exemplary, and there are also enough Confucian temples and dog cafés to keep a curious foreigner on their toes. South Korea ’s flourishing economy has made its capital a hi-tech, high-design hub, positively pulsing with dynamic and fashionable youth culture. But the remnants of more austere and traditional times remain: cobbled streets and classic architecture , eccentric flea markets and scent-filled street-food alleys. November’s autumn colours make perfect portraits of Seoul’s many parks and hiking trails, while mild temperatures and low rainfall create a sweet spot for pavement-pounding (summer is wet and humid, the winter frigid).

Where to stay: The Shilla Seoul is a flawless blend of East and West.

Above: Changdeokgung, South Korea.

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Andalucia, Spain

Temperature: 20°C high; 10°C low Season : autumn Flight time from UK: 2 hours 45 minutes Time difference: GMT+1

November is a wonderful month for a short break in southern Spain, when the summer crowds have gone home and it's still T-shirt weather. Cádiz is a charming place, hanging off the edge of Spain, bleached white and with the sound of flamenco in the air. A hip new hotel scene is putting Seville in the limelight but still both cities are quieter than touristy Granada and Córdoba. Beyond Marbella's beach clubs, head out to the Sierra de las Nieves national park to go swimming in natural rock pools and kayaking on the dam. Málaga has carved itself a new reputation, with an offshoot of Paris' Pompidou Centre, a glassy cube on the dockside, joining The Picasso, Carmen Thyssen and Contemporary Art museums.

Where to stay: Hacienda Finca Cortesin is one of Europe's smartest places to escape to. For more, see our guide to the best haciendas in Andalucia, Spain .

Temperature 25°C high 17°C low Season spring Flight time from UK 13 hours 45 minutes Time difference GMT4  STEAK TANGO...

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Temperature: 25°C high; 17°C low Season: spring Flight time from UK: 13 hours 45 minutes Time difference: GMT-4

STEAK! TANGO! WINE! FOOTBALL! SHOES! Yes, Buenos Aires is the indisputable heartland of red meat, and red wine (don't tell the French). It's a colourful place: leafy in the north, with faded townhouses fronting beautiful Italianate façades in the south and bright and bold houses in La Boca near the old port. In San Telmo, the rhythm of tango is unmistakable. And the barrio of Boca is so crazy about football even the houses are painted in home colours. But it's a little-known fact that the Argentine city also has some of the best shopping in the world now that creatives are setting up on their own and opening concept stores in Palermo's crumbling casonas.

Where to stay: At timeless, belle époque Palacio Duhau .

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Temperature: 24°C high; 19°C low Season: autumn Flight time from UK: 11 hours 55 minutes Time difference: GMT+7

November is a great month to go to Hong Kong. It's not too steamy for sundowners in one of the rooftop bars overlooking Victoria Harbour, which lights up at 8pm every night for a light show; or for moseying around Chinatown. Foodies are spoilt for choice here, but make like the locals at street-food stalls in Wan Chai. Shopping and art are big business too. What's surprising, though, is the choice of beautiful beaches and hiking trails on surrounding islands such as Lantau and Lamma.

Where to stay: At swish Rosewood Hong Kong , right on the city's harbour.

dubai desert

Temperature : 31°C high; 20°C low Season : winter Flight time from UK: 7h Time difference : GMT +3

November is the start of proper winter in the UK, so you can’t be blamed for craving a dose of serious sunshine. Dubai is a clever contender – far enough away that the weather is almost guaranteed to be perfect but close enough to home that you won’t be struck down with jet lag for the entirety of your stay. Of course, there are glitzy hotels and beach clubs drawing in visitors. But there’s a lesser-known side to the city, too – some of our favourite things to do in Dubai include having supper in the desert at Sonara, where wood-fired pizzas and cocktails are served among the dunes and the opportunity to go on a desert safari, with Platinum Desert Safari.

Where to stay: Book into new opening Atlantis the Royal – a bells-and-whistles stay that bills itself as “the most ultra-luxury experiential resort in the world”.

Aerial Tokyo City View with Tokyo Tower Minato Tokyo Japan.

Temperature : 18°C high; 12°C low Season : autumn Flight time from UK: 14h 25m Time difference : GMT +8

Spring in Japan gets a lot of airtime. But for those in the know, autumn is every bit as beautiful as the trees flame into burnt orange and glorious red hues. In the capital, spend days hopping between Tokyo’s best restaurants and art galleries before catching one of the super-efficient trains to Kyoto, where the temples are surrounded by beautiful autumn foliage, or Osaka, where you can visit beautiful landscapes such as Minoo Falls. Just north of Tokyo, Nikko has World Heritage-listed temples and widescreen views of burnished gold and orange.

Where to stay: There are big hitters in Tokyo such as the Aman and the Mandarin Oriental . Try the Ace in Kyoto , or book the St Regis Osaka , which is spread across the top 16 floors of a skyscraper.

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Stockholm, Sweden

Temperature : 6°C high; 2°C low Season : winter Flight time from UK: 2h 40m Time difference : GMT +1

This is not the destination for a blast of sunshine and heat. But it can't be denied that some cities are simply better in winter . Toward the end of the month, you might get snow – and the city looks especially lovely when dusted with a frosting of white. You can eat at some of the world's best restaurants , such as Frantzen if you're planning to splash the cash, and you'll also find some of the best bars in the world here, too . Lucy's Flower Shop is set in the basement of a centuries-old building and serves up some of the city's best cocktails.

Where to stay: Ett Hem is an ultra-stylish townhouse hotel that's been drawing discerning travellers since 2012.

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Are you wondering what the best countries to visit in November are? You’re in luck!

Cooler temperatures, changing colors, and hot chocolate gift November a golden crown over most other months of the year. Ironically, something about autumn just makes places bloom.

Not all countries look the same in November, but there are more than a few that should have a permanent place on your bucket list. I’m an avid traveler and have found November to be the best time of year for lower prices and smaller crowds.

Scour the list below to see the best countries to visit in November and discover your upcoming fall travel destination.

Top Picks: Countries to Visit in November

  • For history : Ireland with all of its castles
  • For festivals & events: Mexico, with Dia de los Muertos
  • For hiking: the USA, with places like New England and Colorado
  • For adventure & thrills: New Zealand

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Best Countries to Visit in November

People walking around a garden at Blarney Castle.

If you plan to visit Ireland in November, be prepared for a magical trip with beautiful scenery and fascinating history, as well as a little rain.

Dublin is the perfect place to start your trip, exploring their age-old streets filled with history. Then you should make your way to the countryside, reveling in the castles you come upon. Yes, castle s , as in more than one.

Blarney Castle is one of the country’s most famous, but you can find plenty of less-known but just as enchanting gems all over, such as Rock of Cashel and Malahide Castle.

Colorful castle in Portugal.

Portugal has a gradient of pleasant temperatures in November. The northern city of Porto will be a bit chillier than its southern counterpart, Lisbon, but both are within the range of what I call the perfect traveling temperatures, around 60 degrees.

Portugal is one of those cheap countries to visit in November. You are pretty much guaranteed to get a great deal on a hotel at this time of year.

It’s essential to check out one of the country’s festivals in November, like the Feira Nacional do Cavalo or the São Martinho.

The sun shining above mountains and forests in Rocky Mountain national Park.

The USA is one of the best countries to visit in November due to the onset of the holiday season. No matter which state you visit, you’re bound to find some fun holiday traditions and beautiful fall scenery.

To see some of that fall color, you can head to explore the Northeast or hike in the Colorado Rockies .

For the best holiday festivities, pretty much any major city will do! Our article,  best places to visit in the USA in November , will tell you everything you need to know about your dream November vacation in the USA.


Man standing on a gondola on the water in Venice.

Have you been dying to see Rome or Florence , but the summer crowds just seem like too much of a hassle? Then you need to visit Italy in the fall.

The tourist numbers slow down, allowing you to get all the time you’d like in some of the world’s most incredible places.

Italy does receive the most precipitation in November, so it may not be the best for a beach trip, but you can certainly still walk the enchanting, watery streets of Venice without a problem.

Girl sitting on a rock looking out to a bright blue lake in the mountains.

For our readers who love the cold, the snow, and a warm cup of hot chocolate, Canada is one of the best countries to visit in November.

You can spend your days on the slopes or in the lodge, but at night, it is an absolute must to try and get a glimpse of the Northern Lights. For cities that scream ‘winter wonderland,’ spend a couple of days in Quebec City.

Calgary is also a great destination with nearby Banff National Park, which is known for its beautiful outdoor lakes like Moraine and Louise.

Don’t forget to pack all your winter essentials and enjoy the chilly Canadian temperatures.

Forest in the fall with mountains in the background.

Escape the wet rains and snow of the oncoming winter by heading to the tropical country of Thailand. Nicknamed ‘The Land of Smiles,’ you’ll be hard-pressed to wipe the smile off your own face after a few days here.

Thailand is one of our top picks for cheap countries to visit in November. Getting accommodations is pretty cheap, especially in the off-season, and the cost of food is next to nothing.

Beach lovers need to visit Koh Chang and Koh Kood. If you’re looking for a city to explore, Chiang Mai will have everything you need.

People celebrating Dia de los Muertos.

Unlike a lot of the other places on our list, Mexico’s busy season begins in November, kicking it off with the enchanting Dia de los Muertos celebrations.

This incredible holiday (which is not the same as Halloween) gives visitors a crash course on Mexican culture and festivals. You do not want to miss it.

You can find cities all over the country that hold festivals for the holiday, but some of the best will be in Oaxaca and Mexico City .

November is also a great time to relax on Cancun’s shores, swim with Whale sharks in Cabo San Lucas, or explore the beach town of Tulum .

Silhouette of the Barcelona skyline with the ocean behind.

Spain is one of the best countries to visit in November. It’s got everything you love about fall– enchanting colors, great weather, cheaper hotel rates, and excellent food.

Northern Spain is best for seeing fall color in the mountains and fields, but the weather is quite a bit colder and wetter than in southern Spain .

You won’t see as vibrant of colors in the south, but the temperature is perfect for exploring, and it may even be comfortable enough to lounge on a beach.

No matter what time of year you’re in Spain or in what city, you must see the beautiful architectural masterpieces from all over history. The Alhambra in Granada and the Mezquita-Catedral in Cordoba are top favorites.

New Zealand

Large lake surronuded by mountains with waterfalls coming out of it.

New Zealand weather in November is always warm, staying around 70 degrees with a low of 40 degrees. It’s the perfect temperature for you to explore the island and enjoy some of the festivals and celebrations NZ has throughout the month.

New Zealand celebrates Guy Hawkes Day on November 5th with festivities and fireworks. Wellington Sky Show in the capital city has a carnival during the day and an incredible light show at night.

There’s plenty of hiking, biking, bungee jumping, white water rafting, sailing, or pretty much any outdoor event you can think of this time of year. You won’t regret New Zealand in November.

Rocky mountains covered in snow.

November is the last month of Chile’s shoulder season before summer hits, so the spring weather is perfect and warming up the entire country.

You’ll be able to visit some of Chile’s most alluring attractions, like Torres del Paine and Isla Magdalena, before the rest of the world gets a chance to visit them.

If you’re a fan of jazz music, you’ll want to be there for the Puerto Mont International Jazz Festival.

You can attend instrumental clinics and concerts for free during this time. There are plenty of other activities and festivals in Chile during this time. You may have a hard time choosing how to spend your vacation.

Small colorful homes in front of a giant snowy mountain by the water.

Argentina is another country on a different timeline than all the places above the equator. Spring is in full swing, bringing beautiful weather, incredible blooming views, and fewer crowds.

There is plenty to do and see in Argentina. Explore the streets beneath the jacaranda trees and their vibrant purple blooms.

Visit Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. And be sure to schedule some time to see Argentina’s greatest natural attraction, the Iguazu Falls.


View of Zurich, Switzerland, from above.

If you’re looking to ski, wait a month or two before visiting Switzerland, but if you want to see the country before the snow hits, November is the perfect time for a trip. Switzerland is one of the best countries to visit in November in Europe.

The crowds coming for ski season haven’t quite hit, so the rates of hotels are generally lower. Switzerland is a pretty expensive destination, so this would be a cheaper way to experience the country.

Wine lovers will flock to Zurich in November for their two-week wine festival. You can still do some hiking before the snow hits or see the country in an unforgettable way by taking the Glacier Express train.

Big mountain with snow on top in the fall in Japan.

Japan is one of the best countries to visit in November. This time of year comes with the cool, crisp air of autumn and the explosive fall colors. You can easily see these colors in and around Tokyo, but going out of the city may bring better views.

This is the perfect time to experience a traditional Japanese hot spring so you can warm up on a chilly day. These springs normally come with incredible views, serene beyond belief.

You can also see some incredible Christmas light displays that begin in November. A few of these include the Sagamiko Illumillion and the Winter Illumination of Nabana no Sato.

Visiting Japan is an experience you will never forget, and November is a great time to do it.

Historic landmark, the Acropolis in Greece, standing on a mountain with mountains behind. Fall leaves can be seen in the foreground.

Walking the streets of Athens to see the remnants of an Ancient World is always incredible, but certainly a lot easier when the summer temperatures have cooled to a comfortable 70 degrees.

In November, you can still see the crystal blue waters of the Ionian and Aegean Sea while being able to visit the mountains and ski in Arachova.

This is a great time of year to have those once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Delphi or the Acropolis without the peak of tourism milling around you.

The Greek people are so welcoming and will make any meal or event feel like a festival.

Rocks jutting out of the ocean.

Warming spring temperatures unlock many areas of Australia that are not as easily accessible at other times of the year. November is the perfect time to explore the entire country, from historical rainforests to pristine beaches.

If you are in the country on November 5, you’ll get to experience the Melbourne Cup, a horse race that is so much more than just a race.

Dive into the beautiful water to see the Great Barrier Reef at any time of the month. You’ll fall in love with the country’s landscapes, rivers, and cities in no time. 

Final Thoughts: Great Places to Go in November

There are plenty of places that we can deem the best countries to visit in November, as you can see. Each unique, with its own climate, take on fall colors, and whether the country is moving into winter or springing into summer.

So go ahead and pick your November destination and prepare for the trip of a lifetime.

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Best Countries to Visit in November

Here is the list of 12 best countries to visit in november, 1. new zealand.

New Zealand

November marks the beginning of Summer season in New Zealand. The weather is sunny and pleasant with average temperatures ranging from 10-25 degrees celsius with regional variations, making it an ideal month for outdoor activities like trekking and hiking and also to visit the beaches. Since November falls before the peak-season rush, you will be able to get more budget-friendly options for travel and accommodation, as well as lesser crowds. Top Places: Auckland, Bay of Islands, Queenstown


Vietnam is one of the best countries to visit in November, especially the Northern and Central Provinces. In Northern Vietnam, by November the winters set in with pleasant days and cooler nights. In Central Vietnam with the end of the Typhoon season in November, the weather becomes more favourable for outdoor activities. The temperature varies at around 20-30 degree celsius. You will also get better deals on travel, activities and accommodation, since it falls outside tourist-season.  Top Places: Hoi An, Hanoy, Halong Bay

3. United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates enjoys the start of winter in November. The weather is more comfortable than the summer months, and average temperatures range between 22-32 degrees celsius, which makes it perfect for outdoor activities like desert safaris, beach sports like snorkeling and diving. The days are cool, pleasant and sunny with clear skies. Since this is also the beginning of tourist season in UAE, the cost of travel and accommodation and crowd would be higher.   Top Places: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Fujairah


In November, Southern Morocco has pleasant and mild temperatures during the day and chilly evenings. While Northern parts experience wet and grey winters. The average temperature varies from 9-22 degrees celsius, which makes it a perfect time for outdoor activities like sightseeing and for cultural activties like Saffron harvest festival in Taliouine . Since it is not the peak tourist season in November, the cost of accomodation and travel, and activties will be cheaper.  Top Places: Marakkech, Casablanca


During the autumn month of November, Mexico has an average temperature of around 20 degrees celsius in the northern parts and about 30 degrees celsius in the southern regions. The coastal waters become significantly cooler and is an ideal time for outdoor activities like trekking, beaches and for celebrations like the Day of the Dead. Since it is the starting of the start of the holiday season, cost of travel and accomodation, as well as crowds would be higher.  Top Places: Mexico City, Cancun and Riviera Maya

6. Portugal


Portugal is one of the most beautiful places to visit in November . It is the Autumn season and layers of colourful, velvety leaves cover the country. The average temperature ranges from 12-19 degrees celsius, making this is one of the ideal time to travel for sightseeing, day tours and other outdoor activities. Since this is the shoulder season, the number of travellers to the country is relatively less and therefore tthe prices for accommodation and travel also go down. Top Places: Lisbon, Porto, Algrvae


November marks the beginning of summer in Chile. The weather is warm and pleasant, with lesser chances of rainfall and temperature ranges from 18-26 degrees with regional variations. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy trekking in the beautiful mountains of Patagonia, exploring the countryside and for other outdoor activites like deserts safaris in the Atacama desert. Since this is also the peak-tourist season, cost of travel and accomodation, as well as crowds would be higher.  Top Places: Santiago, Valparaiso


November in Egypt enjoys pleasant weather with the start of the winter season. Tempertures range from 20-25 degrees celsius. It is also an ideal time for outdoor activities like trekking, snorkeling, and sightseeing. In Cairo and the Nile Delta Region, winter months are cold, especially at night. However, the Southern part of Egypt remains warm even during winters. Since it is the peak season, tickets, activities and accomodation will be more costly, and the top tourist attractions will be more crowded. Top Places: Luxor, Aswan, Alexandria

9. Australia


November in Australia is the starting of the summer season, making it one of the best time to travel to the country. The weather is warm and sunny, with average temperatures hovering aroung 22-25 degrees celsius with less chances of rainfall. It is one of the best countries to visit in November for outdoor activties like trekking, hiking and water sports like diving and snorkeling.It is the beginning of the peak-tourist season, and cost as well as crowds would be higher. Top Places: Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania


November is Autumn in Japan and also a beautiful time to visit the country. Fall foliage is at its best and leaves turn golden. Skys are generally clear with little or no rainfall, and the weather is mild and comfortable with average temperatures ranging from 10-20 degrees celsius, which is great for outdoor activities like sightseeing, trekking and exploring beaches. Since this is the shoulder season, the crowd is relatively less and and the prices for accommodation and travel also go down. Top Places: Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone

11. Thailand


With a cool and dry climate, lots of sunshine and no rain,Thailand is one of the best countries to visit in November . The temperatures range from 22-32 degree celsius and is perfect for outdoor activties like sightseeig and for water sports like diving due to underwater visibility . Since it is also the tourist season, the costs for activites, travel and accomodation, and the crowds will be higher. Loy Krathong festival in November is also one of the main attractions. Top Places: Chiang Mai, Bangkok

12. Argentina


November is the time of Argentine summers with its mild and pleasant weather and occational rainfal. Average temperature ranges from 15-25 degrees celsius and this month is perfect for outdoor activities like sightseeing, and  for wildlife spotting in Valdes Peninsula. Winetasting is also a popular activity during November. Since this falls outside the peak-tourist season, the cost of accomodation and travel, and activties will be cheaper, and crowds will be lesser. Top Places: Buenos Aeris, Mendoza

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Best places to visit in november 2024.

November may seem like an inconvenient time to vacation due to Thanksgiving at the end of the month, but there are benefits to traveling at the end of the fall shoulder season. Crowds at popular destinations are a thing of the past, and hotel rates are often brilliantly low. U.S. News took into account these factors (and more) and considered a variety of destinations, from outdoorsy spots to big cities to small towns, both domestically and abroad, to compile the best places to visit in November. Want to put in your 2 cents'? Vote below to influence next year's list.

Argentine Patagonia

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countries to visit in november

Travelers seeking a cheap European vacation should consider a November getaway to Portugal's capital city. Temperatures remain comfortably in the 50s and 60s throughout the month, and although you can expect an increase in precipitation, the lack of crowds and inexpensive hotel prices more than make up for the rain. You'll appreciate the extra elbow room while riding Tram 28, a must-see Lisbon symbol that takes tourists past top sights like St. George's Castle and many beautiful miradouros (scenic viewpoints). What's more, the popular yellow tram provides easy access to Alfama, Lisbon's picturesque historic district.

countries to visit in november

A trip to the Swiss Alps in November appeals to those who want to save some money and avoid the peak ski season crowds. Ski season doesn't officially start until December, but there are several cable cars and ski resorts, including Saas-Fee and Zermatt, that may open early if they see snowfall. If you arrive before the snow, don't fret: You can trade shredding powder for hiking or biking various resorts' trails. Meanwhile, non-skiers will want to head to Geneva in early November to experience the annual Geneva International Film Festival.

countries to visit in november

Reasons to visit Chiang Mai in November are multifold. Not only will you enjoy dry weather and highs in the mid-80s, but you will also have the opportunity to attend festivals like Yi Peng and Loy Krathong. Spend your days touring historic temples like Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh, and in the evening, engage in some retail therapy at the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. With so many attractions and a stunning Old City to explore, it's no surprise that Chiang Mai is one of the best places to visit in Thailand .

countries to visit in november

The Maldives is consistently warm year-round, but some of the best weather happens during its dry season. November marks the beginning of the transition out of the wet season, offering sunnier days that are ideal for lounging on the island nation's white sand beaches and enjoying water sports activities like windsurfing and Jet Skiing. Thanks to the decrease in rainfall, this is also one of the best times for snorkeling and scuba diving. When you need a break from the beach, take a speedboat to the capital city of Malé, where there are plenty of sights, markets and restaurants to explore.

countries to visit in november

Spring is in full swing in Argentine Patagonia in November. The month's comfortable daytime temperatures, which rest in the 60s, are perfect for exploring Argentine Patagonia's many natural wonders. Visit Punta Tombo and Peninsula Valdés in Atlantic Patagonia to look for marine wildlife like orcas, Magellanic penguins and sea lions. Or, head to the Argentine Lake District or Southern Patagonia to hike, ride horses and go whitewater rafting. Though the journey to Argentine Patagonia is long, its jaw-dropping scenery and affordable lodging make a November trip well worth the effort.

countries to visit in november

The second-largest city in Cambodia is ready for tourists come November. Chance of rain decreases as Siem Reap heads into its dry season, and average temperatures rest in the 80s and 90s during the day. Top attractions here include Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm temples, along with the Cambodian Landmine Museum and Angkor National Museum. Plus, November brings the city's annual Cambodian Water Festival, a multi-day event complete with boat races, live music and food.

countries to visit in november

If you can look past the increase in rainfall, Crete in November yields some pretty big wins. Not only do hotel prices fall and crowds thin out, but several events also take place throughout the month. Visit during St. Minas Parade on Nov. 11 or time your trip for the Tsikoudia Festival, a celebration of the art of raki making. Although this isn't the prime time for relaxing on Crete's beaches, travelers will enjoy checking out top attractions like the Palace of Knossos and wandering through Rethymno Old Town. Be sure to book your accommodations in advance, as many resorts will be closed for the season.

countries to visit in november

Though you can expect chilly weather (think: average temperatures in the mid-40s), a November trip to Hungary's capital city is well worth your while. The hordes of tourists who descend on Budapest come summer have left, making it a prime time for scoring hotel deals. Take advantage of the relative quiet by warming up with a relaxing soak in Budapest's thermal baths or touring the Hungarian House of Parliament building. Just don't forget to save time for exploring Fisherman's Bastion, a neo-Gothic style structure boasting lookout towers and terraces with panoramic views of the city.

countries to visit in november

Situated on the southern coast of Croatia overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik boasts grand medieval architecture and fascinating historical sites. Average temperatures sit in the mid-60s in November and rainy days are likely, so this isn't the best time to lounge on the city's picture-perfect beaches . But it is the best time to visit for travelers hoping to avoid the crowds and protect their wallets. You'll find shorter lines at popular attractions like the Walls of Dubrovnik, and you'll rub elbows with fewer strangers when strolling through Dubrovnik's scenic Old Town.

countries to visit in november

Located along the U.S.-Mexico border, Big Bend National Park is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Spanning 800,000-plus acres and featuring more than 150 miles of hiking trails, this Texas national park receives upward of 500,000 visitors per year. Although you'll no doubt encounter other tourists during your vacation (November kicks off the park's peak fall season), the pleasant temperatures in the 60s and 70s are worth battling the crowds. Because of the park's popularity during this time, be sure to book your accommodations early.

countries to visit in november

Visiting Istanbul during the city's shoulder season provides several perks. Summer tourists have vacated, leaving behind crowd-free attractions and affordable room rates. Plus, average temperatures are still comfortable in the 50s and 60s, meaning travelers don't need to worry about packing their snow boots (although rain is likely). Spend your vacation exploring this Turkish city's gorgeous mosques (the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are must-visit landmarks), perusing the Topkapi Palace Museum or strolling through the Besiktas and Beyoglu districts for a taste of local culture.

countries to visit in november

Visit Curacao at the end of its offseason to score major deals on airfare and accommodations. Though you'll come across some rain during a November vacation, you won't have to worry about the threat of a hurricane thanks to the island nation's location outside of the Caribbean's hurricane belt. Luckily, showers mostly occur at night, leaving you plenty of time to soak up some sun on the island's white sand beaches . Head to Playa Lagun or Cas Abao Beach to swim and snorkel, or take a stroll down the Handelskade pier to admire the colorful buildings and gorgeous water.

countries to visit in november

Sitting about 70 miles southeast of Portland in the Mount Hood National Forest, Mount Hood is the highest point in Oregon. It is also one of the most-climbed mountains in the world, making it a popular getaway destination for adventure travelers. A perfect November itinerary will include activities like sledding, riding the Mount Hood Christmas Train and skiing (ski season can start as soon as early to mid-November on the mountain). In the evening, warm up by the fireplace at one of the destination's many cozy lodges and inns.

countries to visit in november

A November getaway to the Big Apple means cooler temperatures and plenty of entertaining events, including the New York Comedy Festival. Travelers can admire the stunning fall colors that paint Central Park, check the exhibits on display at the world-famous Metropolitan Museum of Art or go ice skating at one of the many rinks that open around the holidays. Keep in mind, during popular events like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the New York City Marathon, crowds descend on the city and hotel prices surge.

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Shenandoah National Park's stunning fall foliage and comfortable weather (think: temperatures in the low 50s to low 60s) last through mid-November, making this a great time to take in the landscape while exploring the park. Hit up the Virginia park's miles of hiking trails, including popular (albeit challenging) Old Rag Mountain and Fort Windham Rocks, which is part of the Appalachian Trail. Or, bring a bike and enjoy a scenic ride down tree-lined Skyline Drive.

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The Best Places to Travel in November

Best Places to Travel in November St. Barts

Tucked between fall getaways and winter holidays, November is one of the best months for a socially-distanced vacation (read: fewer crowds). It’s also a great time to use up your remaining vacation days before the end of the year, whether you want to escape the increasingly chilly weather or extend your Thanksgiving break into a memorable international trip. Here, we’ve rounded up 8 of the best places to travel in November, from Thailand to the Caribbean.

Due to the Delta variant of coronavirus , it’s a good idea to consider extra precautions if traveling this fall. We recommend investing in “ cancel for any reason ” travel insurance and only booking changeable flights and accommodations. It’s also crucial to obtain medical insurance that will cover you abroad, and to research each country’s case and vaccination rates when choosing your destination.

This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

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The Seychelles

Off the coast of Kenya, the 115 coral and granite islands of the Seychelles are home to lush jungles, spectacular waterfalls, pristine beaches, and some of the most beautiful resorts on the planet. The country also just so happens to be one of the best places to travel in November, representing a break between the humid northwest trade winds and the cooler southeast trade winds. In other words? The weather is absolutely perfect. You’ll also dodge the December high season, allowing you to really enjoy your sunbathing and scuba diving uninterrupted. 

For what may end up being the most luxurious experience of your life, stay in one of the 11 fantasy villas at North Island . Bookended by a lush forest and coral-rich water, the resort offers every paradisiacal amenity, from marble tubs and outdoor showers to chefs that prepare meals right in your suite. Good luck returning to your snowy hometown after that.

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The Berkshires, Massachusetts

A trip to the Berkshires is like jumping into the pages of an Edith Wharton novel, with Gilded Age mansions and throes of New York City weekenders. (You can even visit Wharton’s own house and gardens.) You could easily spend a few days casually exploring the region’s antique shops, farm-to-table restaurants, and luxury spas, but the main seasonal draw is, of course, the fall foliage—the trees are still colorful in mid-November here. Get the best views from the top of Mount Greylock, where you can see up to 90 miles away when the air is clear. 

One of the newest (and best) places to set up camp is Miraval Berkshires in the charming town of Lenox, where horse stables and cottage-style rooms will make you feel like you’re at an upscale sleepaway camp.

Panama City

November is shoulder season in Panama, as the wet weather of the winter disperses but the prices remain lower than in summer. It’s also when celebrations take place to mark the founding of the country—not once, but twice. On November 28, locals mark Independence Day, when this chunk of central America broke away from colonial Spain in 1821; November 3 is Separation Day, when Panama emerged as a self-governing country separate from Gran Colombia 82 years later. Traditionally, it’s an excuse for the entire month to feel like a party, with parades and fireworks held on a regular basis, all accompanied by thumping drum music. 

Book a stay at the American Trade Hotel in Panama City, a 50-room building overlooking the popular Plaza Herrera. Try to score a room on the fourth floor, where you can see ships gliding through the Bay of Panama.

Canouan St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A small, barely five-square-mile nation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Canouan is one of the Caribbean's best kept secrets. It’s easy to see the island’s appeal the minute you step foot here: Golf carts replace cars, tortoises outnumber humans, hummingbirds flit between the lush foliage, and golden beaches line clear, pool-like ocean water. 

Canouan is slowly making an international name for itself thanks to a recent flurry of luxury hotel openings, the most notable of which is the Mandarin Oriental . Situated on 1,200 acres and featuring only 26 suites and 13 villas, the resort offers activities like snorkeling and windsurfing, an 18-hole golf course, Caribbean excursions on a luxury yacht, and guided hikes up Mount Royal. But if you want to spend most of your time at the award-winning spa, we certainly wouldn’t judge.

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Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Though often overlooked for Tuscany’s bucolic hills and the Amalfi Coast’s glittering villages, Emilia-Romagna is ready for its spotlight. The region shines in the autumn months, with temperatures hovering in the low 60s and festivals popping up to celebrate the area’s food and wine. Starting in October and stretching through November 9, the annual Tartufesta (White Truffle Festival) returns this year to the small village surrounding Bologna, complete with markets, tasting menus, and truffle-hunting tours. 

Another notable event is Baccanale in the town of Imola (Oct. 30–Nov. 21), a multi-week festival focusing on a specific aspect of local gastronomy. This year’s theme is “Amola” (which translates to “bitter”), focusing on the often unappreciated flavor profile of products like coffee, citrus fruits, artichokes, and thistles. 

Film lovers should also consider a trip to Emilia-Romagna, as a new museum dedicated to filmmaker Federico Fellini just opened in August in the seaside city of Rimini (Fellini’s hometown). The Federico Fellini International Museum is located in Sismondo Castle, and includes replicated film sets, original scripts and costumes, and Fellini movies played on a loop. La dolce vita, indeed.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Thai government plans to reopen Chiang Mai on October 1 as part of the second phase of the country’s reopening timeline, which is obviously great news for travelers. The news feels even greater when you remember that November marks Chiang Mai’s annual Yi Peng lantern festival. Every year, on the full moon of the twelfth month of the Thai lunar calendar (Nov. 19-20 this year), the skies fill with thousands of glowing orange paper lanterns, which are released as a way of letting go of anything negative from the past year and inviting in the positive moving forward. 

There are tons of other reasons to visit Thailand's northern cultural capital, of course, from the thriving arts and design scene to steaming bowls of khao soi. When it comes to accommodations, you can’t do much better than Anantara Chiang Mai Resort . Although it’s just a short tuk tuk ride away from Old Town, the property feels more like a country retreat, thanks to a bamboo wall encircling the entire resort, rooms with super-sized terraces, an infinity pool surrounded by lily ponds, and a decadent afternoon tea service.

Best Places to Travel in November St. Barts

Come hungry to St. Barts this November, when the island hosts its eighth annual Gourmet Festival from Nov. 10-14. A collection of 11 French chefs with Michelin-starred restaurants will cook and host a series of exclusive dinners, as well as wine-tastings and amateur cooking competitions. 

Another huge reason to visit the Caribbean island is the eternally chic Eden Rock hotel, which continues to be a favorite among our readers and editors. Fresh off a 2020 renovation, the property boasts suites with private plunge pools, views of the impossibly blue ocean, and some of the most spacious bathrooms you’ve ever seen. Just one night here will make you feel like the most glam, sun-kissed version of yourself.

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Want to make Thanksgiving extra memorable this year? Head to Ireland, where your family can enjoy a holiday feast in an actual Irish castle. The 450-acre Dromoland Castle in County Clare is offering a special Thanksgiving package to guests from November 23–28, complete with the aforementioned feast, roaring fires, fine whiskeys, woodland walks, and a round of golf or two. 

The castle dates back to the 16th century but recently underwent a $23 million renovation, meaning you can enjoy traditional decor and architectural details (arched windows, spiral staircases, and more) with modern touches like flatscreen TVs and outdoor hot tubs. The castle is also an easy drive away from the Cliffs of Moher, letting you experience one of the world’s most beautiful sites with ease.

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What are the best places to visit in Europe in November? 

November’s the start of the cooler season in Europe, and while the barometer drops, there’s plenty of sunny weather in the south, it’s an excellent off-peak time to explore the major cities and festivals are abundant throughout the continent. 

Europe’s abundance of destinations mean that there’s something to suit every taste and style throughout the continent – head to the Northern regions for snow and cosy vibes and Southern Europe for warm temperatures and almost deserted beaches!

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Why visit Europe in November? 

November’s on the cusp of the winter months, and while you won’t find heat anywhere, the South does have warm weather. 

It might not be beach holiday, sunbathing and swimming in the Med weather, but the mild temperatures are conducive enough for picnicking on the beach and hiking! 

In fact, much of Europe can be far too warm in the peak summer months, and November’s usually the sweet spot before it starts cooling off from December to February. 

However, head north, and winter’s already in full swing. 

Iceland’s a popular destination in the winter, thanks to its northern lights and snow, and November’s generally the start of the big freeze here.

Tromsø in Norway’s also well worth visiting to learn about Sami culture, skiing and the Northern Lights . 

European destinations like London and Bologna have events in November, too. Plus, it’s well worth visiting during the off-peak season – when the cities are much quieter than the summer months!

Best places to visit in Europe in November

The best places to visit in Europe in November are scattered across the continent. Whether you want pleasant weather and sandy beaches in the south or the dark skies of the north, there are tonnes of places in early winter here!

Let’s delve into the best places in November in Europe! 

1. Madeira, Portugal

Landscape of Madeira island - Portugal

Visiting Madeira in November ?

This Portuguese archipelago is well-known for its lush landscapes and subtropical climate; it sits in the Atlantic Ocean, further south than most of Mainland Europe, which keeps the climate fairly mild! 

In fact, while temperatures can dip, they are usually warm enough for outdoor activities, averaging between 17-22°C (63-72°F).

Visit Funchal, the capital, and explore its historic sites, such as the Sé Cathedral and the CR7 Museum.

November’s an ideal time for hiking enthusiasts to explore Madeira’s famous levadas , or irrigation channels, as the cooler weather makes for a more comfortable trek.

While rain is more likely in November, the showers generally pass quickly – and they also contribute to the island’s vibrant greenery!

Outdoor activities aren’t limited to hiking; on the coastline you can go SCUBA diving, with visibility often exceeding 30 meters. The sea’s still relatively warm in November! 

2. Ibiza, Spain

Cala d'Hort, Ibiza (Spain)

Ibiza: it’s not all about partying, and it’s also the perfect destination for a November trip! 

November’s an excellent month to see what else Ibiza has to offer. 

The hordes of tourists have receded, providing a quieter, more authentic atmosphere so you can delve into the island’s cultural and natural landscapes.

Daytime temperatures in November range from 16-20°C (61-68°F). Evening temperatures can be cooler, so bring layers!

The quieter streets of Ibiza Town are dreamy in November. 

Visit the historic Dalt Vila, the fortified old town, and discover its cobblestone streets and majestic cathedral without the summer crowds.

Cafés and local eateries welcome you without requiring advance reservations, offering a chance to try traditional Ibicenco cuisine like “ bullit de peix ,” a local fish stew.

November is the ideal month for active travellers – the island’s hiking and biking trails are less crowded.

Routes like the one from San José to Cala d’Hort mean stunning views of the rocky coastline and the mysterious island of Es Vedrà off the coast.

Water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding are still available, although the sea can be a bit chilly!

Local markets, such as Las Dalias, continue to operate, albeit on a smaller scale.

These venues sell locally made goods, including crafts, clothing, and food items. 

3. Basel, Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland. Christmas fairytale market at Munsterplatz and Munster Cathedral, Swiss Confederation.

Visiting Basel, Switzerland, in November is dreamy.

With temperatures ranging from 2-9°C (36-48°F), it’s a chilly month (although not as freezing as the snowiest places in Switzerland ) but the city’s indoor attractions and seasonal events have plenty on offer! 

One of the highlights of November is the Autumn Fair, or “ Herbstmesse ,” a tradition that dates back to the 15th century.

The event is one of the largest fairs in Europe and encompasses amusement rides, market stalls, and traditional Swiss foods. It’s a buzzing time to be in the city!

At the end of November, the Christmas markets spring to life.

They’re among some of the best in Europe , with gluwein being sold from traditional stalls and plenty of opportunities to purchase the perfect Christmas presents! 

In November, Basel’s renowned art scene truly comes to life indoors.

The city’s home to over 40 museums, with the Basel Art Museum standing out for its extensive collection of works by Picasso.

Basel’s culinary scene is rich in November ( and throughout winter ), serving everything from traditional Swiss dishes like fondue and rösti to global cuisines.

November’s also a great time for wine enthusiasts, as local vineyards release new vintages that you can sample at various wine bars around the city.

4. London, UK

Aerial view of illuminated London, UK, during evening time featuring the Tower Bridge, Thames river and the modern skyscrapers of Canary Wharf

In November, London blends history, culture, and festivity against a backdrop of shorter days and crisp autumnal air!

It’s cooler and darker: with temperatures ranging from 8-12°C (46-54°F), you’ll want to dress warmly, but it’s cosy!

One of the defining events of London in November is Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night .

Celebrated on 5th November, this tradition commemorates the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, and it’s marked by spectacular firework displays and bonfires across the city.

Locations like Battersea Park, Alexandra Palace, and Victoria Park are popular spots for these events.

They often sell out, so consider booking your tickets early!

Celebrations are family-friendly and feature fairground rides, food stalls, and live entertainment.

In winter , the crowds at landmarks like the British Museum, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace thin out considerably.

You’ll delve into London’s rich history and art scene at a more relaxed pace!

If you’re dining, you’ll find less crowded eateries and a chance to explore London’s international food scene in neighbourhoods like Chinatown, Little Venice, and Brick Lane.

At the start of the month, enjoy the city’s parks – like Hyde Park and Regent’s Park – and check out the autumn leaves.

And at the end of the month, Christmas arrives!

Iconic holiday lights start to appear in Covent Garden and Oxford Street and London’s festive markets and Winter Wonderland’s in full swing. 

It’s a fantastic place to visit if you want to enjoy an early Christmas break – the crowds are thinner in November, too! 

5. Tirana, Albania

View of the buildings in Tirana, Albania

With its skyline plastered with painted apartment buildings and street art and a glut of green spaces, Tirana is a perennially colourful city in the Balkans where you can cast away November’s gloom.

November is shoulder season in Tirana, so you will find there are far fewer tourists in the city compared to the summer peak months when people pass through on their way to the Albanian Riviera.

Albania marks two important holidays during this month, Independence Day (November 28) and Liberation Day (November 29), which both bring decorations and festivities to the streets.

The biggest event in November is White Night, which also falls on November 29. The entire city of Tirana spills out onto the streets for this cultural bonanza, and all galleries and museums in the city – including BUNK’ART, the famous museum set in a nuclear bunker – are free to visit.

With average highs of 17°C and plenty of winter sunshine, November is also a great month for outdoor activities such as hiking around Dajti Mountain, accessible from the city centre by cable car.

Overnight, the mercury sinks as low as 6°C, perfect for cosying up with a glass of local wine at one of Tirana’s funky bars such as Komiteti Kafe Muzeum.

By Emily from Wander-Lush

6. Piedmont, Italy 

Piedmont region Italy

If you’re a foodie looking for a unique November adventure in Europe, plan a visit to the beautiful and under-visited region of Piedmont (Piemonte) in northern Italy.

Long known as the world’s premier producer of Barolo wine, it is also famous for making chocolate in the capital city of Turin.

But one particular delicacy that grows prolifically here is the white truffle, a relatively rare and therefore expensive natural food that is celebrated every November at the prestigious International Alba White Truffle Fair .

Located an hour south of Turin by car, the city of Alba is worth visiting to attend the truffle festival and dine at local restaurants that serve it. Fall is the height of the harvest season in Piedmont and the Fair is a real highlight, especially for foodies.

You’ll learn the difference between black and the rare white truffles. When you see how truffle hunters work with trained “truffle dogs” to search and unearth these knotty morsels, you’ll understand why they are so expensive!

Throughout the multi-day festival, there are cooking classes, wine tastings, and vendors serving local cheeses, cured meats, chocolate, and of course local wine.

Even if you’re not a truffle lover or haven’t tried them before, the Alba Truffle Festival is the place for your taste buds to get acquainted with this wonderfully unique flavour.

By Lori from Travlinmad

7. Paris, France

Eiffel tower of Paris with sunset in background.

There’s something special about Paris in November.

When the summer heat fades away, so do the tourist crowds.

Before the French capital gets busy again before the Christmas market and holiday rush, November is the ideal shoulder season to enjoy it in tranquillity. 

November is considered late autumn/ onset of winter, but it isn’t too chilly yet, with temperatures ranging between 6℃ and 11℃.

The crisp air calls for a trench coat and scarves, but you should still be able to take long walks by the Seine!

In fact, it’s the best time to appreciate and take on a French chic style!

As the cool autumn breeze blows, sip a cup of French hot chocolate at a cute terrace cafe.

Visit Carette in Trocadéro for its legendary chocolat chaud and macarons while relishing in a view of the Eiffel Tower. 

Paris is stunning year-round – but nature blesses the city with a breathtaking display of colours in November when the ginko trees transform the streets of Paris with a vibrant golden hue.

Visit the Jardin des Plants to experience this phenomenal sight!

Although November is a calm month before the holiday chaos, it is always best to research the best place to stay in Paris and book in advance.

By Chloe from Chloe’s Travelogue

8. Bologna, Italy

Bologna, a covered walkway

There are two really good reasons to visit Bologna in November.

First, the colder weather is far less of a downside in Bologna than elsewhere.

Most of the streets have porticoes – covered walkways that date from the middle ages. This means that if there’s some rain, it won’t bother you too much!

Plus, cooler temperatures actually make one of the city’s most famous activities more comfortable.

The Portico of San Luca, Bologna is the world’s longest portico, a covered stretch of pavement, at 4km long.

This handsome portico stretches from Bologna city centre up into the hills outside Bologna, ending at the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca.

There’s a religious procession from the church down to the city once a year.

But every day, locals and tourists do the walk in reverse, from the city up the hill.

