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25+ Awesome Places to Visit in the US During Fall!


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Thinking about the best places to visit in the US during the fall puts an immediate smile on my face. That’s why we decided to create this guide. However, we couldn’t have done it without the help of some pretty awesome people.

We reached out to experts and the result is this—the ultimate USA fall travel guide that will help you plan that perfect getaway this year, next year, and beyond.

This post is part of our blog’s series on US Travel. It was originally created on August 17, 2017. It has been maintained and updated, as of September 22, 2019.

Places to Visit in the US During Fall

Blue Ridge Parkway

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is hands down our favorite road to drive and easily makes our list of best places to visit in the US during fall. From south to north, it stretches from Great Smoky Mountain National Park on the North Carolina-Tennessee border.

You can ride it through Asheville all the way up to through the Shenandoah Valley to Rockfish Gap, near Charlottesville, Virginia. The Parkway’s roads twist and turn for 469 miles through beautiful mixes of green, orange, and red.

We’re not done yet discussing the Blue Ridge Parkway in this post but also created one especially for it here.

California

Julian

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Alexa, 52 Perfect Days

Head one hour east of San Diego to Julian, in the Cuyamaca mountains. It is my favorite Southern California town to visit in fall. The town’s history is tied to the 1870s gold rush and today it continues to celebrate these roots.

This is a small town with an old-fashioned feel; you’ll find an Alpaca on the corner waiting for parents to let their kids take a ride and a local theater company called Desperados that put on a bank-robber gun show/play.

More Julian Fun

While in Julian you can take a gold mine tour, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride and visit the many stores that dot Main Street. In fall, you can’t visit Julian without enjoying a slice of apple pie. The town is famous for apple pies and apple cider.

There are many apple pie shops in town all making their delicious desserts from apples grown in nearby orchards. If you have time and the appetite, enjoy a slice of pie from different locations and try as many as possible!  

Delaware

Fifer Orchards

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Not too far from Dover in Camden-Wyoming, Fifer Orchards is an awesome place to visit in the US during fall. Throughout the year, you can visit their country store and buy something delicious and grown right around the corner.

However, during autumn, this place really livens up. You can enjoy U-Pick Apples, a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and tons more fun during Fall Fest Saturdays. We loved our time there and even interviewed a person with a long connection to it here. 

Florida

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Charles McCool, McCool Travel

Much of the USA is wonderful to visit in autumn. Crowds are light, the weather is cooler, and fall festivals are everywhere. It is one of my favorite times of the year to visit Florida. Days are still hot/warm but evenings and early mornings are coolish.

Hurricane season is over (mostly) and snowbird season is a few months away. Skeeters are nonexistent. It is a fun time to visit! One year in mid-November we did a family vacation to a theme park and rode a popular ride over and over and OVER again with no wait. A much better experience than in the summer!

Dunedin

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Melody Pittman, Wherever I May Roam

Florida isn’t all theme parks & beaches; we actually have four distinct sunny travel seasons and one of the best places to visit in the US during fall. I love visiting Dunedin, a cute little town on the Gulf Coast, and sister city to Stirling, Scotland. 

Dunedin boasts an adorable downtown with boutiques & local eateries, while the Pinellas Trail (cycling and walking.) runs through it. When we aren’t eating, drinking, or photographing this beautiful city, we attend the Art Harvest Show & Sale (juried art) in November.

Of course, we also drive to Tampa for NFL football games. Kayaking to Honeymoon or Caladesi Island State Parks is a must. Nearby Safety Harbor & Clearwater are fun day trips.

Georgia

The North Georgia Mountains

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Karon Warren, This Girl Travels

The North Georgia Mountains offer many activities to enjoy during the fall season. For instance, head to Ellijay in Gilmer County—also known as the “Apple Capital of Georgia”—to pick your own apples.

In Dawsonville, see if you can find your way through Uncle Shucks Corn Maze, or enjoy a hayride at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm before choosing a pumpkin for your jack-o’-lantern.

Try some of the local wines in Dahlonega, or shop for holiday gifts at the annual Gold Rush Days Festival. No matter where you roam in the North Georgia Mountains, you’re sure to enjoy the gorgeous fall colors dressing up the trees.

The Grand Canyon

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Bella, Whisper Wanderlust

After admiring it in so many American films, I decided to visit the Grand Canyon and enjoy its enormity and uniqueness in real life, as well. Therefore, I had to include it in the itinerary of a 10-day trip to the West Coast of the US in the fall.

When I saw the place where the geological processes have made a unique combination of sizes, colors, and structures, I was left speechless. The beginning of autumn, to me, is the perfect season to visit The Grand Canyon.

That’s because you have the beautiful harmony of the colors of the vegetation and the rocks, as well as for the perfect temperatures, ideal for exploring the long, beautiful trails.

Massachusetts

Ipswich

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Izzy, The Next Somewhere

Nothing proclaims the advent of fall more than a trip to the apple orchards in Massachusetts to pick your own apples!

There’s something about the rustic red farm surrounded by piles of hay bales and the rickety pickup trucks carting families to the vast expanses of orchards that have trees brimming with succulent Galas, tart Honeycrisps, and lip-smacking Granny Smith apples that are just so… autumn.

Russell Orchards in Ipswich is my go-to orchard. Why? Because they have more than ten different varieties to choose from and you can even go home with apple wines and ciders and apple cider doughnuts pulled fresh from the fryer!

