Autumn can range from beach weather in Los Angeles to puffy coat temperatures in Aspen, while it’s always warm and sunny in the Caribbean and the Hawaiian Islands. Pleasant temperatures and fun events make it ideal timing for a visit to Scottsdale, Austin, and New Orleans. If you’re considering a getaway before the end-of-the-year holidays, even if it’s just for a long weekend, we have some suggestions for you. Here are 11 of the best places to travel in November 2022. By Patricia Doherty
Dive into the holiday spirit with some of the best places to travel in November
In San Miguel de Allende, Dia de Los Muertos celebrates the lives of those who have departed with parades and costumes, and in Natchez, an event brings art to a historic inn. Autumn in New York City is always beautiful, and travellers can choose to visit later in the month of November to get into the holiday spirit with ice skating rinks, Christmas trees, and decorations showing up around Thanksgiving.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Located in Mexico’s Sierra Central Mountains about 200 miles from Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende is one of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best cities. The UNESCO World Heritage Site’s atmosphere, architecture, restaurants, and artistic style make it a great place to visit year-round. In November, its celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is among the most exciting in all of Mexico, with the five-day La Calaca festival, Catrinas Parade, and colourful makeup and costumes. At the elegant Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, professional makeup artists are available to turn faces into beautiful skulls, while many guests enjoy the festivities and city views from the Luna rooftop bar.
Pleasant weather makes November a perfect time to be outdoors in Scottsdale. There are new hiking trails to explore, plenty of golf courses to choose from, and with temperatures in the sunny 70s, there’s still time to relax by a hotel pool. This year, the annual waterfront event on the Arizona Canal — Canal Convergence — celebrates its tenth anniversary from November 4-13 with the theme “Celebrating 10 Years of Water + Art + Light.” The free public art festival features large-scale works by international artists, family-friendly activities, performances, music, workshops, and food. A range of places to stay includes The Hotel Valley Ho, Mountain Shadows Resort, and ADERO Scottsdale, set above the Sonoran Desert in a Certified Dark Sky Community.
With cooler temperatures, November is the best time to explore Egypt’s fascinating and extraordinarily well-preserved temples, pyramids, and monuments. From Cairo’s pyramids, Sphinx, and bustling city to Luxor’s Valley of the Kings and ancient temples, the Nile is the centre of thousands of years of history. This November celebrates 100 years since the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter and his benefactor Lord Carnarvon. After years of delays, the Grand Egyptian Museum near Cairo is scheduled to open in November. Viking’s Pharaohs & Pyramids cruise is the perfect way to see these marvels in comfort, with the newest ships on the Nile and Egyptologist-guided tours to make the experience engaging and meaningful.
New Orleans, Louisiana
November brings comfortable weather and exciting events to New Orleans, including Thanksgiving weekend’s Bayou Classic college football rivalry. The Caribbean Carnival Bayou Bacchanal celebrates Caribbean culture, cuisine, and music on November 5 in Crescent Park. The New Orleans Film Festival will be held from November 3-8 at various venues. At the National WWII Museum, “Expressions of America,” a sound and light show, opens November 11. The nighttime spectacular, presented by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, combines music, special effects, and wartime correspondence from the Museum’s collection — an experience that is sure to be exciting, educational, and emotional. Stay at the Higgins Hotel on the museum’s campus, the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot, the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans, the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, or one of the many other lovely hotels in the city.
Located in the western Caribbean, the Cayman Islands comprise Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. The largest, Grand Cayman, is home to Seven Mile Beach and snorkelling destination Stingray City, located about 25 miles (40 km) off the island’s shore. Visit the capital city of George Town for art galleries, duty-free shops, restaurants, and museums. Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park features a lake, garden, and rare blue iguanas. Nonstop flights on Cayman Airways are available from New York, Miami, Tampa, Denver, and starting November 5, Los Angeles. Stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, or Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa.
New York, New York
In November, New York City is the perfect combination of autumn and winter, embellished by fall colours in Central Park and, as the month progresses, holiday decorations throughout the city. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, and the New York City Marathon are popular November events, and Broadway shows are once again in full swing. With so many places to stay throughout the city, consider the convenient Conrad NY Midtown, Pendry Manhattan West, Hard Rock Hotel, or the Ritz-Carlton NY Central Park.
Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
Come November, there’s a definite chill in the air in Aspen Snowmass, and there might be flurries by the end of the month. Take advantage of this time for hiking, mountain biking, or exploring the towns of Snowmass and Aspen for shopping, dining, and nightlife. Stay at the newly renovated Viewline Resort Snowmass with its slopeside location, heated outdoor pool, and Lupine Spa, or at pet-friendly Wildwood Snowmass in the same complex. One Snowmass offers two, three, and four-bedroom luxury vacation rentals. In Aspen, The Little Nell is a classic with its popular Ajax Tavern and convenient location. Look for non-stop flights or Denver connections to Aspen from major cities. From Los Angeles or San Francisco, you can take a private jet-style trip to Aspen on Aero.
Los Angeles, California
The air is clear, and there’s still pleasant weather for the beach, a hike, al fresco dining, or whatever you choose to do in LA. Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos on Olvera Street where you can also shop, listen to mariachi music, or dine at an outdoor cafe. LA’s rooftops are especially inviting in November, and you can choose the buzzy Rooftop at JG at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the Rooftop at The Wayfarer, Spire 73 at the Intercontinental DTLA, Agua Viva at the new Conrad Los Angeles, or many others around the city. Dine poolside at the Hotel Figueroa’s La Casita, or at the Canopy Club at Culver City’s Shay Hotel. The Los Angeles Auto Show returns this year from November 18-27. The Enchanted Forest of Light opens on November 20 and continues until January 8, 2023.
This fast-growing city is a great destination in November as the weather cools. The Austin Film Festival is set for October 27-November 3, billed as one of the top festivals in the country. Foodies will want to visit for the annual Austin Food + Wine Festival from November 4-6, with some of the nation’s top chefs, sommeliers, and winemakers. Another entertaining event is the Austin Celtic Festival from November 5-6, featuring music, dance, storytelling, and Scottish Highland Games. Stay downtown at the Thompson Austin in the heart of the entertainment district or at the creative tommie Austin. Also downtown, The Driskill has welcomed guests for more than a century.
The oldest city on the Mississippi, Natchez is a walkable example of small-town America. More than 500 historic buildings, pre-Civil War mansions, and over 1,000 structures on the National Register of Historic Places make it an interesting place to visit. Allumer Natchez (November 11-12) will feature local and national artists in a contemporary exhibition on the grounds of the Dunleith Historic Inn. You can see even more of the Mississippi River, including a stop at Natchez, on a Viking Mississippi River Cruise.
The “Big Island” of Hawaii is the largest, youngest, and most diverse of the islands. The dry Kona Coast, lush Hilo, black-sand beaches, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park provide much to see. Places to stay vary from luxurious resorts to AirBnbs. The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai offers a range of accommodations from guest rooms to suites and multi-bedroom villas. Golf, swimming, and a variety of experiences are available at the resort. Also on the sunny Kohala Coast, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort feature two golf courses and a variety of accommodations.
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