And it’s not much fun on a hot day because half the route is unrelenting uphill steps. Doing this walk on a cooler day is much more sensible!

The second reason to visit Bologna in November relates to its foodie heritage.

Bologna lies at the heart of Emilia-Romagna, the Italian region from which we get Parma ham, Parmigiano Reggiano and Aceto Balsamico di Modena.

And in November, there’s a foodie festival in the Bolognese area: Tartufesta .

During this festival to celebrate the local white truffle that is found in the Bolognese hills, there are several events in the nearby towns, from October into November.

It’s similar to the festival in Piedmont; you could visit both on one trip!

I personally don’t have a taste for truffles, but I found the local foodie heritage and customs in Bologna fascinating.

And I really loved the food tour by Delicious Bologna – it’s really informative and involves tasting lots of local food and wine.

By Martha from MayCauseWanderlust.com

9. Burgundy

Burgundy in France

November’s the perfect time of year to explore the historic region of Burgundy, located in eastern France .

This is when the area of Beaujolais, which sits between Burgundy to the north and Rhône to the south, hosts the renowned Beaujolais Nouveau Festival .

It’s held on the third Thursday of November annually, to celebrate the first wine of the season.

The tradition originated in the 19th century when local vintners would compete to produce the first wine after harvest.

The rules surrounding the festival are strictly adhered to. All grapes must be harvested by hand, and the wine produced from the Gamay grape variety.

The Beaujolais Nouveau cannot be uncorked till precisely 12:01 a.m!

At that point, it’s released onto the market amid a flurry of celebrations and calls of “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!”.

It’s a lot of fun and normally accompanied by fireworks, good food, and of course, plenty of Beaujolais Nouveau!

In addition to the festival, Burgundy is famous for its historical sites, such as the cobbled streets of Dijon, where you can visit the Palace of the Dukes and the adjacent Musée des Beaux-Arts, one of the oldest museums in France.

And don’t forget a tour of the region’s vineyards to see how the wine is made, and to do a little tasting of your own.

By Kylie from Life in Rural France

10. Cadiz, Spain 

Cadiz building rooftops

A trip to Cadiz in Andalusia, Spain during November is ideal for winter sunshine and blue waters! 

With daytime temperatures hovering between 15°C and 19°C, it’s one of the best Andalusian cities to explore! 

November’s lower visitor numbers give you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and delve into the city’s rich history.

If avoiding crowds appeals, there’s an abundance of tranquil beaches and coastline stretching beyond the city limits, just waiting for your footsteps!

While in Cadiz, don’t miss out on the Old Town.

Here, you’ll find an array of plazas, historic structures, and civic landmarks like the Cathedral and City Hall.

For a change of scenery, you can head to the Malecon district to experience the bay-front castle, San Sebastian. Alternatively, a local train can whisk you off to various beaches around the city.

November also brings a line-up of local events. Look out for Dia de San Clemente festivities in honor of the patron saint of sailors and All Saints Day celebrations at the start of the month. 

Your visit wouldn’t be complete without sampling the local street food, exploring the numerous public markets and plazas, and letting yourself get lost in the labyrinthine alleys of the Old Town.

By Noel from Visit Spain and Mediterranean.com

11. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary, in November

Hungary’s capital, Budapest, is one of those cities that can be visited year-round.

However, if you want to enjoy mild weather and a city that’s not overcrowded with tourists, make your way here in November.

At the start of the month, the autumn foliage is at its best.

The parks are glistening with shades of yellow, copper, and green as the leaves are quietly putting on their best display. 

While the city offers a lot of things to do and places to visit, most of the attractions are condensed along the banks of the Danube.

During a weekend in Budapest you can visit Buda Castle with its imposing Matthias Church and beautiful Fishermen Bastion.

Or, hike Gellert Hill to Citadella and enjoy some gorgeous views of Pest (Buda and Pest are the two sides of the city!). 

In Pest, visit the imposing Parliament Building and the Great Market Hall.

Hop on Metro line 1 and get off at Heroes Square or stroll down Andrassy Avenue.

At the end of the avenue, you’ll find the huge Heroes Square with statues and further down, the gorgeous Vajdahunyad Castle and its grounds (which, by the way, are superb in late autumn).

Staying longer? Plan for a couple of day trips.

Szentendre is easily reachable by HEV and can be visited in half a day. Enjoy this colorful village and stop for a nice cake at the Marzipan Museum.

And if you love wine, be sure to visit Eger, located about an hour by train from Budapest.

By Cris from LooknWalk

12. Ronda, Spain

Ronda in Spain

Ronda in southern Spain is a wonderful November destination.

While the mornings and evenings are crisp, it’s gorgeous in the sun.

Fall colours are at their best in mid-November before the rain starts – plus, the walk down to the viewpoint of the New Bridge is beautiful at this time of the year!

Gardens between the New Bridge and the Old Bridge are glorious in November.

Don’t miss the attractions in the Old Town like the Arab Baths and old castle walls!

This is also where to stay in Ronda if you want to be in the middle of the medieval town. However, cross the bridge and look for a place to stay there if you prefer having the hippest bars and restaurants at your doorstep.

You find most of them along the pedestrian street. Mid-November is also the best time of the year to chase fall colors in Bosque de Cobre (Copper Forest) which is in Valle del Genal.

There are several hikes you can do through the orange blanket of chestnut trees covering the valley and it is one of the best places to see fall colors in southern Spain.

By Linn from Amused by Andalucia

13. Lagos, Portugal

Ponta da Piedade

Located in the Algarve region of Portugal, Lagos is an excellent location for beautiful beaches and mild weather outside of summer.

A wonderful town for winter sun – with some of the best weather in mainland Europe in November – Lagos is optimum for hiking, surfing and even relaxing on the beach. 

Walk on the boardwalks to see the famous Ponta Piedade or even hike all the way on the cliffs to the town of Luz!

Temperatures creep up to 22°C (72°F) in November; which is summer conditions elsewhere in Europe!

Several boat tours from Lagos still depart from the marina in November.

But, as it’s the off-season in the Algarve, there will be fewer tourists compared to the summer months!

This means that accommodation is significantly less expensive in this popular holiday location.

Several cultural events and markets take place in the Algarve in November, such as the famous centuries-old autumn fair ‘Feira de São Martinho’ dating back to 1662 in nearby Portimão.

Lagos has excellent golf courses, too.

November’s a fantastic time to take out the golf clubs as it’s still warm enough for golf, and the courses aren’t as busy as in the summer!

By Campbell from The Algarve Family

14. Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt in November

For an early season of snowflakes, snowboarding, skiing and making snow angels, one of the best places you can visit is Zermatt.

Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps and the Valais canton of Switzerland, Zermatt in November is beautiful place to be.

November is usually the opening month of the winter season, once the area gets a good snowfall. Which makes it great for not being so touristic. Not all will be open, but its just as special as any other season.

Top wintery things you must do while visiting Zermatt include dining at a cosy local restaurant (with gluhwein!), taking the stunning red Gornergrat train to 3,135 meter elevation, and of course taking the Matterhorn Glacier Express from the village to the very top peak of the Kleine Matterhorn (including skiing from here!).

On a clear day, the views are truly stunning at the top. You can even consider visiting the additional ski mountain station at the Testa Grigia.

For the local ski and chairlifts, you can book your tickets in advance via the Zermatt Tourism website, else to buy a ticket on the day of arrival at the entrance area in Zermatt.

Though it’s advised to buy in advance and enjoy a wonderful wintery time in this picturesque location.

By Zoe from Together In Switzerland

15. Fuerteventura, Spain

Cofete Beach on the Southern Tip of Fuerteventura during Sunset, post processed in HDR

Looking for a winter break in a bathing suit? Look no more, Fuerteventura awaits you!

This Canary Island boasts incredible beaches and a stable climate throughout the year.

It’s perfect for enjoying the sea even during winter months!

In November, Fuerteventura’s beaches are perfect for relaxing, with temperatures reaching up to 22ºC (72ºF).

From the famous golden landscape of Corralejo (the biggest dunes of the archipelago!) to the beautiful Cotillo beaches in the north of the island to the breathtaking 12-kilometre Cofete Beach in the south, there are almost 200 beaches waiting to be explored!

In the centre of the island, you’ll find beautiful towns like Betancuria, which is one of the oldest towns on the Canary Islands and Fuerteventura’s former capital. 

Plus, Fuerteventura’s easy to reach in November: take one of many flights from mainland Spain or several European cities.

You might even be able to nap a bargain with low-cost companies like RyanAir and Easyjet.

Fancy seeing another Canary Island? I have guides for Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria in winter too. 

By Inês from Random Trip

16. Oslo, Norway

View of a street in Oslo in November

Looking for Christmas vibes before the start of the peak season? Head to Oslo in Norway!

Starting in mid-November, Oslo sets up its annual Christmas Market along the main street, Karl Johan Street.

Here, you’ll find tons of wooden stalls selling traditional food, warm drinks, and hand-crafted souvenirs!

During November, the city’s average high is 4°C (40°F) and an average low is 0°C(32°F) – comparatively warmer than the following months!

So, if you want to visit Norway in winter but don’t want too chilly weather, November in Oslo’s perfect.

Aside from wandering the Christmas market, there are plenty of other things to do.

Aa popular attraction is the Munch Museum which showcases hundreds of pieces by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch.

The iconic  The Scream  painting is on display there!

Another fun activity is to  walk around and sample the local street food !

Don’t miss the Norwegian waffle – usually thinner than other waffles and often served with Norwegian “brown cheese”.

So if you’re keen on exploring the Scandinavian region and visiting one of the first Christmas markets that opens in Europe, consider visiting Oslo in November!

By Kristin from Global Travel Escapades

FAQs about visiting Europe in November

switzerland - basel, christmas market

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about spending December in Europe!

Is November a good time to visit Europe?

Absolutely, November’s ideal for a different, less crowded trip to Europe!

While it’s the onset of winter, attractions like museums and historical sites are less congested.

Additionally, several cities are gearing up for the holiday season !

Which part of Europe is best to visit in November?

If you seek a holiday atmosphere minus the December crowds, head to Central European cities like Vienna and Prague.

Want to avoid cold temperatures?

Southern regions like Andalusia in Spain or the Greek Islands have milder climates!

Is it too cold to visit Europe in November?

The cold depends on the region.

Northern countries like Sweden or Norway have colder temperatures, often dipping below freezing.

Central Europe varies but generally hovers around 5-10°C (41-50°F).

Southern Europe enjoys milder temperatures – it’s more manageable if you’re not so fond of the cold!

Where in Europe is warmest in November?

The warmest destinations in Europe during November are the Canary Islands, where temperatures average around 20-24°C (68-75°F).

You’ll also find milder weather in parts of southern Spain , Italy, and Greece.

Which country is best to visit in November?

The “best” country to visit in November depends on what you’re looking for!

For winter festivals and holiday markets, Central European countries like Austria or Czech Republic are excellent.

For outdoor activities in milder weather, how about Spain or Portugal ?

If you’re looking for early snowsports, glaciers and Northern Lights, head north, to Norway or Iceland !

Are you ready to explore Europe in November?

From rich food festivals to earth season skiing for winter sunshine, exploring Europe in November is an excellent idea!

Whatever your trip style, you’ll find plenty to love on this continent at the start of the winter season.

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Claire is an expert in exploring Europe in the winter! She's from the UK and has been to over 20 countries on the continent in the winter season. She loves every bit of Europe in the cooler months, including finding winter sunshine in Spain, skiing in the Alps and the charm of the Nordic countries in the festive season.

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The best places to visit in November 2023

Sep 29, 2023 • 9 min read

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If the thought of another year crawling to a close has left you feeling a little low, November is the perfect time to give yourself a travel-fueled lift, with an array of destinations primed for exploration during the penultimate month of the year.

Whether you want to relax on the beach in Southern Vietnam or hop on your bike in Death Valley, USA, the world is waiting to be explored. Go bird-watching in Panama, take a road trip on New Zealand’s North Island, or eat your way across South Korea ⁠– trust us, the year is far from over.

Where are the best places to travel to in November for relaxation?

A group of hikers walk through a the trees in Ghana; a blue boat floats down a tropical river in the Mekong Delta.

Why now? It’s excellent weather for everything.

Ghana has a great mix. In this diverse wedge of West Africa , you’ll find lush rainforests, soft-sand beaches, rich history, vibrant villages and parks a-scutter with life. Loitering just above the equator, the temperature here changes little year-round (expect 27–30°C/80–86°F) – but November marks the start of the drier months, when travel is easier and the countryside abundantly green, but the harsh harmattan wind hasn’t yet started blowing from the Sahara.

It’s a good time to visit the Unesco-listed shrines of the great Ashanti civilization, safari in spots such as Mole National Park (where you can walk amid elephants and vervet monkeys) and retrace the coast’s haunting past. Some 40 fortresses were built here, where enslaved people were held before facing the horrors of the Middle Passage; Cape Coast and Elmina castles are especially moving. November is also a good time to meet Ghana’s people: head to the fishing settlements in the south, the animist Lobi villages of the north and the many communities in between.

Southern Vietnam

Why now? Swim, snorkel, sunbathe and explore the Mekong Delta.

Vietnam ’s southern tip is a lucky dip of the region’s best bits: the heady rush of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), moving relics of war, the Mekong Delta ’s paddies and villages, and beautiful, beach-lined Phu Quoc and Con Dao Islands. Both hosted colonial French prisons – you can visit the haunting remains – but are now better known as chill-out getaways, perfect in November after rain and humidity have eased. Closer to Cambodia than Vietnam, Phu Quoc has varied accommodations, great snorkeling and some lovely, quiet beaches. Con Dao is more remote and rugged, hosting nesting turtles (June to September) and dugongs as well as peaceful resorts on breathtaking beaches. 

Where are the best places to travel to in November for wildlife and nature?

A bright blue bird sits on a branch in Panama; A VW bus drives down the road in New Zealand.

Why now? For an abundance of avian action.

Panama boasts some of the best birding in Central America . Almost 1000 species have been recorded on this narrow isthmus – from big-billed toucans and bright-plumed trogons to motmots, manakins, puffbirds and jacamars. And in October/November, the numbers swell, as almost two million broad-winged hawks, Swainson’s hawks and turkey vultures migrate south via Panama’s jungle, joining an assemblage of sloths, howler monkeys and colorful frogs too. Soberíana National Park is a superb place to try to spot them. Easily accessible from Panama City , and sitting astride the Panama Canal , the park has a range of self-guided walking routes. (The 17km/10.5-mile Pipeline trail is renowned for its brilliant bird sightings.) It’s also possible to arrange guided strolls, night excursions and boat trips, and to stay in a lodge perched up in the canopy. 

North Island, New Zealand

Why now? Hit the road for less.

Quiet, scenic roads; sleeping in out-of-the-way places; the chance to go wherever the mood takes you... There are few better ways to explore New Zealand than by camper. High summer seems best for a road trip – but it’s also more expensive, whereas hiring a camper outside peak season can be up to 50% cheaper. End-of-spring November is a smart choice: lower prices and fewer tourists, but warming up nicely and rampant with wildflowers. The North Island will be a bit warmer than the South – Auckland highs average 20°C (68°F) this month. It’s also bubbling with geothermal activity, so if it does get a little chilly you can warm up at Rotorua and Lake Taupo ’s hot-spring complexes, or find wild-and-free thermal pools such as Kerosene Creek (near Rotorua), which has a hot waterfall. There’s also plenty of warmer-weather fun: blackwater raft through Waitomo’s glowworm caves , shelter amid the Hobbiton film set or walk beneath Waipoua Forest’s towering kauri trees.

Where are the best places to travel to in November for culture?

A woman with a face painted for Day of the Dead in Oaxaca; explore the streets of Valleta.

Oaxaca, Mexico

Why now? To dally with death at its most celebratory.

Día de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead – is celebrated over three nights, from October 31 to November 2. According to Mexican tradition, it’s when the deceased may briefly cross into the world of the living. Families construct graveside altars, adorned with photos, candles, marigolds and sweets; skull masks are worn, marching bands play, and everyone feasts. While celebrations might be experienced all over Mexico , the state of Oaxaca – known for its strong Indigenous culture, unique cuisine and flourishing arts and crafts – is an excellent choice. Oaxaca City is a riot of artisan workshops, baroque plazas, and busy markets (where you can buy sugar skulls and pan de muerto, bread of the dead); the Museum of Oaxacan Cultures is also worth a look. Then explore further afield: visit the weaving town of Teotitlán , the historic Tlacolula market and Soledad Etla’s flamboyant Comparsa Parade. By night, head to the region’s many cemeteries for the festivities. 

Valletta, Malta

Why now? Combine city sites with late Med sun.

Little Malta is a big draw this month. The mild, Mediterranean climate means it stays almost summery through November, with temperatures around 21°C (70°F) and the sea still warm enough for a dip. Even if not, there’s plenty of interest away from the beach. Valletta , the harbor-hugging capital, makes for a super off-season city break. European Capital of Culture in 2018, and Unesco-listed in its entirety, it was founded by the Knights of Malta in the 16th century – and hasn’t changed a lot since. Wander its maze of medieval alleyways and piazzas, nose into the baroque palaces and fine churches, trace the well-preserved fortifications and dip into the National Museum of Archaeology and modern MUŻA art museum . To appreciate Valletta from water level, sail across the Grand Harbor in a traditional dghajsa (open boat). Then disembark at Vittoriosa , one of the three cities facing Valletta, and get lost in its sinuous backstreets.

Where are the best places to travel to in November for food and drink?

A man stands at a counter in a tapas bar with iberico ham over him; a young couple walks through a food market in Seoul.

Seville and Jeréz, Spain 

Why now? Mild weather for pub crawling, Spanish style.

Let’s all raise a glass to November in southern Andalucía . While most of Europe begins to chill, it’s still t-shirt weather here (expect highs of 20°C/68°F), perfect for sightseeing without the crowds...and for enjoying a tipple or two. The top choice hereabouts is sherry, particularly in and around the fine city of Jeréz de la Frontera . Many historic bodegas – such as vast González-Byass and the cathedral-like cellars of Bodegas Lustau – offer tours and tastings, while characterful drinking holes pack the old center, serving dry and smoky-sweet sherries accompanied by authentic flamenco (the passionate music is said to originate here). Combine Jeréz with Seville , also jam-packed with tapas bars as well as world-class sights: visit the magnificent Mudéjar-style Real Alcázar palace, enter the world’s largest Gothic cathedral , stroll along the Guadalquivir River and wander the atmospheric Triana district , home of flamenco, bullfighting and exquisite ceramic tiles.

Seoul, South Korea

Why now? For bright lights and communal cookery.

November is peak leaf-peeping time in South Korea , when the country’s trees reach full flaming glory and provide a beautiful natural backdrop to even Seoul ’s high-tech-ery. Take a walk along the city’s Cheong-gye-cheon Stream at this time and you’ll find it bright with both autumn color and the illuminations of the Seoul Lantern Festival.

But maybe even more important than autumn, it’s kimjang season, when friends and family gather to make massive batches of kimchi to last through the winter. Seoul holds a Kimchi Festival (usually the first week of November); you might get to make the famed fermented cabbage with hundreds of locals. Still peckish? Go to Gwangjang Market, a great place to try Korean street food such as mayak gimbap (rice rolls), sundae (blood sausage) and bindaetteok (mung-bean pancakes). Then graze the stalls of Namdaemun Market , which dates to the 15th century, and visit Noryangjin Fish Market to sample fresh seafood 24/7. 

Where are the best places to travel to in November for adventure?

A man cycles through the desert; a woman holding a surfboard walks into the sea.

Death Valley, USA

Why now? Hot(ish) riding.

It’s not unknown for the mercury to top 50°C (122°F) in Death Valley during July. That is emphatically not the time to visit. Better to wait until November, when the average high in this lowest, hottest, driest of national parks is a pleasant 25°C (77°F), all the campgrounds are open (camping season runs mid-October to April) and it’s quieter than spring. Indeed, these conditions are ideal for cycling.

While winter grips many a road across the country, Death Valley’s tarmac and dirt track (of which there is over 1200km/745 miles) is free of both ice and traffic lights, offering a great way of getting in amid the peaks, escarpments, dunes, faults, salt flats and weird rock formations. Top rides include the descent from Daylight Pass into the valley, the fat push from broiling Furnace Creek to Stovepipe Wells, and the climb to Dante’s View for a panorama over the Black Mountains and Badwater Basin . Or plot a 400km(240-mile)-plus through-ride from Las Vegas to Lone Pine via Death Valley.

Lanzarote, Spain

Why now? To master warm winter waves.

The northernmost, easternmost Canary Island laughs at the idea of hibernating for winter. With November temperatures still reaching 23°C (73.4°F) on land and 22°C (71.6°F) in the ocean, Lanzarote continues to be brilliant for water-based fun. Sailors, surfers, kite surfers and kayakers can keep practicing all year long; it’s a good place to learn new skills, too, as conditions are reliable and many operators offer lessons.

The cooler months (November to March) are especially good for surfing – pros can tackle the legendary left-hand reef break of El Quemao while beginners should head to the beach breaks and surf schools of La Caleta de Famara and Orzola. Lanzarote also has many calm, sheltered lagoons, ideal for paddleboarding – Charco de San Gines in Arrecife , Playa Blanca and Playa Mujeres are all popular. No matter what you do, the island – a Unesco Geopark of volcanic cones, lava fields and lunar-like weirdness – provides a dramatic backdrop. 

This article was first published Aug 27, 2019 and updated Sep 29, 2023.

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30 of the Best Places in the World to Visit in November

11/01/2023 by Kristin Addis 1 Comment

While many destinations around the world are experiencing autumn in full swing during the month of November, others in the Southern Hemisphere are gearing up for summer. Whether you’re looking for a chilly, not-yet-winter vibe or a springtime, cooler-than-summer atmosphere, November, the shoulder season for many tourist hot spots, offers mild temperatures.

These are the best places to travel in November around the world:

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1. The Maldives

best places to visit in November

The serene overwater bungalows , gorgeous clear waters, and some of the best snorkeling spots on Earth make a trip to the Maldives one for the books. Although it’s among the more expensive places to visit, you can save money by going in November, when it’s the shoulder season. This is the best time to score a deal on flights and hotels, but there are also plenty of other ways to save money on your trip to the Maldives .

2. Chiang Mai, Thailand

elephant nature park chiang mai

While many solo travelers rave about the beaches in Thailand , I think the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai in the northern part of the country are where the magic is. Chiang Mai is a small city, but it packs a punch, what with its abundance of activities, like going to an elephant sanctuary or climbing up to a hilltop temple at Doi Suthep or Doi Kham.

November is the perfect time of year to visit, because the weather is cooler and drier. Otherwise, the soaring temperatures and high humidity might make it more difficult to enjoy outdoor activities, like hiking in the surrounding mountains .

Find your essential Chiang Mai guide here , with plenty of ideas for what to do.

3. Lombok, Indonesia

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Just a stone’s throw from the mega-popular Indonesian island of Bali , Lombok is less so but might be even more beautiful than its neighbor. With stunning beaches, abundant waterfalls , and even a volcano that you can climb, Lombok is a nature lover’s paradise.

Visiting in November is especially ideal, because it’s relatively uncrowded, the weather is cooler than in the summer months, and the snorkeling is great, because of the water clarity and smaller crowds (here’s a solo travel guide for Indonesia ). It’s rainy season in November, which can actually be beneficial, as the waterfalls will be particularly full.

4. Coron, the Philippines

best places to visit in November

Coron is a diver’s paradise, with crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life. Whether you want to go island-hopping in the Philippines or make Coron the base for all of your adventures in the country, it is a spectacular pick.

November is an ideal time to visit Coron because it’s the very beginning of the dry season. By now, the monsoons have subsided, but the tourist crowds haven’t arrived on the island yet. Sure, you’ll see plenty of other travelers there, but it’s relatively quiet compared to December, January, and February.

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If you love fall weather and want to experience it on the other side of the globe, consider heading to Japan this November (here’s a solo traveler’s guide to Japan ). Not only is the autumn foliage on point, but the sunny skies and chilly breezes give this island nation a big dose of coziness.

During the month of November, the serene gardens you’ll find throughout the country are even more lovely as they take on brilliant yellow, orange, and red hues. Check them out in Tokyo and Kyoto, or venture to places like the Nikko Toshogu Shrine or Hasedera Temple, where you can find red maple leaves in all their glory. Be sure to experience TEAMLAB PLANETS and check out Lake Kawaguchi . Here’s a packing list .

Middle East

6. petra, jordan.

best places to visit in November

This is another bucket list destination for many adventurous travelers. Petra is home to one of the most jaw-dropping archaeological sites in the world: the Treasury . This reddish-pink temple is a photographer’s dream destination, and November is prime time to get the best shots. Although it’s still relatively busy, it’s not as crowded as the spring or winter. Plus, the clear November skies allow for optimal lighting.

Petra in November lends the promise of more enjoyable temperatures, as winter is setting in. It’s perfect for a hike, and the trail between Little Petra and Petra is one of the best. You also shouldn’t miss the Monastery and High Place of Sacrifice.

Read next: The ultimate guide to solo female travel in Jordan

7. Pamukkale, Turkey

best places to visit in November

Famous for its calcium travertines, Pamukkale is home to one of the most unique landscapes in Turkey. These white terraces of sedimentary rock are filled with hot spring water ; the calcium deposits pile high upon one another, creating white shapes that look like clouds. Although Pamukkale might not be well known in the West, it’s a popular site for domestic visitors and gets very crowded in the summer.

November is a fantastic time to see this geological masterpiece, because it’s shoulder season for tourism. The weather is great then, too. It’s a little chilly, but not as cold as the depths of winter, when temps can drop to the 30s.

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If Egypt has been on your bucket list but you’re turned off by the scorching temperatures of the desert, consider a November visit. This time of year is much cooler than the summer months, plus you’ll be able to dodge the crowds that appear in December and January, during peak season.

Besides checking out the pyramids of Giza (find out how to do it without a guide ), you can also take in the ancient temples of Luxor or hit up the beaches of Sharm El-Sheikh. If you’ve ever wondered if Egypt is safe for solo female travelers, check out this post , which has many helpful tips.

North America

9. québec, canada.

best places to visit in November

Fall is a superb season for a road trip through the province of Québec (here’s our Canada guide ). By November, the temperatures are brisk, but not too cold for a stroll through the woods to see the autumn leaves in all their colorful glory. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to get pampered at a Nordic spa, a popular activity in the province. Along this Québec road trip route , you’ll find some enchanting towns, scenic parks, and so much more. Tack on Québec City for the ultimate late-fall wonderland, as the city has a magical quality this time of year.

10. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

best places to visit in November

If you’ve been dying to see New Orleans but are turned off by the thick Louisiana heat and Mardi Gras crowds, consider going in November. This time of year is cooler but still warm and sunny. It’s perfect weather for a spooky walking tour through the city or an evening jazz boat cruise on the Mississippi River.

Prepare for November in New Orleans with this epic packing list , and beef up your itinerary with these awesome ideas for what to do in NOLA , with a special post just for the Bywater neighborhood .

11. Sedona, Arizona, USA

best places to visit in November

Sedona is one of the United States’ most prominent hubs for all things spiritual , attracting tons of visitors each year to experience its unique magic. Many people believe that there are several energy vortexes here, tucked into the red rocks surrounding the city. Not only is Sedona a must for spiritual seekers, but it’s also a nature lover’s paradise, with loads of awesome things to do outside.

Sedona can get pretty crowded in the summer months, but tourism tapers off by November. The weather is chilly, with a small chance you could get lucky with a light dusting of snow, which makes the surrounding landscapes even more beautiful.

12. Florida Keys road trip, USA

best places to visit in November

If you’re looking for a Caribbean paradise in the USA, make the Florida Keys your ultimate November destination. You can easily see all the islands, from Key Largo to Key West , in a one-week road trip . Here’s a list of amazing things to do while you explore, including snorkeling in Key Largo , sunset cruises in Key West , and historic islands in Islamorada . If you’re new to Florida, we have a solo female travel guide to help you get oriented.

November is one of the best months to visit the Florida Keys, because while it’s still technically hurricane season, they are extremely rare. The weather is beautiful, the crowds are still small, and prices are lower.

13. The Bahamas

best places to visit in November

With literally hundreds of islands to choose from for your Caribbean adventure, the Bahamas is just right for anyone looking for tropical getaway this November. November is the perfect month to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Bahamas, because it’s far less crowded than other times of year. If you want to swim with pigs in the Exumas , cuddle up to nurse sharks, ride around on a golf cart in Staniel Cay , or any other activity in the Bahamas , November is ideal.

14. Sayulita, Mexico

best places to visit in November

On the coast of the Mexican state of Nayarit lies Sayulita, a bustling little town not far from the big resorts of Puerto Vallarta (here’s are top recommendations for places to stay ). It’s famous for having beautiful golden beaches, thick green jungles, and quaint islands just off the coast. There’s plenty to do in Sayulita to keep you busy, and it’s a great choice for solo travelers, because it also has a laid-back, small-community feel.

November is one of the best times of year to visit Sayulita, Mexico for a couple of reasons. First, the weather is great ( find out what to pack ). Temperatures are more mild, and the dry season is beginning, but peak tourism hasn’t totally ramped up yet. Second, it’s time for sea turtle hatching, so you’ll be able to see these little guys make their journey to the sea.

15. Puerto Escondido, Mexico

best places to visit in November

Puerto Escondido, Mexico , used to be a small surfing village but is now one of the most popular beaches in Mexico . Like Sayulita, it’s on the Pacific coast, but further south, in the state of Oaxaca. There’s a totally different vibe here, though, as the town has remained more of a chill backpacker and surfer spot. From catching a wave to taking a rooftop yoga class or venturing out to a waterfall, there are plenty of things to do in Puerto Escondido .

But like Sayulita, Puerto Escondido’s sea turtle hatching is in full swing in November, and the weather is ideal. High season starts in December here, so visiting in November is a great way to take advantage of the great weather without dealing with the crowds.

16. Uvita, Costa Rica

best places to visit in November

Uvita is a small, sleepy beach town on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, only about 90 minutes south of Manuel Antonio National Park . The town is home to Marino Ballena National Park, a smaller yet totally underrated park featuring a sandbar in the shape of a whale’s tail that you can only see during low tide. Uvita is charming, with an abundance of natural beauty in the form of pristine beaches, dense green jungles, and flowing waterfalls.

Peak tourism in Costa Rica is in full swing by December, making November an ideal time to visit . The weather is dry after months of rain ( here’s a packing list ), so everything is vibrantly green and lush. The abundance of sunshine is perfect for enjoying everything Uvita has to offer, without the craziness of high season.

best places to visit in November

Aruba’s beaches are world-class, with the most idyllic soft, white sands and calm, clear waters. This small Caribbean island has plenty to do , whether you’re popping in for a weekend or a week or two. Whether you spend your time snorkeling, scuba diving, catching a sunset at Eagle Beach , or chilling with flamingos on Flamingo Beach , Aruba is sure to charm you.

Since Aruba is such a popular beach destination, it can get crowded and pricey from December to March. November is the island’s shoulder season, which means great weather and fewer visitors.

Thinking of traveling alone? Find out why Aruba is ideal for solo female travelers here .

18. Iceland

best places to visit in November

There’s a good chance that Iceland is already on your travel bucket list, and I can’t blame you! If not for the gushing waterfalls, moody coastline, or hot springs galore, it has to be for the northern lights. If you want to visit Iceland during low season but still have a great chance of seeing the northern lights, November is perfect. It’s cold, but not usually super snowy, making it a stellar time for a road trip as well.

There are plenty of things to do in Iceland for any length of stay, whether you want to pop over to the Blue Lagoon during a long layover, or drive the adventurous Ring Road . It’s even possible to tackle the beautiful Golden Circle road-trip route in just 48 hours.

19. Amalfi Coast, Italy

best places to visit in November

If you’ve gone to the Amalfi Coast in Italy from late October to mid-March, you might be wondering, “What is she thinking?” because a lot of businesses close during this time, and some places become total ghost towns. However, that’s actually the reason why the Amalfi Coast is awesome in November. This part of Italy gets super crowded from late spring to early fall, with peak season in the summer. If you’ve always wanted to visit but didn’t want to be elbow to elbow with so many other travelers, do so in November. The weather here is perfect for a hike along the Path of the Gods , one of the best things to do on the Amalfi Coast. With highs in the mid-60s, you’ll enjoy cool seaside breezes as you hike, which is something you don’t necessarily get if you go in the summer.

20. Berlin, Germany

best places to visit in November

Crisp autumn leaves, sunny days, and vibrant festivals all characterize November here. Although some might argue that winter is the best time to visit Germany for the Christmas markets, who says you can’t do both?

November is the perfect month to see castles, go on a road trip , or explore the city. Apart from being absolutely beautiful because of the autumn colors and weather , Berlin’s also not nearly as crowded in November as it is in December, making it just the right month to get your fill of its coziness without the hectic holiday crowds.

21. Saxon Switzerland, Germany

best places to visit in November

Contrary to its confusing name, Saxon Switzerland is not in Switzerland but in Germany , just a three-hour drive from Berlin. This gorgeous natural area is incredible any time of year, but November is particularly magical because of the fall colors. As you hike through the forests and mossy rock stacks, you’ll come across some impressive viewpoints and fun opportunities to climb over huge boulders.

22. Croatia

best places to visit in November

This small coastal country seems to be jumping to the top of everyone’s bucket list these days, and I don’t blame them! Croatia is famous for its enchanting cities, fantastic cuisine, and brilliant blue waters, both on the coast and in inland streams and lakes. The color contrasts beautifully with the fiery orange leaves you’ll see in November, making it one of the best times of year to go there.

Not only is Croatia one of the best places in Europe to live , but visiting is a treat as well. While prices in Croatia are on the rise due to a recent increase in tourism, it remains a relatively cheap destination in Europe , and November comes after high season, meaning you can score deals on accommodation and flights.

23. Crete, Greece

best places to visit in November

By November there are hardly any tourists on the Greek islands , making a visit to Crete ideal (here’s how to island hop the Greek Isles ). This is the ultimate opportunity to see how Cretans live and get to know the culture. It’s still warm, although not quite enough to swim in most places. However, there is plenty to do on the island that doesn’t involve getting wet.

November marks the beginning of olive harvesting season, and going to an orchard is an awesome way to spend an afternoon. It’s also fantastic for a hike in Lefka Ori National Park . The onset of autumn rains produces a greener view of the mountainous interior of the island, which is a spectacular thing to witness.

24. Albania

best places to visit in November

You might have seen all kinds of Albania travel spam on the internet this summer, with picture-perfect shots of beaches, cute towns, and other aesthetically pleasing scenes. That’s because Albania sort of exploded in popularity, due to its beauty and affordability.

Consider heading to Albania in November to experience this gorgeous and culturally rich country in all its glory — sans tourists. The weather is chilly, but you’ll catch some beautiful fall foliage at the beginning of the month. Consider checking out Theth National Park for some stellar hiking or cruising on Skadar Lake .

South America

25. the galápagos islands, ecuador.

san cristobal galapagos la loberia

Visiting the Galápagos Islands is a must if you love exploring nature and seeing wildlife . This small archipelago off the coast of Ecuador is far from being a budget destination, but there are plenty of ways to save money in the Galápagos , one of them being going in November.

This month wraps up the dry season on the islands , but the busy time starts in December. That means you’ll have great weather and fewer crowds, along with a good chance to save money.

26. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

torres del paine o circuit

Patagonia is one of the most spectacular places on Earth, and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile has some of the region’s most impressive landscapes. One of the most famous hikes is the O Circuit , which has ever-changing scenery throughout the trek, featuring mind-blowing rock formations, an ice field, and incredible vistas.

Tourist season in Patagonia is just beginning in November, as it’s the start of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. That means you’ll have great weather in Torres del Paine, with sparser crowds than in busier summer months like December and January. Plan to spend at least a week exploring; check out this nine-day itinerary to give you a better idea of how to spend your time there.

27. Marrakech, Morocco

best places to visit in November

Marrakech is a photographer’s dream and an architecture lover’s paradise. Intricate and colorful tiles line the inside of buildings, with idyllic archways leading you from one gorgeous place to another.

November is a great time to see the Red City , because the scorching heat has subsided by now, and tourism is far from its peak. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the streets and markets of Marrakech or venture out to the desert for an adventure .

28. Namibia

sossusvlei namibia

Namibia is the ultimate adventurer’s paradise. I mean, how many people do you know who have gone all the way to Namibia? If you’re up for it, the payoff is totally worth it, as it’s perhaps one of the most underrated destinations in the world.

The country is almost entirely covered in desert, with towering orange sand dunes that you can sandboard on . You can also find some stunning canyons, waterfalls, and mountain landscapes here, as well as the famously treacherous Skeleton Coast.

One of the main reasons why people travel to Namibia is to go on safari. These can be pricey from June to October, so visiting in November (just at the beginning of rainy season) is a great choice if you want to snag a deal. Also consider road-tripping through Namibia , as it’s one of the best ways to see the diversity of landscapes and make the most out of everything this beautiful country has to offer.

29. Mozambique

Vilanculos mozambique

If Mozambique has slipped under your travel radar undetected, this is your sign to give this beautiful coastal African country a shot. It has some of the loveliest beaches I’ve ever seen, like Vilanculos and Tofo . Not only is this nation naturally stunning, but the people there are warm, friendly, and incredibly hospitable. It’s the consummate destination for travelers who want to get off the beaten path, immerse themselves in a new culture, and have a blast doing so.

One of the main reasons why November is a stellar time to visit Mozambique is for whale shark season. Diving off the coast of Tofo is one of the best ways to see them, along with much other marine life. November is also the beginning of summer here, which means lots of sunshine but higher temperatures, so be prepared with plenty of sun protection.

30. Cape Town, South Africa

best places to visit in November

Cape Town is easily one of my favorite places on the continent . It’s a vibrant city with an incredible art scene, spectacular food, and lots of outdoorsy activities. November is ideal, because the weather is amazing: sunny skies and warm temperatures, but not as hot as summer.

It can get pretty crazy in Cape Town during the holiday season, with crowds reaching their peak in December. That’s why it’s great to visit in November, because you can avoid them for the most part.

Find out what there is to do in Cape Town here .

That’s it, folks! Thirty amazing places to visit in November from all around the globe.

Let us know which one of these places sounds the best for you this November!

About Kristin Addis

Kristin Addis is the founder and CEO of Be My Travel Muse, a resource for female travelers all around the world since 2012. She's traveled solo to over 65 countries and has brought over 150 women on her all-female adventure tours from Botswana to the Alaskan tundra.

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Malik Ligao says

10/13/2022 at 4:51 pm

What a beautiful places to visit, but one of my bucket list is Japan!

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The 10 Best Places to Visit in November Around the World

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If you have never considered traveling in November, maybe it’s time to rethink! The penultimate month of the year is a wonderful time to take in the famous sights of Europe without the crowds, experience spring in the Southern Hemisphere, swim in the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, or witness the majestic fall foliage in Japan.

From Mallorca to Mauritius, these are the best places to visit this November:

New York City, USA

Best place to visit in November in the US

If you have an opportunity to visit New York City in November, by all means, do so. From the world’s largest marathon to the legendary Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, this transitional month is packed with amazing events. Central Park glows in beautiful fall colors, the theater season is in full swing on and off Broadway, and the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes over Manhattan.

By the end of November, it begins to look a lot like Christmas in New York. Days are getting shorter and chillier, Midtown’s department stores unveil their fabulous holiday window displays, and ice rinks and festive markets start to pop up all over the city.

If you can, extend your trip to experience New York in December , as that, my friends, is the stuff of cinematic legend.

Where to Stay in New York City: The spellbinding Empire State Building views from the Spyglass rooftop bar are worth the stay alone, but Archer also wows with industrial-chic interiors, curated art, and a hip & happening bar/eatery perfect for lingering over signature cocktails and creative shareable plates.

Bangkok, Thailand

Loi Krathong, Bangkok

There’s no better time to visit Bangkok than in November when the city is drying out from the rainy season, temperatures are cool enough (around mid-20s Celsius) to allow comfortable sightseeing, and the holiday crowds have yet to arrive.

A dizzying, delirious spectacle, the Thai capital rewards urban explorers of all kinds with its amazing foodscape, vibrant street life, and growing art scene, with serene Buddhist temples, sumptuous royal palaces, and wonderfully chaotic floating markets.

November is also the month when the city celebrates Loi Krathong, one of Thailand’s most popular festivals , when locals gather around lakes, rivers, and canals to release beautifully decorated floating vessels in a sumptuous ceremony meant to worship the goddess of the river, Pra Mae Khongkha, and to wash away misfortune.

Where to Stay in Bangkok: Housed in a uniquely narrow structure in the upscale Sathorn area, the Banyan Tree is home to 7 restaurants, including Moon Bar, one of Bangkok’s most spectacular sky bars. Rooms feature dark woods, silk paintings, and scenic city views.

Best beach destination in November

With sapphire waters, powder-white beaches, and warm, sunny weather all year round, it’s hard to find a bad time to visit Mauritius.

Located about 2,400 km east of mainland Africa, this remote, multicultural paradise is one of the most spectacular islands in the Indian Ocean – an adventurer’s playground with world-class diving and snorkeling, excellent golf courses, delicious fusion cuisine, and wonderful wildlife-watching opportunities.

November marks the beginning of summer in Mauritius, which means long sunny days, less humidity, and average temperatures between 22°C and 28°C. The water is warm and clear – perfect for scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. Humpback whales can still be spotted off the west coast (the season lasts from July to November). Diwali – the ancient Hindu festival of lights – is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the island.

Where to Stay in Mauritius: The ozone-purified infinity pool overlooking the sea, the deserted white-sand beach, and a torch-lit dinner on the sand are just a few reasons to stay at Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas on the pristine southeastern coast of Mauritius. Glass-bottom boat trips, mountain biking, and guided tours to Mahébourg are also available.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jacaranda trees in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is at its best in November when spring is in full swing, and the city is awash in purple blooms from the myriad of jacaranda trees lining the streets.

Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital has a stylish European flair streaming from its handsome Belle Époque architecture, elegant avenues, and atmospheric cobblestone alleys filled with pretty cafés and boutiques. The booming art scene, vibrant nightlife, and wonderful gastronomy all contribute to the city’s undisputed charm, and so do its two great passions – football and tango. If you can, try to catch a match between local rival teams, River Plate and Boca, or put on your dancing shoes and head to a milonga for free tango lessons.

November is also the month when BA celebrates the International Jazz Festival, the Argentine Open Polo Tournament, the Gay Pride Parade, and Creamfields Buenos Aires.

Where to Stay in Buenos Aires: For modern, elegant rooms at affordable prices in downtown Buenos Aires, head to Palacio Paz Hotel near Plaza San Martin. The ground-floor restaurant serves a modern take on traditional regional cuisine, along with signature cocktails, in a convivial atmosphere.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, the most dramatic city in Europe

Grandiose mosques, medieval towers, and ultra-modern skyscrapers dominate its skyline. Underneath, steamy hammams, exotic teahouses, and buzzing bazaars fuse with high-end shopping venues, hip restaurants, and contemporary art galleries in a sophisticated mix of old and new. And there it is, the mighty strait of Bosphorus determined to tear them apart forever. This is Istanbul, one of the world’s greatest and most dramatic cities, and the place where, beyond any cliché, East really meets West.