Michigan

Traverse City

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Sue Reddel, Food Travelist

Traverse City, Michigan is a terrific place to see the beautiful changing fall colors. It’s also a destination that is a food traveler’s dream. Whether it’s fine dining or more casual fare that suits your fancy they have it all.

Don’t forget to try the sweets from the Grand Traverse City Pie Company and top-rated Moomer’s Ice Cream. Area wineries, craft brewers, and local meaderies are also abundant and delicious.

While you’re there be sure to check out the nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Beautiful spot for nature walks, bird watching and just enjoying the scenery.

Minnesota

The Boundary Waters

Cassie Dufon, Wandering With Coffee

The Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota has got to be the best kept Autumn secret. This area is mostly reserved for camping with only a few lodges to stay in. Just bring your tent and your gear and stay to soak in the best part of autumn! Minnesota, in general, boasts an incredible fall experience.

For starters, there’s cooler weather perfect for sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, as well as vibrant trees across the state. The Boundary Waters are the perfect place to stay if you want an adventurous and outdoorsy Autumn experience.

My recommendation is to visit Front Porch Coffee & Tea to pick up a warm coffee before wandering among the trees for the rest of your visit.

New Hampshire

White Mountains

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Frank Parrott, Nothing but New England

Fall in the White Mountains of New England is a wonderful myriad of colors.  With the leaves of the numerous variety of trees changing from their summer green to everything from vivid yellows to fire-engine reds,  it is no wonder why these mountains of New Hampshire are so popular. 

Hikers, bikers, and families on day trip drivers all have the ability to see Mother Nature work her magic. Of course, being a hiker, I am a little biased and will say that hiking the White Mountains in the fall is the best.  

The cool crisp air makes for perfect hiking conditions.  Reach a summit of one of the 48 four thousand foot mountains, and you will be treated to views you just can’t get from driving in a car.

New Jersey

The Jersey Shore

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Erin, 10 Miles Behind Me

Summer may be ending, but it’s the perfect time of year to head to the Jersey Shore. The crowds are gone and the beach is your own. There are also lower home rental prices than during the busy summer season.

Most recommended are the beach towns of the southernmost county in NJ—Cape May County: Ocean City, Sea Isle, Stone Harbor, Avalon, and the town of Cape May itself. Visit Cape May Brewery, climb the Cape May Lighthouse, tour Margate’s Lucy the Elephant, rent a bike to ride on the boardwalks, or relax with a novel on the beach—even if you have to wear long-sleeves.

Check restaurant hours in the fall as some will shut down for the season or be open solely on weekends when winter gets closer.

New Mexico

Santa Fe

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Billie Frank, Santa Fe Travelers

After spending most of my life in the Northeastern United States where fall is a riot of glorious colors, fall in the Southwest took some getting used to. The aspen, Northern New Mexico’s most common native deciduous tree, turns yellow in fall giving the hills above Santa Fe a glorious golden mantle.

Lots of people drive up Hyde Park Road to view and photograph the mountain foliage in the Santa Fe National Forest. Finding a parking place can be challenging, but it’s well worth the effort. If you want to see the foliage from above, ride the chairlift at Ski Santa Fe. Peak viewing season is early to mid-October.

New York

The Finger Lakes

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Karen, Wanderlustingk

The Finger Lakes in Upstate New York are one of my favorite fall destinations. It’s a five-hour drive from New York City to Ithaca, however, the Finger Lakes are the perfect weekend road trip to enjoy the beautiful leaves turning!

The Finger Lakes are not surprisingly shaped like fingers, but they’re surrounded by lush forest and rolling hills.  In the rolling hills, a wine tour of this region is a must for Riesling lovers as this region produces New York’s best wine.

There’s nothing like enjoying the stunning views of the lakes and the changing colors with a glass of wine!

North Carolina

Linville Falls

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There are numerous overlooks along the way where you can sit and relax when it’s not too crowded. Among the more prominent stops along the way, our favorite has to be Linville Falls.

You can take a short hike to a couple of overlooks or embark on the more difficult Plunge Basin Hike. Crowds will come from all around, driving the Blue Ridge Parkway but if you can get out early, you should be able to pull off some people- and car-less photos of those beautiful tree-covered roads and walkways.

Linville Falls is also home to some of our favorite fall hiking trails in North Carolina! We’ve also mentioned exploring the mountains of North Carolina as one of our favorite fall things to do there

The Outer Banks

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Many people will come to North Carolina to see the Blue Ridge Parkway and the mountains, but there are some pretty fun things to do on the coast, especially in the Outer Banks. Grab some Duck Donuts and hang out at one of the many beaches nearby, soaking in some sun and having a dip or two in the beautiful water.

Hopefully, you get a chance to witness the sunset from somewhere nice, and my personal favorite place has to be Jockey’s Ridge State Park, where you can watch from one of its beautiful sand dunes.

Spend at least a weekend in the Outer Banks and you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy Jockey’s Ridge and more! 

Ohio

Southern Ohio

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Hallie Bradley, The Soul of Seoul

Growing up in Ohio, I didn’t really appreciate how beautiful autumn there is here. Then again, I didn’t have much to compare it to. Having been up, down and all around the world now, I can undoubtedly say that Autumns should ONLY be spent in Ohio if you want to see true fall beauty.

The leaves change colors that you didn’t think possible and the corn stalks that have browned are turned into mazes to run through. Pumpkin fields are open for autumn hunts and bonfire aromas waft down the avenues. Ohio is what you picture when you picture quintessential autumn.

