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
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.
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St. Augustine, Florida
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 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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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.
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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
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.