Comfortable daytime temperatures (around 15°C), affordable prices on hotels and airfare, and shorter lines at the stunning Hagia Sophia make November one of the best months to explore Istanbul. During this time of year, Turkey’s largest city is neither too busy nor too cold, allowing visitors ample space and time to admire its magnificent art and architecture.

Where to Stay in Istanbul: A grand, historic hotel with modern amenities, the Crowne Plaza Istanbul Old City is within walking distance from the Grand Bazaar and the 16th-century Suleymaniye Mosque. Complementing its elegantly appointed rooms are a spa, a heated indoor pool, and a sprawling restaurant serving Turkish and international specialties.

Piedmont, Italy

Best place to visit in November in Europe

Alba’s revered White Truffle Festival is reason enough to visit Piedmont in November, but the charms of Italy’s second-largest region in autumn go far beyond these prized culinary delicacies.

There are award-winning wines (Barolo and Barbaresco) and postcard-perfect autumnal landscapes in the hills of Langhe, wonderfully preserved medieval fortifications in Candelo, curative thermal waters in the spa town of Acqui Terme, and marvelously authentic food in Bra – the birthplace and headquarters of the Slow Food movement.

Turin, the elegant, Alps-fringed capital of Piedmont, is an architectural feast of Baroque palaces, porticoed piazzas, and tree-lined Parisian boulevards, with a progressive cultural scene and some of the finest cooking in Italy.

The 94th edition of the International Alba White Truffle Fair runs from 12th October to 8th December 2024, and the entire region will be alive with twinkling Christmas markets and delicious slow-food fairs celebrating everything from wine and cheese to chestnuts and chocolate.

Where to Stay in Piedmont: Perfectly located for exploring historic Turin, the NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina ’s contemporary rooms come complete with hardwood floors, pillow menus, and Lavazza coffee machines. Taking over a beautiful 17th-century building, it houses an excellent restaurant, an atmospheric bar, and a lovely courtyard terrace where breakfast is served.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Mexico is a country with many different landscapes and microclimates, and the best time to visit depends mainly on the region and the type of travel experience you’re seeking. November, however, is an ideal month to visit whatever the destination. Not only is the weather pleasant, but there are fewer tourists, lower fares, and a plethora of cultural attractions.

Hurricane season is over in the Yucatan, giving way to brighter, sunnier days spent lounging on less-crowded beaches and swimming in the warm sea. In Baja, too, the nights are getting cooler, but there is still wonderful swimming weather during the daytime.

If you are more inclined towards culture and heritage, Day of the Dead celebrations await in Oaxaca and Mexico City from October 31 to November 2. Also, the charming colonial town of San Miguel de Allende comes alive with music, art, and colorful traditions during the annual Calaca Festival. Otherwise, head to Leon, Guanajuato for the biggest hot air balloon festival in Latin America.

Where to Stay in Mexico: As charming and colorful as the city that surrounds it, Selina San Miguel de Allende offers an authentic stay in eclectic rooms adorned with locally-sourced art and textiles. Amenities like a shared kitchen, a yoga terrace, and coworking spaces make it a great option for digital nomads.

Kyoto, Japan

Autumn in Kyoto

Every year, during the sakura season, people from all over come in droves to marvel at the spectacular cherry blossoms in Kyoto, but the city’s fall foliage is just as sublime.

Come November, Japan’s old capital, as magical as it already is, turns into a mysterious land of ornate temples and zen-inducing gardens – all draped in fiery maple trees. The landscape is carpeted in a blaze of autumnal colors, complemented by mild temperatures and sunny blue skies.

In addition, temples and shrines around the city hold seasonal illumination events at night, making the experience even more mesmerizing. Among them are Kodaiji Temple, which also offers a unique projection mapping show, and Kiyomizudera, famous for its wooden veranda overlooking Kyoto rising out from a sea of red and orange trees.

Where to Stay in Kyoto: Surround yourself in Japanese warmth and elegance at Hotel Kanra Kyoto , a stylish design property with modern ryokan style rooms, a small ZEN spa, and a traditional teppanyaki restaurant with a refined focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

Blue crystal ice cave in Iceland

If you prefer icy glaciers over sunny beaches and licorice over pumpkin spice lattes, then a trip to Iceland in November might be the change of scenery you need.

The country is beautiful year-round, but there are a number of unique advantages that set this month apart from the rest of the year. A blend of fall and winter, it’s the ideal time to search for the elusive Northern Lights, party at the beloved Iceland Airwaves music festival, and engage in ice- and snow-related activities without the crowds.

November offers the perfect conditions to explore dazzling blue caves, hike on glaciers, and bathe in natural hot springs surrounded by a snowy wonderland. The brave can also embark on an arctic surfing adventure off the Reykjanes Peninsula or enjoy the unique chance to snorkel/dive in between tectonic plates at Silfra fissure.

Meanwhile, in Reykjavik, the nation’s quirky capital, bar hopping – accompanied by some delicious Icelandic comfort food – is just the right antidote to the short, dark days and cold weather outside.

Where to Stay in Iceland: For the ultimate Icelandic experience, book a room at the splendid Ion Adventure Hotel . Carved into the side of a mountain amid the long-dormant lava fields of Thingvellir National Park, this luxurious eco-conscious oasis combines adventure with relaxation – think glacier trekking, horseback riding, fissure-diving, and ice carving.

Mallorca, Spain

Best country to visit in November

Mallorca in November is for foodies, culture lovers, and nature enthusiasts.

With the summer crowds gone and the pace slowing down, late autumn visitors have a unique opportunity to discover a calmer, more authentic side of Spain’s largest Balearic island. The average temperature is around 15°C, but neither snowy mountains nor warm sunny beaches are unusual sights during this time of year.

November’s changing colors, along with a plethora of local fairs, make the countryside a joy to explore. The Dijous Bo in Inca is the island’s largest agricultural fair and includes everything from live music and art exhibitions to an annual Mallorcan black pig contest and auction.

Mushrooms take center stage at the annual Fira de l’esclata-sang i de la Muntanya in Mancor de la Vall, and the new wine is properly celebrated with wine tastings, winery tours, and lots of tapas at Santa María del Camí’s Festa del Vi Novell . There’s also a popular olive fair in the picturesque village of Caimari, a festival celebrating Mallorcan honey in Llubi, and a lively fun-filled pumpkin fair in the typical rural town of Muro.

Moreover, you can wander around beautiful Palma in peace, sample its increasingly sophisticated food scene without fighting for a table, and admire its awe-inspiring architecture stepping into fabulous Gothic churches and art galleries along the way.

Where to Stay in Mallorca: Nestled in Palma Old Town, the four-star Hotel Ca N’Alexandre offers excellent value with contemporary, tastefully decorated rooms, delicious local cuisine, and an unbeatable location close to shopping, dining, and major attractions.

In my opinion, I think Spain is one of the best countries to visit in November.

I agree! Especially Andalusia, since the weather is perfect in November.

Thanks! You’ve got me thinking. Any recommendations for areas to visit in Spain or events in November?

The South of Spain is great in November. The weather is generally sunny and pleasant, which makes it perfect for visiting Andalusia’s picturesque countryside with its whitewashed villages. November also marks the start of the olive harvest season in Spain, and many towns hold olive oil festivals. Malaga and Seville are also wonderful during this time of year, and so is Marbella – think fewer tourists, smaller prices, and lots of sunny days.

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27 Best Countries to Visit in November Around the World in 2024

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Here is our list of the best countries to visit in November, no matter where you are in the world!

Wondering which are the best countries to visit in November ? This will vary greatly from one person to another depending upon what one is looking for in a holiday destination. Are you looking for a tropical climate, lots of things to do, off season prices with fewer crowds, unique festivals in November , nature, wildlife spotting or adventure?

As fulltime travellers , this is something we are constantly needing to research and consider when doing our travel planning, and designing our itineraries. We like to slow travel and we are on a budget, so we try to choose destinations where it is the low to shoulder season. In most cases, this means less tourists, lower prices and more bang-for-our-buck when it comes to booking accommodation.

No matter what your requirements and desires, here is our round up of 27 of the best countries to visit in November. With an extensive number of options, travellers are spoilt for choice and there is something there to suit every type of traveller!

So why wait? Pack your bags and embark on a journey to one of these best countries to visit in November. Get ready for an adventure like no other as you explore captivating destinations that promise memories to last a lifetime.

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Best Countries to Visit in November in Africa

1. egypt – perfect temperature for exploring, contributed by pilar at ‘travel the world pages’.

The Sphinx at Pyramids of Giza complex in Egypt.

Why is Egypt one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • Temperatures start decreasing compared to the scorching heat of the Summer period
  • It is not too crowded
  • You can enjoy some activities and accommodation at a better price than during the high season.

Located in the Northeastern part of Africa , Egypt is an ideal destination to visit in November. With its ancient historical sites, mountains, deserts and geological wonders, Egypt is the perfect destination for those looking for a cultural and adventure immersion. From the Sinai Desert and its holy mountains, to the underwater wonders of the Red Sea, and its many still undiscovered archaeological mysteries, Egypt will not leave you indifferent.

Weather in Egypt in November:

  • Pretty mild temperatures between 28 – 14 °C / 83 – 58 °F.
  • Days are usually still warm enough to walk in Summer clothes, but you will need a light jacked in the evenings.
  • There is very little rain in Egypt in November except for in the Alexandria area.

Things to do in Egypt in November:

  • Visiting the pyramids of Giza and discover the ancient Egyptian mysteries with fewer crowds.
  • Climbing Mount Sinai , the holiest mountain in the world, at a pleasant temperature.
  • Snorkel or scuba dive the famous Blue Hole, Dahab , while enjoying the hippie paradise of the Middle East.
  • Explore the secrets of Saqqara and the Pyramid of Djoser , the oldest complete stone building in history, and enjoying a sunset camel ride.
  • Discover the mysteries of the ancient Egyptian civilization in the Egyptian museum in El Cairo .
  • Get sand therapy at the Siwa Oasis and improve your overall well-being in a magical setup.

2. Morocco – Perfect Month for Visiting

Contributed by lavina at ‘continent hop’.

A village in Morooco.

Why is Morocco one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • November in Morocco means the month of Autumn. That means, even though the days are shorter, the weather will be cool enough to enjoy the outdoors. 
  • Different events and cultural festivals are organized during November.
  • You can enjoy the sea, swim, or opt for any other water activities. 

The North African country of Morocco is all about Europe meeting Asia in the heart of Africa. This is where you will see everything from the scorching Moroccan Desert to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains . The mild weather, cool evening breeze with a hint of winter, and occasional rain make November a perfect month to visit Morocco. 

Weather in Morocco in November: 

  • Morocco experiences the autumn season in November. 
  • Most of the country experiences 18°C to 23°C / 64°F to 73°F average daily temperatures. 
  • The temperature in coastal areas in Morocco in November stays around 13°C / 55°F on most days. 
  • When visiting coastal Morocco in November, you can carry swimwear for the day and light layers for the evening.

Things to do in Morocco in November:

  • Shop in the mazes of the Medina and souks in Marrakesh .
  • Take a tour of  Morocco’s Game of Thrones locations  and soak in the country’s medieval essence.
  • Plan a trip to Casablanca and catch some sun at Madame Chol Beach, Lala Maryam Beach, and Ain Diab Beach. 
  • Step back in time when visiting Fes where vibrant souks and the El Bali walled medina welcome you. 
  • Click photos in front of the blue-washed buildings of Chefchaouen and tour the 15th-Century fortress of red-walled Kasbah .
  • Add Essaouira to your itinerary if you are a water sports enthusiast. 

Events / Festivals in Morocco in November: 

  • Morocco celebrates its Independence Day on 18th November each year with great zeal. It is marked by the spectacular reception at the imperial palace. You can also witness parades and pamper your taste buds with street foods as numerous stalls sell local delicacies this day. 

Best Countries to Visit in November in Asia

3. taiwan – enjoy outdoor activities.

A view of the city of Taipei, Taiwan.

Contributed by Chloe at ‘Chloe’s Travelogue’

Why is taiwan one of the best countries to visit in november.

  • The mildly cool weather in November makes it comfortable to walk in the city. And most likely, the typhoon season is over by then.
  • November is a great time to enjoy diverse outdoor activities in the mountains and beaches, like hiking, surfing, and snorkelling.
  • With less rainfall and mild weather, November is the perfect time to plan a cycling trip around the island with a stunning coast as a backdrop.

Located in East Asia , Taiwan is a safe and affordable country and the warmest place in this region in November . Compared to its neighbouring countries, Taiwan is a totally underrated destination . The warm weather, beautiful nature, delicious local cuisine, kind people, and unique culture make it an ideal destination for travellers seeking hidden gems yet to be discovered in Asia.

Weather in Taiwan in November :

  • After a long brutal summer, it starts to cool down in November.
  • The average temperature in Taipei in November ranges from a high of 23°C (74°F) to a low of 20°C (68°F).
  • Keep in mind that the northern half of the island observes a subtropical climate whereas the southern half is tropical. The North (e.g. Taipei) frequently rains while the South (e.g. Kaohsiung) most likely is sunny.

Things to Do in Taiwan in November:

  • Include a visit to Taipei 101 in your  Taipei itinerary  for an incredible view of Taiwan’s capital city.
  • Appreciate national treasures at the National Palace Museum with 700,000 Chinese artefacts salvaged from Beijing’s Forbidden City during the Chinese Civil War.
  • Gobble your way through the country’s famous night markets.
  • Go easy hiking in Taroko Gorge to a stunning view of a marble gorge formed 4 million years ago.
  • Visit Xiaoliuqiu Island to snorkel with green turtles.
  • Relax at hot spring to treat yourself and destress.
  • Head to Kaohsiung’s Fo Guang Shan and marvel at the biggest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan.

Events / Festivals in Taiwan in November:

  • Shilin Residence Chrysanthemum Show decorates the residence of former President Chiang Kai-Shek’s with chrysanthemums from November to December.
  • Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards is Taiwan’s most important film festival held in November.
  • Xinshe Flower Festival features sea of flowers in Xinshe District, Taichung.

4. Nepal – Best Time to Go Trekking in the Himalaya Mountains

Contributed by ellis at ‘backpack adventures’.

Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal somewhere between Namche Bazaar and Tengboche.

Why is Nepal one of the best countries to visit in November?

1. Great for trekking in the mountains 2. Stunning mountain views 3. Festival season

Located in South Asia , Nepal is one of the best countries to visit in November. Autumn is the best time to go trekking in the Himalaya Mountains with clear blue skies and great weather. But besides the mountains, Nepal has lots of history and culture too. November is a festive season with some of Nepal’s biggest festivals. It’s a great time to visit the ancient villages full of Newari architecture and temples in the Kathmandu Valley. Finally, it is also a great time to go wildlife spotting in the jungles of Bardia and Chitwan that are lush and green after the monsoon rains. 

Weather in Nepal In November: 

  • November marks the end of the monsoon season and the start of the dry season in Nepal. 
  • Temperatures range from 10 degrees to 20 degrees Celsius (50°F to 72°F) in the Kathmandu valley and from -5°C to 12°C (23°F to 54°F) in the higher altitude areas of the Himalaya mountains. 
  • Days are often warm and sunny, but can get chilly in the evenings and early mornings.
  • The clear blue skies after the monsoon provide stunning views of the snow-capped mountains

Things to Do in Nepal in November: 

  • Hike the Annapurna Circuit Trek or the Everest Base Camp Trek to see the Himalaya Mountains in all its glory.
  • Explore the Kathmandu valley with its traditional Newari villages and ancient temples.
  • Enjoy the Tihar festivities and decorations in the city of Kathmandu.
  • Go on a wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park to see rhinos.
  • Relax at the shores of Phewa Lake in Pokhara .

Events / Festivals in Nepal in November:

  • Tihar – Tihar, also known as Diwali or the Festival of Lights , is one of the most vibrant and cherished festivals in Nepal. Celebrated over five days, Tihar holds deep cultural and spiritual significance. Each day of the festival is dedicated to a specific theme including worshiping the crows, dogs, cows, and celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters. The highlight of Tihar is the mesmerizing display of lights, where homes and streets are adorned with colourful decorations, oil lamps, and intricate rangoli designs.

5. Thailand – Witness the Magic of the Loi Krathong Festival

Phi Phi Don in Thailand. One of the best countries to visit in November.

Why is Thailand one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • Signals the end of a long monsoon season with cooler temperatures and less humidity compared to other months
  • November is shoulder season in Thailand, meaning that you can still enjoy lower prices and fewer crowds at popular tourist attractions. Expect more crowds towards the end of the month.
  • November is a month filled with vibrant festivals and celebrations in Thailand, such as Loi Krathong or the Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Lopburi Monkey Festival and Surin Elephant Round-Up.

Thailand is renowned for its breathtaking coastlines and azure waters . Whether you desire relaxation on sandy beaches or thrilling adventures like snorkelling and scuba diving, Thailand provides a vast array of options to enjoy in October.

Visit the lively and bustling metropolises such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai , where you can immerse yourself in ancient temples, savour delectable street cuisine , and partake in the vibrant nightlife . Thailand is celebrated for its abundant cultural heritage , offering an abundance of historical sites and landmarks to explore.

But what makes Thailand really special is the amiable and hospitable Thai people who will enhance your visit, ensuring that it becomes an even more remarkable experience.

Weather in Thailand in November:  

  • Thailand transitions into its “cool” season.
  • Temperatures range from 19 degrees to 32 degrees Celsius / 66 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in areas like Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
  • Southern Thailand (Phuket, Hua Hin, Koh Samui) is still in their monsoon season so expect rain most days.

Things to Do in Thailand in November:  

  • Visit Bangkok without the crowds and see the Grand Palace, Temple of the Reclining Buddha and enjoy a tipple at one of the many rooftop bars for sunset.
  • No visit to Chiang Mai is complete without meandering through the Night Markets or a visit to Doi Suthep temple.
  • Chiang Rai and Pai  in Northern Thailand will be wet, but the scenery is beautiful in these mountain locations in October.
  • If you are looking to visit a beach, both  Phuket   and Krabi on the west coast are good options. Enjoy the outdoors in the morning when the sun is shining, and if it rains in the afternoon, treat yourself to a massage or go shopping.
  • Perfect conditions for snorkelling and scuba diving in the Phi Phi Islands .
  • Learn how to cook one of the many traditional Thai food dishes by taking a cooking class .
  • Enjoy a massage, or even better still, treat yourself to a Day Spa Experience.

Events / Festivals in Thailand in November:

  • Loi Krathong Festival – Loi Krathong takes place on the full moon day in November, and is regarded as one of the grandest and most exquisite events of the year in Thailand. As dusk settles, individuals gather on bridges and rivers to ignite ornamental lanterns known as “khom loy” and release floral floats called “krathong” into the water. While the main festivities occur in Chiang Mai, notable events can also be found in Bangkok and other locations throughout the country.
  • Lopburi Monkey Festival – Also referred to as the “Monkey Banquet,” is a distinctive celebration happening in the town of Lopburi, located north of Bangkok. This remarkable event serves as a tribute to the monkeys that reside in the town, and it involves a magnificent feast accompanied by music and dancing. The monkeys are given free rein to explore long tables filled with delectable sticky rice and abundant fruit platters while people revel in the festivities surrounding them.
  • Surin Elephant Round-Up – This animal-centric festival in Surin, a province in Northeastern Thailand, is held during the third weekend of November. This event pays homage to elephants and involves a range of captivating activities. These include a grand elephant parade, where participants gather and showcase these majestic creatures. Additionally, an elephant breakfast and various talent competitions are organized, adding to the festive atmosphere.

6. Cambodia – Visit Angkor Wat Without Lots of Tourists

Contributed by jessica at ‘uprooted traveler’.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap in Cambodia.

Why is Cambodia one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • Plenty of sunshine!
  • Warm, but pleasant temperatures
  • Quieter than the busy December holiday season

Located in Southeast Asia , Cambodia is a country that’s full of fascinating history and an excellent destination to make your money stretch a bit further. From ancient temples to explore, to stunning and uncrowded beaches , Cambodia is the perfect getaway for any kind of traveller, especially if you’re looking for a bit of a reprieve from the cold November weather.

Weather in Cambodia In November: 

  • Cambodia is hot and humid year round, but cools down a bit in the winter months of November through February.
  • Temperatures range from 20 to 28°C or 68 to 82°F.
  • November is the tail end of the rainy season so you may experience a few showers here and there, especially towards the beginning of the month.
  • Temperatures definitely drop at night, so be sure to bring a few warm layers!

Things to Do in Cambodia in November: 

  • Visit Siem Reap and spend at least  one day in Angkor Wat , a sprawling series of Buddhist temples that’s the largest religious complex on the planet!
  • Visit one of the Cambodian islands and just relax on the beach. Enjoy the Ibiza-like vibes of  Saraben Bay .
  • Learn about the dark, but important history of the country at the Killing Fields near Phnom Penh , where the Khmer Rouge committed genocide against over a million Cambodians
  • Take a Cambodian cooking class to try your hand at this delicious cuisine that’s a mix of Indian and Southeast Asian flavours and techniques.
  • Go on a Grasshopper bike tour around the Siem Reap area, where you’ll get to visit a handful of quirky social enterprises you never knew existed, like giant rats that have been trained to sniff out landmines and save countless lives.

Events / Festivals in Cambodia in November: 

  • Rowing Festival – This festival is held during a day of the full moon in November and celebrates being blessed by a good harvest, health, and happiness. During the festival, you’ll find tons of colourful boats racing down the Tonle Sap River in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh .

7. Turkey / Türkiye – Far Fewer Crowds at Major Tourist Attractions

Contributed by sasha at ‘mog and dog travels’.

View of Istanbul historical district taken from Galata Tower.

Why is Turkey / Türkiye one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • Ideal weather for hiking and balloon rides in Cappadocia and exploring major cities.
  • Far fewer crowds at major tourist attractions such as Cappadocia and Ephesus.
  • Low-season discounts on hotels, tours and flights across the country.

Straddling both Europe and Asia , Turkey is perfect for those looking for an affordable winter holiday . Historically home to a wide range of cultures and famous for its rich, varied cuisine, geographic diversity (which includes rugged mountains, stunning coastlines and lakes) and numerous ancient sites, it’s a destination where travellers will never be at a loss for things to do . Weather in Turkey In November:

  • November in Turkey is considered late autumn . The temperature varies considerably depending on where you are in the country.
  • In northern Turkey (e.g. Istanbul) temperatures range from 8°C-15°C / 46°F-59°F. In central Anatolia (e.g. Cappadocia) temperatures are much cooler, averaging 0.5°C-11.7°C / 33°F-54°F. The warmest temperatures are in the Mediterranean region (e.g. Antalya) with average temperatures between 15°C-22°C / 59°F-72°F.
  • If visiting northern Turkey or the Black Sea region, expect regular rain showers.
  • In Cappadocia, the weather is cool and mostly dry making it perfect for hiking or a hot air balloon tour. Evenings are cold, so make sure to bring a sweater or warm jacket.

Things to do in Turkey in November:

  • Enjoy Istanbul without the crowds and explore its many historic sites from the stunning Hagia Sophia mosque to the frenetic Grand Bazaar.
  • Admire the unique lunar-like landscape of Cappadocia from a hot air balloon – a must-do activity on any  Turkey itinerary .
  • Watch a spectacular sunrise from Pamukkale ’s breathtaking thermal pools.
  • Visit the ancient city of Ephesus , famous for its incredibly preserved ruins and the stunning Temple of Artemis.
  • Relax on the amazing golden sand beaches in Kaş , renowned for its turquoise blue waters.
  • Go off the beaten track and visit Turkey’s Eastern provinces including Mardin with its amazing architecture and discover Gaziantep , a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.
  • If you love winter sports, most of Turkey’s popular ski resorts such as Uludağ, Palandöken and Sarıkamıs are best visited between December – April.

Events / Festivals in Turkey in November:

  • Turkey commemorates the anniversary of the death of Kemal Atatürk , the founder of the Turkish Republic on the 10th of November. Wreaths are laid at various locations and everyone observes a minute’s silence at 09.05.
  • The Istanbul Marathon takes place on the first Sunday in November. Passing some of the city’s most iconic monuments and crossing over three bridges, it’s also the only marathon in the world to take place between two continents.

8. Malaysia – Immerse Yourself in One of the Many Cultural Festivals

Contributed by victoria at ‘guide your travel’.

Kuala Lumpur skyline in Malaysia.

Why is Malaysia one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • Pleasant weather for outdoor activities.
  • Cultural festivals showcase Malaysia’s multicultural heritage.
  • Plenty of free or cheap places to eat

Located in Southeast Asia , Malaysia is a beautiful country that offers travellers many experiences. It is nestled between Thailand and Singapore and boasts a unique blend of diverse cultures , vibrant cities, stunning natural landscapes, and mouth-watering cuisine . From the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, to the beautiful beaches of Langkawi, and the ancient rainforests of Borneo, Malaysia has something to offer every type of traveller. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, cultural immersion, or culinary delights, Malaysia will not disappoint. With its warm and welcoming people, rich history, and a mix of modern and traditional attractions , visiting Malaysia promises an unforgettable and enriching experience.

Weather in Malaysia in November:

  • In November, Malaysia experiences pleasant temperatures that are generally milder compared to other months of the year.
  • The average temperature ranges from 23°C to 31°C in peninsular Malaysia, including popular destinations like Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
  • Coastal areas and islands enjoy slightly cooler temperatures due to the sea breeze.
  • In East Malaysia, which includes the states of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo, temperatures can range from 24°C to 32°C. 
  • While Malaysia does not have distinct seasons, November is considered part of the monsoon transition period.
  • Occasional rainfall may occur, but it is generally less frequent compared to the rainy season months.

Things to Do in Malaysia in November:

  • Visit the iconic Petronas Twin Towers , explore the vibrant street markets of Chinatown , and indulge in a shopping spree at the upscale Bukit Bintang district . 
  • Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Georgetown , a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the colourful streets adorned with street art, savour the famous local street food, and visit historic sites like Fort Cornwallis and Kek Lok Si Temple.
  • Enjoy the pristine beaches , crystal-clear waters, and stunning sunsets of this tropical paradise.
  • Explore the wonders of Borneo in Sabah . Climb Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia, visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, go on a wildlife safari in the Kinabatangan River, and dive or snorkel in the stunning marine biodiversity of Sipadan Island.
  • Escape the heat and enjoy the cool climate of the Cameron Highlands . Take scenic walks through tea plantations, visit strawberry farms and flower gardens, and sample the region’s famous teas and fresh produce.

Events / Festivals in Malaysia in November:

  • Deepavali – is celebrated by the Indian community in Malaysia. It is a significant Hindu festival symbolizing the victory of light over darkness. During this time, homes are illuminated, and families come together to perform religious rituals, exchange gifts, and enjoy feasts. 
  • Hari Raya Haji – is an important Muslim festival in Malaysia. It commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Muslims gather for prayers at mosques and perform the sacrifice of livestock, with the meat distributed to the less fortunate. Families also come together to share meals and engage in charitable activities.
  • Rainforest World Music Festival – Held annually in Sarawak, Borneo, the Rainforest World Music Festival is a world-renowned musical extravaganza. It showcases a diverse lineup of traditional and contemporary music performances from various cultures around the world. 
  • Penang Island Jazz Festival – Jazz enthusiasts should not miss the Penang Island Jazz Festival, held in George Town, Penang. The festival brings together local and international jazz artists for a weekend of soulful performances. Attendees can enjoy a mix of traditional jazz, fusion, and contemporary styles while soaking in the charming atmosphere of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

9. Japan – Best Chance To See Mount Fuji

Contributed by christina at ‘honest travel stories’.

snow capped Mount Fuji, Japan with the lake in front

Why is Japan one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • Fewer crowds than the high season from April
  • Mild weather, perfect to spend a lot of time outside
  • The best chances to see Mount Fuji

Located in what most people call “ The Far East “, Japan is ideal as an autumn destination and it’s encapsulating the best of all worlds: it’s not too hot, not too cold, and not too crowded. There’s probably no one in this world that wouldn’t love Japan, to be fair, as it has it all. You can do anything here, from visiting traditional temples and shrines to seeing the most modern buildings in the world, from skiing to diving, from hiking to relaxing in a hot spring. And if you’re really organized and managed to make yourself a great  Japan autumn itinerary , you’ll manage to cover a lot of these amazing options in just two weeks.

Weather in Japan In November:

  • November is one of the Autumn months in Japan, ensuring the transition between the hot and humid months of the summer to the cold winter months.
  • Temperatures average around 12 degrees Celsius / 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The chances of rain ruining your trip are quite small.
  • While you might need to wear a long-sleeved shirt if starting early, you’ll definitely get to wear T-shirts for the rest of the day.

This time of the year is great also because it allows for the highest chance of spotting Mount Fuji , and it’s the “other” season for travelling in Japan: the cool season most travellers don’t know about. While everyone knows about the cherry blossom season, most people don’t know about the fall foliage that will make your trip amazing.

Things to Do in Japan in November:

  • See the only geisha show that takes place in Japan in November (all the others are in April). You’ll have to visit Kyoto for this, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience I fully recommend.
  • View Mount Fuji from any of the five lakes around it. One of the best views in the world is from Lake Hakone , and November is the best time to enjoy it.
  • See fall foliage in any of the Japanese gardens you can find even in the most crowded places.  
  • Enjoy a hot spring in a traditional inn (ryokan), where you get to taste local food and sleep in a traditional room with bamboo rugs and futon beds.

Events / Festivals in Japan in November:

  • While this is not a festival per se, it’s still a special event that only takes place once a year. In Kyoto, there are only 5 geisha houses , and four of them have their graduation show in April, while the other one has this performance in November. The house is called Gion Odori and their event takes place every year in the  Gion Kaikan theatre . The event is dedicated to the passing of the seasons and can be enjoyed by everyone, so add this to your itinerary if you want to immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese arts.

10. South Korea – Colours of the Autumn Foliage

Contributed by ingrid at ‘zen moments in korea’.

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Autumn, South Korea. One of the best countries to visit in November.

Why is South Korea one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • Stunningly beautiful fall foliage
  • Perfect temperatures for hiking and exploring beautiful nature
  • Still great for surfing 

South Korea is located in East Asia , bordered by North Korea to the north, the Sea of Japan and Russia to the east, China to the west, and South Korea’s East Sea to the south. It is a dynamic destination that combines modern city life with beautiful natural surroundings . Whether you’re looking for an exciting urban adventure or a tranquil outdoor escape, the country has something to offer everyone, especially during  fall season . 

For those looking to explore the vibrant cities, Seoul or Busan have endless attractions from traditional royal palaces and ancient temples to futuristic skyscrapers and modern shopping malls. Or if you’d rather spend time in nature, the country is home to some of the most stunning national parks and beaches in the world.

Weather in South Korea In November:

  • November is the last month of autumn in South Korea.
  • The average temperature during this month ranges from 8°C (46°F) at night to 17°C (62°F) during the day.
  • Unlike spring when the air can get very polluted, autumn is one of the clearest seasons in South Korea.
  • The rainy season has passed, so days are perfect for exploring, without precipitations or high temperatures.

Things to Do in South Korea in November:

  • Haeundae Beach : This beautiful beach in Busan is the perfect spot for spending a day surfing.
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace : Located in downtown Seoul , this grand palace was once the home of Korea’s kings and queens. Visitors during November will be able to enjoy beautiful fall foliage while exploring the traditional architecture and gardens that surround it.
  • Namsan Park : This park is nestled on Namsan Mountain, in the heart of Seoul, and is home to some of the city’s most spectacular views. There are many walking trails, allowing visitors to take in all its beauty from a variety of angles. NSeoul Tower sits at the top of the mountain and it’s easily one of the most popular attractions during autumn.
  • Nami Island and The Garden of the Morning Calm – stunningly beautiful nature attractions throughout the year, they peak in popularity during the fall season. 
  • Jeonju Hanok Village : the traditional village located in the city of Jeonju offers an authentic glimpse into South Korean culture and architecture. You can explore the village’s many hanok (traditional Korean homes), browse the quaint shops, and enjoy a variety of delicious local dishes.

Best Countries to Visit in November in Central and South America

11. colombia – enjoy the attractions with no crowds, contributed by giorgy at ‘gextremetravel’.

A green valley in Salento, Colombia.

Why is Colombia one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • As the rainy season comes to an end, the weather in November is going to be ideal with temperatures between 20-25°C / 68-77°F.
  • Low-season rates.
  • Having beaches and main attractions all to yourself with no crowds.

Colombia is located in the north of South America and is bordered by Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Venezuela . It boasts a varied landscape including Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, Caribbean coastlines and colonial cities .

With its rich cultural heritage and diverse natural landscapes , Colombia is an ideal destination for any traveller looking for adventure. The country offers everything from tropical beaches and rainforest to snow-covered mountains, as well as vibrant cities that are bursting with culture.

Colombia is also known for its friendly locals , delicious local cuisine and fantastic nightlife . With its laid-back lifestyle, beautiful scenery, and amazing people, Colombia is definitely one of the best countries to visit in November!

Weather in Colombia In November:

  • In November, the wet season is coming to an end and it will be transitioning into dry season.
  • Temperatures in Colombia in November range from 20-25°C / 68-77°F.
  • Best to avoid the Andes region which is considered to have more downpours.
  • Barranquilla, Cartagena, and Santa Marta are cities situated along the Caribbean coast that maintain warm weather and experience heavy, but brief tropical showers.

Things to Do in Colombia in November:

  • Visit the Walled City of Cartagena located on the Caribbean coast. Cartagena declared independence from Spain on November 11th, making it the first city in Colombia to do so. Although the official celebration is on the Monday following the 11th, Cartagena celebrates Independence Day for the first two weeks of November with parades, parties, fireworks, dance performances, and Caribbean music.
  • Hike the Ciudad Perdida ( Lost City Trek ) hike is often considered better than the Machu Picchu ruins in Peru.
  • Explore Cabo de La Vela either by hiring a 4WD to tour the sands or by jeep.
  • Go on a Wildlife Safari in Tayrona National Park to see exotic wildlife and explore its pristine beaches.
  • Discover Medellin , Colombia’s second-largest city and the birthplace of the Medellin Cartel. Enjoy its vibrant street art, nightlife, and local cuisine.
  • You should go and visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá .

Events / Festivals in Colombia in November: 

  • In addition to the Independence Day celebration in Cartagena , Colombia also hosts the Pirarucu de Oro Festival in mid-November. It celebrates Amazonian popular music and showcases its impact on music across the continent. Festival attendees gather at Concha Acústica – Francisco de Orellana Park in Leticia to enjoy various Amazonian music genres, food and learn about the cultural heritage of the Amazon’s residents from Colombia, Brazil, and Peru.

12. Costa Rica – Best Time for Spotting Wildlife

Contributed by kristin at ‘tiny footsteps travel’.

Arenal Volcano in the Central Valley, Costa Rica.

Why is Costa Rica one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • It’s the end of the wet season, which means warm and sunny weather
  • There are much fewer crowds at the beaches and other attractions 
  • It’s a great time of year to spot native wildlife; tropical birds, sloths and monkeys

Located in Central America , Costa Rica is the most popular Latin American country to visit as a tourist. Between beaches, rainforests, authentic coffee and chocolate farm tours, as well as luxury and family resorts , Costa Rica is a diverse country that appeals to a variety of travellers. With its commitment to biodiversity, Costa Rica is home to the largest, and most famous cloud forest in the world and allows us to connect with nature and see exotic wildlife in their own habitat.

Weather in Costa Rica in November:

  • End of the rainy season, and the days are becoming sunnier and warmer around this time.
  • Temperatures range from 24 to 29 degrees Celsius / 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Expect mostly sunny days, but come prepared with a light rain jacket and/or poncho in case of sporadic showers throughout the day.

Things to Do in Cost Rica in November:

  • Visit La Fortuna from which you have beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano.
  • Head to Manuel Antonio to enjoy a mix of beaches and rainforest.
  • Try hiking and ziplining in the rainforests of Monteverde.
  • Explore the mountain town of Monteverde and visit the most well-known cloud forest in the world, as well as other.
  • Relax on the beaches of Guanacaste , the sunniest region in Costa Rica.

Events / Festivals in Costa Rica in November:

  • Dia de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead – While Dia de Los Muertos isn’t as popular in Costa Rica as it is in other Latin American countries such as Mexico, it is still a special day where Costa Ricas honour their ancestors with flowers, rituals, masses and processions. Dia de Los Muertos takes place every year in on November 2nd
  • La Ruta de los Conquistadoras – Also in early November, Costa Ricans celebrate La Ruta de Los Conquistadoras, which is similar to Tour de France and involves three days of bikers crossing the country from the Pacific to the Caribbean coast. The coolest part? You don’t have to be Costa Rican to register. If you’re up to the challenge of biking in challenging terrain with incredible views, you can register for La Ruta as a visitor in Costa Rica.

Best Countries to Visit in November in Europe

13. iceland – see the northern lights, contributed by victoria at ‘iceland trippers’, why is iceland one of the best countries to visit in november.

1. Start of the off-season so fewer crowds and lower prices 2. Best time to visit Iceland to visit ice caves 3. Go to see the Northern Lights

Located in the North Atlantic Ocean , Iceland is a part of Northern Europe and is best known for being the land of fire and ice . Therefore, this country has a dynamic natural landscape that includes impressive volcanos, incredible glaciers, unique black-sand beaches, and awesome waterfalls. In particular, November is an ideal time to visit since you can see the Northern Lights dancing through the air and explore local ice caves that are only open seasonally. 

Weather in Iceland In November:

  • In November, it is Winter, the coldest season of the year, with January and February being the coldest months. 
  • In November, temperatures range from 4°C / 40 °F, during the day to -6°C / 20°F, in the evening.
  • Short days with only 6 hours of daylight.
  • Mostly cloudy weather with only 42 hours of sunshine per month
  • Snowfall is moderate to light with regions like Hallormsstaður receiving a max of 6.6 inches per month. Other regions only receive 2.3 inches of snow per month.

Things to Do in Iceland in November: 

  • Visit an ice cave that is formed inside one of the country’s glaciers. Vatnajokull Glacier is a great place to visit and be sure to book a tour so you have the right gear. 
  • Drive the Golden Circle and visit Gullfoss Waterfall , Thingvellir National Park , and The Geysir Geothermal Area . Make sure your vehicle is winterized since roads can become icy. 
  • See the Northern Lights in Vatnajökull National Park, Seltjarnarnes near Reykjavík, the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and Þingvellir National Park.
  • Warm up in the hot springs at the Blue Lagoon and Sky Lagoon . Both are popular so book tickets well in advance. You’ll also want to visit the Blue Lagoon after arriving since it is located near the airport. 
  • Go dog sledding in Akureyri . Operators will use Siberian Huskies or Greenland Dogs and sleds can reach speeds of up to 12.5 miles per hour. 

Events / Festivals in Iceland in November:

  • Head to the capital and enjoy the Iceland Airwaves Festival . It’s a fun, alternative music event that lasts for four days and that includes performances by bands from all over the world in Reykjavik. 

14. Italy – Explore Historical Sites Without the Crowds

Contributed by lisa at ‘waves and cobblestones’.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

Why is Italy one of the best countries to visit in November?

1. Less crowds, so you’re able to experience more top attractions 2. Avoid the summer heat, so you can more comfortably explore cities in central and southern Italy 3. Lower hotel rates, so your budget goes further

Italy, located in Southern Europe , is the perfect country to visit in November. Spend your days exploring the art , culture , and cuisine of this amazing country.  Immerse yourself in historic sites such as the Colosseum and savour the mouth-watering cuisine for which Italy is famous. From the thrill of the iconic monuments and piazzas of Rome, to the romantic canals of Venice, to the natural splendour of the Amalfi coast, the choices are endless!

Weather in Italy in November:

  • Autumn – the days are getting shorter and the weather can be variable.
  • Temperatures range from 6 degrees to 11 degrees Celsius in cities like Milan in the north of Italy (and colder in the mountainous regions), with temperatures ranging from 9 degrees to 17 degrees Celsius in the south of Italy.
  • November is prone to rain showers, so pack layers and be prepared for the weather.

Things to Do in Italy in November:

  • Visit Rome , Italy’s captivating capital.  Take a delectable  food tour in Rome  and savour classic Italian favourites while you stroll past iconic monuments such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon .
  • Explore the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum , buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
  • In the Vatican City , take a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica to admire the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. 
  • Stroll along the canals of Venice and take a romantic gondola ride.
  • Indulge in some retail therapy with some high-end shopping in Milan , the fashion capital of the world.
  • Take a trip to Florence and visit world-class museums such as the Uffizi Gallery, renowned for its 14 th  Century and Renaissance masterpieces.

Events / Festivals in Italy In November:

  • Celebrate all things truffle at the International White Truffle Fair in Alba, Italy.  The festival runs from the beginning of October through the beginning of December.
  • Get into the swing at the Roma Jazz Festival , with Italian and international jazz artists.

15. Spain – Warmest Place to Visit in November in this Region

Contributed by milijana at ‘world travel connector’.

La Mezquita in Cordoba, Spain.

Why is Spain one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • Southern Spain and the Canary Islands are top destinations for sunshine seekers
  • Fewer crowds in the Spanish mainland  
  • Lower rates for tours and accommodation on the Spanish mainland 

Located in the Iberian peninsula and with gorgeous sun-bathed islands, Spain is a top destination. Spain is among the most visited countries in the world for its rich historical and cultural heritage , delicious  traditional Spanish food , lovely beaches , stunning architecture , and vibrant Mediterranean lifestyle. Spain in November is a top destination for exciting cities and sunshine in the south. Spanish cities like Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia are fabulous year-round. But the warm weather in the south of the country is what attracts most visitors to Spain in November.

Weather in Spain in November:

November in Spain is autumn. While northern Spain can be rainy in November, southern Spain and the Canary Islands are the top warm destinations in Europe in November. Gorgeous cities in Andalusia, like Malaga, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, and Cadiz, see lots of sunshine in November.

The average daily maximum in Andalusia is 20 C / 68 F, and the average daily minimum is 12 C / 54 F. However, Costa del Sol (the Coast of Sun) and Costa de la Luz (the Coast of Light) see even higher temperatures in November. They are some of the favourite destinations of sunshine enthusiasts in Europe.

Besides southern Spain, the Canary Islands are a top travel destination in Europe in November for ‘snowbirds’. The average daily maximum in the Canary Islands in November is 24 C / 75 F, and the average daily minimum is 19 C / 66 F. 

Things to do in Spain in November:

  • Enjoy the beaches of the Canary Islands and southern Spain. 
  • Hike Teide National Park in Tenerife .
  • Visit Alhambra in Granada .
  • Tour the Alcazar Palace and Seville Cathedral without crowds. 
  • See the famous La Mezquita Cathedral in Cordoba . 
  • Go for an Andalucia road trip and see the magical pueblos blancos. 

Festivals in Spain in November:

  • International Sherry Week  is a festival that celebrates the famous Sherry wine. The festival happens in Andalusia at the beginning of November. However, the most popular International Sherry Week festival is in Jerez de la Frontera, the hometown of sherry wine. Don’t miss trying out the authentic Sherry wine during the International Sherry Week festival in Jerez de la Frontera.
  • Seville European Film Festival  is among the most famous film festivals in Spain. European. The festival promotes European films for a week in the first part of November. Seville European Film Festival is a must-attend for true cinephiles. 
  • Granada Chestnut Festival  celebrates the harvesting season of chestnuts. The festival happens in Granada on November 1. It is a joyful social event of people gathering, singing, dancing, roasting chestnuts, and enjoying yummy roasted chestnuts!
  • Saint Andrew Festival  happens on November 29 / 30 th across Spain. However, the most famous is in Tenerife. The festival is in honour of Saint Andrew, the patron saint of fishermen and vignerons. The festival-goers enjoy wine, roasted chestnuts, fireworks, and bonfires. 