Oregon

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Sarah & Nathan, Discover the Pacific Northwest

With a year-round temperate climate and an abundance of natural beauty, the state of Oregon in the Pacific Northwest is a great destination almost year-round. The gray and rainy months of January and February being the exception.

However, our personal favorite time to visit Oregon is in September and October. When you think of the beach you probably think summertime, but Oregon’s spectacular coastline is actually best in the fall months. That’s because there’s usually a gloriously warm and dry Indian Summer.

If you head to north and central Oregon you will be treated to scenic drives which take you past impressive waterfalls with a backdrop of fall colors. For wine lovers fall in the Willamette Valley is heaven.

Experience the excitement of harvest time while tasting some of the best wines in the world produced in over 500 wineries.

Pennsylvania

Laurel Highlands

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Laurel Highlands is a region in Pennsylvania that’s long been one of Christina’s favorite places to visit in the US during fall. That’s because she grew up paddling the Youghageny and hanging out in Ohiopyle State Park.

We’ve been back in recent years and can still say this is a pretty awesome area to visit. Stay at a wonderful place like Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and you’ll love everything about this part of Pennsylvania, too. 

You can read more about our stay at Nemacolin and stay tuned for more about Laurel Highlands!

South Carolina

Charleston

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I’d definitely recommend visiting Charleston, South Carolina at any time of year. Fall is the best for beach lovers because temps are still pretty warm even through the end of September.

I’m a big fan of the city’s historic district and plantation homes and think they’re worth a visit throughout the year. I’ll say one thing to keep in mind is the city’s history, especially regarding slavery.

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget the backstory and thankfully, many places in Charleston are doing better to inform people about the city’s African-American story.

Bill Murray and Charleston

On the brighter side, be on the lookout for Bill Murray. He has a house in Charleston and likes to mingle in various local hotspots and he’s part-owner of the Minor League Charleston Riverdogs.

I still haven’t found him and use that chase as another excuse to continue revisiting the Holy City, if not for the awesome places to eat in Charleston (beyond shrimp n’ grits), laid-back vibes, and everything else that makes it so great for an October holiday and beyond for a fall vacation.

Vermont

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Tara Schatz, Back Road Ramblers

If you’re a back road traveler, you won’t want to miss October in Vermont. Leaf peeping is a serious activity in these parts, enticing visitors from near and far to come witness the car-crashingly beautiful colors that paint the mountains and valleys across the state.

Actually, the whole of New England is pretty gorgeous through October, but I’m partial to my home turf. In fact, as much as I love to traverse around the country, you will always find me in Vermont in October. 

Mother Nature in Vermont

The main attraction is Mother Nature, but towns, villages, cities, and rural communities go all out as well. As you travel Vermont’s back roads, you’ll find fresh cider doughnuts, colorful farm stands, autumn festivals, craft breweries, and live music.

This is, after all, our last big hurrah before winter sets in. Early October is the best time to see color in the mountains, followed by a stunning show in the valleys a week or two later. I’m partial to Southern Vermont, particularly the towns of Bennington, Manchester, and Wilmington.

Here’s a weekend road trip that will turn you into an official leaf peeper, and make you fall in love with the not-so-green mountains of Vermont.

Virginia

Shenandoah National Park

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Julie McCool, Fun in Fairfax VA

October is THE month to visit Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and the surrounding Shenandoah Valley, as Fall foliage emerges and cooler temps replace summer humidity.

The park is ideal for both active hikers and folks who prefer easier access to nature. Virginia visitors can soak in forest and mountain views from 75 overlooks along the winding 105-mile long Skyline Drive.

Hikers will find even more dramatic vistas on short trails or a long stretch of the Appalachian Trail. Skyline Drive can get busy with Fall leaf-peepers, so plan to slow down and take your time. Happily, that’s the best way to spot deer, bears, and other wildlife, too.

We spent a weekend in Front Royal, which isn’t too far from Shenandoah. about why it’s one of our favorite places to visit in the US during Fall.

West Virginia

Huntington

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Although we moved away after many years living in West Virginia, Christina and I occasionally go back to our former home and back to Huntington.

It’s a small town that’s filled with wonderful people. There are also cool places to go here in the fall. Our favorites include Ritter Park, Beech Fork State Park near Lavalette, and the campus of Marshall University (Go Herd!)—sorry, WVU fans.

I could also go back just to have a meal or twenty at Fat Patty’s, Black Sheep, or any of Huntington’s other culinary options.

Guest author Alexis Stewart also shared five great brunch restaurants in Huntington!

Morgantown

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Morgantown is another awesome place to visit in the US during the fall. There are lots of fun things to do in Morgantown, even a Monday. However, autumn is even better.

If the Mountaineers are playing away from home, check out fun outdoor spots like the Cheat River or Cheat Lake. Of course, there’s the awesome Coopers Rock State Forest.

Sit on Coopers Rock during fall and fall back in love with those beautiful West Virginia hills, if you haven’t already. This is one awesome place to visit in the US during the fall.

If you see how we spent a weekend in Morgantown, you’ll definitely fall in love with this awesome city! 

Wisconsin

Northern Wisconsin

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Hannah Lukaszewicz, Getting Stamped

If you ever find yourself in Wisconsin and have checked out all the Milwaukee attractions already, just head north on US Highway 41. We love going to the cabin in Minocqua.