16.France – Drink Wine at the Beaujolais Nouveau Festival

Contributed by kylie at ‘life in rural france’.

The Louvre in Paris, France.

Why is France one of the best countries to visit in November? 

1. It’s truffle season and you’ll find every possible variety 2. Easier access to the many museums and art galleries 3. Fewer crowds and cheaper accommodation

France is situated in the western part of Europe across the channel from England bordered by the Bay of Biscay and the North Sea. It has a hugely diverse culture and as you drive through France, you’ll see this reflected in the towns and villages from the vineyards in the Loire Valley to the beaches along the Atlantic Coast. Its proximity to Spain and Andorra means there is a lot of Spanish food that has crept into French gastronomy up in the Pyrenees mountains.  

Weather in France In November:

  • Autumn – the colours are still lovely at this time of year
  • Temperatures vary dramatically between Paris in the North, 36-46°F (2-8°C), and the Riviera in the South, 48-61°F (9-16°C).
  • The French Riviera gets cold at night so you’ll need some winter woollies and it’s the same in central France.
  • Paris in the rain is beautiful, but make sure you have an umbrella with you whenever you go out.

Things to Do in France in November: 

  • Take a trip to the Château de Versailles just outside of Paris.
  • Explore the iconic tourist attractions in Paris such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre , and take a stroll down the Champs-Élysèes .
  • Visit Dijon and the beautiful Burgundy region and enjoy the annual International and Gastronomic Fair.
  • Don’t forget to go to the renowned Provence region and visit the historic city of Marseille .
  • And Bordeaux , known as “ La perle d’Aquitaine “, has some fantastic museums, including Les Bassins de Lumieres , a digital art museum in an old World War II German submarine base.
  • If you love skiing then the French Alps are open and the season is just starting.
  • Towards the end of November the Christmas Markets start to appear and Strasbourg has the best in Europe.

Events / Festivals in France in November: 

  • Happening all over France in November is Beaujolais Nouveau (Festival of New Wine). It always takes place on the third week in November and celebrates the release of new wine at exactly 12.01 am. A lot of wine is drunk, fireworks are let off and parties happen all around the country. The French love their wine and it’s a great excuse to enjoy a glass or two straight after the grape harvest.

17. Malta – Great Rates for Accommodation and Fewer Tourists

Contributed by lowri at ‘many other roads’.

A beach near Popeye Village in Malta. One of the best countries to visit in November.

Why Is Malta one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • Great Weather 
  • Fewer tourists
  • Cheaper rates at hotels and other attractions 

In Southern Europe situated in the Mediterranean Sea, you will find the stunning Island of Malta. This picturesque Mediterranean country is packed with history, culture, and sunshine —the perfect combination for an unforgettable holiday. From ancient cities to hidden caves, this is the ultimate destination for everyone to visit.

Weather in Malta in November:

  • Even though November is the start of Malta’s winter season, it really doesn’t feel like it.
  • The average temperature for this time of year ranges from around 14-20 degrees Celsius (57.2 F- 68 F), so it’s often the perfect weather for exploring.
  • The skies are typically sunny with some occasional rain showers throughout the month. With an average of 11 hours of sunshine each day, you can still get plenty of Vitamin D. To make the most of the sunshine,  book a hotel with a rooftop pool  you can use all year round. 

Things to do in Malta in November:

  • Visit the historic Three Cities of Malta : Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua.
  • Hire a private boat to explore the blue lagoon with an expert travel guide and no crowds.
  • Take the ferry over to the stunning Gozo Island .
  • Explore the amazing views over Malta from the Red Keep .
  • Book a glass-blowing tour to learn about Malta’s famous glass.

Events / Festivals in Malta in November:

  • Malta is always full of great events that change annually. The most popular one to visit in November is the Three Palaces Festival Early Opera & Music Festival . This 10-day festival includes amazing performances from renowned international artists set in three of Malta’s majestic palaces. The Three Palaces Festival celebrates the beauty and majesty of early opera and music from different periods and styles.

18. Portugal – One of the Warmest Place to Visit in November in this Region

Contributed by tamara at ‘my elated odyssey’.

The Pena Palace in Portugal.

Why is Portugal one of the best countries to visit in November? 

  • One of the warmest Western European countries to visit during this time 
  • The peak season crowds are gone, allowing you to visit tourist attractions comfortably 
  • Benefits of lower accommodation costs.

Located in the west of continental Europe , sharing a border with Spain, Portugal is one of the most ideal European countries to visit during the month of November. The country’s mild climate throughout November promises visitors some of the warmest weather in Europe and the chance to explore popular tourist sites at their own pace. Between its bustling metropolitan cities, historical centres, beach towns, and island destinations, there is a location for anyone to enjoy during this time.

Weather in Portugal In November:

  • Winter- the start of the colder season
  • Temperatures fall between 9 to 20 degrees Celsius / 48 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Can expect to run into some rainfall, but it is not too heavy or frequent
  • You’ll have more sunshine-filled than rainy days, but nights can still become chilly
  • Southern Portugal and the island chains such as the Algarve experience warmer and sunnier weather conditions than Porto.
  • While you can still enjoy a day on the beach  like in Cascais , expect to layer up due to wind chill and generally colder temperatures.

Things to Do in Portugal in November:

  • Explore the vibrant city of Lisbon and ride the historical trams to see iconic landmarks such as Belém Tower .
  • Visit Porto and become engulfed in its charming environment, where you can enjoy views from the historical Ribeira district and drink port wine.
  • Watch one of the best sunsets from the Boca do Inferno and walk along the beach during a trip to Cascais. 
  • Walk into a fairy-tale and visit the beautiful and historical castles and gardens of Sintra .
  • Take advantage of the absence of peak-season crowds and journey to Lagos to enjoy the old town, beach views, and incredible scenery from the coastline.
  • Appreciate the serene beauty of the Azores islands , where you can visit stunning volcanic views and hiking through the landscape.

Events / Festivals in Portugal in November:

  • All Saints’ Day – A day dedicated as a tribute to family and friends who have passed, always celebrated on the 1st of November. Portuguese locals typically spend this November holiday visiting the graves of their loved ones and having family gatherings in honour of the saints. 
  • Feira Nacional do Cavalo Golegã – An event hosted annually in the town of Golegã, which is located in the centre of the country, north of Lisbon. It’s one of the most widely held horse shows worldwide and visits can enjoy different equestrian activities and horse competitions.

19. Croatia – End of the Tourist Season

Contributed by sara at ‘mindful travel’.

A beach on the island of Brac, Croatia.

Why is Croatia one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • The weather is usually mild and sunny, making it ideal for exploring the country’s stunning scenery.
  • Accommodation and flights are cheaper in November since the tourist season has ended.
  • There are fewer crowds so you can get more out of your visit without worrying about lines or packed tourist attractions.

Croatia is a beautiful country located in the southern part of Europe , along the coast of the Adriatic Sea . With its stunning landscapes, rich culture, and history, Croatia is an excellent choice for a winter vacation. The mild Mediterranean climate makes November ideal for exploring places like Zagreb, islands near Split , Dubrovnik, and Plitvice National Park.

Weather in Croatia In November:

  • November, even though it’s winter, is considered a mild month in Croatia, with temperatures ranging from 45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit (7 to 18 degrees Celsius). The days are usually sunny, and the nights are cool.
  • Rain is usually infrequent during November, allowing travellers to enjoy outdoor activities.
  • While the Adriatic coast can experience some strong winds in November, inland areas are usually calmer and more pleasant to explore.
  • Croatia’s mountain regions, such as Plitvice Lakes National Park and Gorski Kotar Natural Park, provide stunning views during this time of year when snow begins to blanket the landscape.

Things to Do in Croatia in November:

  • Explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park – Enjoy spectacular views of nature and take a boat ride in one of the sixteen lakes.
  • Visit Zagreb’s Christmas Markets – Get your holiday shopping done early at this annual event that features local crafts, souvenirs, and more.
  • Explore Dubrovnik Old Town – Go back in time as you discover what life was like centuries ago through its impressive architecture.
  • Sample local cuisine on Hvar Island – Try some of the best seafood dishes Croatia has to offer while taking in stunning views from scenic spots around town.
  • Take a day trip to Krka National Park – Experience Croatia’s natural beauty with breathtaking waterfalls, visit historic sites, and explore picturesque villages.

Events / Festivals in Croatia in November:

  • Advent in Zagreb – A month-long event offering a variety of activities throughout the city that includes markets, concerts, and cultural events.
  • The Feast of St. Martin’s Day – Held on November 11th, it is celebrated with a traditional feast featuring local dishes.
  • Dubrovnik Winter Festival – Taking place from mid-November to early December, this festival features music and theatre performances set against the backdrop of historical sites.
  • Jazz Fest Rovinj – This jazz music festival runs for 2 weeks in November, showcasing some of Croatia’s best musicians.
  • Split Traditional Markets – Every Saturday during the month there are markets held along Diocletian’s Palace where you can purchase handmade crafts and souvenirs.
  • Poreč Open Air Poetry Festival – Held at various venues around town from late October to mid-November this poetry event celebrates Croatia’s literary heritage.

20. Lithuania – Christmas Markets and Festivals

Contributed by jj at ‘travel across the borderline’.

A view over Vilnius in Lithuania.

Why is Lithuania one of the best countries to visit in November?  

  • November is the beginning of Lithuania’s winter season, so it’s a great time to enjoy some snow-filled activities.
  • November is also the start of the Christmas season in Lithuania, and many markets and festivals occur during this time.
  • There are fewer tourists visiting Lithuania at this time of year so you won’t be bothered by large crowds and accommodation prices are cheaper too.

Lithuania is situated in the Baltic region of Northern Europe , bordering Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east, and Poland to the south. It offers visitors stunning views of rolling hills, lush forests, and access to the Baltic Sea. Its vibrant cities are full of culture with beautiful architecture , art galleries, and unique museums. Lithuania also boasts an impressive cuisine , as well as plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy such as kayaking, hiking, and skiing.

Traveling to Lithuania in November is a great opportunity for exploring the country’s many attractions without crowds. The weather is mild, and you can take advantage of some great deals on accommodation and flights during this time. Plus, unique Christmas celebrations are just beginning!

Weather in Lithuania In November: 

  • Late Autumn / Early Winter
  • Temperatures range from 0 degrees to 3 degrees Celsius / 32 to 37 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Average of 6 snow days in November

Things to Do in Lithuania in November: 

  • Vilnius in November: Explore the vibrant city and its beautiful architecture, art galleries, and unique museums.
  • Warm up from the cold by enjoying  Vilnius’ incredible foodie scene .
  • Visit a country within a city: Uzupis is a small area of Vilnius that has claimed itself as a sovereign state . You can get your passport stamped, drink from a fountain of beer, and meet the ambassador of Uzupis – a large ginger cat!
  • Birštonas  in November: Relax at one of the many spa centres or hot springs for some needed R&R during this time.
  • Trakai in November: Marvel at the ancient castle that dates back centuries, there are barely any tourists here at this time of year so you are likely to have the castle to yourself. Visit the nearby lake and wrap up warm to enjoy picturesque scenery while boating on calm waters.

Events / Festivals in Lithuania in November: 

  • All Saints’ and All Souls Days : At the beginning of November, Lithuania celebrates these solemn holidays with thousands of candles lighting up cemeteries – a sight you won’t want to miss.
  • Christmas Bazaar : Get in the holiday spirit at one of the many Christmas markets that open on the last weekend of November. You can find some unique gifts and sample traditional Lithuanian foods.
  • Scanorama : Throughout November, the Scanorama film festival screens films from the Nordic and Baltic countries at central locations in Vilnius. Catch a movie or two during your stay!

21. Germany – Warmest Place to Visit in October in this Region

Contributed by lexi at ‘ a trip in nature ’.

A small village in Germany.

Why is Germany one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • The country is less visited in November
  • Hotels and activities are cheaper at this time
  • Weather is reasonable during this time

Located in Western Europe , Germany is a charming autumn / fall destination if you can handle a little cold weather. Much of the country’s attractions are still visitable in November, such as the beautiful architecture, museums and sites, and it is the best time to indulge in the meat heavy dishes. You will definitely want to add cold weather wear in your suitcase, but it is worth visiting none-the-less.

Weather in Germany In November:

  • November is Autumn / Fall in Germany.
  • Average temperature in November is 8 degrees Celsius / 46 degrees Fahrenheit, but can be as low as 2 degrees Celsius / 36 degrees Fahrenheit in the evening.
  • There can be some rain in November, with the month seeing 4 – 8 days of rain.
  • Jackets are needed during the day, and perhaps even gloves and a scarf depending on your cold tolerance.
  • There is occasionally snow in November in Germany.
  • It’s not too windy during this time, especially in the main cities where wind chill is at low or medium strength.

Things to Do in Germany in November:

  • Visit Rothenburg ob de Tauber , a colourful old town near Munich.
  • Walk the streets of Berlin and Munich in relative peace as most tourists have already left for the year.              
  • If visiting in early November, you can explore the wineries that dot the country before it starts to get too cold.
  • A visit to Neuschwanstein Castle is good any time of the year. The beautiful castle is a 19 th  Century marvel which can be found in the south of Germany.
  • Visit the thermal baths in Baden-Baden for some relief from the cold.

Events / Festivals in Germany in November:

  • Christmas Markets – Some Christmas markets will open up as November nears its end. If you happen to find one, it’s a great chance to get in some early Christmas shopping.
  • Jazzfest Berlin – A musical event happening in November where you’ll get to hear new and old artists perform. A must see if you love music.
  • Allerhailigen and Allerheiligen – Translating to All Saints Day and All Souls Day, this is Germany’s version of Halloween. The fun covers November 1 st  and 2 nd , so you’ll miss it if visiting later in the month. There aren’t too many official events during this time, but you will be able to do some themed shopping for the holiday. 

22. Ireland – Low Season Pricing

Contributed by alec at ‘explore with alec’.

Flowers in front of a castle in Ireland. One of the best countries to visit in November.

Why is Ireland one of the best countries to visit in November? 

  • Hiking trails are emptier, but  you can still hike  to your heart’s delight!
  • Fewer crowds at popular destinations.
  • Flights and lodging cheaper

Located in  Northern Europe , Ireland is ideal as a shoulder season destination and is  still a great place to visit before winter hits the beautiful island . The stunning views, amazing and kind people, and great food make Ireland a must-visit destination. While you might trade some sunny days for clouds this time, the cheaper visit will surely offset it!

Weather in Ireland In November:  

  • Fall in Ireland isn’t the coldest or wettest, but it sure aint summer anymore!
  • Temperatures range from 11 degrees to 6 degrees Celsius / 52 to 43 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The west side of Ireland sees more wintry weather than the eastern side.
  • Expect rain and clouds for a portion of your trip to Ireland in November. 
  • The days are shorter in November, with an average sunrise and sunset time of 7:50 am and 4:30 pm. 

Things to Do in Ireland in November:  

  • Head out on a great road trip starting in Dublin . You can do the northern route, Wild Atlantic Way , or head south on the eastern coast.
  • Explore the many trails and National Parks Ireland has!
  • Indulge in the great food and drinks Ireland is known for. 
  • Visit castles in the southern portion of the island.
  • Check out the Christmas markets , as many begin in mid to late November.
  • Enjoy museums or other culturally significant indoor exhibits.

Best Countries to Visit in the Middle East in November

23. jordan – best time to visit the historic sites, contributed by chris at ‘around the world with me’.

The monastery at Petra in Jordan. One of the best countries to visit in November.

Why is Jordan one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • Cooler temperatures make visiting the historic sites – which requires a lot of walking – more comfortable
  • Popular sites like Petra and Wadi Rum are less crowded due to the off-season
  • Airfare to get there is usually cheaper than high-season

Located in the Middle East , Jordan is an ideal destination for a November adventure. Summer temperatures in Jordan can be sweltering, and the constant sunshine can make it difficult to escape the heat. By November, the air has cooled to a comfortable temperature, making it easy to explore the many historic sites across the country.

Known primarily for the ancient Nabatean site of Petra , Jordan is also home to numerous Roman ruins , the Dead Sea , and the stunning Wadi Rum desert . Trips to Jordan are active holidays and you will do a ton of walking. Best to enjoy it without the threat of heat stroke!

Weather in Jordan in November:

  • November is late autumn in Jordan and brings more frequent rain, but still mainly sunshine.
  • November temperatures range from 8 degrees to 18 degrees Celsius / 47 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit in Petra, 10-20 degrees Celsius (50-68 F) in Amman, and 20 to 25 Celsius (68 – 77 F) at the Dead Sea.
  • Average monthly precipitation in Amman is 24mm (1”) in November.
  • Jordan does not observe daylights savings, so expect skies to stay light till about 6:00 PM in November.
  • Jordan is a mountainous country, so the weather can vary greatly depending on where you are. Chances of rain are higher in Petra than in Wadi Rum or at the Dead Sea.

Things to do in Jordan in November:

  • Hike all over Petra , one of the new 7 Wonders of the World .
  • Float in the Dead Sea , the lowest point on earth.
  • Take a Jeep tour across the Wadi Rum desert , home to some of the reddest sand you will ever see.
  • Try all the Jordanian food you can fit in your belly in Amman .
  • Tour the ancient Roman ruins of Jerash .
  • Stay overnight in a traditional Bedouin tent and experience true Jordanian hospitality.

Best Countries to Visit in November in North America

24. canada – perfect for hiking enthusiasts, contributed by kelly at ‘just one passport’.

Niagara Falls in Canada.

Why is Canada one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • It’s the shoulder season making it less expensive and fewer crowds
  • The weather is perfect for hiking enthusiasts
  • It’s the beginning of Canada’s ski season

Canada, located in the northern part of North America , is the second largest country in the world by land mass. It is a vast and diverse country that captivates visitors with its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and vibrant multiculturalism . With a population of over 37 million people, Canada is known for its friendly residents, high standard of living, and strong commitment to equality and diversity. From the rugged Rocky Mountains in the west to the Atlantic coastline in the east , Canada offers a diverse range of natural wonders and activities for outdoor enthusiasts visiting in November.

Weather in Canada in November:

  • November is the month that the weather transitions between Fall and Winter, resulting in rising, yet comfortable temperatures.
  • Average temperature is -1 degrees Celsius / 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher elevations can dip as low as -5 degrees Celsius / 23 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Southern cities, such as Montreal, Calgary, and Edmonton tend to be warmer during the winter months.
  • Expect light snowfall.
  • The air is crisp, however the sun takes the chill off.
  • Dress in layers.

Things to Do in Canada in November:

  • Attend one of the Christmas parades taking place throughout the Country.
  • Be mesmerized by the light show put on in the evenings in Niagara Falls .
  • Sip some wine at one of the  many wineries in Ontario’s Niagara Region  or the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.
  • Ski the slopes in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta.
  • Hike one of the many trails, however, check the weather forecast prior to hiking in the mountains .
  • View polar bears in Manitoba .
  • Ride the gondola up Grouse Mountain or bike around Stanley Park in Vancouver .

25. Mexico – Shoulder Season Allows for More Affordable Travel

Contributed by karen at ‘outdoor adventure sampler’.

Bacalar Lagoon or the Lagoon of Seven Colours in Mexico. One of the best countries to visit in November.

Why is Mexico one of the best countries to visit in November?

  • It is definitely worth visiting Mexico in November as it is the shoulder season so fewer crowds gather at popular attractions.
  • Outstanding natural beauty with beaches, cenotes, jungles, ocean beaches, and wildlife is enjoyable during the moderate temperatures of November in Mexico.
  • More affordable prices on accommodation and dining can be found in November.

Mexico in the southern portion of North America . It is bordered to the north by the United States and by the Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean, and Gulf of Mexico in other directions. It is composed of 31 states.

Mexico has so many unique places to visit with its magnificent natural beauty , ancient ruins , and picturesque colonial cities . Water activities from the sandy beaches and the crystal clear cenotes include swimming, snorkelling, diving, fishing, and kayaking.

Weather in the Mexico In November:

  • November is right after the hurricane season so expect dry weather with only 7 days of rain in the month.
  • Daytime temperatures hover around 22-30° C. (72-86° F.) depending on the area.
  • Air temperatures are perfect for outdoor activities without being too hot.
  • Sea temperatures make swimming pleasant and cooling breezes with lots of sun make relaxing on the beautiful beaches very appealing.

Things to Do in Mexico in November:

  • Visit the beach destination of Cabo San Lucas on the Baja peninsula to enjoy sand and surf.
  • Kayak on Lake Bacalar,  the Lagoon of Seven Colours in Quintana Roo.
  • Visit the Monarch butterfly migration in the central highlands of Michoacán.
  • See flocks of flamingos on a boat trip from Celestun in the Yucatan.
  • Visit historic Mexico City for photographic colonial architecture and authentic Mexican cuisine.
  • Visit Maya and Aztec ruins such as  Chichen Itza, Ek Balam  or  Tenochtitlán .
  • Snorkel or scuba dive at the Mesoamerican Reef in Cozumel , the second biggest reef system in the world!

Holidays / Festivals in November in Mexico:

  • Dia de los Muertos  (Day of the Dead) happens in early November across Mexico. On this holiday, Mexicans remember and honour their deceased loved ones. The holiday includes traditional foods and beverage and honouring departed ancestors with flowers and offerings. The most fabulous parades are in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City.

Best Countries to Visit in November in Oceania

26. new zealand – ideal weather for hiking, contributed by heather at ‘new zealand wanderer’.

Lupins along Lake Tekapo in New Zealand. One of the best countries to visit in November.

Why is New Zealand one of the best countries to visit in November? 

  • Longer days and mild temperatures ideal for hiking
  • Fewer crowds at popular attractions
  • Start of Lupin season in the South Island

Situated across two islands in the  South Pacific , spring is an ideal time to visit New Zealand with  longer days, mild temperatures and spring blooms  dotting the landscape. From the lush green North Island rich in culture to the adventure-filled Southern Alps of the South Island, the variety of landscapes, biodiversity and geological features provide unique and exciting experiences you won’t find anywhere else. 

Weather in New Zealand In November: 

  • Late spring – mild temperatures and little rainfall.
  • Temperatures range from 12 degrees to 20 degrees Celsius / 53 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Expect stable weather with low humidity (perfect for hiking).
  • Days are often warm and sunny, but cooler in the evening.
  • Rainfall is low to moderate depending on which part of the country you’ll be visiting.

Things to Do in New Zealand in November: 

  • Visit the city of  Wellington  and its many trendy cafes.
  • Explore the South Island by hiring a campervan for a scenic road trip, or take a guided tour to  Mount Cook or Milford Sound .
  • Hike the famous  Roy’s Peak track  in  Wanaka.
  • Enjoy the geothermal hot pools in  Rotorua  with fewer crowds during the shoulder season.
  • Visit the  Bay of Islands  to learn about the Treaty of Waitangi and experience the Māori culture through waiata (māori song) and kai (food).
  • Explore the black sand beaches on  Auckland’s west coast . 
  • Visit  Lake Tekapo  to experience the colourful lupins in peak bloom.

Events / Festivals in New Zealand in November: 

  • The Canterbury A&P Show  – Experience the largest A&P Show in the country, and learn what it’s all about. Agricultural & Pastoral shows are country fairs celebrating excellence in farming and agriculture . This three-day event includes sheep-shearing and wood-cutting competitions, live entertainment, food, fairground rides, animal interactions and so much more.

27. Australia – Shoulder Season

One of the many beautiful beaches in Mooloolaba, Qld Australia. This is one of the best countries to visit in November.

Why is Australia one of the best destinations to travel in November?

1. Wildlife encounters 2. Warm weather, but not too hot 3. Reduced crowds and shoulder-season rates

Located in the southern hemisphere , Australia offers unique experiences for adventure, natural beauty, and diverse wildlife. November is an optimal month to visit , with pleasant weather, abundant events, and affordability with fewer crowds and lower prices outside of school holidays and peak season.

Weather in Australia in November:

  • November is the end of spring, making it a perfect time to explore the country’s natural wonders.
  • Mild temperatures range from 18 to 27 degrees Celsius / 64 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit in most regions, making it ideal for outdoor activities.
  • In general, rainfall is low except in the tropical regions like Queensland and the Northern Territory where this marks the start of the rainy season.

Things to Do in Australia in November:

  • Witness the annual humpback whale migration along the east coast.
  • Visit iconic Uluru in the Red Centre, best explored before summer wet season.
  • Explore famous Australian landmarks such as Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach with less crowds.
  • Winery tours and cellar door experiences in the Australian wine regions while vineyards are in full bloom.
  • Experience native animal encounters ! Australia’s 650+ National Parks await, offering incredible wildlife watching during breeding season. The world-famous Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast is also worth visiting!
  • Enjoy popular road trips such as the Great Ocean Road or the drive between Sydney and Brisbane.
  • Perfect swimming weather in the beaches along the East coast such Bondi Beach, Byron Bay, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast .
  • Visit the largest sand island in the world, K’gari / Fraser Island for some off road adventures and natural beauty.
  • Tasmania remains cooler than most of mainland Australia and offer perfect weather for hiking.
  • Enjoy wildflower season , especially in Western Australia, which showcases spectacular native flora species.

Events / Festivals in Australia in November:

  • Melbourne Cup  – Held on the 5 th November each year, horse racing enthusiasts won’t want to miss the biggest race on the Australian calendar, the Melbourne Cup.
  • Perth International Jazz Festival – Set in venues across the city, including the Perth Cultural Precinct, the festival highlights the crème de la crème of the country’s local jazz artists and throws in some international stars for good measure. From intimate shows at bars and nightclubs to packed concert hall performances, the festival has a loaded programme of events to suit the taste of every jazz fan. 

Frequently Asked Questions About the Best Countries To Visit In November

What country is best to travel to in november.

The best country to travel to in November depends on individual preferences, but popular destinations include Thailand for its warm weather and cultural experiences, or Italy for its mild climate and autumn colours.

Where Is The Best Temperature In November?

The best temperature in November can be found in countries like Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa, where it is spring and temperatures are generally mild and comfortable.

Where Is The Warmest Place In Europe In November?

In November, the Canary Islands, specifically Tenerife and Gran Canaria, tend to have the warmest temperatures in Europe, making them popular destinations for winter sun and mild weather.

What Are The Places To Visit In Norway In November?

In November, some popular places to visit in Norway include Oslo, where you can explore museums and enjoy the city’s vibrant atmosphere, and Tromsø, known for its stunning Northern Lights displays and winter activities.

What Are Good Places To Visit And Things To Do In Belgium In November?

In November, you can visit Brussels to enjoy the city’s historic architecture, explore its museums, and indulge in delicious Belgian chocolate and beer. Additionally, you can explore the medieval city of Bruges, famous for its picturesque canals, charming streets, and romantic atmosphere.

What Are The Best Places To Visit In Sweden In November?

In November, Stockholm is a great place to visit in Sweden, where you can explore the historic old town, visit museums, and experience the unique Scandinavian culture. Additionally, Kiruna in Swedish Lapland offers the opportunity to witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights and participate in winter activities such as dog sledding and ice fishing.

Where Are The Best Places To See Aurora In November?

In November, some of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in the Northern Hemisphere include Tromsø in Norway, Fairbanks in Alaska, and Reykjavik or Akureyri in Iceland, as these locations are known for their dark skies and optimal viewing conditions.

What Are Good Places To Visit And Things To Do In The Netherlands In November?

In November, you can visit Amsterdam in the Netherlands to explore its picturesque canals, visit world-class museums like the Van Gogh Museum, and experience the vibrant nightlife. Additionally, you can visit historic cities like Utrecht or take a leisurely bike ride through the Dutch countryside to enjoy the autumn colours.

Which Are The Best Places To Visit In The UK In November?

In November, some of the best places to visit in the United Kingdom include London, where you can explore iconic landmarks, enjoy theatre performances, and visit world-class museums, as well as Edinburgh in Scotland, known for its historic castle, charming streets, and vibrant arts scene.

Which Place In India Should I Visit To See Snowfall In November?

To witness snowfall in November, you can visit the hill station of Manali in Himachal Pradesh, where you can experience snow-capped mountains, enjoy winter sports, and immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of the region.

In Summary – Best Places to Visit in November

There are many beautiful countries to visit in November, but it depends on what you want from your destination. Whether you are looking to embrace the cold, relax on a beach, or do some sightseeing in the low-season when prices are cheaper, there are plenty of places to explore around the globe in the month of November.

There are many additional destinations that we could have listed as the best places to travel in November, but we feel that this list covered a variety of warm and cold weather destinations, activities, festivals and events.

Are you planning a holiday in November? Have you visited any of the recommended countries to visit in November listed above, or have we missed a country we should add to this list? Post your travel tips and questions below.

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Book Accommodation: Whether you are looking to book a hostel, guest house, hotel or resort, between Booking.com and Agoda , you’ll always find the best deals. We always search using the map feature to find accommodation in the best location. If we are staying for a month or longer in a destination, we also search for monthly deals on Airbnb . For hostel bookings, we compare reviews on Hostelworld , then check other booking sites to compare prices.

Book a Tour: We mostly travel independently, however, some places are better to visit with a guided tour. We prefer  GetYourGuide   for its easy-to-use interface and solid reputation, but we also use  Viator .

Book Transportation: Our first port of call for transportation planning is Rome2Rio . This website allows us to see how to get from point A to point B the best and cheapest way possible. When planning a road trip, we always use Discover Cars , a reliable site for finding the best deal on a car rental in advance.

Book Travel Insurance: Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft and cancellations. We never travel without it as we have had to use it several times in the past. We have been using 1Cover for the past 4 years, however, we also recommend SafetyWing as many of our fulltime travel friends swear by them.

Ready to Book Your Trip? Check out our Travel Resources page for the companies we use and recommend to plan and book our travels. Through lots of trial and error over the years, these are the best!

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The 10 best destinations to visit in November

Jordi Lippe-McGraw

Editor's Note

November: a month where the frenzy of summer vacations has long faded, and the hustle and bustle of the winter holidays are not yet upon us.

It's that quiet window when the world seems to take a collective sigh, and the landscapes offer a tapestry of colors, ranging from the vibrant autumn leaves in some regions to the emerging summer hues in others.

But where should you go when the 11th month of the year rolls around?

Whether you're chasing the last traces of fall or eager to embrace the beginning of summer in the southern hemisphere, we've compiled a list of 10 destinations that truly shine in November.

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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As the leaves change in many parts of the world, Virgin Gorda is at its prime in November.

Why, you ask? The weather is unmatched, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures that beckon travelers. And now, reaching this paradise has been made even more seamless. Tradewind is launching a convenient new flight service on Nov. 16, connecting San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Virgin Gorda.

Once you set foot on the island, you'll be captivated. The extensive coastlines offer beaches that are not only breathtaking but also diverse. The beaches are havens for those seeking serene relaxation as well as fun destinations for the more adventurous souls looking to explore. Considering December's holiday rush, a retreat to Virgin Gorda in November is a timely and perfect escape.

TPG tip: Rosewood Little Dix Bay is the perfect getaway spot and is available for around $1,500 or 109,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per night.

Related: The 22 best Caribbean resorts, from boutique literary haunts to exclusive private-island escapes

St. Augustine, Florida

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With its cool breezes and historic charm, November is an ideal time to visit St. Augustine, Florida.

The city, rich in culture and history, comes alive with unique events this month. One standout is the Whiskey, Wine and Wildlife festival from Nov. 2-5 at Vilano Beach. This event combines top Southern culinary delights with an up-close experience of coastal wildlife. Attendees can enjoy food and drink masterclasses, explore the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve and indulge in a wine and cheese reception. It's a rare mix of education, flavors and nature.

TPG tip: Book a room at the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront from $232 or 66,000 Hilton Honors rewards points per night.

Cusco, Peru

countries to visit in november

Cusco in November is a blend of color, flavor and tradition.

First off, families come together for "All Saints Day," sharing a special meal of suckling pig and corn tamales. Some whip up these treats at home, while others head to local markets. The best part? Everything's cooked in clay ovens with firewood.

Then, an emotional journey unfolds on "Dia de los Difuntos," or Day of the Dead. Families visit cemeteries, placing flowers, favorite foods and the unique "Tanta Wawa" bread on graves. It's more than just a celebration; it's Cusco's beautiful way of honoring loved ones.

Related: These are the best Latin American cities to use your points and miles

TPG tip: You will love Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco. It's available for around $310 or 48,000 Marriott Bonvoy rewards points per night.

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Japan in November is a canvas of mesmerizing autumn hues, and two regions stand out: Nikko and Kyoto.

In Nikko, the Okunikko region boasts a longer fall color season due to its diverse elevation. Must-see sights include the Kegon Waterfall, flanked by rich autumn trees. While there's a free platform, the paid one (accessed by a deep elevator at the waterfall's base), offers a view worth every yen. Don't miss the Irohazaka Winding Road between Nikko and Okunikko Mountains, where fall colors cascade down the slopes from mid-October to early November.

Related: The best ways to travel to Japan with points and miles

Kyoto, with its cooler climate, welcomes a vivid fall. Iconic spots like Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-Ji are adorned in autumnal hues. November also brings festivals: the Gion Odori (Nov. 1-10) showcases Kyoto's geiko and maiko in one of the city's oldest geisha dance performances.

On Nov. 3, dive into Kyoto's rich blend of nature and culture at the annual Aki Matsuri festival at Tanukidani-san Fudo temple. Here, visitors inscribe wishes on wooden tablets before a ceremonial bonfire ritual, bridging the spiritual and the natural amidst tanuki statue onlookers.

TPG tip: Travelers should book a stay at luxurious Hoshinoya Kyoto and watch the surrounding Japanese maple trees turn to crimson red, yellow and orange contrasted against the Oi River. Rates start from around $620 per night.

Guadalajara, Mexico

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From Nov. 3-11, immerse yourself in the inclusive spirit of Gay Games XI, a celebration of diversity, athleticism and LGBTQ+ equality. It features 22 diverse sports events where athletes of all backgrounds compete openly and fairly.

Later in the month, from Nov. 25 to Dec. 3, dive into the literary world at the Guadalajara International Book Fair — the largest of its kind in Latin America. The European Union is this year's Guest of Honor.

Related: These are the best times to visit Mexico

Guadalajara isn't just about events; it's the cultural heartbeat of Mexico, known for tequila, mariachi and breathtaking colonial architecture. As it marks its bicentennial in 2023, explore the city's rich heritage, from the magical town of Tequila to historic urban districts. Don't miss this vibrant blend of sports, books and deep-rooted culture.

TPG tip: Stay at The Westin Guadalajara for around $232 or 13,250 Marriott Bonvoy rewards points per night.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Dance your way into Punta Cana on Nov. 26 for National Merengue Day, a vibrant celebration integral to the nation's identity. Merengue, the national dance, not only moves the locals but also beckons tourists with its spirited festivals across the country.

Punta Cana marks the day with colorful dances, echoing the lively tunes of accordions, drums and saxophones. Whether you're a dance enthusiast or just seeking a taste of Dominican culture, this event promises an unforgettable rhythmic experience.

TPG tip: Zoetry Agua Punta Cana sits along a 200-yard stretch of the Uvero Alto beach and features 96 suites. It's accessible via a private complimentary helicopter transfer to the resort, setting the tone for a luxurious and exclusive stay. Rates start around $574 or 40,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per night.

Canary Islands

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Head to El Burro Beach in Fuerteventura — the second largest of the Canary Islands — on Nov. 6-12 for a visual treat: the Corralejo Festival de Cometas (Kite Festival).

Celebrating its rich 30-year tradition that began in 1987 by kite aficionados, the once modest gathering has now blossomed into a major international spectacle. As colorful kites dance and dominate the skies, tourists and locals unite in admiration and festivity. Don't miss this annual canvas of color and creativity; it's a testament to the island's rich cultural spirit and passion for the skies.

TPG tip: Secrets Bahia Real Resort & Spa is on the northern tip of Fuerteventura; it has magnificent views of Lanzarote and Lobos islands, volcanic landscapes and untouched beaches. It's available for about $268 or 21,000 World of Hyatt rewards points per night.

Related: 7 reasons why you need to visit Spain's Canary Islands this summe r

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Beyond the dazzling casinos and enthralling shows, November is a particularly inviting time to visit Las Vegas, with cooler weather and a lively events calendar.

This month, the city shifts into high gear, hosting the exhilarating debut of the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix from Nov. 16-18. Feel the rush as world-class drivers race against the vibrant backdrop of the Strip's iconic neon lights.

The week leading up to the Grand Prix will celebrate automotive excellence at the Concours event. Car lovers will be in for a treat with an exhibition showcasing more than 250 automobiles from around the globe and a spectacular motorcade journeying along the Strip.

TPG tip: You can avoid the madness but still be close by if you stay at Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Desert Club Resort. Rates start at about $212 or 50,000 IHG rewards points per night.

Related: Jackpot! Best hotels in Vegas for a Sin City getaway

Flagstaff, Arizona

countries to visit in november

Flagstaff, fondly known as Arizona's autumn capital, transforms in late fall, offering crisp air and a spectacle of vibrant foliage.

Before winter's embrace, early November is the prime window to explore the stunning hues in the San Francisco Peaks and Arizona Snowbowl. You can also admire the colors on Flagstaff's more than 130 hiking trails.

Stay at the newly opened, retro-themed Americana Motor Hotel (rates from $189) along iconic Route 66. It's not just a place to rest — it's an experience. It has features like "dive-in" movies at the heated pool, s'mores-ready firepits and tasty bites at Far Out Food. This roadside haven acts as your gateway to northern Arizona's adventures.

Whether gazing at stars in the world's premier Dark Sky city, cycling into town or lounging in a hammock after visiting attractions like the Grand Canyon or Sunset Crater Volcano, Flagstaff in November promises a blend of relaxation and exploration.

TPG tip: A great budget option is High Country Motor Lodge, available for around $95 or 7,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per night.

New York City

countries to visit in november

New York City in November is a buzz of energy and excitement.

On Nov. 5, experience the world's largest marathon as thousands race through the five boroughs during the New York City Marathon. Later in the month, witness the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a timeless tradition since 1924. Amidst the backdrop of colorful autumn leaves in Central Park and the onset of holiday vibes, the city offers a unique charm. From the races to the parades to the autumn ambience, November in New York City is not to be missed.

TPG tip: Stay at Tempo by Hilton New York Times Square from $312 or 90,000 Hilton Honors points per night and be in the center of all the action.

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Best European Countries to Visit in November: 28 Trip Ideas

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November is one of the most underrated times to visit Europe. It’s the perfect sweet spot between the summer crowds and December rush for Christmas markets. This list of the best European countries to visit in November lists 28 amazing trip ideas to take.

Imagine yourself wandering the enchanting Christmas markets of Vienna Austria with a warm Glühwein in hand, getting a head start on holiday shopping.

Alternatively, picture yourself tasting Port wine in Porto then dipping your toes in the sandy beaches of the Algarve the following day.

I’ve been to Europe dozens of times. My only complaint is the overwhelming crowds and high prices. In November, you can avoid both of these things!

Whether you are dreaming of a warm or chilly vacation, there is a great November Europe trip for you. Keep reading for some travel ideas.

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Best Places to Visit in Europe in November

1. salzburg.

Panoramic view of Salzburg, Austria, with the Hohensalzburg Fortress atop the small hill, surrounded by historic baroque architecture under a dramatic sky. The Salzach River flows in the foreground, with the Eastern Alps rising in the background.

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If you’re searching for the perfect European destination to visit in November, I have just the spot for you. Salzburg, Austria is a gem, surrounded by an imposing fortress with a backdrop of snow dusted mountains.

Salzburg was the home of Mozart and the birthplace of the famous Sachertorte cake. This is just an example of all the cultural and culinary highlights of this town.

The classic film, the Sound of Music, was filmed here and you’ll be able to spot many of the movie locations as you wander around the compact Old Town. You can also take a Sound of Music tour to find all the sights while learning about the history of the city.

Some other fun tings to do are exploring the gardens and charming buildings of Mirabell Palace or climbing up to Festung Hohensalzburg. Here you will find stunning views out over the city and not so distant mountain peaks.

Visiting in November will bring cooler temperatures, but far fewer crowds compared to the summer peak season. Don’t forget to pack a warm coat and comfortable walking shoes.

By the last week of November, you can enjoy the merry festivities of the charming Christmas markets set up in the Domplatz and Residenzplatz.

There’s nothing quite like strolling around admiring handcrafted decorations with a steaming mug of mulled wine in hand. Don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs to remind you of your wonderful trip to Salzburg!  

Top Winter Activities:

  • Sound of Music sightseeing tour
  • Christmas Markets (end of November)

Where To Stay:

💰 Luxury Hotel: Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Sheraton Grand Salzburg

Recommended by Jenelle from  Happy Little Rover  

Wien Rathaus

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Vienna is a great European destination to visit in November. While the city is pretty awesome year-round, there is something special about visiting Vienna in winter. 

Christmas lights go up and the first Christmas markets open all around town. And the best part is, December’s crowds and high prices are not here yet. 

Another great thing about visiting Vienna in November is that the ball season is starting. From the super famous Vienna Opera Ball to lots of smaller, glamorous events, there is always something going on in Vienna’s nightlife in November. 

When in Vienna, make sure to visit Schönbrunn Palace as well as the gardens behind it. It is my favorite place in all of Vienna. You can also eat some delicious local food at the premises.

If you have some more time, you should take  a day trip from Vienna to Hallstatt,  one of the most beautiful places in Austria.

The weather is pretty good too, sometimes you’ll see some snow falling, but mostly it stays dry. It can be a bit colder, so make sure to pack some warm clothes. 

  • Vienna Opera Ball
  • Christmas Markets
  • Touring Schonbrunn Palace

💰 Luxury Hotel: Park Hyatt Vienna

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Andaz Vienna

Recommended by Sabrina from Shades of Summr

3. Dubrovnik

Aerial view of Dubrovnik's old city walls and fortifications extending into the Adriatic Sea, with kayakers paddling in the clear blue water below and the terracotta-roofed cityscape backed by a verdant hillside.

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Dubrovnik, located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, is one of Croatia’s most popular destinations, offering reasonably good weather even in November.

Dubrovnik is renowned for its medieval architecture, captivating history, and crystal-clear waters. Additionally, many scenes from the Game of Thrones series were filmed here.

The Old Town of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see attraction in Croatia. The well-preserved City Walls, churches, fortresses, and charming streets offer an unforgettable experience even in late autumn.

When in Dubrovnik, take a stroll along the iconic City Walls for panoramic views of the city and the sea. Explore the Old Town with landmarks such as the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, Onofrio’s Large Fountain, and the Jesuit Stairs. Don’t miss the Fort Lovrijenac for one of the best views.

For a special experience, take the cable car to Mount Srđ and dine at the Panorama restaurant, offering one of  the most breathtaking views of Dubrovnik .

November is a great time to visit Dubrovnik with fewer crowds, allowing for a more relaxed exploration of the city. The weather in November is mild, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 25°C, making it ideal for outdoor activities.

Additionally, entrance fees, which are usually quite expensive, become significantly more affordable in November, such as tickets to the City Walls.

In summary, Dubrovnik in November offers an enchanting experience compared to the summer. The city’s historical charm, combined with pleasant weather and fewer crowds, makes it an unmissable destination for those looking for an enjoyable European getaway.

  • Walking the Old Town wall
  • Cable car to Mount Srd for panoramic views of the city

💰 Luxury Hotel: Hotel Excelsior

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

Recommended by Adri from Traveltipzone

Nighttime view of Regent Street in London adorned with festive holiday lights, featuring an illuminated angel-like figure with widespread wings, with busy street traffic including the iconic red double-decker buses below.

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November is an ideal time to visit London for several reasons. Firstly, the weather in November is relatively mild, with temperatures ranging from 5 to 12 degrees Celsius (41 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit). This makes it comfortable to explore the city on foot without being too hot or too cold. 

Additionally, November is a great time to experience the festive spirit in London. The city starts gearing up for Christmas, with dazzling lights adorning the streets and festive markets popping up across the city.

Multiple Christmas events at Kew Gardens or Warner Bros. Studio make it a perfect destination for families to visit in Europe in November.

There are also many amazing  things to do in London for couples  such as ice skating at iconic locations like Somerset House or the Natural History Museum. You can also indulge in traditional British treats like mulled wine and mince pies.

Moreover, November is a less crowded time to visit, allowing you to explore popular attractions without the usual tourist crowds.

  • Christmas events at Kew Gardens or Warner Bros. Studio
  • Ice skating at Somerset House

💰 Luxury Hotel: Conrad London St James

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Canopy by Hilton London City

Recommended by Paulina from the UK Every Day

Elevated view of York, England, showcasing its mix of historic and modern architecture, with the prominent clock tower of the York Art Gallery, terracotta rooftops, and a construction crane in the distance against a soft blue sky.

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York is a vibrant city that is best known for it’s city walls, rambling markets, and viking roots. Set in an ideal location between London and Edinburgh most of the city is central and easy to enjoy by walking without having to use public transport.

November is a good time to visit York because at this time of year the city is transformed to a winter wonderland with Christmas decorations and events, including the Christmas market where you can shop for someone special or enjoy a luxury topped hot chocolate.

The weather in York in November is mild with temperatures typically up to 10 degrees celsius and the early dark nights means that you’ll have the best environment to experience one of the cities several ghost tours. 

A must see during your visit is the York Minster, built around 1080 it’s roots go back to 627 as a small wooden church. York is home to the longest surviving town walls in England that were built in the 13th century.

While parts have degraded you can still walk around parts of the walls for a glimpse into the ancient history of York and a stunning view of the York Minster.

To get a realistic view into what life was like in the 10th century Viking age of York visit the JORVIK Viking centre. The entire museum is built on the excavation site where houses, workshops and backyards were found as it stood nearly 1000 years ago.

  • Night ghost tours
  • JORVIK Viking centre

💰 Luxury Hotel: Grays Court

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Guy Fawkes Inn

Recommended by Louise from Travel with the Whitrows

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Cannes  is a lovely, waterfront city to visit in November. By visiting in November, you’ll get to experience all the glamour, sights, and food with minimal crowds, as peak season runs June to August, but shoulder season extends to May and September.

Without crowds, not only will it be pleasant to see the sights, and easy to get into restaurants, but it will be much more affordable to stay.

This Mediterranean city is renowned for hosting the Cannes Film Festival, which attracts celebrities from around the globe. Cannes is best known for glitz and glamour. But, in addition to that, Cannes offers more for visitors.

The city is famous for its sandy beaches, vibrant markets, and the iconic Boulevard de la Croisette, lined with upscale boutiques and restaurants.

There are some nice promenades and look-out points as you walk along the water. November weather is still pleasant to walk along these areas. Don’t expect to go for a swim, though.

Art enthusiasts can explore the Musée de la Castre. Also, foodies can enjoy delectable Provencal cuisine served in the local restaurants. There’s something for everyone!

  • Shop and eat along Boulevard de la Croisette
  • Visit Musee de la Castre

💰 Luxury Hotel: Carlton Cannes

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: JW Marriott Cannes

Recommended by Eleanor of Elevate Your Escapes

Festive atmosphere at the Christmas market in Colmar, France, with half-timbered houses adorned with seasonal decorations, shoppers browsing holiday stalls, and a large advent calendar adding to the quaint charm of the town

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Colmar  in Alsace (Eastern France), is an excellent place to visit in November. The city has one of the most popular Christmas Markets in France, which usually opens its doors on the third week of November.

If you visit Colmar during the second half of November, you will see the Christmas Markets without the crowds of December.

Hotel prices are still reasonable, especially on weekdays, and you won’t have problems finding a table at your favorite winstub (local restaurant).

Besides the Christmas chalets, there are many attractions, like the DJ soirées at the Marché Gourmand, or the choir singing Christmas carols while sailing the canals of La Petite Venice.

Besides the Christmas-related activities, you have good museums, like the Unterlinden Museum (Arts of Middle-Ages and Renaissance) and the new Alsace Wine Museum, which is an excellent introduction to local wines.

If the weather is good, take one of the shuttle buses to visit the Alsace towns nearby: Eiguisheim, Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé, and more.

  • Christmas markets
  • Alsace Wine Museum

💰 Luxury Hotel: L’Esquisse Hotel & Spa Colmar – MGallery

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Paul & Pia

Recommended by Elise of Travel France Bucket List

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Lyon is one of the best cities to visit in Europe.  It’s known as the capital of French gastronomy, so you know the food will be amazing, whether you choose to dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant or enjoy a hearty meal at a  bouchon .  

Visit the famous market, Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, for a tantalizing array of gourmet treats.  One of the best ways to experience delicious local favorites like savory quenelles and the sweet praline rose is by taking a  food tour in Lyon . 

Be sure to visit Lyon’s stunning Notre Dame de Fourvière Basilica.  You’ll enjoy the best views in the city from its vantage point atop Fourvière Hill, and the gilded mosaics decorating the interior are breathtaking.

Lyon has plenty of top-notch museums to visit if the weather is rainy.  Check out the Musée des Confluences (Lyon’s science and anthropology museum), admire the fine art and statuary at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, or explore Lyon’s Roman history at the Lugdunum Museum.

Although the weather will be on the chillier side in November, you’ll be able to score some great deals on hotel rates. 

And if you have a sweet tooth, one of the best reasons to visit Lyon in November is for the  Salon du Chocolat , the world’s largest event celebrating chocolate!

  • Try local restaurants and food at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Pocuse
  • Go museum-hopping

💰 Luxury Hotel: Intercontinental Lyon Hotel Dieu

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon

Recommended by Lisa Garrett of Travel to Lyon

Scenic view of the Jardins de la Fontaine in Nîmes, France, featuring terraced gardens with classical stone balustrades, lush greenery, and a glistening pond, with visitors enjoying the sunny ambiance.

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The  French city of Nimes  located in the South of France is a fantastic city to visit in November. The temperature at this time remains pleasant and the summer crowds have died down allowing one to easily explore this ancient Roman city.

Surprisingly for a small city, there are many things to see and do. The top spots include:

Nimes Arena – known to be the best preserved in the world

Maison Carree – a Roman temple which dates to the 1 st  century

Jardin de la Fontaine – a beautiful area with paths and canals that were built around a Roman spring.

The city has a great covered market with 70 vendors – Les Halles de Nimes where one can purchase many food items from the region, shop for delicacies to take home and sit and enjoy a tasty lunch while people-watching.

Nimes is also home to many excellent museums including Musee des Beaux Arts with an extensive fine arts display, Musee de la Romanite highlighting ancient history and the Carree d’Art housing contemporary art.

  • City sightseeing tour
  • Art Museums

💰 Luxury Hotel: Hôtel Jardins Secrets

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Maison Albar Hotels L’Imperator

Recommended by Kim from Explore Your Bucket List

The Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, viewed from the street, showcasing its neo-Renaissance architecture, with intricate stonework and a prominent corner tower topped by the German flag, under a partly cloudy sky

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If you’re searching for one of the best places to visit in Europe in November, head to Berlin! Known for its history, architecture, techno, and nightlife scene, this is a must-see destination in November.

As November is during the fall season, temperatures gradually drop throughout the month in preparation for winter. Average temperatures during this time are high at 46°F (8 °C) and low at 37°F (3°C). While this is indeed cold, enjoying the city’s various attractions is still possible.

One of the highlights of visiting Germany at the end of the year is the Christmas markets! These charming, festive events are the perfect way to ring in the holiday season. Berlin Christmas markets typically open within the last few days of November, including the popular one at the Rotes Rathaus.

An additional cultural event in  Berlin  that falls within November is the Jazzfest. Occurring during the beginning of the month, this event draws jazz artists and enthusiasts worldwide. It is one of Europe’s most famed jazz festivals and ensures you’ll have a great time!

Lastly, a perk of a November visit is fewer crowds and lower accommodation costs. This provides a more comfortable experience visiting museums and other attractions such as Brandenburg Gate and Museum Island.

💰 Luxury Hotel: The Ritz Carlton Berlin

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Grand Hyatt Berlin

Recommended by Tamara from My Elated Odyssey

The Parthenon, the iconic ancient temple on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece, stands against a backdrop of mountains, its Doric columns and partially restored facade bathed in the warm glow of the setting sun.

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Athens is a fantastic city to visit at any time of the year, with amazing food, fascinating history and interesting culture. But all that comes with tourists, lots and lots of tourists.

Athens in November is the perfect time to visit and an added bonus is you escape the madness of the crowds! From November 1 st  the price for the Acropolis and other historical sites are massively reduced, as much as half price.

With it being shoulder season, you can get great deals on hotels and even airfare. The weather can be a little mixed but if you get lucky, like we did, you can still head to the beach for a sun bathe and swim (if you are brave enough).

A walking tour is a great way to comfortably visit lots of sites around Athens or taste all the local delicacies and don’t forget to head to Lycabettus Hill (can get busy) or Philoppapos Hill (free) to watch the sunset before heading down to the neighbourhood of Plaka for an amazing Greek dinner.

There are many days trips out of Athens you can take, and even places to ski if you want to extend your trip to Greece.

  • Historic sightseeing
  • Beach and swimming (if weather permits)

💰 Luxury Hotel: King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Grand Hyatt Athens

Recommended by Lisa from Boston Tribe Travels

12. Santorini

Cliffside view of Oia, Santorini, with its distinctive white-washed buildings and blue domes, nestled on rugged volcanic cliffs above the Aegean Sea, with a clear blue sky above and traditional windmills accentuating the horizon

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While our family vacations are usually spent in national parks, when we have the chance to escape without the kids, nowhere beats Santorini for a romantic getaway.

Striking with its steep cliffs, colorful dwellings, and rugged beauty, the ancient Greek island of Santorini (known historically as “Thira”) is impressive any time of year, but November is one of the best times to visit if you don’t love crowds.

The weather on the Aegean Sea at this time of year is Goldilocks-perfection – not too hot (high in the mid-60s) not too cold (low in the mid 50s). 

There is a lot of ground to cover in Santorini, which is roughly the size of the island of Manhattan. The island is horseshoe-shaped, encircling an active volcanic caldera. 

Hire a driver and hit the highlights…in Oia snap a selfie overlooking Santorini’s famous blue-domed churches and stroll the ancient, narrow, cobblestone streets.

For incredible views, take the 4-minute cable car which ascends from the port to the capital town of Fira, over 700’ above the Aegean Sea. 

On the southeast side of the island, don’t miss the opportunity to stick your toes in the famous black sand beaches (Perissa and Perivolos ), on the Mediterranean Sea.

Head to one of Santorini’s many local vineyards. I recommend the Koutsogiannopoulos Wine Museum, where you can learn about Santorini wine making through interactive exhibits, followed by tasting wines from vineyards across the island. 

Buy a bottle, and finish your day watching one of the most memorable sunsets of your life at the Oia Castle, or book a sunset cruise and enjoy your wine from the deck of a catamaran while cruising the Aegean. 

  • Visit the Blank Sand beaches
  • Taste wine at a local vineyard

💰 Luxury Hotel: Katikies Santorini – The Leading Hotels Of The World

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Caldera Premium Villas

Recommended by Heather Thibodeau, National Parks Mom

❄️ Average Weather (°F) 48/36

Eger is one of the most gorgeous places that I have visited in Hungary. The scenic town is a perfect place to visit in November. The crowds haven’t quite set in, it is not super cold and the town itself is quiet and laid back.

One of the most popular  things to do in Eger  is to head up to the Castle of Eger. From here you have some spectacular views of the surroundings because the castle is located on a hill.

You can spend a lot of time wandering around here but I would advise wearing warm clothes because the winds can get quite chilly.

The city itself offers a lot to explore. The main square is a popular place to stop at and admire the architecture of the buildings around.

The minaret offers a different perspective of the city if you are brave enough to climb to the top. You can even taste some of Hungary’s best wines here because Eger is one of the wine regions of the country!

The best part is that the city is just a short drive away from Budapest so it’s an easy day trip from the city!

  • Visit the Castle of Eger
  • Go wine tasting

💰 Luxury Hotel: La Contessa Castle Hotel

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Aparthotel Orient

Recommended by Penny from Globe Trove

14. Reykjavik

Overlooking Reykjavik, Iceland, with its colorful buildings and calm bay waters reflecting the light of the setting sun, while the snow-capped mountains provide a majestic backdrop under a dramatic cloudy sky

❄️ Average Weather (°F) 39/31

Iceland is undoubtedly a great destination for the winter month of November.  Many people would  skip over Iceland on their list of location choices , thinking it would be far too cold but if you wrap yourself up warm and get a good pair of snow boots you’re guaranteed an amazing time on your visit!

Most travelers will touch down in Reykjavik – an epic city with lots of things to see and do such as take a walk down Rainbow Street, take in a panoramic city view from the top of Hallgrímskirkja’s tower and try some of Iceland’s best foods including some rather ‘out-there’ dishes like fermented shark.

But the main attractions of Iceland, particularly in November are its wonderful natural landforms such as its waterfalls, volcanoes and beaches.

Visiting in November gives you a higher chance of snow (but still a lower possibility of road closures) which enhances the island’s natural beauty. 

Travelling to Iceland in November is great in terms of skipping out on crowds. Many attractions are quieter as the weather gets colder and the days are shorter, but the island comes to life in the snow and it looks like a winter wonderland!

A few of the island’s most visited attractions by tourists include the Blue Lagoon (a geothermally heated, vitamin-rich pool), the Golden Circle stopping at the grand Gullfoss and the Geyser Park, and the island’s south shore which is full of active volcanoes, magnificent waterfalls and immense glaciers.

  • Sightseeing in downtown Reykjavik
  • Golden circle tour
  • Search for the Northern Lights

💰 Luxury Hotel: Reykjavik Edition

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Canopy by Hilton

Recommended by Charlotte from The Geo Room

The Galway Cathedral with its impressive stone architecture and green dome stands under a partly cloudy sky, as pedestrians walk by the wet pavement reflecting the bright, scattered clouds after a rain shower in Galway, Ireland.

❄️ Average Weather (°F) 51/41

Visiting Galway in November is such a wonderful experience, and it is also the best time to visit this charming city. The weather is usually chilly and breezy.

Take advantage of the season with a variety of events and activities. Visit Galway Christmas Market, typically it begins in late November, transforming Eyre Square into a winter wonderland with festive decorations, food stalls, and entertainment.

There are so many  things to do in Galway  in November; consider a day trip to Connemara, known for its rugged landscapes and scenic beauty.

Visit Galway Cathedral and be impressed with its stunning architecture and intricate design. This is a must-visit place if you want to experience a serene atmosphere. 

Galway is also known for its lively pub scene and traditional Irish music. In November, you can enjoy the warmth of a pub with live music, creating a welcoming and authentic Irish experience; many establishments host live music sessions. 

 If you are looking for a place to visit In Europe in November, Galway offers something for every traveler.

  • Explore the lively pub scene

💰 Luxury Hotel: The Galmont

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: The Dean

Recommended by Imee Magbag from Ireland Travel Guides

16. Bologna

Warmly lit porticoes in Bologna, Italy, with a succession of elegant columns and arches casting soft shadows on the pavement, as locals stroll through this historic architectural feature typical of the city.

❄️ Average Weather (°F) 53/42

Bologna, Italy is a great place to visit in Europe in November. This underrated Italian city is home to beautiful medieval buildings, incredible food, and one of the oldest universities in the world. 

Known as “Italy’s foodie city”, Bologna’s food scene is at its best in November with seasonal foods like pumpkin, truffles, and mushrooms galore.

Go on a food tour to try some of the city’s classic and most famous dishes like tagliatelle al ragu (pasta bolognese), pumpkin stuffed tortellini, and lasagna. 

Since the weather is pretty mild and the crowds are slim in November in Bologna, this is a wonderful time to explore some of the city’s main attractions. One of the best  things to do in Bologna  is to climb to the top of the Asinelli Tower for panoramic views of the city. 

Additionally, walk up the longest portico in the world to visit the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca. This is one of the most unique experiences in all of Italy. 

Finally, make sure to visit the University of Bologna to see the 17th century anatomical theater, and to experience the oldest university in Europe. 

  • Take a food tour
  • Visit the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca

💰 Luxury Hotel: Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Hotel Corona d’Oro

Recommended by Jenoa from the Travel Folk

A close-up of the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in Piazza Navona, Rome, featuring the muscular sculpture of the river god representing the Rio de la Plata, with detailed rock formations and cascading water against the backdrop of Sant'Agnese in Agone church

Rome, the eternal city , is one of my personal favorite European destinations to visit in November.

Although I might be a little biased after living in Rome for six months, this timeless Italian city offers visitors the perfect blend of history, culture, and amazing food.

Even if you only have a weekend or 3 days in Rome , there are plenty of iconic things to do here in November. 

The top Roman attractions like the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, and the Trevi Fountain are easier and more enjoyable to visit in November since the weather is much more pleasant (an average of 50°F) and the crowds are much smaller than in the summer months.

Be sure to also include iconic spots like the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Spanish Steps in your Rome itinerary. 

Rome also hosts several events and festivals in November, like the RomaEuropa Festival. This prestigious festival attracts art lovers from across the world and offers presentations in art, theater, dance, and music. 

Regardless of when you visit, be sure to experience the best of Rome’s culinary scene. Try the best panino in the world at All’antico Vinaio; feast on carbonara at Rome’s oldest restaurant, La Campana; and devour the best gelato in the city from Frigidarium.

No matter your interests, Rome is the perfect place to visit in Europe in November! 

  • Go sightseeing around the city
  • Taste local Italian cuisine

💰 Luxury Hotel: The St Regis Rome

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria

Recommended by Madison from Madison’s Footsteps

18. Valletta

Aerial Photograph of Coastal City

☀️ Average Weather (°F) 69/57

Malta is a wonderful country in the heart of the Mediterranean and is a great travel destination, especially in November.

This small archipelago, consisting of Malta, Gozo, and Comino, has one big advantage during this month of the year: the weather is still great!

While the temperatures will drop significantly in most European countries, you can still enjoy lovely weather in Malta in November, with daytime temperatures hovering around a pleasant 20 degrees Celcius.

Visiting in November also means visiting outside the peak tourist season. Accommodation prices are awesome in the fall and you can find a room for as little as € 10.

Highlights in Malta include exploring the capital city, Valetta, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Baroque architecture, strolling through the small villages of Gozo, and spending time on the beach on Comino admiring the blue lagoon.

 Furthermore, there is also plenty to discover regarding the cultural scene in November, with various events and festivals that take place like the Valetta Early Opera Festival and The Three Palaces. This festival honors the beauty of Malta’s architectural heritage with intimate concerts in beautiful Maltese buildings.

  • Explore the Baroque architecture
  • Valetta Early Opera Festival

💰 Luxury Hotel: Corinthia Palace Malta

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Land’s End Boutique Hotel

Recommended by Annelies from  Travelers & Dreamers


19. amsterdam.

A typical canal-side view in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with a foreground of numerous parked bicycles and a backdrop of historic gabled houses, reflecting the city's cycling culture and distinctive architectural style on an overcast day.

❄️ Average Weather (°F) 49/40

Looking for a cozy November getaway? Then head to Amsterdam !

As the capital of the Netherlands, this well-loved European city brings in millions of visitors each year. Despite the crowds, the allure of Amsterdam during November is unmatched. 

At this time of year, cafe culture thrives and the crunch of the autumn leaves beneath your feet leave you feeling charmed.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s plenty to keep you busy in the Dutch capital. With museums to suit all interests, you can easily escape the wind and rain that  Amsterdam is known for during autumn . 

Although the weather is typically cold and rainy, it adds to the moody vibes of this popular destination. Plus, there are generally fewer tourists at this time of year which means shorter queues and a more relaxed atmosphere. What more could you want?

  • Explore the canals

💰 Luxury Hotel: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Hyatt Regency Amsterdam

Recommended by Lauren from Pack & Paint

A wet urban plaza in Oslo, Norway, glistens under the autumn sun with golden leaves adorning trees, as pedestrians walk between modern buildings reflecting the bright sky.

❄️ Average Weather (°F) 40/32

For those who want to experience the magic of the winter season before the brutally cold temperatures set in, a delightful place to visit is Oslo, Norway. During November, the heart of the city transforms into a festive wonderland.

On the main street, Karl Johan Street, you’ll find lots of colorful and festive lights, carnival games, and, of course, the signature wooden stalls of the city’s Christmas market! Vendors can be found selling everything from traditional foods and warm beverages to an assortment of handmade souvenirs!

Beyond the market, Oslo is also full of other fun activities. For example, a popular museum is the Munch Museum, which hosts hundreds of pieces by the world-renowned Norwegian painter Edvard Munch.

Alternatively, if you want to get your steps in for the day, you can  explore the different neighborhoods and savor local street food !

All in all, if you’re looking to explore the Scandinavian region and experience one of Europe’s earliest Christmas markets, Oslo is a must-visit.

  • Try Scandinavian street food

💰 Luxury Hotel: Grand Hotel Oslo

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Sommerro

Recommended by Kristin of Global Travel Escapades

21. Algarve

Sunny beach scene in the Algarve, Portugal, with a white and blue wooden boat resting on the golden sands near the cliff's edge, overlooking the serene Atlantic Ocean with a clear blue sky above.

☀️ Average Weather (°F) 67/52

The Algarve is a reliable winter sun destination. Temperatures average 20 degrees in November with around 5 days of rain.

Just 30 minutes from Faro airport is the pretty town of Vilamoura. Like most Algarve towns it has a fantastic wide sandy beach. It also has six golf courses, a busy marina area, and lots of lovely green areas.

Vilamoura is a little quieter than its busy neighbour Albufeira. It still has plenty of nice places to eat, and things to do. Accommodation includes some beautiful resort-style hotels with lush grounds and swimming pools.

You can explore the Algarve coast from Vilamoura. There are spectacular caves and dramatic cliffs, as well as dolphins and birdlife to spot. Vilmoura is an excellent base in the Algarve area of Portugal.

Don’t miss the beautiful countryside that lies inland. There are plenty of beautiful villages and pretty towns to discover.

  • Explore coastal caves
  • Visit the beach

💰 Luxury Hotel: Conrad Algarve

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: W Algarve

Recommended by Melanie from The Professional Traveller

Crystal-clear turquoise waters surround the rugged limestone rock formations off the coast of Lagos, Portugal, with leisure boats cruising by, capturing the essence of the Algarve's stunning natural beauty

☀️ Average Weather (°F) 66/52

Lagos in southern Portugal is one of the sunniest destinations in Europe, and November often brings a cooler late-summer vibe to the town without the crowds.

Surf is still up, and some years, it is still possible to go swimming and enjoy the beaches in November.

There are also a ton of incredible  boat trips from Lagos  to nearby natural wonders like Ponta da Piedade and Benagil Cave.

It is also a great time of the year to go hiking because it is not too hot. You can hike on top of the cliffs to Ponta da Piedade or even all the way to the cliffs of Sagres where you can visit Sagres Fortress, on the western-most point in the country.

Another worthy hike is the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail from Marinha Beach. It takes you across breathtaking cliffs past sinkholes, natural bridges, and epic beaches.

Lagos old town is also lovely to walk around without the crowds with plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy local food and drinks in the sun.

  • Hike to clifftops or beaches
  • Take a boat trip

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Iberostar Selection Lagos

Recommended by Linn Haglund of Amused by Algarve

The Church of Saint Ildefonso in Porto, Portugal, with its distinctive blue and white azulejo tile panels depicting religious scenes, stands proudly under a clear blue sky.

☀️ Average Weather (°F) 62/47

Porto, nestled along the Douro River in Portugal, is a vibrant city boasting historical richness, stunning architecture, and a lively ambience, making it an excellent vacation destination.

November in Porto offers a unique experience with pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and a chance to explore the city’s treasures in a more relaxed atmosphere.

One of the top attractions is the Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where colourful buildings line narrow streets leading to the riverfront. Stroll across the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, offering breathtaking views of Porto’s skyline and the Douro River.

Take a tour of the historic Port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, savouring the rich history and indulging in tastings of the region’s famed Port wine.

Porto’s cooler yet mild November weather is ideal for exploring its landmarks, such as the imposing Porto Cathedral and intricately designed São Bento Railway Station, adorned with beautiful Azulejo Tiles.

The city also hosts events like the Port Wine Day celebrations, allowing visitors to engage with local culture and savour the renowned wine.

November is an opportune time to immerse yourself in Porto’s culinary scene, trying traditional dishes like Francesinha or indulging in fresh seafood at local eateries.

Additionally, the manageable temperatures make it comfortable to wander the charming streets, admiring the autumnal colours in the parks and gardens scattered across the city.

In November, Porto offers a balanced blend of cultural exploration, pleasant weather, and fewer tourists, making it an enticing destination for an enriching and relaxed vacation experience.

  • Go port wine tasting
  • Explore the Ribiera district

💰 Luxury Hotel: The Yeatman Hotel

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Hospes Infante Sagres Porto

Recommended by Victoria from Guide Your Travel


A vibrant street in Edinburgh, Scotland, with colorful shopfronts and holiday decorations reflecting off the wet cobblestones after a rain, creating a festive and cozy atmosphere in the historic city

❄️ Average Weather (°F) 48/37

Edinburgh is a beautiful destination that should be at the top of your places to visit during the month of November.

Walking in Old Town Edinburgh feels like you’ve taken a step back in time. Everyone should take some time to explore the Royal Mile, beginning at the top with a tour of the legendary Edinburgh Castle.

Once you’ve finished, check out other areas of town like Princes St. Gardens and the shops along Princes St or hike to the top of Calton Hill to view the entire city from Arthur’s Seat.

Harry Potter lovers will jump at the chance to see many things that inspired the book series on a  Harry Potter walking tour of Edinburgh!  During the evening, take a tour of Mary King’s Close to see what Edinburgh was like during the plague! 

November is the perfect time to visit because the weather is still temperate but Christmas in this European city is beginning to ramp up. Edinburgh’s Christmas starts in November, with the long awaited Christmas Market opening up before Thanksgiving! 

  • Harry Potter walking tour
  • Old town sightseeing

💰 Luxury Hotel: InterContinental Edinburgh The George

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: The Glasshouse, Autograph Collection

Recommended by Taylor from Traverse with Taylor

25. Barcelona

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☀️ Average Weather (°F) 65/54

Barcelona is a very popular place to visit in Europe – so much so, it has been a case study in over-tourism. But one of the ways you can experience this stunning city without overwhelming crowds is by visiting in the off season.

In November, the temperatures in Barcelona are cool, making it more comfortable to explore on foot than in the baking heat of summer. However, its still much milder than November in more central and northern European locations.

Other than sunbathing on the beach, which it will be too chilly for, all the great things to do in Barcelona apply in November. You can visit the striking Gaudí-designed architectural landmarks, including La Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló and Casa Mila (La Pedrera). It’s definitely worth wandering the atmospheric alleys of the Old City.

And in the handsome grid streets of Eixample, you’ll find great shopping, restaurants and cocktail bars. In fact, some of the  best cocktail bars in Barcelona  are considered the best cocktail bars in the world!

And towards the end of November, the Christmas market open. But be warned: these are centered around selling Christmas decorations, and don’t have the same focus on food & drink that Christmas markets elsewhere in Europe do.  

  • See Gaudi architecture
  • Try great restaurants and cocktail bars

💰 Luxury Hotel: Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Nobu Hotel Barcelona

Recommended by Martha from MayCauseWanderlust.com

Visitors explore the serene gardens of the Alcazaba of Málaga, Spain, with its lush topiary, terracotta pathways, and Moorish architecture, offering a tranquil oasis against the urban backdrop of the city.

☀️ Average Weather (°F) 68/52

Malaga is an excellent choice if you are looking for a sunny destination to visit in Europe in November.

There are many reasons to visit it in November, such as fewer crowds, which means it’s the perfect time for sightseeing, and the weather is pleasant and warmer than other European destinations.

It is also a good time for budget travellers as flights and accommodation are cheaper.

During your trip to Malaga, you can’t miss the Alcazaba, a historical building with Moorish influences, its Roman Theatre, Malaga’s Cathedral, and Gibralfaro Castle.

If you love museums, you are spoilt for choice because Malaga has museums for all interests, from art and traditions to wine and music. However, the Picasso Museum is a must!

You don’t need more than two days to visit Malaga’s main attractions as most of them are in  the historic centre , which is walkable. Still, it is worth staying longer to explore its surrounding coastal towns and villages or go on a hiking trail like the famous Caminito del Rey.

Also, if you visit Malaga at the end of November, you will be able to see the beautiful Christmas Lights Show in Calle Larios, Malaga’s main street.

  • Tour Alcazaba
  • Explore the historic center
  • Hike the Caminito del Rey

💰 Luxury Hotel: Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio Hotel

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Gran hotel Miramar GL

Recommended by Cristina of My Little World of Travelling

27. Seville

The sun haloing the Giralda bell tower and intricate Gothic architecture of Seville Cathedral in Spain, with verdant trees in the foreground creating a contrast against the clear blue sky.

☀️ Average Weather (°F) 68/50

Planning a vacation in November? Seville, Spain should be on your list! Here’s why. 

For starters, the weather during this time of the year is warm but not too hot, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Even though there’s a chance of rain, there are usually only six to eight days of rain in a month.

You’ll still see plenty of blue skies and sunny days. Temperatures linger around 20°C, making it a pleasant break from colder weather in other parts of Europe.

Additionally, November is the perfect time to visit Seville because it’s not as crowded as during peak tourist season. You’ll be able to explore the city without long lines and crowds of people. This also means that accommodation prices are usually lower compared to other times of the year.

As for  things to do, Seville  has plenty to offer. You can walk through Maria Luisa Park to see its autumn colours, take a guided tour of the Real Alcazar and its stunning gardens or attend the Soleá de Alcalá National Flamenco Singing Competition – Alcala is just 16.5km east of Seville. 

And if you’re in town on All Saint’s Day (November 1st), don’t miss the chance to visit the Seville Cathedral. I you head to any cemetery or tomb on this day, you find them covered in flowers as people remember the dead.

  • Walk Maria Luisa Park
  • Tour the Real Alcazar

💰 Luxury Hotel: Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: EME Catedral Hotel

Recommended by Becki from Meet Me in Departures

28. Istanbul

A lively alley in Istanbul, Turkey, lined with colorful umbrella art installations above and vibrant cafes on either side, while pedestrians enjoy the bohemian and artistic vibe of the city

❄️ Average Weather (°F) 59/47

With a history dating back millennia and a gorgeous location on the Bosphorus River, Istanbul is one of the world’s most magical cities. It is also a fantastic European destination to visit in November. 

In November, the weather in Istanbul is pleasant. The daytime temperatures are comfortable, however, the nights are slightly chilly and require a light jacket. As November is outside the high season, accommodation prices are cheaper and it is easier to find great places without booking in advance. 

Better yet, in November, the streets are largely tourist-free as the high-season crowds have left. With fewer tourists, you can explore Istanbul’s awesome neighbourhoods without the crowds, eating and drinking your way through the city’s many wonderful cafes and restaurants. 

There are an endless number of things to do in Istanbul. The top attractions are conveniently located in the Sultanahmet neighbourhood and include the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern and the Blue Mosque. 

You can’t visit Istanbul without a stop at the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. Inside its labyrinth-like maze, you can find carpets, antiques and of course, mounds of Turkish Delight. 

And finally, be sure to spend an afternoon in a hammam (a traditional Turkish bath). After all that sightseeing, you’ll be tired and in need of some relaxation!

  • Explore the Grand Bazaar
  • Tour Hagia Sophia

💰 Luxury Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton Instanbul

💲 Mid-Range Hotel: Fairmont Quasar Istanbul

Recommended by Dotti from Travel Oasis

Map of the Best Places to Visit in Europe in November

There are great best places to visit in November in Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, and Western Europe. Use this map to visualize which regions to visit.

This map is also helpful to plan an itinerary that includes multiple European countries.

Why Visit Europe in November

1. Smaller Crowds : Europe in November is a perfect for those who prefer to dodge the bustling tourist crowds. Imagine strolling through the charming streets of Paris or Rome without the usual hustle and bustle.

The off-season period means more authentic interactions with locals, shorter lines at major attractions, and a calmer atmosphere.

2. Fall Leaves and Festivals : Depending on what region you visit, there are great autumn colors in Europe. The fall foliage creates a stunning backdrop for your travel photos.

Plus, this month is ripe with unique cultural festivals and events. From the Beaujolais Nouveau wine release in France to Germany’s cozy Christmas markets starting late November, these events offer a taste of Europe’s rich traditions.

I’ll never forget the warm glühwein and twinkling lights at Prague’s Christmas market – a magical experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else (and is much less crowded in November compared to December).

3. Lower Costs : November is the perfect time for luxury travelers to get more bang for their buck. Many high-end hotels and resorts in Europe offer significant off-season discounts, allowing you to indulge in luxury accommodations without the steep price tag.

This is also a great time to take advantage of shorter lines for premium experiences, whether it’s a private gondola ride in Venice or a Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona.

What to Wear in Europe in the Winter

November in Europe Warm Weather Outfit Ideas: A visual guide displaying eight chic outfits suitable for warmer climates, featuring light outerwear, a leather skirt, cut-out dresses, denim, and knitwear, accessorized with boots, heels, and elegant bags.

The above collages show some outfit ideas for Europe in the Winter, for warm and cold-weather destinations.

When packing for Europe in November, it’s essential to consider the diverse climates across the continent. For cold destinations like Scandinavia or the Alpine regions, prioritize layers.

Start with thermal base layers, followed by a fleece or wool sweater, and top it off with a waterproof, windproof jacket. This combination will keep you warm and dry in frosty conditions.

Don’t forget cold-weather essentials like a warm hat, gloves, and a scarf. Also wear or pack waterproof boots for snowy or wet terrain.

For warmer areas like the Mediterranean coast, opt for light, adaptable layers.

A long-sleeve tee or light sweater with comfortable trousers is ideal for daytime, while a jacket or pashmina is perfect for cooler evenings.

For footwear, I recommend nicer sneakers, lightweight boots, or comfortable flats. Weather can be unpredictable so bring a lightweight rain jacket or umbrella for unexpected showers. Packing smartly for Europe in November means you’re prepared for any weather, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable travel experience.

Summary: Best European Countries to Visit in November

There are so many great November Europe destinations. In fact, this list of 28 destinations isn’t even exhaustive of all the best destinations in Europe in November.

Whether you are seeking warm weather, smaller crowds in major cities, or a hint of Christmas magic, there is a great destination in Europe for you.

Still wondering where to go in Europe in November? Here are the award winners in three different categories:

Best for Warm Weather: Portugal

Best for Cool Weather: Iceland

Best for Holiday Cheer: Austria

Before you go….

Even though this guide lists 28 different trips ideas, its very possible to combine multiple into one itinerary. Since Europe is relatively condensed, it’s possible to city-hop with short train or plane rides.

Read my guide to planning three weeks in Europe for itinerary ideas and planning tips!

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The top 9 destinations for travel in November 2024


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You’ve decided you want to travel more this year (good on you), but you’re struggling to choose your next destination. Surely there’s an easier way than trawling through endless travel mags and guidebooks for the answers, right? That’s where our  ultimate month-by-month travel guide  comes in: your easily digestible list of places to visit, things to experience, and amazing weather to chase around the world.

Today we’re looking at November, typically seen as a funny month for travel given the impending holiday silly season in December. But here’s a secret: while everyone else is busy counting down the days until the festive break, you could be off hiking in Patagonia, watching the northern lights in Iceland , or spotting wildlife in Uganda without the crowds. Sound too good to be true? Read on to discover where to go for your perfect November getaway.

A group of hikers on the Machhapuchhre trail in Nepal

If you’ve dreamt of standing on the shoulders of giants for a while now, November is the perfect time to finally tick that Nepal trek off your list. Post-monsoon days in the Annapurna and Everest regions are warm and sunny, while evenings are crisp and cold – so be sure to pack a good sleeping bag and down jacket! The rice-harvesting season is in full swing by November, so expect fields buzzing with activity, lush vegetation, clean air, and excellent views of the snow-capped peaks. The teahouses and trails normally heaving with eager hikers are quieter during this time too, as the approaching winter freeze drives tourist numbers down.

Bonus: for a true cultural experience, time your trek to pass through Tengboche in early November when the sacred Mani Rimdu festival takes place. It’s a time of prayer and celebration, so expect elaborate masks and costumes, lots of dancing, and dramatisations of the triumph of Buddhism.

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2. Patagonia

A group of people trekking in Patagonia

Patagonia is one of nature’s last frontiers. For trekking enthusiasts, adventure seekers and nature lovers alike, this remarkable landscape of snow-capped mountain peaks, imposing glaciers, gushing waterfalls, and beautiful national parks is the very definition of ‘epic’. It’s also one of the most isolated territories in the world, with roughly two people per square kilometre.

Here, at the end of the world, our planet is at its most wild and spectacular. By early November the winter winds have died down somewhat, wildflowers are blossoming (a sight not to be missed!), and by late November summer temperatures may creep up to a balmy 11°C (52°F). While this is the start of tourist season, with the right planning it’s still possible to venture off the beaten track and avoid the crowds.

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A local vendor at a market in Udaipur, India

Once the scorching temperatures and monsoon rains of summer have subsided, November is the perfect time for exploring this kaleidoscope of colour and culture. Due to India ’s size and terrain, you can still expect some variation across the country, but travel through Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle will be mostly dry, clear and balmy with a maximum of 30°C (86°F). It’s the perfect time for tiger-spotting in Ranthambhore, camel rides in Pushkar, and admiring the shimmering Taj Mahal.

If you’re looking for the ultimate cultural experience, Diwali, the magical Hindu festival of lights, will be celebrated across India in early November, while the Pushkar Camel Fair between 19-25 November is a spectacle not to be missed.

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A traveller laughing with a local musician in Rabat, Morocco

Picking a good time to visit Morocco that suits its two climate zones, the Sahara Desert, the Atlas Mountains, and the coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean is never an easy task. The weather varies wildly according to the season and where you’re planning to explore, but to experience Morocco’s highlights, the cooler months from October through to April are popular among most visitors.

If you’re from the Northern hemisphere and are in need of decent a blast of winter sun, the picturesque coastal town of Essaouira is the perfect place to put your feet up and relax. Fresh-caught fish sizzles on beachside grills, whitewashed houses with blue shutters lend a Mediterranean vibe, and you can lose hours wandering through the dozens of art galleries, workshops and souks – that’s Christmas presents sorted!

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A traveller looking at the northern lights in iceland

The idea of holidaying in a country where the depths of winter are approaching may seem a little counterintuitive (unless you love winter, that is), but even for sun worshippers, Iceland is a delight in November. The aurora borealis, or northern lights, is the best light show on Earth, and November is one of the best months to see them. Explore thermal geysers, stunning waterfalls, and epic glaciers by day, then stay up late and watch the skies dance with green lights by night. Just make sure you pack your thermals, as the average daytime temperature only reaches highs of 4°C (40°F)!

September is also a great time to visit Iceland, but if the northern lights are at the top of your bucket list, you have a better chance in November.

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6. Australia

A woman looking up to the sky in the Daintree Rainforest in Australia

Australia is so large and varied that one cannot simply say ‘go to Australia in November’ and expect the weather to be fine and dandy. That said, November is probably as close as it gets to being great weather country-wide. The tropical rainy season in the north hasn’t properly settled into humid downpours yet, while the cooler southern states of Victoria and Tasmania are shaking off the winter frost and basking in warmer days. Vino and meals are taken al fresco, outdoor music and food festivals pop up everywhere, and beaches across the country begin to buzz.

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7. Cambodia

Two monks walking through the grounds of Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Cambodia ’s rainy season usually runs from June through October, so November is a great time to visit before the peak season gets into full swing. You might still experience the odd downpour, but incredible sites like Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in Siem Reap should be fairly quiet.

November is also a fantastic time to immerse yourself in Cambodian culture at the Bon Om Touk water festival, which draws millions of Cambodians to the banks of Phnom Penh’s Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers to watch boat races, dance to traditional music, and eat delicious food. After the festivities, head to the pretty riverside city of Battambang to while away the days in quaint cafes, explore the hilltop Wat Banan temple, or take part in yoga and dance classes with the locals along the riverfront.

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8. Antarctica

A traveller admiring the views of glaciers in Antarctica

November marks the beginning of the Antarctica expedition season. The sun shines down again, temperatures rise above freezing and winter pack ice starts to melt. Antarctica’s wildlife residents also come out of hiding, and you’re likely to see colonies of penguins as they perform impressive courting rituals and build nests, or noisy elephant and fur seals marking their breeding territories ashore. November is also the best month to get up close to jaw-dropping icebergs and giant ice floes.

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Spotting hippos on a river cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda

November is a shoulder season in Uganda due to the short rains in the south, but this might appeal to some travellers. Thanks to heavy rainfall in October, the dry plains and savannah reserves turn lush shades of green, and flocks of colourful migratory birds arrive – so have your camera ready! Large game can be a little trickier to spot with all the thick vegetation, but you’re in with a good chance of seeing gorgeous newborn animals as food is plentiful. Gorilla trekking can be more challenging (or adventurous, depending on how you look at it!) in the muddier, wetter conditions, but the treks are often shorter as the gorillas stay at lower altitudes where it’s warmer and easier to find food.

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10 Best Places to Travel in November

Here are 10 of the best places to visit in November in the United States and around the world.

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The holiday season kicks off in late November, and the long Thanksgiving weekend is a popular time for a getaway. Some travelers will seek sunny destinations like Jamaica, Los Cabos, or Florida, while others embrace the holiday spirit with a trip to festive spots like New York City. Lively festivals, lush beach resorts, and national parks draw travelers to places near and far, so whether you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway or a longer trip abroad, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best places to travel in November in the United States and around the world.

North Queensland, Australia

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It’s spring in the Southern Hemisphere, and November borders the sunny dry season and the more humid season, with temperatures around 80 degrees. Snorkeling and diving in the Great Barrier Reef is a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, and visitors can get there from Cairns in an hour or two. (Some choose to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef on land with a road trip starting in Cairns.) Another Queensland attraction, the Kuranda Train and Skyrail takes guests on a 90-minute ride through tropical rainforest, past waterfalls, and into the Barron Gorge for a scenic, exciting rail journey. The spectacle of coral spawning — a burst of color and a vibrant sign of life in the Great Barrier Reef — takes place in November around the full moon. Stay nearby at Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns for a convenient base for exploring the area.