It’s a great place to escape the city for a long weekend in the fall. In the fall it’s amazing to see all the trees changing color, the fresh air, refreshing temperatures, caramel apples, and microbrewery pumpkin beer.

There are a ton of lakes in northern Wisconsin, great for a long scenic drive or getting out on the water yourself. 

Our Thoughts and Yours

I’m so excited to check out more awesome places to visit in the US during fall. However, I am pretty happy with what we’ve got here!

Still, there are quite a few spots that we hadn’t even thought about visiting and would love to know your thoughts on it.

Did we leave out any places to go in the US that you’d like to add? Let us know in the comments section below. We’d love to hear about it!

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11 Best Places to Visit in The USA in November

Looking for the 11 best places to visit in the USA in November? We have rounded up several tourist spots in the country to see which of them would make the cut.

November in the USA marks the start of their best climate in most parts of the country. It is also time for Thanksgiving, as well as the time when kids are back in school and adults are back to work. Known as a lean season, hotels and other accommodations follow suit and have lower rates these days.

11 Best Places to Visit in The USA in November

September is also a great time to travel around the USA, as it is also among the months included in the lean season, when hotel rates are at their lowest. We have also compiled the 11 Best Places to Visit in the USA in September.

Which places in the USA made it to the list of the 11 best places to visit in the USA in November? First, we found most often recommended places to visit in the fall, and then used their average November weather and the festivals that take place in their areas to determine which of them takes the top spot. Let’s check them out! 

11. Plymouth, Massachusetts

Average November weather: 33°F-54°F (1°C-12°C)

No annual festivals, but plenty of places to see

If you are a big fan of history, make this place a mandatory part of your itinerary. Plymouth was the venue of the very first Thanksgiving gathering. Apart from a historical tour, there are also many things to do in Plymouth. There are outdoor living exhibits, free concerts, and festivities honoring Thanksgiving as well. There are hotels with lower rates in November, but you can also try spending your holiday in a cabin for a new experience.

11 Best Places to Visit in The USA in November

10. Lake Tahoe, California

Average November weather: 28.4°F-50°F (-2°C-10°C)

No annual festivals, except the jumpstart of ski season

If you have always wanted to experience snow, Lake Tahoe is the place to go. It has 100 inches of skiing paradise which you can enjoy. Since November is a lean season for this place, you can enjoy skiing without the crowd, to have a better feel for the fun. Hotel room rates are also lower in November because of lesser tourists.

11 Best Places to Visit in The USA in November

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9. Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Average November weather: 34°F-61°F (1°C-16°C)

3 November events

Fascinated by autumn? See the lovely fall color changes in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It is also home for patriots, religiously celebrating Veteran’s Day every year in November. You can also opt to have a different Thanksgiving celebration here, as they also have the “Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show”. Jump start your holidays with their “Festival of Trees”, which also happens every November.

11 Best Places to Visit in The USA in November

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8. Santa Barbara, California

Average November weather: 50°F-69°F (10°C-20.55°C)

No annual festivals, but tons of tourist spots

Up next on our list of best places to visit in the USA in November is Santa Barbara, which is one of the few USA cities with a lovely climate every season. Its climate paved the way for the vineyards yielding most of the finest wines in the area. November is the best time to see the place, as fine dine restaurants bring out their best wines just in time for a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner. You can also visit Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Zoo, and Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Have fun shopping on State Street, too.

11 Best Places to Visit in The USA in November

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7. Las Vegas, Nevada

Average November weather: 59°F to 62.6°F (15°C to 17°C) 

Plenty of festivals, events, and shows

The Sin City as many people know it, Las Vegas has a lot of shows and events all year-round. Its weather is ideal for tours, as it is not too hot and not too cold. What makes November a great time to visit Vegas is the low hotel prices before the crowd arrives the following months. They also have great festivals every November, including the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival.

11 Best Places to Visit in The USA in November

6. San Francisco, California

Average November weather: around  55.4°F (13°C) 

Many festivals

We are continuing our list of best places to visit in the USA in November with San Francisco, which is a clear winner amongst all the famous cities in America. It has a great weather all year round, and is ranked #5 in Best Places to Visit in the USA. San Francisco is great whatever season, and has several tourist spots to boot—Golden Gate Bridge being the most visited. They also have quite a lot of festivals in November, including the acclaimed Napa Valley Film Festival and San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Festival.

11 Best Places to Visit in The USA in November

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5. Texas

Average November weather: 50°F-72°F (10°C-22°C)

3 events and festivals to enjoy

Texas has one of America’s best climates every season. The home of the cowboys, who sure know how to have a good time, even in November when other states already struggle with winter. Texas has what they call the “Tour the Texas Renaissance”, an eight-week theme park that runs every day. They also celebrate several festivals in November, such as the Austin Celtic Festival and the Wurstfest. The festivals and the fantastic weather sure make Texas one of the 11 best places to visit in the USA in November.

11 Best Places to Visit in The USA in November

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4. Hawaii

Average November weather: 70°F-86°F (21°C-30°C)

1 event and tons of tourist spots

Known as America’s paradise, the beautiful Hawaii prides itself of great beaches and a lovely weather all year long, no matter the season. While November might be a little rainy on the island, the historical and cultural tours you can enjoy will surely make your stay worthwhile. They also celebrate the Kona Coffee Festival in November.