New York City, New York

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Whether you visit for shopping, Broadway shows, museums, or restaurants, New York City never disappoints. November begins the holiday season, always a festive time in the Big Apple. There’s a chill in the air as New York’s famous window displays and holiday markets attract crowds, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Nov. 23) and the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting (Nov. 29) celebrate the season. Hotels throughout the five boroughs offer a range of places to stay; Manhattan properties including Pendry Manhattan West , Ritz-Carlton New York NoMad, and The Wall Street Hotel were ranked among the best hotels in New York City .

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Temperatures in the mid-80s, attractive room rates, and the end of hurricane season make November a good time to head to Jamaica. The third-largest Caribbean island, Jamaica has three airports and four main cruise ports as well as six resort areas: Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, Port Antonio, and South Coast. Stunning beaches , great music, delicious food, and local culture are among the many reasons to visit the island country. Many travelers opt to stay at an all-inclusive resort for a worry-free vacation, but there is a variety of accommodations to explore. If you don’t want to stay at an all-inclusive property, Half Moon and Tryall Club in Montego Bay and Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios are worth checking out. The annual Jamaica Invitational Pro-am golf event will be held Nov. 15-19 in Montego Bay.

Phoenix, Arizona

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Both Scottsdale and Phoenix are home to gorgeous hotels , starry skies, stunning scenery, and perfect November weather for being outdoors, so you can hit the golf course, lounge by the pool, or hike a scenic path during your autumn trip. In Scottsdale , Canal Convergence (Nov. 3-12) is an exciting light, water, and art event along the waterfront with live music, food, and more. Golf is a major attraction in the Phoenix area, with courses at the renowned Arizona Biltmore , The Wigwam , JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort, and many more. Just outside the Phoenix metro area, Castle Hot Springs , a luxury wellness retreat, features mineral hot springs, a spa, guided hikes, yoga, an onsite farm, and a Via Ferrata adventure course.

Los Cabos, Mexico

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In Los Cabos, the month begins with the celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Nov. 1-2) featuring colorful parades, altars, and events to honor loved ones who have passed away. Later in the month, the annual Los Cabos International Film Festival is set for Nov. 29-Dec. 3. No matter when you visit, sunning on gorgeous beaches, playing golf, fishing, and surfing are just a few of the top things to do. Visitors can choose from an array of hotels, including all-inclusive resorts like the luxurious Grand Velas Los Cabos . Or, you can be among the first to stay at the new Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos , an all-inclusive, adults-only luxury hotel opening in time for Thanksgiving. The five-star Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal will welcome Michelin-starred Chef Enrique Casarrubias from Nov. 9-12. 

The Florida Keys, Florida

The 125-mile island chain at the southern tip of Florida is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Sunny weather, clear-blue waters, and lots of things to do draw visitors to the islands throughout the year. Visitors can go diving and snorkeling in the coral barrier reef or at Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park , the first undersea park in the U.S. There’s plenty to do on dry land as well, and film fans may want to arrive for the Key West Film Festival (Nov. 15-19). Lodging ranges from guest houses to posh resorts, including all-inclusive and adults-only Bungalows Key Largo and the expansive Islamorada Resort Collection, with multiple resorts to choose from. On Key West, options include the Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton , The Marker Key West Harbor Resort, or Cuban-inspired Havana Cabana . Visitors can fly directly to Key West or drive from South Florida along the picturesque Overseas Highway . 

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Pleasant weather in the 70s and lots to do in this city on the Mediterranean Sea make November an ideal time to visit Tel Aviv. Known for its vibrant atmosphere and great food, Tel Aviv is less than an hour away from Jerusalem, convenient for travelers who plan to also experience the ancient holy city. The Carmel and Levinsky markets, Mediterranean beaches, and lively nightlife are among the top things to do in Tel Aviv. Lovely places to stay include The Norman, R48 Hotel & Garden, The David Kempinski, and The Vera. Set to open in October, The George combines a members’ club, hotel, and co-working space and offers culinary and wellness experiences.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is a year-round destination with shows, casinos, amusement park rides, museums, shopping, and attractions for the whole family . Must-see spots include the Fountains of Bellagio, the High Roller observation wheel, the Fremont Street Experience, and the Venetian Resort’s gondolas. With over 150,000 hotel rooms spread across the Las Vegas area, there are plenty of fantastic hotels to choose from. Favorites include Caesars Palace, The Wynn , Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, Bellagio , MGM Grand , and Resorts World . As if this glittering town needed more excitement, the Las Vegas Formula 1 Grand Prix (Nov. 16-18) will have drivers weaving past hotels and casinos on the Strip at speeds up to 212 miles per hour.

Yosemite National Park, California

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A major advantage of a November visit to Yosemite is that summer crowds are gone, and you can enjoy the scenery and serenity of the park during crisp autumn days. The Ahwahnee Hotel is open year round with renovations set to be completed in October; the historic property is wonderful to see even if you don’t spend the night. Tenaya at Yosemite, set deep in the sequoia forest, is also open in November with a variety of accommodations including suites, cabins, and cottages. From Nov. 4-6, Château du Sureau , a Relais & Châteaux resort, will partner with The Ansel Adams Gallery for Yosemite Photography Weekend . The charming resort features 10 guest rooms, a two-bedroom villa, and The Elderberry House restaurant.

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Mild autumn weather with a chance of rain makes November a pleasant time in New Orleans. Along with beignets, po’boys, and gumbo, there are lots of reasons to visit. The city’s Caribbean heritage is celebrated with dance, music, and cuisine at the Bayou Bacchanal (Nov. 3-4). The New Orleans Film Festival is set for Nov. 2-7 with parties, events, and panels in venues across the city. Get to know chefs, mixologists, and bartenders in NOLA during Cocktail Week from Nov. 6-12. The acclaimed National WWII Museum will open a new wing called the Liberation Pavilion , exploring the end of the war, the Holocaust, and the postwar years, with a grand opening on Nov. 3. Stay at one of the city’s many hotels, including the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, Kimpton Hotel Fontenot , or Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans.

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The 10 best places to travel in November

Squeeze in a cheeky holiday before the festive chaos ensues with our guide to the best places to travel in November

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November is an underrated time of year to go travelling. Being sandwiched between the busier autumn periods and the festive season, it’s often a more affordable window to head away, and the variety our gorgeous planet has to offer is astounding. 

From the vibrant supernatural celebrations that erupt in Central America to the spirited storytelling and good craic of European pubs, the world is covered with great places to travel in November. It’s a great opportunity to take one last cheeky break for yourself before the chaos ensues in December, so why not pack a bag and head to one of these brilliant handpicked locations.

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Best places to travel in November

1.  oaxaca, mexico.

Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca has got a whole lot more going for it than just its rainbow of Day of the Dead celebrations – although, these are rather spectacular. Head to the city on the first two days of this month and you’ll be jam-packed amongst Calavera (decorative skull) covered altars, cempasuchil flowers and street parties, while locals welcome their loved ones’ spirits back into the world. But the mostly-dry weather and balmy temperatures mean this is a solid time of year to explore the city’s UNESCO-protected streets, art galleries, and of course, sample its cuisine. This is the food capital of Mexico after all, and the dishes range from locally-crafted delicacies (such as Tlayuda, a pizza-like dish which often features spicy cactus) to expertly executed national dishes.

Average temp in November: 26C/79F

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2.  Thailand


Post-rainy season, November is a great time to head to Thailand’s jungles and beaches. You can hit all the usual spots, but consider some of Thailand’s lesser-known yet equally beautiful places like Pranburi. With secluded natural beaches and spread-out boutique accommodation options, the area’s still better known for fishing than tourism. There are mangrove forests to explore, and the spectacular Tham Phraya Nakhon cave is just along the coast—inside, the country’s smallest temple is bathed in sunlight from an opening in the rock above.

Average temp in November: 29C/84F

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3.  Yukon, Canada

Yukon, Canada

Attention’s been on Canada’s sparsely populated, mountainous territory Yukon over the last year or so, thanks to the movie  Call of the Wild  (about a domesticated dog who’s stolen from California and sold to sleigh dog racers, starring Harrison Ford). November marks the start of the winter season in this freezing wilderness—explore on skis, take a snowmobile or go ice-fishing. The film is set in the 1890s, during the Gold Rush, so check out some Klondike Gold Rush history in Dawson City, too. And then wait for the skies to light up with Aurora Borealis at night.

Average temp in November: -8C/17F

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4.  Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong has always been a looker: with its instantly recognisable skyline of densely packed skyscrapers and lush, green peaks, and its uniquely East-meets-West feel. By November, the drenching heat eases off to a gentle autumn warmth. Tick off Victoria Peak, the Star Ferry and a cable car to the Big Buddha on Lantau Island, then head out to hip hood Sai Ying Pun, on the western side of Hong Kong Island. On its clattering streets, historic dried seafood stalls share space with many hot new cafés, bars and restaurants—including Balinese export Potato Head. 

Average temp in November: 22C/72F

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5.  Morocco


While  Marrakech  got all the attention as Africa’s first Capital of Culture for 2020, history and culture also abound in other Moroccan cities. Take liberal Tangier, for example, with its 1950s beat poet history: Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg drank in The Tangerinn, while William S Burroughs wrote  Naked Lunch  in Hotel El Muniria. A short hop over the Med from Spain, Tangier’s art galleries offer a sense of this port city’s exciting collision of Europe and African culture, while its medina is smaller and more manageable than Marrakech. 

Average temp in November: 18C/64F

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6.  Oman


Where’s the world’s longest zip line? Most people’s first guess wouldn’t be Oman. But the Arabian sultanate has been seriously ramping up its efforts to bring in tourists to the country, with the promise of easy visas and that epic zipline – which is planned for the picturesque mountain village Misfat Al Abriyeen. That has been the plan for a couple of years now, so expect plenty of queues when it eventually opens. But despite its world’s longest zipline bid, Oman is everything nearby Dubai isn’t: generally favouring low-rise Middle Eastern charm and Bedouin traditions over being the biggest or showiest. So expect natural beauty and friendly locals. The almost constant sunshine doesn’t hurt, either.

Average temp in November: 26C/78F

7.  Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

Nothing beats the warm, fuzzy feeling of stepping out of the winter cold and into a warm, cosy pub. And Dublin does an unbeatable line in warm, inviting boozers—from low-lit watering holes that have barely changed since Victorian times to drinking spots known for their live music and rabble-rousing atmosphere. Head to the 250-year-old Long Hall for obscure ales with extra character, The Cobblestone in Smithfield’s for quaintness in spades and live music, or settle in for a session at Toners. It has a short but sweet whisky list and strong literary ties—it’s rumoured to have been the only place WB Yeats would go for a drink.

Average temp in November: 8C/46F

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8.  Tasmania


Having successfully flipped its image from snoozing backwater to a food and art hotspot with ample natural beauty, Australia’s rugged island state is on a tourism high. To beat the crowds, head over in November before summer truly kicks in. The Change Overnight Hotel, a boutique apartment-style hotel where guests are invited to choose one of eight causes that their stay will contribute to, has been a revelation. Base yourself here to explore the historic city of Launceston, meet the peacocks in the picturesque Cataract Gorge, and visit the Southern Wild Distillery in Devonport for gin made using locally foraged botanicals. Then head south for cultural hub Hobart.

Average temp in November: 15C/60F

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9.  Egypt


With visitor numbers steadily picking up, you might want to get in there and see the Pyramids quick. As yet the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo remains unopened (sometime in 2023 is the plan), meaning antiquities such as Tutankhamun’s gold mask and a behemoth, 83-tonne, fist-clenching statue of Ramses II are almost within reach. Still, history is tangible here, and it oozes out every nook and cranny. The Sphinx International Airport on the Giza side of the city should make it easier to drop in for an immersive ancient history lesson from the country’s beaches too. 

Average temp in November: 23C/73F

10.  Türkiye


Türkiye has been staging a comeback of late, and we're more than happy about that. Socialite season is over and it’s not sunbathing weather anymore – but that means Bodrum's crowds will be gone. Explore the whitewashed Aegean city and its fourth-century BC Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, then check out the castle. Be sure to take in  Istanbul , too, especially for the emerging  Kadıköy district . Its Çiya Sofrası restaurant, serving forgotten Anatolian dishes, also appeared on  Chef’s Table. 

Average temp in November: 17C/62F

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19 Best Places to Travel in November

Written by Anietra Hamper and Shandley McMurray Updated Oct 27, 2022

If you love a good deal as much as you love to travel, you'll want to book a trip in November. It's typically a transition month for multiple destinations, so you'll be in for plenty of perks when traveling at this time.

In addition to attractive rates on hotels, airfares, car rentals, and tours, November often means more comfortable temperatures and fewer tourists competing for your spot on the beach, in the museum, or at the festival.

While November means the start of the winter season for the Northern Hemisphere, it is one of the best months from a weather standpoint to visit destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, like Australia and New Zealand .

It is also one of the best months for some of the world's most stunning natural experiences, like the northern lights in Iceland . So, while many people hold tight in November gearing up for the holidays, you can take advantage of some of the late-year travel perks that this month has to offer. That said, it's best to avoid traveling over Thanksgiving if you're looking to save some cash.

Plan your next vacation with our list of the best places to travel in November.

1. Melbourne, Australia

3. sedona, arizona, 5. new york city, new york, 6. mayan riviera, mexico, 7. paris, france, 8. cook islands, 9. amalfi coast, italy, 11. cabo san lucas, mexico, 12. hudson valley, new york, 13. palm springs, california, 14. iceland, 15. auckland, new zealand, 16. madrid, spain, 17. marrakech, morocco, 18. san antonio, texas, 19. bermuda, map of places to travel in november.

Melbourne, Australia

November is one of the best months of the year to visit Melbourne, Australia. It is in the shoulder season, so you will get the best of all things, including cooler temperatures, fewer tourists at the city's top attractions, and lower rates for hotels and airfares.

Springtime in Melbourne means that flowers are in bloom at the Royal Botanic Gardens , and you will have plenty of room at the top tourist attractions like the National Gallery of Victoria and Port Campbell National Park . There are so many fun things to do in Melbourne at this time of year, you really can't go wrong.

Weather in November is about perfect anywhere in the country, so you can easily set up base and take day trips from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula .

Colorful boat in Jamaica

While Jamaica is a lovely place to visit year-round, November offers travelers a chance to beat the high season rush; marvel in wonderful temperatures (the highs are about 89 degrees); and avoid the heavy rains common in May, June, and August through October.

If you're looking for a deal, the best time to visit Jamaica for value is November through mid-December. Top tourist attractions like Negril Cliffs and Negril Beach are better enjoyed with fewer tourists, so you'll garner the best experience visiting during this off-season month.

Speaking of Jamaica's best beaches , November's optimal weather conditions make it easy to appreciate time spent on Montego Bay's Doctor's Cave Beach , Port Antonio's secluded Frenchman's Cove , Ocho Rios Bay Beach , and so many other idyllic sandy spots.

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Cathedral Rock, Sedona

While Sedona, Arizona can be a stifling place to visit in the summer, November brings a great opportunity to soak in the colorful fall in the region along with the comfortable temperatures to enjoy the outdoors for longer periods of time.

Fall is a popular time for tourists to visit the stunning red rocks that Sedona is known for, but November has the best deals on hotel rates. Take advantage of the cooler air to explore Red Rock State Park , visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross cultural site, or explore some of the hiking trails in the area .

There is a wide variety of stunning places to visit in Sedona , all of which are made better by November's ideal weather.

For an all-inclusive experience, you can combine your visit with a stay at one of the area's health and wellness retreats , which make popular getaways in Sedona. You may even be able to snag a deal at one of Sedona's lovely spa resorts .

Waiʻanapanapa State Park in Hana, Maui

Maui's innate beauty and tropical climate make it a must-visit destination year-round. November, in particular, is a stellar time to unpack your bags in this Hawaiian wonderland. Enjoy the shoulder season savings at one of the island's best resorts. Most travelers embark on this natural beauty during summer or between December and February.

November sees lower highs (an average in the high 70s to mid 80s) than the sweltering summer months, but the ocean remains primed for a day of water fun at a not-quite balmy but not frigid 79 degrees.

Enjoy Maui's top tourist attractions , like Haleakala National Park , Maui Ocean Center , and Waianapanapa State Park without inflated prices and throngs of people. If you're a fan of giant sea creatures, the best time to visit Maui for whale watching is from November through May . Book a whale watching tour to see these magnificent beauties up close.

If you're hoping to surf in November, you're in luck. The winter swells start to roll in at this time of year, especially at Pe'ahi .

Read More: Top-Rated Beaches in Maui

Autumn in New York City's Central Park

New York City is a fab place to visit at any time of the year, but November presents a sweet spot for tourists who prefer not to melt into the pavement while sightseeing .

It's easy to feel festive during a trip to New York in November. The ice rinks are up and running (and have been since late October), the Radio City Rockettes are performing the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, and the Christmas Markets are selling their ware s .

The Union Square Holiday Market begins mid-November (usually around the 17 th ), and lasts through Christmas Eve, for those looking to grab a tasty treat or creative gift to celebrate the holiday season.

If you can plan your trip for the end of the month, be sure to hit Central Park West early for a good spot to view the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (held on Thanksgiving, of course). Central Park is a real masterpiece at this time of year, featuring colorful trees and crisp air.

The New York Marathon happens in early November. Whether you're ready to lace up your running shoes or prefer to cheer on athletes from a comfy spot in Central Park, this is one of the best free things to do in New York City .

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

Be honest, who doesn't want to hit a white sandy beach in November? In Mexico, you're likely to find sunny skies, uncrowded beaches, and a boatload of culture (not to mention tasty food) when visiting at this time.

The Mayan Riviera is one of the top places to visit in Mexico and an affordable getaway destination in November. Whether you decide to grab a deal at an all-inclusive resort and check out the sights around Cancún or soak up the culture and visit the Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá , you're in for a vacation to remember.

Visiting Mexico in November also means you can partake in the Day of the Dead (a.k.a. El Dia de Los Muertos) festivities, if you are there on November 1 st and 2 nd , that is. The festival begins on October 31 st .

As for weather, you'll be pleased. Highs get up to about 84 degrees Fahrenheit, and the nights drop to a comfortable 68. Hurricane season will be officially behind you, and the rainfall is very minimal.

Read More: Top-Rated Things to Do in Mexico

Eiffel Tower at sunset

As one of the most visited cities in the world, finding the best time to visit Paris, France is relative depending on the experience you are looking for. No matter what you hope to do, though, November offers some advantages.

Fall is a great time to visit this city of love, namely because the summer tourists are gone, which means the famously long lines at top attractions have been whittled down to almost nothing. You will also find great rates on hotels and airfares in the fall compared to the summer months.

In exchange for the savings in Euros and the perk of running into fewer tourists, you will need to pack a jacket as you head out to explore the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower .

Aerial view of Rarotonga, Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are an idyllic place to visit at any time of the year. During November, temperatures hit the low to mid 80s, and at 79 degrees, the ocean is warm enough to enjoy for brief periods without too many goosebumps. At night, you'll want to pack a light sweater to shut out any chill from the 70-degree lows.

While there is a risk of rain at this time, it often falls at night or in short bursts, so it shouldn't ruin any of the fun things you want to do, like visiting the area's top attractions : Aitutaki's stunning lagoon , Tapuaetai (a.k.a. One Foot) Island , or Muri Beach . The rainy season tends to hit between December and March.

Positano, Amalfi Coast

For an unforgettable fall vacation on the Amalfi Coast, which stretches along southern Italy in the Campania region, consider a November departure. The 54-kilometer UNESCO World Heritage Site draws millions of tourists every year. Most come to experience the coastal cliffs and majestic Mediterranean waters in the high summer season.

Far fewer crowds compete for the coastline, and the area's beautiful beaches , in November, when the temperatures have dropped to comfortable daytime levels. Your trip can be split up into several days in several cities, like Positano or Ravello , exploring the most intriguing points of interest . Or, you can base yourselves out of one city and make day trips to visit the sites.

Don't miss out on a boat excursion while you're here. There's nothing like bobbing along on the sea, ogling gorgeous houses and luxury resorts that climb their way up the majestic cliffs.

Amergris Caye, Belize

There is a small window of perfection when visiting Belize in November. During this window, travelers can escape the summer crowds and enjoy the best attractions in the country before the holiday tourists arrive.

The ideal time to plan your trip to this Central American country is mid-to-late November. You will get great weather and low rates for hotel rooms and local tours. Top things to do at this time of year include visiting the area's spectacular beaches and visiting historic ruins.

Pack your bathing suit and adventurous spirit and enjoy the flexibility on tours to enjoy snorkeling along the barrier reef at the Great Blue Hole . Visit ancient Mayan sites like Lamanai and Altun Ha , and soak up the culture in the nearby Cayo District .

Arch of Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is so worthy of a November visit that we've given this special spot its own section. Guests won't swelter on the soft, sandy beaches at this time of year, but the temperatures are still warm (highs are in the high 70s and low 80s Fahrenheit) and primed for a day spent by the sunny shore.

During November, travelers can enjoy Cabo's top things to do , like watch a sunset from Land's End , check out the Arch of Cabo San Lucas , lounge on Playa Del Amor , and wander through Marina Cabo San Lucas , all without having to jostle the crowds that will bombard this area during winter.

November 20 th is Revolution Day , a Mexican federal holiday. While businesses are closed, expect lots of live music, a parade, fireworks, and great food. When it comes to great deals, you're sure to get one at one of Cabo's best all-inclusive resorts this time of year.

Read More: Best Tours & Excursions from Cabo San Lucas

Fall colors along a lake in the Hudson Valley

As soon as you catch sight of the Hudson Valley in November, you'll understand why this is one of the best times to visit this breathtaking part of the state. It's at this time of year that the Hudson Valley is at its most spectacular–vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow flank the sides of the sparkling lake, creating postcard-worthy views. And it's a perfect day-trip destination from New York City .

While in the area, don't miss out on the breathtaking views and unique statues at the Storm King Art Center . Also be sure to wander across the Walkway Over the Hudson . It's one of the best things to do in Poughkeepsie .

November is the last month of the well-loved, Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze , a Halloween-inspired event held at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson . Guests can be wowed by over 7,000 lit jack o'lanterns as they wander the spectacular historic grounds.

Golf course in Palm Springs

A November visit to Palm Springs, California is a nice alternative to the stifling summertime heat. In the fall, temperatures are tolerable for outdoor desert adventures in the Coachella Valley Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park .

There are so many things to do in Palm Springs, from hiking and boutique shopping to outdoor dining and just relaxing by the pool. November is a popular time for conventions in the city, but tourists will be in smaller numbers, making your trip to the mountaintop on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway easy to do.

You will also find nice deals on hotel rooms, especially for weekend stays.

Read More: Top Attractions in Palm Springs, California

Northern Lights in Iceland

Iceland has one great feature going for it in November–the best chance to see the spectacular Northern Lights. You either get lucky and catch the occasional overnight show during the high tourist season in the summer, or you can visit during November in the window when the nights are the longest in the country and guarantee yourself a spectacular sighting.

Pack your winter gear and prepare for a natural spectacle of not just the northern lights but also the Blue Lagoon , volcanoes, waterfalls at the Golden Circle Gullfoss , and glacial treks.

Since November is in the low-season, you can get great deals on hotel rooms and airfares. Base yourself out of Reykjavik and take day trips to many of the top destinations on the island.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Iceland

Auckland, New Zealand

November is a shoulder month in Auckland, New Zealand , which makes it a great time to consider a vacation. It is springtime in this famed and fabulous city, so you can expect moderate weather with mostly sunny days, perfect for outdoor excursions to Auckland's best places to visit , like Mount Eden and Cornwall Park .

November is an ideal month for hiking, hitting the beach, biking, and strolling through the parks to enjoy the abundance of flora and fauna unique to this region.

The additional perk to traveling to Auckland in November is that you will avoid the tourist crowds and the premium rates for hotel and airfare.

Plaza de Cibeles

The month of November is one of the best times of the year to visit Madrid, Spain . First of all, the weather is cooler and more comfortable. Secondly, tourists have gone home. As a result, hotel rates are lower, and you can experience the city at your own pace.

There are fall festivals to enjoy in Madrid, and without the crowds, you can feel like a local at the El Rastro flea market. You can stroll the gardens at the Buen Retiro Park without the worry of intense summer heat that often makes it tough to enjoy the outdoor attractions.

During the occasional rain, you can hit one of the many indoor attractions in Madrid , like the Prado Museum and the Plaza de Cibeles , which can be tough to see in the high tourist season.

Medina of Marrakesh

If you are looking to take a vacation in Marrakech, Morocco , November is an ideal time to go. At this time, the sweltering summer temperatures have cooled a bit and the large volumes of tourists are gone. There are a number of festivals taking place in November, and with fewer travelers around, you can haggle more easily for cheap prices at the markets for souvenirs.

Hotel rates are rock bottom, too, so you can book your entire vacation for a fraction of what it would cost in the summer season. Plan a few extra days with the savings and enjoy more time exploring the Medina of Marrakesh and the central open-air district of Jemaa El Fna .

While there is so much to see in Marrakech, you can also plan day excursions to the Atlas Mountains , Ourika Valley , and the Sahara Desert .

Downtown San Antonio

San Antonio is the most comfortable Texan city to visit starting in November. During this fall month, the temperatures have cooled off from the oppressive summer heat, and boat rides along the River Walk are enjoyable. Since the city has a number of historical sites and theme parks, it is a popular family vacation destination.

By November, hotel rates have dropped and the tourists are gone, so it is a more pleasant (and cheaper) time to visit. You will enjoy fewer crowds at some of the top must-see attractions in San Antonio, like The Alamo , Brackenridge Park , and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park .

The other up-side to visiting in November is the boost in local festivals that you can enjoy. November is a popular time for conventions, so you will want to plan around that before you book your trip.

  • Read More: Top Attractions & Places to Visit in San Antonio

A beautiful Bermuda beach

Hoping to score a discount on a trip to Bermuda? November's a good bet. While this might be the perfect time to catch a golf vacation on the cheap, and you'll encounter fewer tourists in November, be advised that the water is still a bit chilly for swimming. If you didn't plan to swim anyway and just want to soak in the perfect ocean beaches and famous pink sand, then pack your bags.

There are plenty of excursions to enjoy in Bermuda, from the underground Crystal Caves and oceanfront golf courses to the winding old streets in Historic St. George .

You will be able to find great hotel rates in November and, likely, package deals to bundle the activities that you would like to do while you are here. With all the cash you save, you can book a fab tour.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Bermuda

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Idyllic Caribbean Islands : Looking for a Caribbean beach vacation ? There are some great options to consider, from Grenada and St. Lucia to the caves and bays in Barbados . Many locations in the Caribbean, like Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos , have beautiful all-inclusive resorts, and some locations are great for finding family resorts that can accommodate additional needs for various age groups traveling together.

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15 Best Places to Visit in November, According to Travel Experts

Make this the year you travel to these top spots in the U.S., Europe and beyond.

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Our advice: Secure your PTO, and go, go, go. Our staff members have been traveling all around the world in order to find the best destinations and hotels for GH's annual Family Travel Awards , and they provided a handful of awesome fall-focused picks for this list. We added in some suggestions from travel experts, and, voila, here's a list of 15 budget-friendly vacation spots for November.

Some picks, like Seattle and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, are awesome destinations for all ages. Places like Gaylord National Harbor outside of Washington, D.C., will wow the kids in particular. Or ask the grandparents to babysit and take a couples trip . We included a few choices for grownups-only getaways.

It's a lot to take in, for sure, so set aside some time over the weekend to explore the possibilities. A break now may be exactly what you need to get through the holidays.

Scottsdale, Arizona

welcome sign of old town of scottsdale

Temperatures are finally cooling down in Scottsdale, making November a fantastic time to visit this adventure-filled destination. Fall marks the return of sunset horseback rides at the 30,500-acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve , a protected desert habitat that is serious cacti goals.

Besides riding, the preserve rocks for its mountain biking and guided hiking. The Bajada Nature Trail is stroller- and wheelchair-friendly while the Gateway Loop Trail, a 4.4-mile loop, offers a moderately challenging experience for families with tweens. And perhaps coolest of all, hot air balloon rides allow families to see the desert from a different vantage point.

When your crew is ready for some water fun, hop from the city center to Saguaro Lake or the Lower Salt River, for kayaking, rafting and stand-up paddleboarding. Stay at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch , which is just wrapping up a huge renovation.

Orlando, Florida

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It's your last chance to sample all the incredible eats and drinks at Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival , running through November 18, 2023, at Walt Disney World.

"My favorite dish is the Spicy Githeri [an African meal with beans and quinoa] at the Refreshment Outpost ," says Len Testa, founder of TouringPlans.com . His other must-tries include Pickle Fries with Dill Ranch and Orange-Cardamom Wings. In between bites, head over to the much-anticipated Journey of Water , Inspired by Moana, which is scheduled to open at Epcot on October 16, 2023.

For the easiest access to the park, consider staying at a hotel within walking distance . Good Housekeeping faves in that area include Disney's Beach Club Resort and Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin .


The Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

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One of the last places for leaves to reach peak color, eastern Tennessee will be ablaze in yellow, orange and red in late October and early November. Who's ready for a road trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for some leaf-peeping?

This time of year, "the Abrams Fall Hike in Cades Cove will be a stunner," says Jeremy Puglisi, co-author of Where Should We Camp Next? National Parks. "The Alum Cave hike would also be better during fall foliage." Puglisi notes that the new campground, Roamstead , is getting a lot of buzz. L ocated near Gatlinburg, Roamstead offers an array of lodging options, including cabins, yurts and RV sites — plus a heated saltwater pool!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also very close to Dollywood. The theme park's Dollywood HeartSong Lodge & Resort , which has Family Suites with bunk beds, will open this fall.


Seabrook, Washington

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The number of families booking a vacation rental to celebrate Thanksgiving has been on the rise. After all, it's tempting to avoid the mess at your house! If you want to jump in on the trend, we found the perfect place: Seabrook, Washington .

This oceanfront coastal community about two and a half hours west of Seattle boasts more than 500 homes — many of them for rent. All of them are walkable to the beach, playground, shops, restaurants and — most important for any Thanksgiving gathering — the grocery store.

All built within the last 20 years (and many much newer), the rentals boast state-of-the-art kitchens and plenty of space for everyone to sleep. Some rentals can fit up to 20 people!


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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For a culture-filled Midwestern getaway, look no further than Milwaukee. While the city is known for its cheese curds and beer, it offers way more than that.

"The overall vibe is fantastic," says a Good Housekeeping staff member who recently visited. "Everyone knows Milwaukee for beer but every single cup of coffee I had there was fantastic. The food was really solid all around too." Visitors can dine at prominent spots like Sanford , a critically acclaimed restaurant that features a surprise tasting menu with seven courses.

Also check out ARIA , which is housed on the second floor of the cool and contemporary Saint-Kate: The Arts Hotel , for artisanal Midwest cuisine. Our staffer also stayed at the hotel, which has art exhibits on the first floor. She says, "There were crayons and rolls of butcher paper in our room for drawing, which I thought was a neat touch in an art-themed hotel."


Bangkok, Thailand

bangkok, thailand at the temple of the emerald buddha and grand palace

With the monsoon season coming to an end, travelers visiting Thailand’s capital can enjoy pleasant weather with less humidity. Comfortable temperatures are key for sightseeing and taste-testing mouth-watering dishes like roti gluay and fried rice from the city’s plentiful street food vendors.

After indulging in delicious, budget-friendly bites, visitors can check out ornate historical sites and religious temples like Wat Phra Sri Rattanasamaram and Wat Arun Ratchawararam to marvel at the impeccable architecture. Shop for premium goods in the city’s buzzing Siam Square with prominent retailers throughout.

Out-of-towners who crave top-notch service tend to stay in luxury hotels like Mandarin Oriental Bangkok or Park Hyatt Bangkok for high-end aesthetics and can’t-miss amenities.


Turks and Caicos

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White sand beaches with warm, crystal-clear waters in November are hard to pass up especially when the temperatures at home are plummeting.

That’s why so many from the Midwest and the East Coast flock to Turks and Caicos for a reprieve. A good bet is The Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos located on a white sand beach in Grace Bay. You can rent a cute bike and fill its wicker basket with snacks for a picnic. Or learn how to sail from a pro. Of course, the pool vibes are immaculate!

If you've got little ones in tow, the Ritz Kids Club can provide you with a few hours of alone time so you can have a spa treatment, a romantic meal or even just read a good book at the beach. Even better: There are several promotions available for stays in November.


Paris, France

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It’s always a good time to visit Paris, but November is one of the best. With fewer crowds due to the upcoming holidays, this month is a wonderful time to take in the city’s wondrous, one-of-a-kind sights and partake in its world-class shopping.

After checking must-see tourist attractions like The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower off your list, venture into less popular territory. Go on a unique cultural experience to discover the rich legacy of Black people in France with Ricki Stevenson’s Black Paris Tour . Explore the lively Little Africa area and learn little-known facts about African, Caribbean and American history in the City of Lights.

Centrally located, the newly renovated Hilton Paris Opera is a fab place to stay.


Seattle, Washington

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Fall is in the air at Pike Place Market , a tourist and local favorite with 500+ businesses on the Seattle Waterfront. Pumpkin pie lattes, pear crème brûlée Danish and handcrafted pottery for the Thanksgiving table are among the fall market finds while year-round faves include the famous fish toss and the OG Starbucks location. (Yes, this is where Pike Place Coffee got its name.) For a special dinner, the market also boasts Aerlume , a design-forward, waterfront restaurant with a seasonally focused menu.

Stay at the Thompson Hotel Seattle , which is just a block or so from the market. As a guest, you'll receive priority access to the Nest, a rooftop bar that's extremely popular with locals for fab views and delish cocktails. The Thompson Hotel Seattle is also within walking distance of other iconic attractions, such as the Space Needle and Chihuly Gardens and Glass, plus it offers cookies at check-in.


Antigua and Barbuda

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Discover what the West Indies has to offer with a visit to Antigua and Barbuda. Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, these sister islands are known for their reef-lined beaches, rainforests and first-rate resorts. Vacationers can swim with stingrays, dive, fish, kayak or kite surf.

A Good Housekeeping staffer and her sister recently stayed at Carlisle Bay Antigua and opted for the all-inclusive plan, which includes meals and most activities. "The staff was the real highlight," she says. "They were incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating." She also noted that if you're bringing children, the resort has "a wonderful kids' program."


Reykjavík, Iceland

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Although “ice” is literally in the name of this Nordic Island nation, it’s not as chilly as one might think. The average high in November is a surprising 40 degrees — that’s balmy if you’re comparing it to Midwest winters. So, remember to pack your bathing suits. In fact, swimming is one of the most popular things to do — even during the winter thanks to heated pools around the city .

Dubbed the Land of Fire and Ice, visitors can admire the beauty of frozen landscapes and of course, try to see the elusive, colorful Northern Lights. Due to its manageable size, it’s easy to chill out and explore on foot. And there’s much to see. With natural wonders like glaciers and ice-capped terrain at every turn, a trek to Iceland is a must.


New York City

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The week before Thanksgiving is the sweet spot to visit NYC for the holidays: You can shop at the seasonal markets and marvel over the department store windows when it's still fairly mild (averages are in the upper 50s) and far less crowded than later in the season.

Your must-dos include tickets to see one of the first Christmas Spectacular performances of the season; the Radio City Rockettes kick off on November 17. And the Winter Village in Bryant Park will be in full swing; the shops open on October 27 and starting on November 9, you can even eat in one of the park's cozy igloos. The twinkling walk-through Lightscape at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden begins on November 17.

Stay at ModernHaus Soho , which is in a great neighborhood for shopping and dining.


National Harbor, Maryland

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November 19 marks the return of ICE! to Gaylord National Resort , located in National Harbor just outside of Washington, DC. This year's theme is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and kids will lose their minds over the 20,000-square-foot frozen version!

They'll also love going down the two-story ice slides and traversing ice tunnels and arches (don't worry about the cold — everyone gets a parka when they enter!) . Aside from ICE!, National Harbor entertains families with with a fun (and free!) holiday light show every half hour, starting at sunset, plus fireworks every Saturday at 5:30pm; both run from November 11 to December 30.

The destination is also packed with stores (including outlets) for holiday shopping, restaurants, and a giant wheel that the kids will want to take a spin on. One 6-year-old tester who recently visited told us, "This was the best day of my life!"


Charleston, South Carolina

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November is a wonderful time to stroll around Charleston — and there are plenty of special events to enjoy.

The Preservation Society of Charleston holds its annual garden and home tours from October 11 to November 4. A citywide literacy festival takes place from November 3 to 12 at various spots around the city. And the famed Farmers' Market runs on Saturdays in November. Highly recommended indoor options include the South Carolina Aquarium and the new International African American Museum .

The historic HarbourView Inn , an indigo cotton warehouse turned boutique hotel, is a fantastic place to stay, especially for couples. They have the only private rooftop in town with 360-degree city views of Charleston’s famed steeple-lined skyline and historic harbor. It's where the hotel hosts a complimentary wine and cheese hour every afternoon, featuring local Southern favorites.


Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Skiing season kicks off in Jackson Hole in November. After a banner 2022-23 season that brought nearly 600 inches of snow, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort re-opens for its 58th season on November 25.

No matter when you're planning your trip, you should book early. A Good Housekeeping staff member recently stayed at The Virginian Lodge . "The hotel is actually an old motel that was recently renovated, so everything felt fresh and new," she says. "The decor felt very 'lodge meets mid-century modern.'"

For skiers, the hotel boasts a center for gear rental, a shuttle to the slopes and fire pits and hot tubs for your apres-ski enjoyment.


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The former senior editor at Parents who started the brand’s awards programs, Karen Cicero is a seasoned journalist who specializes in travel, book, lifestyle and food coverage.Cicero has visited almost every state with her family (look out Wyoming, she’s coming for you next!) She recently presented at several travel industry conferences, including PRSA and the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Alliance. A mom who goes overboard for all the holidays, Cicero lives in the Christmas city itself: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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Karla Pope is a longtime writer, editor and blogger with nearly two decades of editorial experience. She’s written for a variety of outlets including Good Housekeeping , Woman’s Day , People , Parade , BET.com. WebMD and more. Her coverage includes entertainment, beauty, lifestyle, parenting and fashion content. If she's not exploring New York City with her two young children, you can find her curled up on the couch watching a documentary and eating gummy bears. 

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24 Best Places To Visit In Europe In November (2024 Review)

Last Updated on March 13, 2024 by Nicole

Visiting Europe in November is the best time of year. It is low season everywhere and that means you will find exceptional accommodation at cheaper prices. In addition, you will be able to experience sites, restaurants, and excursions without crowds. Where you choose to go depends on your personal interests and goals. Do you prefer warm weather or crisp days with beautiful fall foliage? Do you wish to hike and explore the outdoors, sit at the beach, or see world renowned museums and stunning architecture? In this blog, I have highlighted the best places to visit in Europe in November. They include popular destinations with famous landmarks and lesser known European destinations that will amaze and excite you.

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Destinations During Other Times

If you are traveling with a loved one and looking for romantic or fun things to do together in November, please see 20 Best Honeymoon Destinations In Europe In November .

There are many wonderful places to visit in Europe in fall. Please see these ideas – 24 Fabulous Fall Destinations In Europe .

For those who want to travel in November, but are curious about the United States, here are the 20 Best Places To Visit In The USA In November and 21 Best Honeymoon Destinations In The USA In November .

If you are on the hunt for snow or sunsets, please see 17 Best Snowy Winter Wonderlands To Visit In Europe and 28 Best Places In Europe For Most Beautiful Sunsets .

Many places start to hang Christmas decorations and lights, and open up Christmas markets in November. This is an excellent time to go as crowds are low and you can enjoy good travel deals. For a list of some amazing places to visit, please see 24 Best Places To Visit In Europe For Christmas .

If you are not sure about your timing, then here are a list of other destinations that would be ideal at different times of the year.

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Best Places To Visit In Europe In November

I have asked some of the best travel bloggers and travel experts their opinion about the best European destinations in November. They include cities and towns, both familiar and a little bit off the beaten path. In some cases, they also include national parks or regions that have so much to offer during the colder months, it is impossible to only recommend one spot.

When relevant, annual special events or festivals in November are featured, making a visit at that time of year extra special. For each destination, average temperatures for the month are highlighted. However, it is an average. Expect temperatures at the beginning of the month to be higher than average, and then those days at the end of the month, lower than average. Lastly, if any of the travel bloggers have found amazing accommodation or a favourite hotel, I’ve included those recommendations as well.

best places to visit in the Europe in November

Asturias, Spain

By Talek Nantes from Travels With Talek

Asturias, Spain’s northern region, is considered an underrated gem by those that have traveled there. It is a region of delicious regional cuisine, crisp wines and an amazing alcoholic cider known as “sidra” which is served from over 3 feet in the air into a cup without ever spilling a drop! This is done to aerate the drink for maximum taste. Drinking sidra is as much a cultural affirmation as it is a common thirst quencher.

Asturias is one of the best places to visit in Europe and November is the best time to visit. You can take a road trip in mild weather and without tourists.

There are many beautiful and historic  sights to see in Asturias. One of the most culturally significant is on the outskirts of the capital city of Oviedo. This is a beautiful town with medieval streets, interesting architecture and a lively nightlife. Oviedo is also an ancient town that was once the home of Asturian royalty. You can still see well-preserved palaces and churches dating back to the 9 th  Century which are today UNESCO World Heritage sites.   

The cathedral of Oviedo, Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Salvador, is a beautiful mishmash of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque architecture which explodes across a wide plaza in the center of the city.

For an ideal traditional Asturian evening, head to Gascona Street. Here you will find local restaurants lining both sides of the street. Inside, the restaurants vie with each other to offer the best regional cuisine like the Fabada Asturiana, a hearty stew of meats and vegetables. Local musicians will arrive at the restaurants to play their instruments and the waiters will serve sidra. Soon the patrons join in singing the traditional Asturian songs. It is a great way to really experience the Asturian culture.

Weather And Directions

In November, expect average temperatures to reach 15 o C or 59 o F.

It is easy to get to Asturias. Most international flights will arrive at Madrid or Barcelona. From there, it is a cheap and quick connection to the Asturias airport and a 20-minute ride to Oviedo’s city center. 

Hotel Recommendation

Talek says, “I recommend the SOHO Oviedo because of its old world charm and proximity to the city center.”

Best places to visit in Europe in November

London, England

By Christine Wheeler from Live Love Run Travel

Europe is magical in the winter and London is one of the most magical European cities . By visiting the best destinations in Europe in November, you get the cooler but not too cold weather along with the start of Christmas markets and Christmas decorations.

There are countless things to do in London , but try to arrive in time to watch the streets decorated with Christmas lights. For the best Christmas lights in London , make sure to stop by Oxford Street and Regent Street. Both of these streets are known for their shopping year around, but the Christmas lights turn them into magical spots where you can take some beautiful photos.

Regent Street is known for the angels that make up the Spirit of Christmas display while Oxford Street changes their decor more often. Both places are beautiful but get busy closer to Christmas. If you can visit towards the end of November, you’ll get the best of the Christmas displays without the heavy crowds.

Visiting in November also means you can delight in unique dining experiences like eating in one of the igloo restaurants that pop up during the winter. Coppa Club’s Tower Bridge igloos are among the most famous and give you a wonderful view of Tower Bridge as you dine in the warmth of an igloo.

Expect average temperatures in and around 9 o C or 48 o F so make sure you bring a warm sweater or jacket to leisurely enjoy these displays.

With multiple major airports located in London, it is easy to reach from just about anywhere in the world. From the airports, you can take a train or a taxi into the city. For travel tips, please see 50 Best Travel Tips To London For First Time Visitors .