11 Best Places to Visit in The USA in November

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3. Florida

Average November weather: 59°F to 66.2°F (15°C to 19°C)

Many festivals

We know Florida as a great summer destination, but it is perhaps an even better fall destination. In November, Florida has the lowest chances of rain and also has America’s most bearable climate. In addition, the several fun festivals it hosts in November makes it a simply great holiday destination. These festivals include Festival of the Masters, Space Coast Art Festival, and Osceola Art Festival.

11 Best Places to Visit in The USA in November

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2. New Orleans, Louisiana

Average November weather: 54°F-72°F (12°C-22°C)

Tons of food festivals

Whether you are a lover of the nightlife or of American history, you are sure to have a great time in New Orleans, that’s up next on our list of best places to visit in the USA in November. They have plenty of nightclubs you can go to for an authentic New Orleans experience. Thanksgiving in New Orleans is also a great thing to experience, as they have started a modern tradition called the “turducken”. They also have plenty of food festivals in November including Treme Creole Gumbo Festival and Oak Street Po-boy Festival.

11 Best Places to Visit in The USA in November

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1. Savannah, Georgia

Average November weather: 66.2°F to 73.4°F (19°C to 23°C)

20 fall festivals

Love fall? Savannah has lovely color changes you can watch in November. The weather is also great for walking around and enjoying the place, as it is warmer than most states in winter. Fall is also said to be the best time to visit the area, as it is generally warm and humid. With 20 fall festivals happening, it surely is among the best places in the USA to visit in November. Festivals include Bacon Fest, Pin Point Seafood Festival, and Savannah Craft Brew Fest.

11 Best Places to Visit in The USA in November

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In looking for the perfect place to visit in November, remember to take the weather and the fun into consideration before making your itinerary. Get an idea from this list, choose one from the 11 best places to visit in the USA in November.

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The Best U.S. Cities for Fall Travel


Even bears prefer Chicago during the autumn.

“It’s cooler, the trees on Michigan Avenue are turning colors, and it’s a great time to visit Brookfield and Lincoln Park zoos,” said Lillian Polz, the head of a Chicago marketing firm. “The animals that were lethargic during the summer — like the bears and big cats — are all in their best winter coats and are much more lively.”

Related: America’s Best Fall Foliage Drives

No doubt, the crisp air and vibrant fall foliage can put a spring in your step. And for travelers, autumn offers added incentives: summer crowds have dissipated, hotel rates have wafted downward, and in many cities, the best local experiences are ready to shine. In San Diego, California, you can find the most summery temperatures of the year, along with emptier beaches and better surf. In Portland, Oregon, you can taste the city’s famed microbrews at their fresh-hops best. And in Orlando, Florida, you might get downright teary-eyed at the significantly shorter lines for Space Mountain.

Then, of course, there’s the seasonal scenery. “Santa Fe is at its most beautiful and arresting in autumn,” said Melissa Carl, who does cultural excursions with Curious Oyster Seminars. “The weather remains brilliant, and the changing of the leaves makes for an almost sublime experience. A quick drive up to the Santa Fe ski basin, when all the aspens are in color, is like living in a Georgia O’Keeffe painting.”

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Best Places to Travel in December


Editor’s Note: Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure.

This eventful year is coming to an end, and a vacation might be the best way to bid farewell to 2020. If you’re a fan of winter activities anticipating snow, crisp temperatures, and a mountain getaway, think about Breckenridge, Colorado where you’ll find holiday festivities as well as great skiing. Also located in picturesque mountains with cozy places to enjoy winter weather, we have Lenox, Massachusetts in the Berkshires and Highlands in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

If you prefer a summerlike climate for your end-of-the-year escape, consider Miami, Puerto Rico, or Los Cabos and picture yourself sunning on the beach or poolside with a cocktail in hand. The Hawaiian Islands are favorite winter destinations, and this month we’ve focused on Lanai and the Big Island. The Republic of Maldives also offers a number of socially-distant vacation opportunities in exclusive resorts or individual villas.

Closer to home for most of us, Palm Springs is mild in December and a great place for shopping or relaxing. Las Vegas is entertaining any time of year, and hotels, casinos, and restaurants are open with COVID-19 guidelines in place. Whatever your reasons for looking forward to the last month of 2020, I’m hoping you’ll end this year with a trip on your schedule.

These are the 11 best places to travel in December.

Related: More winter vacation ideas

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14 Fall Vacations to Take This Year

We understand the impulse to hunker down in the fall—crisper temperatures and sweaters just pulled out of storage beg for weekends spent cozying up inside. But fall is a great time to plan a getaway, whether that looks like a long weekend at a cabin or a road trip designed to burn up the vacation days you didn’t use this summer. The weather’s ideal from the Northeast to Texas; seasonal produce is rejuvenating outdoor dining menus; and the changing of leaves is enough to make the cynics among us want to hit the roads and ogle. The summer crowds have also thinned, meaning you can more comfortably visit well-loved spots without the stress of unexpected mass gatherings. 

With a little research (namely, into local travel restrictions and CDC recommendations), an assessment of your personal comfort zone, and a bit of travel inspo (see below), there’s a trip for everyone this season. And hey, we all deserve a change of scenery now more than ever. Read on for 14 of the best fall vacations to take this year, in every bit of the U.S.—and just beyond. 

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Best Places to Travel in November

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Many of us travel in November for Thanksgiving but everyone is usually heading home. Since our whole family lives in Los Angeles, we always know we will be staying put for Thanksgiving. Come Friday though, we are eager to take advantage of a 3 day weekend, which is why you’ll find a some of our favorite California destinations that are perfect for a short trip. If you love to travel, and you have the time, there are some killer bucket list destinations that are truly the places to be in November. For more Fall travel inspiration, also check out the Best Places to Travel in October.

Best places to travel in November 

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Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is the 11th most visited US National Park. The temperature is perfect in November for hiking, rock climbing, and the most spectacular star gazing. This is the place to get off the beaten path and wander through interesting cactus, beautiful lakes and unique landscapes. Expand your experience by glamping in a boho styled airstream or relaxing by the pool in your remote, stylish vacation home rental. Over the course of a weekend, you will have an experience that is so relaxing and different than the rest of California. Stay: Joshua Tree Tiny Home

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Palm Springs

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. 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. 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. Stay: Parker Palm Springs

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Sonoma Valley

One of the best times of year to visit Sonoma Valley is harvest time in the fall. While the actual picking of grapes changes every season, there are seasonal activities like special tastings, fall dining menus, and music festivals. One of the best reasons to visit Sonoma is that there are so many things to do and wine is just one of them. Visit the wild and beautiful Sonoma coast, go horseback riding, hike beautiful trails through the redwoods and hang out in charming little towns. You will fall in love with the low key version of California Wine country. Stay: H2hotel

Related Post: A Local’s Guide to the Best California Coastal Towns

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Hawaii

Hawaii is always a good idea and the weather is pretty similar year round. November is considered to be the rainiest, cheapest, and least crowded month but we went to Maui one year to celebrate Thanksgiving with our whole family and never saw one drop of rain. Kauai is another family favorite with the incredible Waimea Canyon and beautiful Poipu beaches. November is also the beginning of Big Wave surfing season at north shore Oahu. Catch of of the Pro surfing events at the end of the month. Stay: Turtle Bay Resort

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Bahamas

November is the Bahamas sweet spot. It’s after hurricane season and before the holiday rush. For anyone living on the east coast, it’s a quick jump over to paradise. If you head to the Exuma Islands, 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. There are also great dive sites in the Bahamas and Caribbean overall. Stay: Grand Isle Resort & Spa or Sandals All Inclusive Resort

Related: 10 Things to Do in Exuma Including Swimming With Pigs

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Iceland

November is the perfect time to see the Northern Lights, the beginning of ice cave season and catch the Icelandic music scene at the Iceland Airwaves Festival November 13-14, 2020 (happening online this year). In November the average temperature is 40°, which makes it cold enough for ice caves to be safe but warm enough that you won’t be completely freezing. 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. Stay: Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre

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Egypt

Step back in time to the land of Pharaohs and pyramids. We were lucky enough to do this trip of a lifetime in October and would definitely recommend Egypt as one of the best places to travel in November when the weather cools a little. Egypt is filled with more incredible monuments than anywhere we’ve ever been. Make sure you get to Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan. One of the best ways to enjoy the sights from Luxor to Aswan is a nile cruise on the Oberoi, the ultimate in luxury. Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

Related Post: The Best 7 Day Egypt Itinerary & 15 Egypt Travel Tips You Need to Know

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New Zealand

While New Zealand is an incredible destination year round, Spring and specifically November is the absolute best time to visit. There are so many things to do that a Campervanning New Zealand is the ideal way to explore. 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, Glacier County, Rotorua, Queenstown, Auckland and of course the beaches and cute towns. Stay: Eichardt’s Private Hotel

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Sydney

Flying into Sydney takes your breath away. That first glimpse of the world’s prettiest harbor is only a preview of the wonderful city below. In November, spending 3 days in Sydney at the end of Spring, you can hit the world famous beaches, enjoy festivals like Return to Rio, climb the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge and attend an event at the Opera House. You can even catch the beginning of a summer Christmas season down under. Stay: Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour

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Chiang Mai

Yi Peng, the biggest Lantern Festival in the world, will be celebrated October 31 & November 1, 2020 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The photos of lanterns being released into the sky by thousand of people at once are stunning have had this on my bucket list for a long time. While visiting Chiang Mai, you should definitely visit the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. You can play and swim with these amazing elephants that have been rescued from the tourism industry. Adventure seekers can go ziplining and foodies can learn how to make delectable dishes at a Thai cooking class. Chiang Mai is just one wonderful location a 10 day Thailand itinerary. Stay: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

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Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is all about experiencing the joys in life. The Argentine polo season is underway in November. This is the birthplace of Nacho Figueras after all. Ladies, if you don’t know who he is, google NOW! Enjoy the cafe culture, take in the beautiful architecture, spend some time at the museum or theater. Better yet, venture out for a delicious Argentinean steak dinner after your sultry Tango lesson. Spring has sprung in Argentina. There are also great things to do with kids. Enjoy! Stay: Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt 

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6 of the Best Places to Visit in November in the U.S.

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Fall trees with orange leaves. text reads stay select browse our propertiesThe end of autumn brings with it the rich, warm colors of fall, chillier weather, and the start of the holiday season. The best places to visit in November vary from historic Southern cities to snowy villages surrounded by nature. Savor the pleasant temperatures when you travel South to escape the cold. Venture North to get an early start on your favorite winter sports and activities.  How do you picture your fall vacation? It’s possible you see yourself tucked away in the Smoky Mountains, surrounded by a downpour of golden, orange, and green leaves. Maybe you imagine you and your partner standing in awe of a natural wonder and avoiding the inevitable family drama that emerges each year at Thanksgiving dinner.