Christine says, “Because London is such a large and spread out city, try choosing a hotel that is centrally located or at least near an underground station. We stayed at K+K Hotel George, and the short walk to Earl’s Court Station made it easy to get anywhere in London relatively quickly. We highly recommend the hotel and adding London to your November European bucket list.”

Best places to visit in Europe in November

Lucerne, Switzerland

By Trijit Mallick from Budget Travel Buff

If you love nature and looking for one of the best places to visit in Europe, consider Lucerne. Located at the northern part of Lake Lucerne, this small Swiss city is one of the most  beautiful places to visit in Switzerland .

This picturesque town can be visited all year around. However, November is the best time of year when you see less crowds and the weather is perfect to explore the town and its surrounding mountains.

Lucerne is known for its stunning medieval architecture and the iconic Chapel Bridge. This historic wooden construction over the Reuss River makes it an architectural masterpiece and one of the best tourist spots in Lucerne. The purpose of this bridge was to protect the city from a southern attack. You can take some excellent pictures of the Chapel Bridge and the Water Tower from here.

Next visit the Lion Monument which is just a short walk from the Chapel Bridge. This iconic monument was created as a dedication to Swiss soldiers who lost their lives during the French Revolution. 

When you are in Switzerland, you shouldn’t miss the Swiss Alps. Book day trips to Mount Titlis and Mount Pilatus from Lucerne. Both are incredibly beautiful, but if you have time constraints, I would recommend visiting Mount Titlis. The cable car journey to the top will give you a 360-degree view of the Alps. There are amazing activities to do on Mount Titlis, such as the cliff walk and glacier cave.

In November, expect temperatures to be an average of 8 o C or 46 o F.

Zurich international airport is the nearest airport to Lucerne. It is just 55 km away and well connected with Lucerne by road and rail. For a cost efficient way to get around, purchase a “Tell Pass” for travel on all public transportation.

Trijit says, “If you are looking for a luxurious and comfortable stay, Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern is a great place. This 5-star hotel features beautiful room decor alongside all modern amenities. The helpful staff will make your stay blissful.”

If you are on a budget, Trijit recommends staying in the Youth Hostel of Lucerne.

Best places to visit in Europe in November

Cyclades Islands, Greece (Greek Islands)

By Martha from May Cause Wanderlust

The Cyclades Islands in Greece are arguably the most stunning islands in the Mediterranean. Created by volcanic activity, they are dotted around the dreamy blue Aegean sea like confetti. The island landscapes are often craggy and dramatic, and the towns are gorgeous: white-washed houses and car-free paved streets, brought to life with brightly painted doors and glorious Bougainvillea flowers. 

They are amazing to visit at any time of year because they are so naturally beautiful. However, November is a great time to visit because there are no crowds. Hordes of tourists are the number one complaint during peak season in Santorini and Mykonos, the two most popular Greek islands in the Cyclades chain. But if you visit off-season, you will avoid dealing with crowds and also benefit from lower prices.

It is likely the sea may be too cold for a swim, so when you are not sitting by the pool, your activities will most likely be focused on nature and enjoying the picturesque towns and museums. You can marvel at the epic volcanic caldera on Santorini island, enjoy the peaceful towns on Paros island or wander the ancient ruins on Delos island which is reachable by boat. 

Temperatures in the Cyclades are around 17-18 degrees Celsius or 68 o degrees Fahrenheit in November. 

There are international airports on Santorini and Mykonos. Ferry itineraries between the islands may be reduced in November and some restaurants may be closed. However, you could avoid that by taking a small ship tour and go  island-hopping in the Cyclades .

Best places to visit in Europe in November

Turin, Italy

By Natalie Deduck and Robson Cadore from The Best Of Turin

Turin is an incredible destination in Northern Italy. The first Italian capital holds so much history, culture, and good food that any traveler would be delighted with its discoveries. In addition, it is one of the best places to visit in Europe in November. 

Autumn is magical in Turin, and in November, the city is still covered in yellow and red leaves. The weather is cool and also great for enjoying outdoor activities. As the Italian Alps surround the city, nature is gorgeous during this time of the year. 

There are easy hiking trails less than 30 minutes from the city center. Experienced hikers can take day trips and venture into the countryside to reach peaks over 2,600 meters above sea level like the Puta Quattro Sorelle in Bardonecchia, just one hour and a half by train.

For culture and art lovers, November is the best time to visit as the city hosts two world-famous contemporary art events. Artissima and Paratissima attract artists and visitors from all over Europe, and Turin breathes arts. Expositions, open-air installations, music, and theater combined create an artistic vibe that takes over the whole city. 

There are also plenty of things to do in Turin, incredible museums and over 20 royal palaces to visit, vintage markets, and delicious food to taste. Turin is the capital of the Piemonte region, famous for its Barolo Wine, Slow Food Movement, truffles, chocolates, and vermouth. There are endless reasons to visit Turin, and the best one is that it’s not packed with tourists like other major Italian destinations. 

With an average temperature of 12 o C or 54 o F, Turin in November gives you the good feeling that winter is around the corner.

Reaching Turin is easy. Torino-Caselle Airport is connected to Turin city center by train and shuttle buses. Another option is to fly to one of the three airports in Milan. Then from Milan to Turin by train is just one hour. Many people do it daily, commuting for work or going for a one-day trip to the cities. 

Natalie and Robson say, “The Royal Palace Hotel & Spa is located at the heart of the old town and offers a truly royal experience to the guests. Another great option is to stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Turin Lingotto, located at the former FIAT factory.

Best places to visit in Europe in November

Sibenik, Croatia

By Jurgen and Martina from Places of Juma

Sibenik in Croatia  is a picturesque coastal town and definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in Europe in November. Famous because of the television series Game of Thrones , countless tourists from all over the world come here to explore the picturesque old town. However, at the beginning of November, Sibenik becomes very quiet and idyllic. It is a great time to explore the city unencumbered with crowds.

When visiting in November, guests can expect a fabulous selection of activities and attractions in this charming coastal town. The absolute highlight is the medieval old town. A walking tour takes you on a journey back in time, strolling through winding stone streets while discovering beautiful historical attractions.

One of the most important places to see is the Cathedral of St. James, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the most important Renaissance building in the entire country. It was built entirely of stone and erected between the 15th and 16th centuries. Inside you will find a baptismal font of the cathedral beautifully decorated with the figures of God and angels. Make sure you leave time to stop and visit inside.

Also worth exploring are the 3 fortresses around the city, from which you can enjoy breathtaking views over Sibenik and the beautiful blues of the Adriatic Sea.

Another highlight are the fantastic beaches in Sibenik. You may still get warm enough weather to swim and sunbathe. Perfect if you want to combine sightseeing with a few relaxing days at the beach.

A beautiful place to explore in November is the nature reserve Sv. Ante where visitors will enjoy a grandiose coastal panorama while walking along the canal.

The average weather temperature in Sibenik in November is 17 o C or 63 o F.

Getting to Sibenik is easy. The nearest international airport is in the city of Split, about 90 kilometers away. From there, you can either take a public bus, hire a car or take a taxi.

Jurgen and Martina say, “For accommodation, we recommend the Heritage Hotel Life Palace, a lovely boutique hotel in the old town.”

best places to visit in Europe in November

Vienna, Austria

By Or from My Path In the World

Vienna, one of the most livable cities in world , is the perfect place to visit in Europe in November to experience the end of fall and the beginning of winter. You’ll still be able to see some fall foliage in places like Burggarten and the gardens of the UNESCO-listed Schönbrunn Palace. Yet, you’ll already be able to enjoy Vienna’s Christmas markets, some of which open in the last 10-12 days of November.

Though you’ll find plenty of small, cozy markets scattered around Vienna, don’t miss the city’s biggest Christmas market, Rathausplatz Christkindlmarkt , held in city hall square. Apart from all the stalls, you’ll find a huge ice skating rink, a Ferris wheel, Christmas-themed displays, and much more.

Beyond that, there’s much more popular destinations to include on your  Vienna itinerary . It is home to beautiful sights like the Belvedere Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Karlskirche, and the Vienna State Opera. It’s also where you can visit world-class museums like the Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum) and the Albertina.

If you’re a coffee or dessert addict, you’ll also love the countless coffee and pastry shops found everywhere. They are a huge part of Vienna’s history and culture. With countless cafes some of which are more than 100 years old, there’s no better place to indulge in an espresso and decadent Austrian cakes and strudels. Three amazing cafes to add to your itinerary are Cafe Demel, Cafe Central, Hotel Sacher Cafe.

Vienna offers average temperatures in November of 9 o C or 48 o F.

Fly directly into Vienna’s airport (VIE), located only 18 km outside of the city center. It is about 30 minutes to drive to the center city. Alternatively, you can take an airport bus or train transfer to connect directly with Vienna’s metro line.

Or says, “As for accommodation, finding hotels outside the city center can save you a lot of money, so check out Ibis Styles Wien City, which offers clean, colorful rooms, a great breakfast, and easy access to public transportation.”

best places to visit in Europe in November

Nice, France

By Emma from Emma Jane Explores

Nice is the beating heart of the French Riviera and a great place to vacation in southern Europe for anyone looking for a coastal getaway. Even in November, the weather is balmy. It is the perfect weather to explore without having to contend with the heaving throngs of summer crowds.   

Nice has so many charms , but it is certainly hard to pass up a stroll along the city’s famous Promenade des Anglais which is a large walkway running parallel to the twinkling blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and Nice’s beaches. Cap off the walk with a trip up to the Colline due Château found in the old town at one end of the Promenade to get a bird’s eye view of the spectacular stretch of coast. You won’t want to leave.

Once you’ve lapped up the beauty, stop in at the iconic Negresco Hotel. The pink-domed luxury hotel is a famous sight in the French Riviera. Though accommodation may not suit your budget, it is possible to have a drink at the hotel bar. You then have permission to enter the hotel’s common areas for a sneak peek at this stunning hotel.

Nice has an average temperature of 16 o C or 61 o F (though chillier at night).

You’ll need to fly into Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, which has its own tram line that connects visitors with the centre of the city. Alternatively, it is a 15 minutes drive to Nice’s central square, Place Massena. 

Emma says, “One of the loveliest parts of Nice in November is to stroll through the Vieille Ville (Old Town) where winding alleyways and cobble stoned lanes form a maze of unique eateries and stores to discover. Stay in the heart of the old town with the perfectly located Mercure MarchéAux Fleurs.”

best places to visit in Europe in November

Venice, Italy

By Haley Blackall from Haley Blackall

With the winding cobblestone alleyways, slow curving canals, and baroque architecture, Venice is a picture to behold. It is one of Europe’s most beautiful places and November is the best time visit. The city experiences a mass exodus of tourists, mild temperatures, and an uptick of festivities as the holiday season sets in.

One of the main attractions in Venice in November is the Madonna Della Salute Festival . This is comprised of a large feast and procession of thousands of people to the Salute Church. This festival is held to celebrate the Virgin Mary’s intervention to end the plague in 1630. 

If you miss this, Venice has so much more to offer. Start your Venice itinerary in the famous St. Mark’s Square where the Saint Mark’s Basilica looms in all of its white stone and gold opulence. Check out the four horses inside that were plundered from Constantinople during the crusades in 1204. Move on to the Doge’s Palace, with cavernous rooms with intricate artwork and marbled hallways. Make sure to walk over the Bridge of Sighs, where prisoners would see their last view of the beauty of Venice.

Wander toward the Rialto Bridge, the white stone architectural marvel with enclosed shops lining each side that spans the Grand Canal. It connects the districts of San Marco and San Polo. Take a moment and have a drink or cup of coffee at the Piazza San Marco and people watch.

In November, expect mild temperatures of 12 o C or 54 o F in Venice.

If you are arriving from outside of Italy, you will land at the Marco Polo Airport (VCE). From here you can take a 35-minute water taxi ride towards the historic city centre of Venice. It is one of the best ways to introduce yourself to the romantic capital. 

Haley says, “Stay at Hotel Ai Reali, with classical Venetian design and a great location to see all of Venice’s attractions.”

Porto, Portugal

By Victoria Heinz from Guide Your Travel

Porto is one of Portugal’s most attractive cities and one of the best places to visit in Europe in November. This is the birthplace and home to the famous Portuguese wine called port which is made in the nearby Duoro valley.

Porto is all about incredible architecture and historic places. There are plenty of things to see and do in this beautiful place so try to allocate several days here. See the famous blue churches which are tiled with the iconic azulejos, elaborate blue tiles which make Porto iconic.

Of course, you have to visit the Dom Luis II bridge which connects the old town of Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. The best way to reach the top level is to purchase a ticket on the cable car which even includes vouchers for free port tastings. After a quick ride, you’ll reach the top of the bridge where the views are fantastic. Afterwards, come to the Vila Nova de Gaia neighbourhood for a wine tasting or tours of secluded wine cellars.

In the evenings you should have dinner by the river and enjoy the lively atmosphere as boats pass by.

In November the weather in Porto is still relatively mild with an average temperature of 17 o C or 63 o F. You’ll find far fewer tourist crowds making it the perfect time to visit.

The closest international airport is Francisco Sa Carneiro which is 10km from the city center, an easy 20 minute taxi or metro ride.

Victoria says, “Well-known for its historic setting and proximity to great restaurants and attractions, the Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira is an excellent choice.”

Best Places to visit in Europe in November

Zakopone, Poland

By Ela and Beata from Stunning Outdoors

Zakopane is a unique town located at the edge of Tatra National Park in southern Poland. It is a well known destination in Poland due to its highlander style architecture, traditional specialities and last but not least, its proximity to the mighty Tatra mountains. 

There is so much to see and do when visiting Zakopane . First of all, wander around the town to admire the architecture, including its oldest street Koscieliska. There you will find a small chapel and Pęksowy Brzyzek National Cemetery . This is a real gem and you should not miss it! The graveyard and its tombs are like walking in an art exhibit.

Undoubtedly, the biggest magnet for visitors to Zakopane are the highest mountains in Poland – Tatra. Tatra National Park offers kilometres of paths of varied difficulty. 

In the summer months Zakopane and the park are very busy. However, in the fall, in particular November, the area becomes noticeably quieter. In addition, for those who visit in November, the mountains have a special treat for you. The hilltop grass becomes rusty orange and red providing a feast for the eyes. The most spectacular hikes to take to admire these colors is Czerwone Wierchy and all Western Tatra peaks.

Dress properly to enjoy your time as the average temperature in November is 5 o C or 41 o F.

The best way to get there is to fly to Krakow and then hop on a bus. The bus journey takes about 2h and ends in the centre of town. 

Ela and Beata say, “Willa Malinowa is a good option.”

best places to visit in Europe in November

Seville, Spain

By Agnes from The Van Escape

Seville is a great place to visit in southern Europe and November is the best time. The main reason is the weather. Seville is one of the hottest cities in Spain. Summer temperatures can reach 40-45 o C (104-114 o F) which is sweltering. However, in November, the weather is perfect. It’s great for long walks around the city and sightseeing. It is still very sunny, and you can even sunbathe. What’s more, the city is less crowded, so you can admire the amazing architectural monuments of Seville without standing in long lines. It also offers the perfect light for photos.

There are many exceptional places to see while in Seville. The palace complex Alcázar (Spanish: Reales Alcázares) is one of Seville’s greatest treasures. The Alcázar was the seat of Arab rulers, and after the Reconquest, it was taken over and rebuilt by Christian rulers. To this day, the Spanish Royal Family has its seat on the upper floor, making the Royal Alcázar the longest-functioning royal residence in the world. Alcazar is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The Cathedral of Our Lady in Seville (Spanish: Catedral de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla) is a Gothic cathedral built on the site of a mosque. The cathedral is the largest and one of the greatest Gothic churches in the world. The mosque remains are the Giralda bell tower (a former minaret) and the Patio de Los Naranjos. But the place that attracts the most tourists is the Tomb of Christopher Columbus.

Spain Square (Spanish: The Plaza de España) is a plaza in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), amazing for walking. It was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. 

After exploring these unique architectural monuments, sit down in one of the many Andalusian bars for delicious tapas and a glass of wine.

The average temperature during the day is 20 o C or 68 o F.

Seville-San Pablo Airport is the closest international airport located 10 kilometers northeast of the city center. Another great choice is Malaga Airport, located 2 hours (200 km) from Seville, if you prefer a road trip.

Agnes says, “One of the best places to stay is Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla in the Old town district with a great sun terrace. A perfect choice is also the Terraza Hotel Doña María with an amazing rooftop bar and the best views of La Giralda and the Cathedral.”

best places to visit in Europe in November

Reykjavik, Iceland

By Jessie Moore from Pocket Wanderings

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and one of the best places to visit in Europe in November. It is the perfect base for an Icelandic winter adventure, from chilling in the Blue Lagoon to sampling the local cuisine. November is also one of the best months to see the Northern Lights!

A trip to the Blue Lagoon is on the bucket list of many travellers. Located just 40 minutes from Reykjakvik, the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal hot spring known to have lots of wonderful health benefits, such as improved skin and circulation. There’s something special about visiting in November, where you can escape the cold winter air in the comforting warmth of the lagoon.

Easy to locate from Reykjavik, The Golden Circle consists of Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall. November is a great time to visit the Golden Circle with the fantastic golden hour lighting that reflects off the icy lakes. If you’re lucky, you may even spot rainbows coming out of the Gullfoss Waterfall.

There are a number of Icelandic dishes which you must try while in this unique city – from delicious fresh fish to Reykvajik’s hot dog (pylsur). To warm up on a cold day in November, try Brennivin. An Icelandic favourite, it’s a strong spiced spirit and its name comes from the phrase ‘burning wine’.

With an average temperature of 4 o C or 39 o F, you will need to pack warm clothes to enjoy these amazing experiences.

Almost all international flights land at Keflavík International Airport, 31 miles from Reykjavik (about a 45 minute drive). You can book the Flybus from the airport, which operates everyday all year long. Alternatively, you can hire a taxi.

Jessie says, “For a trendy boutique hotel located in downtown Reykjavik, stay at 101 Hotel – complete with impossibly chic interiors and an on-site spa.”

November best time to visit Milos

Milos, Greece

By Mal from Raw Mal Roams

Milos is one of the most underrated Greek islands situated in the Cyclades. If you’re looking for a perfect destination to visit in Europe for a winter getaway in the sun, Milos ticks all the boxes. 

November in Milos is well past the tourist season, which means you can enjoy this stunning island without the crowds. In addition, you will also be able to catch some great bargains for your accommodation. The weather is still pleasant, perfect for renting a car and exploring the island.

Eat the delicious fresh seafood at one of the seafront restaurants in Adams. Visit the ancient Plaka for some incredible panoramic views of the entire island and to learn more about Milos’ heritage. For the history enthusiasts, there is Plaka Castle and the Archaeological Museum. Check out the traditional fishing village of Klima, and for beachgoers, there is Serakiniko beach with a moon-like landscape. 

The temperatures is around 18 degrees Celsius or 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

To get to Milos, fly to Athens International Airport, where you can catch a local connecting flight to Milos or take a direct ferry across to the island.

Mal says, “One of the  best places to stay in Milos  in November is Adamas – the island’s biggest town and port. Book a room in Aelia Suites and enjoy a hot tub on a cool November evening!”

best places to visit in Europe in November

Budapest, Hungary

By Erki from Genem Travels

Budapest is the capital of Hungary, one of the cheapest places you can visit in Europe, and full of life. It is a great city in Eastern Europe where there are plenty of things to do like exploring the magnificent old town, relaxing in spas, or enjoying the lively nightlife.

As Budapest is full of many interesting sites , you should take a guided tour so that you can easily see the main ones. You can take a paid or free walking tour depending on your personal taste.

Hungarians are known for their thermal spa culture. It’s the central leisure activity for the locals. Luckily, there are a couple of spas around Budapest. Széchenyi is Budapest’s largest thermal bath complex and is located near Budapest’s City Park. Soaking in the warm water in the middle of November is an ideal way to spend an afternoon.

The main landmark in Budapest is the Citadel. It’s located at the top of the hill, right next to the Donau river and city center. It’s relatively easy to walk up to the Citadel and from there, you can enjoy beautiful views of Budapest.

In November, you can also attend festivals like St. Martin’s Day Wine Festival. The country’s finest wineries gather at Gellert Hotel to present their production to visitors. In addition, you can attend St. Martin’s Day Goose Festival. Visitors can taste traditional Hungarian cuisine, including goose dishes. 

November in Budapest is off-season, with fewer crowds, and even more affordable prices. It’s the perfect time of the year to come and explore.

The average temperature in Budapest is 9 o C or 48 o F.

Near to the city is Budapest International airport with several direct flight options. The city center is about 35 minutes away.

For old world luxury and charm, stay at the Corinthia Hotel. It is walking distance to many Budapest attractions. For an added treat, book a room with executive lounge service. You will have access to complimentary breakfast, wine and cocktails, desserts, and appetizers all day long. The food and service are exceptional.

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Montepulciano, Italy

By Roxanne de Bruyn from Slow Travel

The Tuscan town of Montepulciano is stunning all year round, but it’s particularly beautiful in the fall. The foliage changes colour and there’s a special crispness to the air. The medieval town centre is framed by the Tuscan hills and the vineyards are bustling at harvest time.

Spend your time exploring the streets of the historic town, relaxing in the Piazza Grande with coffee or a glass of wine, or visiting the local churches and museums. If you enjoy red wine, this is the perfect spot for you, with several wineries worth a visit.

Montepulcino’s Fortress is another popular attraction with views over the Val di Chiana, the Val d’Orcia, and up to Lake Trasimeno. In November, time your visit with the Toscana Gustando food and wine festival, which focuses on a different Italian region each year.

If you can, take your time to relax in the small town and use it as a base for day trips to the surrounding countryside. Montepulciano is a great place for  slow travel . With fewer visitors and the harvest just about finished, November is a good time to immerse yourself in the local way of life. 

With average temperatures at 13 o C or 55 o F, it is lovely weather to walk and explore.

Montepulciano’s closest international airport is in Florence, where you can pick up your Italian rental car . It which takes about an hour and a half by car.

Roxanne says, “Make the most of your stay by booking rooms at the Palazzo Carletti, an 18th century noble palace in the centre of town.”

best places to visit in Europe in November

Dublin, Ireland

By Cynthia and Alexander from Travel Your Memories

Dublin is the charming and historic capital of Ireland and one of the best cities to visit in Europe in November. The trees are beautifully colored into fall foliage and prices are much lower compared to the summer high season. For whiskey lovers, there is the annual Whiskey Live event where you can try lots of different whiskeys.

Most people take a weekend and visit Dublin. If you want a weekend itinerary, you can read this  Dublin travel guide .

There are some fun and interesting things to do in Dublin. First, consider visiting Trinity College to see Kells’ book, a 9th century manuscript that documents the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. It is considered Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. While there, you can also visit the long room. This is considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world with towering bookcases that are amazing to see.

At St. Patrick Cathedral, you can enjoy a beautiful square and admire the inside of the cathedral. Make sure you take a look at the intricacies of the benches where important decisions used to be made by the priests.

One of the best things that you can do is go on a musical pub tour . This two hour event is fun and appropriate for all family members. You visit 3-4 pubs with two or three exceptionally talented musicians who sing beautiful Irish songs on traditional Irish instruments (many of which you will have never seen before) and tell lovely Irish stories.

In November, the average temperature is 9 o C or 48 o F.

Dublin can be reached by flying to Dublin airport. Next, you travel to the center of Dublin by bus or taxi. For the bus, you need to go to Terminal 1’s exit where you will see bus stops on your left. You can use Airlink and Aircoach for a return ticket. Normally, a bus ride takes 40 minutes. Airlink is slightly faster than Aircoach during traffic jams, as it can use a tunnel in certain areas.

For central accommodation walking distance to most Dublin attractions, find something near Temple Bar.

best places to visit in Europe in November

Puerto De La Cruz, Spain (Canary Islands)

By Bridget from The Flashpacker

The Canary Islands are well known for the sun-and-sangria resorts lining its southern shores. For a more traditional Spanish base, choose the northern town of Puerto de la Cruz. Visit in November to avoid the busy and hot summer months.

One of the  best things to do in Puerto de la Cruz  is to visit the small but perfectly formed Jardín Botánico. Conceived as a temporary resting place for exotic plant species on their journey between the Americas and the Far East, this now permanent sub-tropical wonderland is perfect for a stroll.

Puerto de la Cruz has a burgeoning street art scene. Thanks to a programme to improve the urban environment, the streets of the old town have been transformed into an open-air art gallery. Pick up a street art map from the Tourist Information Office and spend a couple of hours exploring and finding some hidden gems.

For an afternoon of sun and leisure, spend some time at the black beaches of Playa Jardin or the swimming pool complex of Lago Martianez.

In November, enjoy average temperatures of 25 o C or 77 o F.

International flights land at Tenerife South Airport, also known as Tenerife South-Reina Sofia Airport. From here, it’s under an hour’s drive to Puerto de la Cruz.

Bridget says, “Stay in the old town to be close to the majority of the main sights. The comfortable Central PENTHOUSE with TERRACE and SEA views with a terrace   overlooking the ocean is highly recommended.”

best places to visit in Europe in November

Ljubljana, Slovenia

By Tom & Zi from Craving Adventure

Ljubljana is a small, charming city and the capital of Slovenia . This is a lively student city with a lot of history, impressive architecture, a bustling bar and restaurant scene. There is also lots of greenery, so much so that it won the Green Capital of Europe award in 2016.

Lbjubljana is one of the best places to visit in Europe in November because it offers beautiful walks and superb art galleries and museums. Most importantly, every November, it hosts a wide range of culinary and gastronomic events as part of the November Gourmet Ljubljana Food and Wine Festival.

The historic centre of Ljubljana is a pedestrian only zone which only adds to the charm. One of the best things to do is stroll through the old town. Walking alongside the river Ljubljanica, you’ll be able to admire the many beautiful bridges and colorful baroque facades. Make sure to find Preseren square and the Tripple bridge.

The Ljubljana castle, perched atop a hill in the middle of the city, is a fabulous sight from all direction. It is an easy 15 minute walk up, or quick gondola ride.

Another interesting activity is to take a street art tour where you will see some fantastic crazy art in the walking zone and across the river in Metelkova. You will also learn about Slovenia’s more recent history including the war in the 1990s.

If you prefer to avoid outside, there are plenty of art galleries and museums to visit. Plecnik House will give you an introduction to Slovenia’s most famous architect and the man behind some of the most prominent buildings in Ljubljana.

The Modern Art Gallery showcases Slovene artworks from the 20th and 21st century, including photography, videography and digital art. Then there’s the National Gallery and the Slovenian Etnographic Museum which are also fabulous if you’d like to dive deeper into Slovene history and culture.

If you’d like to enjoy some milder weather, a day trip to the charming coastal town of Piran should be on your itinerary. The Slovene coast enjoys beautiful weather all the way into late fall.

The average temperature in Ljubljana in November is 9 o C or 48 o F.

When you fly to Ljubljana, you will actually fly into the countryside. From there, you have to catch a bus or a shuttle which will take you into the city centre in about 20-30 minutes.

Tom & Zi say, “If you want to stay in the very heart of the city, then the Grand Hotel Union is the perfect place. This is one of the oldest and most beautiful hotels in Ljubljana and has a fabulous location just off the main square. For a slightly cheaper alternative, check out the U-hotel just behind it.”

best places to visit in Europe in November

Lisbon, Portugal

By Bec from Wyld Family Travel

Lisbon is a magnificent city to visit in any season but it would have to be one of the best places to visit in Europe in November. In November, the weather is still beautiful with lots of sunny days. It is also quieter than most months with many people waiting until December to visit for the Christmas markets.

There are  so many things to do in Lisbon  that you are spoilt for choice. From castles that overlook the city to amazing food, you will definitely find your days filled.

If you love museums the Maritime Museum is a must. Set in a large building, you will discover many wonderful artifacts leftover from Portuguese fleets that discovered much of the world. In the last building, you will see replicas of some of these ships in all of their glory.

If you love sea life, then the Oceanarium should also be at the top of your list. This amazing aquarium boasts some of the most stunning exhibits from all over the world. The otters really do steal the show though!

History is in abundance in the city with the ruins of the Carmo Convent and the magnificent Igreja de Sao Roque church with its chapel that was blessed by a Pope.

Day trips from Lisbon should also be high on your Lisbon itinerary. Evora is one of the best. You can visit the fascinating yet dark Bone Chapel as well as a Spanish Inquisition Museum before having a rest in the shadows of an ancient Roman temple, the Temple of Diana.

Sintra, the summer playground for the Portuguese elite, is another amazing day trip. Royal palaces like Pena Palace (one of the brightest castles you will ever see) and the ruins of the Moorish Castle are highlights of a trip there.

The average temperature in Lisbon in November is 18 o C or 64 o F.

You can easily fly into Lisbon Airport and catch a train into the city. Just remember that Lisbon is a very hilly city and you don’t want to be carrying a lot of luggage with you.

best places to visit in Europe in November

Prague, Czech Republic

By Monique from Trip Anthropologist

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. A city of squares, towers and bridges, it is a delight to stroll along the medieval cobblestoned lanes of Prague’s Old Town in November. Occasionally dusted by snow, its’ Gothic, Baroque and medieval buildings and churches have an otherworldly air. In November, the throngs of tourists are largely gone and you can finally spend a few days enjoying this magnificent city.

Within the main square of the Old Town are medieval attractions, such as the Church of Our Lady Before Týnn and the Old Town Hall. It’s possible to wander into several parts of the majestic Town Hall that was built in 1338 and dominates the square. On one side of the building is the Astrological Clock where you can easily watch beautiful figures dance upon the hour.

Prague Castle and Charles Bridge are also important central attractions. The mighty Castle is 1000 years old. It takes up a whole district with churches, palaces and museums.

The Charles Bridge provides one of the greatest ‘wow’ moments in travel. Built between 1357 and 1400 across the Vltava River, it is lined with life-size statues and monuments and has the feel of an epic Harry Potter landscape. In the summer, you are literally elbow to elbow with tourists. In November, you should be able to spend as much time as you want comfortably exploring this beautiful bridge. There are wonderful views and wonderful photos to take.

At the end of the Charles Bridge is the sprawling Strahov monastery and the impossibly stunning Strahov Library. It is the best of the  Prague libraries  and considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful.

The average temperature in November is 8 o C or 46 o F. There are still 8 or 9 hours of daylight and the middle of the day is often clear and sunny.

Prague is serviced by Vaclav Havel International airport, about 20 kilometers away.

For a decadent treat, stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Prague. It exudes old world charm and luxury, and has an exceptional location.

Staffordshire, England

By Kerry Hanson From VeggTravel

One of the best places to visit in Europe in November is Staffordshire, England. Staffordshire itself is a county in the West Midlands with several towns worthy of a visit. The most famous is Stratford-upon-Avon as this is the birthplace of Sir William Shakespeare.

Stratford-upon-Avon is a medieval market town. It has many different tributes, statues and museums dedicated to the famous play writer, so you’ll be able to immerse yourself in Shakespearean history. If you visit in November, you will also have the added bonus of the Christmas markets that have started to light up the town.

However, if you’re looking for some adrenaline activities , then Staffordshire is the perfect base to visit Alton Towers Amusement Park. While the park is open for most of the year, November is particularly special as the first weekend hosts Guy Fawkes Day with the ultimate firework spectacular.

If you’re not familiar with this celebration, the Bonfire night originates from 1605 where a man named Guy Fawkes was found to have hidden explosives under the House of Lords. His intent was to assassinate the king. However, the king survived. Every year, this event is celebrated on the 5 th  of November all over England by a succession of fireworks and bonfires illuminating the sky.

Alton Towers has massive grounds, woodlands and natural lakes and the fireworks are truly spectacular. There are also extreme thrill rides such as the infamous ‘smiler’, and plenty of family friendly rides and entertainment.

Average temperatures are 9 o C or 48 o F so dress warmly.

The closet international airport is Birmingham, a 25 mile or so drive from there. 

Kerry says, “While you can choose to stay at a hotel in the park, its much cheaper to stay in Stratford upon Avon and enjoy this pretty historical town while you’re there.”

best places to visit in Europe in November

Bratislava, Slovakia

By Nadine from Le Long Weekend

Bratislava is one of the best places to visit in Europe in November as you get to see the best of both worlds. You still have the last of the beautiful Autumn foliage and the Christmas festivities are starting to take place. You can visit the Xmas markets during the second half of the month before most of the tourists arrive in December. 

When visiting Bratislava, make your way into the old town first. Here, you’ll find a myriad of attractions clustered around the cobblestone streets. Scale the stairs in the Old Town Hall for some of the best views in town. Browse the tiny medieval museum housed within the tower at Michael’s Gate. Then, see how many quirky statues you can spot as you stroll around the streets.

Overlooking the old town, you’ll find Bratislava Castle. Take a walk up through the steep streets opposite the old city walls, and venture up to the castle grounds. Here you can admire the gardens and take in the view, or pay to visit the museum & treasury contained within it.

Opposite the castle, it’s impossible to miss the UFO Tower on the other side of the river. You can take a rickety elevator to the top for a small entrance fee, or make a reservation at the UFO restaurant for free access. The views from the top of the tower are sublime, especially at sunset. Make sure you look for the contrasting landscapes on both sides of the Danube.

Average temperature in November is 8 o C or 46 o F.

The capital city of Slovakia has its own international airport which is located around 7km from the city centre. However, many visitors choose to  visit Bratislava  via Vienna airport, which is only 40km away. Vienna often has more flight options and is well connected via public transport. 

November is best time to visit Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

By Danny From Danny Explores

Copenhagen is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit during the winter months. The Danish capital truly comes to life in the winter and November is one of the best times to visit. It is quieter and easier to explore, with shorter queues for attractions. In addition, accommodation is a lot cheaper. 

Don’t let the colder weather and reduced tourism fool you though, there are lots things to do in Copenhagen during this time.

Visit Freetown Christiana – A small suburb of Copenhagen set up in the early 70’s by hippies. The area is well known for its cannabis trade and its own laws. Around 850 people still live there today. The area is free to visit and one of the most interesting areas of Copenhagen. However, make sure you read up on the rules before visiting.

Get lost in Tivoli Gardens – Ever wondered where Walt Disney dreamt up Disney Land? Tucked away in the city centre you’ll find the second oldest theme park in the world! From early November you can visit the gardens during their ‘Christmas season’. There’s lots to do for people of all ages, including riding the rollercoasters, viewing the amazing light shows and meeting Santa. Get ready for the magic!

Beyond that, make sure you grab some food and drink in the Christmas markets, relax in the outdoor spaces and gardens.

The average temperature in November is 7 o C or 44 o F.

When you visit, you have to fly into Copenhagen international Airport. The airport is only 7 km from the city centre with lots of fantastic transportation options. Taxi, bus and metro are the most popular, but you can also get a private transfer if you prefer. 

There are plenty of amazing places to visit in Europe in November. Whether you hope to feel warm temperatures and the sun, or the cool air of an autumn day, there is an amazing destination for you. It is also the best time to go for lower prices in hotels, and quiet moments away from tourist crowds.

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Best Countries To Visit In November

November is the month of awaited celebrations, one that straddles autumn and winter and becomes the gateway into the Christmas month of December. With dry skies and cool, pleasant climes in most of the northern hemisphere and onset of summers in the southern hemisphere, this month does make for a good travel month to places like Ireland , Thailand , Hungary , Oman, Dubai , Hong Kong , Nepal , Australia etc. The night markets and Christmas markets in Hungary are already set up and Ireland celebrates story telling festivals, while Thailand releases illuminated floats to commemorate the festival of Loy Krathong, all in the month of November. Some of the best countries to visit in November are listed below, each detailed with its special offering for this beautiful autumn month.

Hungary:  Best Countries To Visit In November

Hungary is a landlocked destination in the middle of Europe , a rich historical country that brings its own baggage from World War I. With the Danube River cutting its way through the capital Budapest, Hungary becomes a beautiful sight for sore eyes and home to some exceptional medieval castles, gothic palaces and grand forts. In November, the temperature in Hungary is anywhere between 3-7°C, with opera and theatre seasons in full bloom, not to forget the night markets that set shop because it gets dark way before 5 in the evening. These early Christmas markets are a real treat, as are the many festivals like All Saint’s Day and St. Martin’s Day.

Things to Do:

The capital city of Hungary is Budapest, where you must start all your touring. Followed by other beautiful towns like Lake Balaton, Szentendre (a stunning lakeside town), Eger, Visegrad, Pecs, Heviz etc. Explore their palaces, museums, lakes, sceneries and much more. Some major tourist attractions in Hungary are the Andrassy Avenue, Buda Castle (with the National Gallery, the Szechenyi Library and Budapest History Museum inside its complex), Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, the gothic style Castle of Diosgyor, Castle of Egri and the Szechenyi Chain Bridge, which is a 1230 foot suspension bridge constructed across river Danube. Also famous for its sights and tranquil walks is the Danube Promenade in Budapest. For history buffs, a visit to the Fisherman's Bastion and Hungary’s Parliament Building in Budapest is a must. Hortobagy National Park is a also a great place for nature enthusiasts.

How to Reach:

Hungary has two major international airports, namely Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Budapest and Airport Debrecen in Debrecen. Airlines like Lufthansa, Aeroflot, Turkish, Air India , Jet Airways and Emirates fly from Indian cities like Delhi , Mumbai . Kolkata and Bangalore to Hungary (one-stop). You can also reach Hungary by rail from any of the European countries like Austria , Slovakia, Croatia , Germany , Czech Republic , Romania, Russia etc. Driving down is also an option if you have your International Licence, power of attorney for the vehicle you hired and your travel documents.

Ireland:  Best Countries To Visit In November

Ireland is known to the world as the birthplace of W. B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Guinness beer and oh, elves! Among many things, this place is also called  the emerald Isle for its dark green stretches of meadows, and makes for a surreal November holiday. As winter approaches, temperature continues to fall here in November, with the month average between 9-12°C. The rains are frequent and give you the full feel of the quintessential ‘cold-and-rainy’ Ireland with stunning landscapes and thrilling wind. There are also some festivals to look forward to, like the Yarn Storytelling festival (11th-9th Nov) held in Bray Town near Dublin and the Belfast Christmas Market that sets shop much earlier on 18th Nov with delicious food stalls, wines, knick-knacks, gifts and more.

Some amazing cities to explore here are Dublin, Cork , and Galway. Do not miss the Dublin Castle while you are at it. Belfast is also worth your time, especially as Christmas markets are set up by the second week of November. Explore ancient castles like Cahir Castle, Kilkenny Castle, Slane Castle etc. Head to visit the cute seals that are said to be good omens of faeries, swimming down river Shannon. Cruising on Shannon is also an option. Hop up to the Cliff of Moher in County Clare when the rains are pounding to experience the winds talking to you. Also take a tour of County Kerry , Dingle Peninsula, Skelling Islands and the Guinness Storehouse for some patent Irish beer. See how it is brewed and guzzle some more. You can also drive down the Ring of Kerry to explore some fo the best historical landmarks and sceneries of Ireland. 

Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Ireland West form the main International Airports of Ireland. Direct flights from Delhi are available, or you can take one via Dubai / Abu Dhabi. Mumbai also plies frequent flights with Etihad, Lufthansa, Jet Airways, Air India , and Turkish Airlines. You can also travel by road from England or any other European country. Bus Eireann, Ulsterbus and Eurolines are renowned for bus services, as well as Irish Rail and Northern Ireland Railways for train services. Ferries from France , Great Britain and Wales are also feasible, as is driving by yourself or with a chauffeur.

Thailand:  Best Countries To Visit In November

Home to Bangkok and Pattaya , Thailand is the massage destination, shopping destination, as well as the quintessential ‘bachelor’ destination of the world. It is renowned world over for its tropical stretches of beach lines, Buddhist temples, shopping paradises and night markets. In November, the season is much drier and cooler here, in fact, one of the coolest months, with temperature between 13-29°C. The tourist season is just picking up so good deals and discounts aren’t over yet. Also, Thailand celebrates the festival of Loy Krathong in November, where the whole country releases illuminated floats on waterways. 

Thailand and temples become synonymous because of some stunning ones like Wat Arun, Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew) and Wat Pho. Explore the capital city Bangkok for amazing shopping in malls as well as on streets, from the weekend Chatuchak market to bustling night markets. There are also amazing road-side food stalls and roll ice-cream stalls here. Visit the Grand Palace, the Golden Triangle (confluence of Mekong River and Ruak River and where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand landscapes meet). There is the Elephant Nature Park too for animal lovers. Thailand’s islands are also great getaways, including Phang Nga Bay (for its limestone rocks), Phuket (for its beaches, water sports and nightlife) and Krabi . If you are interested in the history and culture of Thailand, do take time out to visit some tribes (Akha, Lisu, Karen etc) with your tour guide in the northern reaches of Thailand.

How to Reach: 

Bangkok, being a coveted tourist spot, especially for Indians, is very well connected by flights from India. Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport of Bangkok receive regular direct flights from Indian cities like Mumbai , Delhi , Kolkata , Chennai etc. You can also drive to Thailand from India via the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway. It is a long drive, 3200 km long; and starts from Manipur in India.

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Dubai:  Best Countries To Visit In November

Dubai is the perfect holiday destination, from limitless shopping to sightseeing and tours, desert safaris to luxury yatch cruises; the place brims with tourism and electric energy. And what better way to explore it than in the best month with the best weather to aid your travel? In November, temperatures in Dubai are cooler, around 18-31°C, which is really the coldest for this desert city. With little humidity, you are sure to be blessed with amazing time out shopping or desert surfing. Besides, Dubai also hosts the DP World Tour Championship this time of the year, inviting golf enthusiasts from all over the world. For the creative lot, Dubai’s Design Week is also something you will enjoy in November, down the JBR Walk.

Start with the Bhurj Khalifa, one of the tallest structures world over, doubling over for business complexes as well as restaurants for your pleasure. Not faraway is the the Dubai Fountain, the world's largest choreographed system of fountains that puts on grand shows every night for the tourists. For shoppers, malls here are just endlessly ready, as is the great Dubai Mall. You could also take a trip to Palm Jumeirah island for posh high-end hotels, shopping and relaxation. Other experiences in Dubai are the Dubai Creek, JBR beach, Kite Beach (for water sports) and Dubai Marina. You should also spare a day for the desert safari in the Arabian desert, along with quad biking, sand-boarding, barbeques, henna and camel rides.

The Dubai International Airport is the only airport of Dubai, the busiest in all of UAE. Frequent and direct flights from Mumbai , Delhi , Jaipur , Goa etc fly to Dubai with aircraft carriers like Etihad, Jet Airways, Air India , Emirates etc. You can also avail coach services into Dubai from other UAE cities like Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajmah etc. If you wish to drive up, you can only go from Oman. While in Dubai, you can take cabs or metros for getting around.

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Australia:  Best Countries To Visit In November

November in Australia is the end of spring and the shoulder season, which means you are in for some warm temperature ranges, less crowds and all the fun of a peak tourist season - all on some good discounts. In this land down under, which is a continent nation known for its kangaroos, coral reefs and great tourism, you are sure to find yourself sightseeing, indulging in water sports, swimming through the Great Barrier Reef and wining and dining your way through some of the most amazing restaurants. 