Whichever road you choose to travel, you’re bound to end up at your dream destination when you decide to stay at one of Select Registry’s renowned properties. Have you always wanted to stay in a luxury cabin or lodge? Perhaps you’d rather indulge your inner history buff by staying in a historic locale. Between your mundane work week and demanding schedule, chances are you’re in desperate need of a getaway. Everyone deserves a vacation from time to time. Now’s the time to embark on yours.

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1. Charleston, SC

One of the best places to visit in the world, Charleston, SC, captures the essence of Southern charm and hospitality. Stroll along cobblestone streets and admire the historic 18th and 19th-century architecture. You can also watch as the sunrise paints the ocean shades of bubblegum pink and fiery orange. Towering church steeples stand out against a cloud-studded skyline and views of the marsh will leave you in awe. In addition to the rich culture and stunning waterfront views, the phenomenal culinary scene makes this city a bucket list place to visit for many. Charleston is the perfect place to visit. November is the perfect time to visit. You’ll beat all the summer crowds and can enjoy the many amazing outdoor adventures without having to endure the scorching, humid heat.

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Where to Stay

John Rutledge House Inn Bed & Breakfast: Stay in one of Charleston’s cherished Colonial homes, built circa 1763, by a signer of the U.S. Constitution, John Rutledge. Share tea, wine, and sherry in the same ballroom where former patriots, statesmen, and presidents met centuries ago. Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, this B&B is the perfect home away from home for your Lowcountry getaway!

2. Santa Barbara, CA

Have you caught yourself humming along to the Mamas and Papas’ “California Dreamin” on a regular basis? Once the cold weather hits, it’s easy to get lost in your thoughts, imagining the warm sun, rolling waves, and sandy beaches of California. Santa Barbara makes the perfect destination for your next fall getaway. This city sits along the Pacific Coast with the Ynez Mountains as a breathtaking backdrop. Tour the inside of an 18th-century mission church. Afterward, taste some of the best wines at highly-acclaimed local wineries. Stunning natural landscapes abound here. Admire the waves crashing against steep cliffs at the Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. Meditate and recollect at a salt cave. You’re in for an experience like no other.

Where to Stay

Simpson House Inn: Situated in downtown Santa Barbara, this elegantly renovated inn boasts award-winning English gardens and stylish decor. Wake up to a gourmet breakfast each morning before heading out for the day. The inn allows guests to sample local wines and hors d’oeuvres in the evenings as well. Rent a bike to check out the area or merely stroll to some of the finest restaurants the city has to offer.

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3. Vermont

While many people are ready to escape the cold weather already, others are interested in seeking out the snow. Venture North, through New England and up to Vermont for peace in quiet among icy landscapes. One of the biggest attractions in the area is the Okemo Mountain Resort! Hit the slopes for skiing, snow tubing, and snowboarding. You can even rent snowmobiles or twirl your way around an ice skating rink. For fans of freezing weather adventures, Vermont is the perfect destination for an early winter getaway!

Where to Stay

Inn at Water’s Edge: There’s no better way to warm up after a long day in the snow than by cozying up by the fireplace. This inn boasts fireplaces in their library, on-site English pub, and a gathering room where guests can relax. A charming ambiance resonates throughout this 150-year-old Victorian estate, making it perfect for a romantic getaway.

4. Carson, WA

Another great option for those fond of snowy adventures is Carson, WA. This stunning destination is home to an array of enticing winter activities! With everything from snowshoeing and skiing Mt. Hood to racing snowmobiles through the powdery dunes, you’re guaranteed to leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Sweeping views of towering treetops and blankets of clean, white snow will you kick off your holiday spirit.

Where to Stay

Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins: Relax, tucked away in the mountains and surrounded by towering trees. Take the time to read a book in nature or gaze up at the stars from a porch swing. Sleep in luxurious bedding in a room adorned with elegant decor. These cabins allow for an ideal escape from reality. You can even request an in-room massage to help restore your energy after a long day playing in the snow!Carson Ridge Luxury Cabin Sunset purple sky with mountains in the background

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5. The Smoky Mountains

Take the non-traditional Thanksgiving route and spend time with your family in the Smoky Mountains. Catch the tail-end of magical fall scenery. Watch as the wind carries colorful leaves from one place another. Admire the contrast of deep reds and burnt oranges against bright blue skies. Explore Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Most importantly, this region provides the perfect backdrop to a memorable family vacation.

Where to Stay

Christopher Place An Intimate Resort: This luxurious bed and breakfast sits among majestic mountains and allows for awe-inspiring views from your window. There’s something mesmerizing about the morning fog that envelops the surrounding trees. Indulge in the delectable dining options on site.  You can also peer out over the mountaintops from a veranda. This property boasts a refined elegance through stylish decor. You’re going to love this dreamy getaway.

6. Santa Fe, NM

Escape from big family dinners and stressful meal planning. Have you always wanted to go to New Mexico? Santa Fe is an ideal destination for those who love perusing art museums and cultural centers.  Ponder the significance of the area’s historic architecture. Then, admire meticulously crafted churches. If you consider yourself a foodie, you’ll feel as though you’re in heaven, surrounded by charming eateries. The unique dining establishments will put a bland Thanksgiving turkey dinner to shame. Celebrating the holidays allows for an unconventionally unforgettable experience full of memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.square architecture of santa fe adboe

Where to Stay

El Farolito: This captivating property captures the essence of New Mexico’s rich culture. Stay in an adobe compound that boasts a vibrant yet sophisticated atmosphere. Spend time admiring the decor that captures and respects the cultures of Native Americans and Central Americans. Located in the heart of the downtown district, you’re just a quick stroll away from the Central Plaza and an array of the best restaurants and attractions in the area.

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When you’re researching the best places to visit in November, be sure to browse all of our properties! You may want to look into different inns or bed and breakfasts in the areas mentioned above. You could also look into different areas that are known for types of experiences. Some experiences may be centered around things like spas and relaxation or the best Black Friday shopping. Take comfort in knowing that when you stay in a Select Registry property, you’re guaranteed the vacation of your dreams.

 

 

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11 Best December Vacation Destinations in the U.S. – Tripping.com Rentals

Whether you want to spend the winter season soaking up the sun or you want to spend the holidays surrounded by snow, there are plenty of vacation destinations within the U.S. Does skiing on down the slopes sound like a great way to enjoy the holiday season, or do you prefer to spend time surfing before trading gifts at your vacation rental? Find out where to go for the best December vacation for your family.

1. Anchorage, Alaska

When you’re craving a winter getaway filled with all things snow and ice, there’s no better vacation destination than Alaska. The Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Winter Train runs from September through May, but December offers a great time to take the ride from Anchorage to Fairbanks. During your stop in Fairbanks, be sure to check out the Aurora Ice Museum, which is constructed of 1,000 tons of ice and snow and stays a frosty 25 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. When you return to your Anchorage vacation rental, be sure to take in the beauty of the Northern Lights during their peak viewing season.

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2. Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii offers low humidity during the winter months, making it the ideal destination for your tropical holiday getaway. Surf conditions are also great in December, so head to Waimea Bay or Sunset Beach to catch a wave. For a more relaxing alternative, consider whale watching on Waikiki Beach or Diamond Head. Expect daytime temps in the low 80s, and bring a sweater for the evenings, when temperatures fall into the mid-60s.

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3. New Orleans, Louisiana

As evidenced by Mardi Gras, New Orleans knows how to throw a celebration, and Christmas and New Years are no exception, making December an exciting month in the Big Easy. The Holiday Home Tours let you explore the gorgeous homes along the French Quarter and Garden District, each decorated to the hilt. Celebration in the Oaks, in City Park, features thousands of lights, and incredible bonfires lit atop the Mississippi River levees on Christmas Eve light the way for Santa.

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4. New York, New York

Few things are more romantic than New York City in December. Visit Bryant Park Winter Village to do some Christmas shopping, and be sure to catch the Rockettes in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, one of the city’s most popular winter attractions. Go ice skating beneath the incredible 78-foot-tall tree in Rockefeller Center, and spend the evening checking out the stunning window displays at classic department stores such as Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.

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5. San Antonio, Texas

While average high temperatures sit in the lower 60s in December in San Antonio, Texas, the city still knows how to celebrate the holiday season. Beginning November 30, the San Antonio River Walk transforms into a spectacular sea of lights, while 1.8 million LED lights and thousands of luminaries adorn the path along the river. As you stroll, listen to the carolers singing from the decorated boats that float along the San Antonio River.

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6. Washington, D.C.

December is a great time to see the nation’s capital, because it’s not peak tourist season, but there are still plenty of attractions to get you in the holiday spirit. See the National Christmas tree, attend the Capital Christmas Tree Lighting, or celebrate the National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the White House Grounds. On Christmas Eve, be sure to check out water-skiing Santa on the Potomac River.

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7. Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is a great place to experience a good ol’ fashioned country Christmas. Catch the Nashville Christmas Tree Lighting in early December, then stick around for the parade that takes place the following day. Experience more than one million sparkling lights at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, as well as real reindeer, carolers, hot chocolate, and s’mores pits, or marvel over the incredible display at The Opryland Hotel. Take in a performance of “The Nutcracker” at The Nashville Ballet, or ride in a horse-drawn carriage at the Dickens of a Christmas festival.

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8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Celebrate Christmas in the City of Brotherly Love. The Macy’s Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City is a must-see that may just become a family tradition. Go ice skating at BlueCross RiverRink Winterfest, then snuggle up next to the outdoor fire pits. Christmas Village is an open-air market that offers plenty of holiday shopping, and the New Year’s Eve Fireworks over the Delaware River Waterfront cap off the month of December.

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9. Las Vegas, Nevada

The City of Lights gets even brighter in December, when the glitzy displays and decorations take a festive turn for the holidays. The Rock ‘N Roll Las Vegas Marathon kicks off the month, while the Las Vegas Bowl, a NCAA football game, rounds out the year. Be sure to check out Mystic Falls Park, housed inside Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, and don’t miss the Lake Mead Christmas Parade of Lights.

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10. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago serves up plenty of family-friendly attractions to help you celebrate the holidays. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo for the annual ZooLights event, where you can enjoy ice-carving demonstrations, a few animal exhibits, and lots of twinkling lights. The Christkindlmarket lets you shop for unique gifts for everyone on your list, while the Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest, an indoor carnival, has rides, games, and Santa.

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11. Aspen, Colorado

Aspen’s peak visiting season falls from December to February, making a holiday getaway an ideal option. Shortly after Christmas, the city hosts a torchlight parade and fireworks, while the 12 Days of Aspen celebration proves to be a favorite among locals and visitors. Beginning annually on December 20 and running through New Year’s Eve, this event features carolers, food, crafts, free ice skating, and so much more.

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