Explore awesome ultra-uber cities like Melbourne , Sydney , Perth , Gold Coast and Brisbane . The Great Barrier Reef is one place that you must swim/ scuba dive/ snorkel to explore the beautiful corals, marine life and rock formations under the sea. Chill and explore surfing at Bondi Beach. The Sydney Opera House is another great stop for opera shows and a tour of Australia’s architectural marvels. Other great places to visit are the Twelve Apostles, Warner Bros Movie World, Philip Island and Whitsunday Islands . If you are the kind that sniffs wine from a mile away, head to Hunter Valley to tour the vineyards and sample great wine. For animal lovers, especially those that are going to Australia for the cutesy kangaroos, head to Murramarang National Park for that treat. Kangaroo Island and Lucky Bay are also home to these hopping delights of nature. Uluru and Great Ocean Road are also to be explored for a complete tour of this continent. 

Australia’s major International airports are stationed in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne. Regular direct and connecting flights take off from Indian cities like Mumbai , Delhi , Chennai etc to Australia. Cruises from New Zealand can also be boarded if you wish to travel by sea. There is no rail connectivity from outside the country as this is a continent we are talking about, but Australia has good rail network internally.

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Mauritius:  Best Countries To Visit In November

Mauritius is a beautiful beach getaway, a small island nation in the middle of the Indian Ocean, renowned for its sandy beaches, clear blue seas and luxury beach resorts. November marks the beginning of summer in Mauritius and is characterised by gradual rise of temperatures, with an average of 24°C. This is a good time for shopping, beach hopping, going for spas and meditations as well as indulging in water sports; all without the onslaught of rains or too much heat wearing you down. Since Mauritius celebrates most of the Hindu festivals with great pomp, Diwali is also big here at this time of the year.

Explore Bois Cheri Tea Plantations, suffused with its heady scents of tea and mud in the air. The tour also includes tasting some tea and picking leaves, as well as giving you a chance to shop for small packs in souvenir wraps. Go scuba diving and kite surfing in the heaven that is Belle Mare or snorkel in the Blue Bay Marine Park. Cave sea kayaking is offered in Albion Caves. For those who are luxury babies, head to Riambel Beach for horse riding and luxury cruises. Also worth your while are Mauritius National Botanical Garden, Earth Tamarin Bay, Chamarel Village and underwater sea walk at Grand Bay. You can take seaplane rides from Albatross and catch the breathtaking bird’s eye view of the beauty that is Mauritius. Last but definitely not the least, explore the many white-sand beaches and shores of this country, bask in the sun and lay down for some quiet relaxation with a chilled drink in hand. That is what beach holidays are for, after all!

Mauritius’a Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Plaisance is 50 km away from Port Louis (capital city). International flights land here, including those from Indian cities like Delhi , Mumbai , Kochi , Bangalore, Chennai etc. Air India , Jet, Emirates, Singapore Airlines among others run regular flights between the two countries. You can also choose the sea route, and book yourself in one of the luxurious International cruise liners sailing across the Indian Ocean. To get by in Mauritius, there are cars/vans on hire, as well as boats.

  • Mauritius Tourism And Travel Guide

Bhutan:  Best Countries To Visit In November

Bhutan is a tranquil land of mountains and monks, Buddhist Gompas and trekking bases, suffused with happiness that the country considers higher than its GDP. A South East Asian country and neighbour of India , Bhutan is close by and ideal for a November holiday as the months from October to December are some of the best to visit here. With average pleasant temperature of 15°C, Bhutan sees a dry, winter time that is ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, sightseeing, monastery-hopping and meditation. Also famous at this time is the Black-Necked Cranes Festival held on 11th November every year.

Things to Do: 

November is the month of winter here when it is not freezing or snowing but pleasant. Start with one of the best places, the Paro Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest. The Paro valley that houses this monastery is also filled with breathtaking views, hiking trails and beautiful flora and fauna. If you are a trekker at heart, some great routes around this area are Snowman Trek, Nabji Korphu Trek, Druk Path Trek and Jomolhari Trek. Kayaking can be availed at Trongsa, Punakha Valley and Paro Valley. Draw your adrenaline through river rafting in Po Chu River and rock climbing in Thimphu . You can also choose some leisure relaxation by exploring a line of hot springs like Gelephu Tshachu, Gasa Tshachus and Duenmang Tshachu. Bird watching is renowned in Bumthang , Bomdeling, Trongsa, Tingtibi, Phobjikha Valley and Punakha. You are also welcome to meditate here, either through guided sessions offered by hotels and resorts or by yourself, up somewhere in the hills.

Paro International Airport of Bhutan is where you will land if you travel here by air from another country. Indian cities like Kolkata , Guwahati , New Delhi and Bagdora ply direct flights here. One stop flights from Mumbai , Bangalore and Kochi are common. There is no direct rail connection from India to Bhutan but you can take the train to New Jalpaiguri or Bagdora Station and then take a cab across the border.

  • Bhutan Tourism And Travel Guide

Seychelles:  Best Countries To Visit In November

Seychelles is a collection of 115 tropical islands in the midst of the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. The country is renowned for its beaches, coral reefs and natural reserves, with rare animals, eg. Giant Aldabra tortoises. Seychelles is also home to mountainous rainforests and the Seychellois National Park. November in Seychelles is warm, sunny as well as quite wet. With an average high of 30°C and low of 23°C, days here are humid and perfect for a beach holiday. Rainfall may be a little more persistent than your liking but it makes the islands come alive with such beauty.

Seychelles is home to a few islands and area that is almost devoid of infrastructure. Instead of a setback, this becomes an added incentive here as you get to be a part of nature as its was supposed to be, unlike other islands and beach resorts elsewhere in the world. Head to La Digue island, one of these few places preserved in time. It barely has vehicles or paved roads. But the untouched, virgin beaches are the most beautiful and tranquil. The Curieuse Island is known for its share of giant tortoises, while Praslin Island is home to Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). You can go island hopping and explore so much more, from North Island to Frégate and Félicité Islands. The Seychelles National Botanical Gardens (Mahé) is also a great way to spend your time amidst nature. You can go snorkelling in Anse Lazio, wow yourself with the palm forests of Vallée de Mai and romance nature and rock formations at Anse Source d’Argent.

Victoria is home to the major International Airport of Seychelles, i.e. Seychelles International. Indian cities of Mumbai , Delhi , Chennai and Bengaluru ply regular direct flights to Victoria with aircraft carriers like Emirates, British Airways, Jet Airways and Sri Lankan Airlines. For getting around in Seychelles itself, you can opt for local bus services (on Mahe and Praslin) or you can hire bicycles or use ox-cart (on La Digue). Cabs can be used for internal commute, as well as ferries and domestic flights for island hopping.

Malaysia:  Best Countries To Visit In November

Malaysia is an island country offering some great tourism, situated in the Malay Peninsula. It shares its borders with Singapore and Thailand . Boasting of a wild mix of tropical beaches and futuristic cities like Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia is a dream destination, especially during the month of November. The average temperature on the west coast of Malaysia is 27°C, warm and amiable for outdoor activities. Kuala Lumpur also emulates this weather usually, with 260mm of expected rainfall. The country also hosts Malaysia International Jewellery Festival in this month in Kuala Lumpur, showcasing jewellery, camera bags, accessories and other digital gear in the trade fair. There is also the 1Malaysia Year End Sale across almost all cities, starting 1st November; and shopaholics, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE.

Tour the ‘futuristic’ city that is Kuala Lumpur. It should make your first and longest stop, with its breathtaking sights, sky scrapers like the Petronas, long man-made marvels like bridges, shopping paradises and yummy street as well as gourmet food. Langkawi is a beautiful beach getaway, a collection of islands just off the coast of Malaysia. It makes for a beach baby’s wet dream, with scrumptious seafood, beach walks, water sports and sunbathing. You should also plan your time to accommodate the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, to satiate your love for the wild and all things nature. The safari is great here. For some history and architecture love, head to the historic town of Malacca, home to the beautiful homes, buildings and architecture left behind by Portuguese colonisers. 

Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the major International Airport in Malaysia for incoming flights from abroad. From India , you have the Malaysian Airlines, Jet Airways, and Sri Lankan Airlines operating regular flights to Malaysia. You can also driven into Malaysia from Singapore. Internally in the country, the old International Airport of Malaysia, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (Kuala Lumpur) caters to domestic flights now. There is also Malaysian railways or KTM for domestic rail travel. Buses and cars can also be taken.

  • Malaysia Tourism And Travel Guide

Oman:  Best Countries To Visit In November

Oman is a country in the Arabian Peninsula, boasting of deserts, riverbed oases and long business-worthy coastlines lining the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman. The country is officially called the Sultanate of Oman, teleporting you into a time of Sinbad the sailor and times of treasure-hunter Arabs. But Oman is a modern, marvellous country today, a wonderful tourist destination too with its canyons, beaches, rich history and monuments. November in Oman is very comfortable, weather wise, as the temperature is in the 30s and air is dry. This is relatively cooler for this desert-influenced land and makes for a busy time.

Things to Do:  

Muscat is the capital city and filled with mosques, opera houses and monuments. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque here is an especially heavenly piece of human marvel, with gardens and minarets glorifying its charm. You can also choose to explore the Nizwa Fort and shop in the souk or bazars. The people in this country believe in siestas and hence everything is shut in the afternoons. So it would be pointless to venture out at this time. You can also go exploring nature’s bounty in Oman, from Sur, Nizwa, Al Hajar Mountains to Mussanah. Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is a great animal retreat with other activities like snorkelling on Daymaniyat islands. The Necropolises of Bat and Al-Ayn make for a UNESCO World Heritage site, built by nomads that apparently date back to the Bronze Age in the Omani region. If you want to explore beaches, head to Al-Sawadi beach for its delicate shells and the Sawadi Fort. Also a great spot is Oman’s Grand Canyon. For shopping, we suggest you pick up Omani khajoor (dates), silverware, wool scarves and frankincense. 

Seeb International Airport (Muscat) is the major International airport in Oman. It is directly connected to India ( Mumbai , Jaipur , Ahmedabad , Delhi etc) via flights from Jet, Spicejet, Air India, Oman Air etc. For internal travel, there are domestic airports in Salalah, Sohar, Duqm and Khasab. The country doesn't have railways; and buses will only get you to certain points. You will have to use flights and hire cars.

Hong Kong:  Best Countries To Visit In November

Hong Kong is a place that stills time and yet travels faster than even New York sometimes. It pulses with a raw, electric energy that makes you head spin. Hong Kong is an autonomous part of China that has, in recent years, developed as a coveted business and tourist hub, not to forget how it is Mecca for shopaholics. November in Hong Kong is 24°/19° high-low, one of the best weathers with the ongoing typhoon season. Humidity is at its lowest and clear blue skies make this a beautiful autumn here. Also, Hong Kong hosts its very own version of Rio’s parade at the Lan Kwai Fong Carnival at this time of the year.

Shop, shop, shop! When in Hong Kong, blow your wallet away at some of the best malls and streets. From Hong Kong’s Ladies’ Market for accessories and beautiful clothes to the Temple Street Night Market, from Cat Street selling antiques to Apliu Street Market selling gadgets, you will be spent out of your mind. Budget shoppers and those looking for cheap thrills, head to Causeway Bay.

Next comes sight seeing, that without doubt includes places like the Victoria Peak, Happy Valley Racecourse, Big Buddha, Man Mo Temple and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in the New Territories. For beach getaways, run to Repulse Bay, Shek O beach, Stanley or Tai Long Wan. Adventure junkies are welcome to charter junk boats and sail them up and down or take themselves hiking up the Dragon’s Back. Hong Kong also boasts of amusement parks like the Ocean Park Hong Kong and the most coveted - Disneyland. You can chill at Lantau, Lamma Island and enjoy the nightlife of Tsim Sha Tsui.

The Hong Kong International airport in Chek Lap Kok is only 31 km away from the city centre and makes for your landing spot when flying in from abroad. Mumbai , Delhi , Bangalore etc run daily flights with aircraft carriers like Jet, Emirates, Air India and British Airways. Bullet trains from China are also available, as are buses from Guangdong or Beijing. High-speed Turbojets and boats also run from Macau to Hong Kong.

  • Hong Kong Tourism And Travel Guide

Nepal:  Best Countries To Visit In November

Nepal is a landlocked country in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, home to Mt. Everest and suffused with an air of peace, spirituality and adventure. This Hindu nation shares its borders with India and can be reached easily for adventure as well as peace seeking alike. The average temperature in November here is 15°C, with a clear blue sky and lots of long days for hikes, treks and other mountaineering. The Kukur Tihar Nepal Dog festival and Nepal International Beer Festival are some of the highlights of this month. 

People come to Nepal to conquer Everest, but you may have different goals. While trekking and hiking here are sure some of the best things to do, you may also like walking up trails with a small backpack and sooting music. There are a number of trails for novices as well as seasoned trekkers. Poonhill Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek and Manaslu are for seasoned trekkers. For those who are learning, there is Mera Peak. A luxury flight over the white frosting peaks of Himalays can also be arranged for you. Another must-visit is Bardia National Park, as well as Chitwan National Park . There are great fishing, boating and mountain climbing opportunities in Pokhara town. You can also go mountain biking in Kathmandu Valley, and see Pashupatinath Temple, Temple of Kumari, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and Durbar Square in Kathmandu. Patan , the second largest town of Nepal is also a tourist attraction with its stupas dating back to BC.

Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport is Nepal’s major International airport. Mumbai , Delhi , Lucknow etc ply regular flights to Kathmandu. Or you can drive from Sunauli-Bhairawa border of Varanasi or Raxaul-Birganj crossing from Patna or Siliguri -Kakarbhitta crossing from Darjeeling . Trains from Raxaul can be boarded to Sirsiya in Nepal. Once in Kathmandu, you can hire cabs or take their local buses for internal commute.

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20 Best Places to Visit in November in the USA & Abroad

Many of us envision hectic Thanksgiving travel in November and don’t even consider taking a trip. But the best places to visit in November in the USA and Europe still have fall foliage and festivals.

If you’re looking for where to go in November for warm weather , choose from one of the island destinations below or head to the Southern Hemisphere for beautiful Spring travel.

There are some killer bucket list destinations that are truly the best places to travel in November. For more Fall travel inspiration, also check out the Best Places to Travel in October .

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Best Places to Visit in November in the USA

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree, California in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 69F (20C) / Low 43F (6C); 1 rainy day

Joshua Tree is the 11th most visited US National Park. The temperature is where to go in November for hiking, rock climbing, and the most spectacular star gazing.

The cooler temperatures are perfect for hiking the park’s numerous trails. Don’t miss the iconic hikes to Barker Dam, Hidden Valley, or the challenging Ryan Mountain for breathtaking vistas.

Get off the beaten path and wander through interesting cactus like the Cholla Cactus Garden, beautiful lakes and unique landscapes.

The park is a mecca for rock climbers, with cooler weather making it safer and more enjoyable for climbers of all levels.

Expand your experience by glamping in a boho styled airstream or relaxing by the pool in your remote, stylish vacation home rental.

Joshua Tree is renowned for its dark skies and star gazing. Bring your telescope or join a ranger-led astronomy program for an unforgettable celestial experience.

Over the course of a weekend, you will have an experience that is so relaxing and different than the rest of California.

HOTEL : AutoCamp Joshua Tree (9)

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Palm Springs November

Palm Springs, California in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 79F (26C) / Low 52F (11C); 0 rainy days

Another California favorite, Palm Springs adds a completely different spin to your desert getaway with bright midcentury decor and tons of things to do. November is still warm enough to enjoy California weather by the pool.

If you’re a golf fanatic, Palm Springs is a golfer’s paradise with many world-class golf courses. Have fun playing a round or two in some of the best desert landscapes.

Relax and rejuvenate at one of the city’s renowned spas or wellness resorts. Soak in natural hot springs or indulge in a therapeutic massage.

For a fun half-day trip, take the 10 minute trip to the top of the San Jacinto mountains on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway where you will find expansive Coachella Valley views along with tons of hiking trails.

One of the most popular tours is a San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour to see the geology of California earthquakes.

You can also take an architecture tour, stroll down Palm Canyon Drive for galleries and shopping, and indulge in one delicious restaurant after the next.

HOTEL : The Paloma Resort (9.3) or one of the Best Boutique Hotels in Palm Springs

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Things to do in Healdsburg

Sonoma Valley, California in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 66F (19C) / Low 41F (5C); 6 rainy days

One of the best times of year to visit Sonoma Valley is harvest time in the fall. While the dates of grape harvest changes every season, there are seasonal activities like special tastings, fall dining menus, and music festivals.

There are so many fun things to do in Healdsburg , one of the absolutely coolest places to visit in Sonoma County. While wine is a top priority in this part of California, it’s also a great places for active pursuits.

Book a stay in one of the best hotels in Healdsburg to be close to great restaurants and activities. Downtown Healdsburg has some of the most notable eateries in Northern California.

Take a Healdsburg Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour through town to try a variety of food pairing and meet some local chefs and wine makers.

Visit the wild and beautiful Sonoma coast, go horseback riding, hike beautiful trails through the redwoods and hang out in charming California coastal towns . You will fall in love with the low key version of California Wine country.

HOTEL : Montage Healdsburg (9.2)

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Bucket List USA Sedona Arizona

Sedona, Arizona in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 68F (20C) / Low 41F (5C); 2 rainy days

Sedona, Arizona is absolutely one of the best places to visit in November in the US. This picture perfect city is home to some of the best hiking in the country.

Sedona is known for its spiritual healing. Connect with your mind, body, and spirit at a Chakra Yoga class or experience the unique energy on one of the best Sedona vortex hikes .

Another can’t miss hike in Sedona is the Devil’s Bridge Trail , which is a moderate hike to a natural rock bridge, that offers stunning views of the surrounding red rock formations.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, Sedona has more than 250 miles of single track with breathtaking views and challenging terrain, for mountain bikers of all levels,

An Outback Jeep Adventure Tour is a more laid back way to explore the area’s beautiful landscapes and learn about its history.

And with sunny weather in the mid 60s, it’s the perfect place to escape the cold this Thanksgiving. L’Auberge de Sedona   even offers a special Thanksgiving dinner for those looking to enjoy a traditional holiday meal.

Be sure to sign up for the annual 5K Turkey Trot to work off those calories, take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad , and go for a scenic drive through Sedona . If it’s not already, Sedona should absolutely be on your Arizona Bucket List .

HOTEL : Enchantment Resort  (8.8)

Best Places to Visit in November USA New York City

New York, New York in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 55F (12C) / Low 42F (5C); 7 rainy days

New York City is one of the best places to visit in November in the USA. Catch the exhilarating  New York City Marathon , typically held on the first Sunday in November. Join the cheering crowds as runners tackle the city’s five boroughs.

Autumn is a perfect time for a leisurely stroll or a horse-drawn carriage ride through  Central Park  to witness the breathtaking fall foliage. The park’s vibrant hues provide an Instagram-worthy backdrop for nature lovers.

As November progresses, embrace the chilly weather by lacing up your skates at Rockefeller Center or Central Park’s Wollman Rink . Get a birds-eye-view of the city at the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Experience .

On November 11th, you can pay your respects to those who have served in the U.S. military at the  Veterans Day Parade . Then celebrate the holiday season at the  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade  with larger-than-life balloons making their way through Manhattan’s streets.

The Big Apple’s holiday markets at Bryant Park’s Winter Village and Union Square are great places to pick up unique gifts and sample artisanal foods.

Part of the allure of visiting New York City any time of year is to see a Broadway show and indulge in the city’s diverse culinary scene.

We also love New York in September for the amazing fall buzz and December for all the traditional holiday activities like seeing the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular.

HOTEL: Nine Orchard (9.4) or the TWA Hotel for a retro travel experience

Best Places to Travel in November Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 67F (19C) / Low 53F (11C); 4 rainy days

Autumn is peak season in Charleston. The weather is temperate, it’s one of the lowest rain months and late fall foliage adds to the beauty.

While not as dramatic as northern destinations, Charleston’s trees begin to display vibrant autumn colors in November, making it a picturesque time for walks in parks like Hampton Park and Waterfront Park.

Johns Island County Park is another colorful spot during the Harvest Festival complete with Bluegrass bands and Carolina barbecue.

On a 3 day Charleston itinerary visit Magnolia Plantation for a step back in time and a great place to see fall color.

Charleston’s cobblestone streets and historic homes are easily explored on foot. Another fun way to see the city is a Historical Downtown Tour by Horse Drawn Carriage .

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the long established Charleston City Market and dine at all of the delicious restaurants.

If weather permits, a nice way to end the day is on a Charleston Harbor Sunset Cruise . See the city from a different vantage point on a romantic cruise of the South Carolina shoreline.

BEST HOTELS : The Pinch Charleston (9.7), or The Spectator Hotel (9.4)

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Best Places to Travel in November Hawaii

Hawaii in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 83F (28C) / Low 79F (26C); rainy days vary in location

Hawaii is the best place to travel in November for warm weather. It’s warm and sunny, but not too hot, and there are fewer crowds than in the peak summer months. It’s also a great place to do a big family reunion for Thanksgiving.

For nature lovers, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must-see. The park is home to two active volcanoes, and you can hike through lava fields and see steam vents.

Sail the Nā Pali Coast and drive the Road to Hana to see lush rainforests, waterfalls, and stunning coastal views. Or hike Waimea Canyon , also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

If you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation, Poipu beach on Kauai is a great choice. The water is calm and clear, making it perfect for swimming, stand-up paddleboarding , and snorkeling.

But surfing reigns supreme in this island paradise whether you learn to surf at Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach or watch the big wave Pros, one of the best things to do on North Shore Oahu .


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Where to Travel in November in Europe

November in Croatia

Croatia in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 63F (17C) / Low 53F (11C); 10 rainy days

November is a great time to travel to Europe – the weather is mild, the crowds are gone and the prices are lower. And, of course, there’s the added bonus of seeing some stunning fall foliage.

Plitvice Lakes National Park is a great day trip from Zadar and one of the most beautiful places in the world at any time of year, but it’s especially stunning in November when the leaves are changing color, framing the cascading waterfalls.

Dubrovnik Old Town is one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in Europe and it’s simply stunning when surrounded by autumn leaves. Do a Game of Thrones tour and walk the historic city walls on your Dubrovnik itinerary .

Croatia island hopping is typically a summer activity, but getting out on the water for a day trip is a great way to explore islands like Hvar and Brac, while witnessing the spectacular beauty of the Dalmatian coast.

The Istrian Peninsula is another great option for fall travel and a must on a Balkans Itinerary . It’s known for its truffles and Malvasia wine, and you can also celebrate the Croatian holiday of St. Martin’s Day (called Martinje) on November 11th.

Experience the early festivities of Advent in Zagreb , with charming Christmas markets, ice skating rinks, and seasonal decorations throughout the city.

Croatia is a delightful November destination in Europe filled with cultural experiences, natural beauty, and culinary treats, offering a quieter but equally enticing adventure.

HOTEL : Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik (9.4) or one of the Best Boutique Hotels in Dubrovnik .

Best places to visit in November Iceland Northern Lights

Iceland in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 39F (4C) / Low 31F (0C); 12 rainy days

The Nordic country of Iceland is an ideal November destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with its glaciers, geysers, and waterfalls.

In November, the average temperature is 40°F, which makes it cold enough for ice caves to be safe but warm enough that you won’t be completely freezing.

There’s plenty to do on a 7 Day Iceland Ring Road Itinerary starting in the capital city of Reykjavik. Explore museums, cozy cafes, and vibrant street art. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in Icelandic cuisine like lamb stew or skyr.

Visit the famous Golden Circle attractions, including the Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park, which are less crowded in November.

Soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon while surrounded by a winter wonderland. The contrast between the warm waters and chilly air is truly rejuvenating. from exploring the world-famous Blue Lagoon to sampling the local cuisine.

Don’t miss the Icelandic music scene at the Iceland Airwaves Festival at the beginning of the month.

And with its long days and short nights, Iceland is the perfect place to experience the Northern Lights. Plan your visit around a new moon for best views of the aurora and stay for 3-4 days to maximize your chance of seeing them.

HOTEL : The Reykjavik EDITION (8.8) or one of the Best Boutique Hotels in Reykjavik

Prague Czech Republic Best Places to go in November

Prague, Czech Republic in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 47F (8C) / Low 38F (3C); 6 rainy days

November in Prague offers a unique blend of cultural delights and festive experiences. Start your visit with a Walking Tour of Prague Old Town to soak in the city’s rich history and stunning architecture.

The crisp autumn air makes it the perfect time for exploring iconic landmarks like Prague Castle , Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square without the summer crowds.

Music enthusiasts will be thrilled to attend the Prague Sounds Festival , featuring world-class classical, jazz, hip hop and electronica performances.

For food and wine connoisseurs, St. Martin’s Wine and Food Festival is a must, showcasing Czech wines and delicious cuisine. Whisky aficionados can savor their passion at the Whisky Life Prague Festival , a delightful exploration of fine spirits.

As November progresses, the city transforms into a winter wonderland with the onset of Prague Christmas markets , where you can shop for unique gifts and savor traditional treats.

For seasonal favorites, don’t miss the Nutcracker and Swan Lake ballet performances at the Prague State Opera or Broadway Theater.

As one of the best places to travel in November, Prague promises a blend of culture, culinary delights, and entertainment, making it an enchanting time to visit this beautiful European gem.

HOTEL: The Grand Mark Prague (9.4)

Best Places to Travel in November in Europe Tallinn Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 39F (4C) / Low 30F (-1C); 16 rainy days

Tallinn, the charming capital of Estonia, is one of the best places to travel in November in Europe.

The first place to wander around is Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, a picturesque labyrinth of cobblestone streets and medieval architecture.

Kadriorg Palace hosts art exhibitions and cultural events, providing a glimpse into Estonia’s artistic heritage. Don’t miss other historic sites like Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on Toompea Hill.

One of the best things to do is cozy up in one of Tallinn’s many charming cafes or do an Estonian Food Tour. Try warming drinks like glögi (mulled wine) and indulge in Estonian pastries, like kringel (cinnamon bread).

Or, embrace the Estonian tradition of saunas. Many local spas and wellness centers offer soothing sauna experiences to beat the November chill.

The highlight of the month is a visit to the fairytale Tallinn Christmas Market , ranked as one of the top in Europe, located in the Town Hall Square adorned with fairy lights and a towering Christmas tree.

It typically opens in late November offering Estonian holiday treats, handcrafted gifts from local artisans, and a pop-up ice rink for skating.

Whether you’re strolling through historic streets, savoring seasonal treats, or immersing yourself in the holiday spirit at the Christmas market, this Estonian gem provides a delightful European getaway during the fall-to-winter transition.

HOTEL: Nunne Boutique Hotel (9.8)

Candelaria Canary Islands

Canary Islands, Spain in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 75F (24C) / Low 64F (18C); 4 rainy days

With average highs of 75F, the Canary Islands are a great place to escape the chilly weather of Northern Europe.

November is actually one of the best months to visit, as it’s still warm enough for sunbathing and watersports, but not too hot.

It’s the best month for surfing or sand boarding the dunes in Gran Canaria. Check into an all-inclusive Gran Canaria Hotel and just focus on having a blast.

The Fuerteventura Kite Festival is also held in November, making it the perfect time to visit if you’re looking for some fun in the sun. Golfers will also find plenty to keep them busy, as there are several world-class golf courses on the islands.

And if you’re looking for some adventurous hiking or a thrilling cable car ride, Teide National Park on Tenerife is well worth a visit. While visiting also check out the Rambla de Castro coastal walk in Puerto de la Cruz .

So whether you’re looking to escape the cold or just enjoy some sunny weather, the Canary Islands are definitely worth considering. It’s one of the best weekend breaks in Spain.

HOTEL : Royal Hideaway Corales Suites (9.4)

Best Places to Travel in November Abroad

Best Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora Tahiti

Bora Bora, Tahiti in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 81F (27C) / Low 71F (21C); 9 rainy days

Of all the places to go in November, the stunning paradise of Bora Bora may be the most romantic. Bora Bora is renowned for its  luxurious overwater bungalows , and November offers a perfect blend of pleasant weather and lower rates. 

Awake to crystal-clear waters beneath your villa, and relish the ultimate tropical escape. Spend your days relaxing or taking advantage of numerous fun activities like paddleboarding, kiteboarding, or jet-skiing in the calm, warm waters. 

Explore the vibrant underwater world of coral reefs teeming with tropical fish and even the occasional manta ray. 

Or embark on an unforgettable adventure by snorkeling with sharks in the Bora Bora Lagoon . Experienced guides ensure safety while you get up close and personal with these majestic creatures.

On land, visit the famous Matira Beach , known for its soft white sands and serene turquoise waters, or discover Bora Bora’s lush landscapes by taking a 4×4 safari tour or hiking to the island’s viewpoints.

In the evening, bask in beachfront dinners at local restaurants or private dining experiences under the stars.

Bora Bora in November is a tranquil haven where you can bask in the beauty of nature without the peak-season crowds. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, fun, or romance, this tropical paradise has something to offer every traveler.

HOTEL : Conrad Bora Bora Nui (9.3)

Bahamas Beaches

Bahamas in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 81F (27C) / Low 74F (23C); 6 rainy days

November is the Bahamas sweet spot and one of the best places to travel in November. It’s after hurricane season and before the holiday rush.

The weather is warm and the water is calm, making it ideal for swimming, snorkeling, or simply find your zen on the beach.

With over 700 islands and cays, the Bahamas are a paradise for island hopping. Explore the unique cultures and landscapes of different islands, from bustling Nassau to the tranquil Out Islands.

The Bahamas are renowned for their stunning beaches. Relax on the powdery white sands of Cable Beach, Pink Sand Beach in Harbour Island, or the pristine beaches of the Exumas.

There are plenty of epic things to do in Exuma . You can go swimming with pigs or sharks, snorkel at Thunderball Grotto, relax on a perfect white sand beach or kick back and grab a drink with locals.

Savor delicious Bahamian dishes like conch fritters, cracked conch, and Bahamian stewfish at local eateries and beachside shacks.

The crystal-clear waters are also perfect for exploring vibrant coral reefs and underwater caves. There are great dive sites in the Bahamas and Caribbean including Andros Island’s Blue Holes and the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.

You can’t pick a better place to go in November if you want a beachy vacation.

HOTEL : Grand Isle Resort & Spa

Best Places to Travel in November Pyramids of Giza

Egypt in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 77F (25C) / Low 59F (15C); 3 rainy days

Step back in time to the land of Pharaohs and pyramids like you’ve read in books about Egypt . Visiting Egypt is a trip of a lifetime and it is absolutely one of the best places to travel in November.

The weather is cool and dry, making it the perfect time to explore the Pyramids of Giza and the Valley of the Kings .

Take a Nile cruise nile cruise on the Oberoi , the ultimate in luxury, to Aswan and visit the colorful Nubian villages.

Resort areas like Sharm El Sheikh or Hurghada have world-class diving and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea. November offers excellent visibility and warm water temperatures.

If you’re feeling adventurous, explore the stunning desert landscapes of Egypt with a safari to the White Desert, Black Desert, or the Sinai Peninsula, where you can hike, camp, or take a camel trek.

No matter what you do on your Egypt itinerary , you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience when you visit Egypt in November.

HOTEL :: The St Regis Cairo (8.9)

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Where to go in November Salalah Oman

Oman in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 86F (30C) / Low 69F (21C); 0 rainy days

If you are wondering where to go in November to explore the diverse and captivating landscapes, look no further than Oman. 

Start your journey in the capital city, Muscat, where you can visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque , the Royal Opera House, and the bustling Mutrah Souq.

Discover Oman’s rich heritage by visiting historical forts like Nizwa and Bahla. Or take a day trip to the famous Bimmah Sinkhole or Wadi Shab gorge, where you can swim in crystal clear turquoise water.

With pleasant weather, there are a variety of other active pursuits available. Head to the Wahiba Sands or the Empty Quarter for thrilling dune bashing, camel rides, and stargazing in the tranquil desert.

November’s mild temperatures make it an excellent time to hike in the stunning Al Hajar Mountains, specifically the Jebel Akhdar region, known for its terraced farms and picturesque villages.

If you don’t mind the heat, explore the lush Dhofar region during the Khareef season, from June through  September , bringing cooler temperatures and transforming the desert into a green oasis. 

Either time of year, relax on Oman’s pristine beaches, such as Salalah’s coastline in the south, and enjoy water sports or unwind by the sea.

Oman offers a perfect blend of cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, and natural beauty, that makes it a great new destination to add to your list.

HOTEL: Six Senses Zighy Bay (9.2)

New Zealand best places to visit in November

New Zealand in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 63F (17C) / Low 55F (13C); 6-10 rainy days

While New Zealand is an incredible destination year round, Spring and specifically November is the absolute best time to visit.

November is the peak of New Zealand’s spring, and you can witness breathtaking displays of blossoms. Don’t miss the iconic Taranaki Rhododendron & Garden Festival or the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust.

There are so many things to do that Campervanning New Zealand is the ideal way to explore. Visit the Kaikoura Peninsula for whale watching or the Otago Peninsula for a chance to see rare yellow-eyed penguins.

Another fun thing to do is explore New Zealand’s wine regions, like Marlborough and Central Otago, and savor their renowned wines.

From the small town of Paihia at the top of the North Island to Stewart Island off the Southernmost tip, there is adventure and beauty everywhere.

Don’t miss Milford Sound, Mount Cook , Glacier County, Rotorua, Queenstown, Auckland and of course the beaches and cute towns.

HOTEL : Azur Lodge (9.8)

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Best Places to Travel in November Sydney Opera House

Sydney, Australia in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 74F (23C) / Low 60F (16C); 3 rainy days

November is an ideal time to explore Sydney, Australia, as the city embraces the spring season with pleasant weather and outdoor activities.

Surf’s up at  Bondi Beach . With its turquoise waters and white sand, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most popular beaches in Australia and one of the best places to go in November for perfect weather.

Take the breathtaking  Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk , which offers stunning views, rock pools, and plenty of photo opportunities.

If you’re in the mood for some culture, visit the  Art Gallery of New South Wales,  with over 10,000 works of art on display or catch a world-class performance at the  Sydney Opera House , a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Embark on a  Day Trip to the Blue Mountains  for a guided experience at Scenic World, an opportunity to see the famous Three sisters rock formation, encounter native Australian animals, eat a delectable lunch, and a ferry ride back to Sydney Harbor. 

When spending  3 days in Sydney  in November, you can even catch the beginning of a summer Christmas season Down Under. 

HOTEL : Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour (8.8)

Best Places to Travel in November Chiang Mai Lantern Festival

Chiang Mai, Thailand in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 86F (30C) / Low 65F (18C); 4 rainy days

Yi Peng , the biggest Lantern Festival in the world and one of the events Thailand is famous for , will be celebrated at the beginning of November in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Thousands of lanterns light up the night sky, and people release beautiful flower-filled rafts onto the Ping River.

Chiang Mai is known for its stunning temples. Visit Wat Phra Singh, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and Wat Chedi Luang to admire their intricate architecture and serene ambiance.

On your trip to Chiang Mai, make sure to see Tha Phae Gate built in the 13th century. It’s one of the most visited Thailand landmarks in Chiang Mai and they have live music on Saturday nights.

Venture into the lush mountains surrounding Chiang Mai for trekking adventures. Explore hill tribe villages, enjoy jungle hikes, and witness breathtaking waterfalls. You can also go zip-lining or do a Ping River Night Kayaking Trip .

Sample delicious northern Thai cuisine at local markets and restaurants. Don’t miss khao soi, a famous regional dish. Foodies can learn how to make delectable dishes at a Thai cooking class too.

Chiang Mai is just one wonderful location on a Thailand itinerary .

HOTEL : Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai (9.3)

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Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina in November

Average temperatures and rain: High 76F (24C) / Low 62F (17C); 8 rainy days

Buenos Aires is all about experiencing the joys in life. Enjoy the cafe culture and take in the beautiful architecture.

Spend some time at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires . It’s a must-see for any art lover, and the Cantera Eva Peron is a great place to learn about Argentine history.

Enjoy the pleasant spring weather by strolling through Buenos Aires’ beautiful parks and gardens, such as the Bosques de Palermo and the Jardín Botánico.

For something truly unique, head to La Boca , where you can see brightly-colored houses and street art.

Festivities include Dia de los Muertos at the beginning of the month and Feria de Mataderos , the traditional gaucho fair showcasing Argentine culture, with folk music, dance, crafts, and delicious street food, every Sunday.

As the birthplace of tango, immersing yourself in this passionate dance form by taking classes or watching a mesmerizing performance at La Ventana .

Savor Argentina’s world-famous beef in local steakhouses known as parrillas. November is also a great time to enjoy traditional Argentine barbecue at outdoor asados.

There are also great things to do with kids in Mar del Plata, the coastal area with beaches, for sunning, surfing, paddle boarding and kite surfing.

HOTEL :: Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires (9.2)

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21 comments, snk creation.

Thank you for the introduction of a range of information that is very interesting to see in this article. I like your content.

Merel van Poorten

This is such a great list! Many of the places are deinitely on my bucketlist!

So glad you enjoyed it!

I’m Just dying to go to the Bahamas xx I am loving the vibe of this post 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

– Marina W

Thank you so much!

Allie Mackin

Oh these do sound good! But for a 4 day weekend I will most likely hoping down to Florida. Though this year I will be staying put.

Allie of http://www.allienyc.com

Florida would be really nice for a long weekend in November.

These are all incredibel places. I hope I will visit them one day.


There are so many amazing places to visit in this world.

The lantern fesitval in Chiang Mai looks so beautiful and romantic. This definitely goes onto my list! And look at that white sandy beach at the Bahamas, gosh I need a beach vacay again urgently lol.

I completely agree. I’ve wanted to go to the lantern festival forever. Next year for sure!

This is such a great roundup dear. Iceland is just breathtaking.

Thank you. Iceland is one of those places to visit at different seasons for a completely different, equally amazing trips.

Michelle Tucker

These are all such great ideas. Too bad the kids are in school in November!!

I know, right!

I’d love to go to Iceland and bring my dog, who’s an Icelandic Sheepdog, lol.

Jennifer Effortlessly Sophisticated

How funny! They have the best sheep and horses in Iceland. Your dog would have friends 😉

Kelli Nordhus

Seriously! Your descriptions and your photos are just outstanding! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Thanks so much Kelli!

wow! All thee places are beautiful, would love to visit them all.

While I was making the list, I was ready to hop on a plane 😂

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Zelenskyy says the world cannot wait until the US election in November to take action to repel Putin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the world must not wait for November to drive back Russia’s offensive against his country

WASHINGTON -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Tuesday that decisive action must be taken before the U.S. presidential election in November to repel Russia's offensive against his country, using an address on the sidelines of the NATO summit to press for greater support during a pivotal but tumultuous stretch in America's political calendar.

“It’s time to step out of the shadows to make strong decisions to act and not wait for November or any other months to descend. We must be strong and uncompromising all together," Zelenskyy said.

Speaking in Washington four months before an election beset by new uncertainty following President Joe Biden's shaky debate performance , he aimed his message at Republicans, whose NATO-adverse leader looks to be in an improving position to win back the presidency.

The president of the United States, Zelenskyy added, must be “uncompromising in defending democracy, uncompromising against (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and his coterie.”

Zelenskyy has proven to be an adept navigator of international relations in defense of his war-ravaged country, publicly cajoling and sometimes loudly complaining to get the military assistance it needs to defend itself against Russia.

This latest trip to Washington came against the backdrop of a fresh commitment of aid — Biden earlier Tuesday announced that dozens of air defense systems will be sent to Ukraine by NATO allies — but also ahead of an election that could yield a change in power. Zelenskyy said he hoped the race would not yield a policy overhaul.

The Ukrainian leader sought to minimize the potential fallout of a Donald Trump victory, who is a NATO skeptic and has criticized the Biden administration's support for Kyiv during Russia's war in Ukraine. Zelenskyy spoke at the Reagan Institute, named after Republican icon Ronald Reagan, and his appeal for support was directed at an audience of GOP heavyweights that included Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Zelenskyy will meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

“I hope that if the people of America will elect President Trump, I hope that his policy with Ukraine will not change,” Zelenskyy said in a question-and-answer session with Fox News host Bret Baier after his speech. “I hope that the United States will never go out from NATO."

Otherwise, he said, “the world will lose a lot of countries” that "count on America.”

Zelenskyy, who will have a separate meeting with Biden on Thursday, said he doesn’t know Trump well but had good meetings with him when he was president. He noted, however, that they did not go through the Russia-Ukraine war together, and only during a shared experience like that can one understand “if you can count on somebody or not.”

As president, Trump was impeached in late 2019 by the House of Representatives after pressuring Zelenskyy to announce an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter, while withholding $400 million in military aid to Ukraine. Biden at the time was mounting a campaign to run against Trump in the 2020 election. Trump was ultimately acquitted by the Senate.

Despite the fresh aid announced Tuesday and the warm embrace he received from the Republican-dominated audience at the Reagan Institute, Zelenskyy finds that his most coveted prize — membership in the military alliance — remains elusive. The European and North American countries making up NATO are in no hurry to admit Ukraine, especially while it is engaged in active hostilities with Russia that could drag them into a broader war.

Zelenskyy, who was feted as a champion of democracy in Washington in the aftermath of Russia’s 2022 invasion but was forced to plead his case for aid to U.S. lawmakers just last year, found himself once again in the American capital as bridesmaid.

At the NATO summit, he is trying to navigate a turbulent American political landscape as Biden tries to show his strength on the world stage and ability to keep leading the alliance's most important member, despite post-debate uneasiness among some fellow Democrats about his capacity to serve another four years.

Trump, meanwhile, has criticized allies for not hitting defense spending goals and raised concerns in Europe about continued U.S. support for NATO and Ukraine. His Republican supporters in Congress were responsible for a monthslong delay in U.S. military assistance, which allowed Russia to gain ground against Ukraine's depleted forces.

At a rally Tuesday night in Florida, Trump again sought to take credit for the number of NATO member countries now meeting defense spending targets, saying that when he first addressed NATO members as president, “nobody was paying.” The striking increase, however, came only after the Ukraine war began and when Biden was president.

The stakes for Zelenskyy, meanwhile, have never been higher. On Monday, Russia unleashed its heaviest bombardment of Kyiv in almost four months and one of the deadliest of the war, which leveled a wing of Ukraine’s biggest children’s hospital.

Against that backdrop, Biden announced that the U.S. and other NATO members will send dozens of air defense systems to Ukraine in the coming months, including at least four of the powerful Patriot systems it has been desperately seeking to help fight off Russian advances in the war.

In the coming days, Zelenskyy will hear a chorus of support from countries that have poured weapons into his country, despite the recent damaging U.S. and European lags in greenlighting more aid.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, whose country is the second-richest in NATO, says “Germany stands unwaveringly by the side of the Ukrainians, especially in these difficult times.”

But an invitation to join the alliance is not in the cards even as Russia’s latest strikes have galvanized support for Ukraine. NATO will not admit a new member until the conflict is resolved.

Instead, it will present Zelenskyy with what officials are calling a “bridge to membership.” That is supposed to lay out specific tasks, including governmental, economic and rule-of-law reforms, that Ukraine must fulfill to join.

Many in Ukraine see NATO membership as the only way to protect against future Russian aggression if the war ends. But the yearslong conflict, which has cost thousands of Ukrainian lives, has left many frustrated and skeptical that their country will ever join the Western alliance.

While Zelenskyy has largely been a successful politician on the world stage, he struggles to maintain his popularity in Ukraine, which has decreased in part because of persistent questions about corruption, analysts say.

AP writers Hanna Arhirova in Kyiv, Ukraine contributed to this report.

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