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10 Most Beautiful US Towns To Visit This Time Of Year


Stowe, Vermont (Flickr: My Discovery)

If you’re looking for picturesque foliage this fall to capture on your kid’s Instagram or your own Pinterest account, you needn’t go far. Whether you live on the East Coast and have access to New England or upstate New York, or you’re on the West Coast in proximity to the Pacific Northwest, or even in the most Southern part of the country, you will find spectacular displays of color and natural beauty. Each of the ten towns listed below offer stunning leaves, family-friendly accommodations, activities and things to do for all ages. It’s easy to spend a day or a weekend, jumping in leaves, snapping shots of fall in its glory, picking apples and drinking hot apple cider.

Here are ten of our suggested most beautiful U.S. towns to visit in the fall.

(MORE: 5 Insanely Beautiful US Cities in the Fall)

Stowe is superb in the fall when its mountains, fields and trails come alive with dazzling colorful foliage. It’s also extremely kid-friendly, offering a village for shopping and strolling, galleries, theaters and great restaurants. Kids will love a visit to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Percy Farm Corn Maze and a visit to the Depot Street Malt Shoppe, a 1950’s style soda fountain for families. An adventurous family will enjoy renting bikes and taking the 5.3-mile recreation path, winding through meadows, crossing the West Branch River on 11 arched bridges or the 1-1/2 hour morning paddle downriver to the Maple Outlet in Jeffersonville where you will learn about the process of making maple syrup. There are also local farms and orchards where you can celebrate fall.

Where to stay: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa offers comfort, lovely service, good food, plenty to do and easy access to Stowe’s village – all the ingredients for a great family vacation. If you want a unique family weekend, head to the Trapp Family Lodge, named after the real family from The Sound of Music, for it was where they relocated after escaping Nazi Europe.

Woodstock a 2.5-hour drive from NYC and is a wonderful place to witness fall foliage. The first week of October is typically peak period, and you can observe the leaves either by hiking on nearby mountain trails, like on Temper Mountain, or by strolling through the town’s country village and tapping into your artsy side in its boutiques and crystal shops. If your kids like apple picking, High Spring Orchard and Woodstock Orchards offer pick-your-own apples and also sell apples from their farm stands. If they like train excursions, the family-friendly Catskill Mountain Railroad Scenic Tour is an hour and thirty-minute railroad ride located in nearby Kingston. And guess what? They offer fall foliage train rides!

Where to stay: The nearby Emerson Resort is perched on the edge of a meandering creek, with views of the mountains from every balcony and a family-friendly restaurant on the premises. For something a bit cheaper, head to the Woodstock Inn on the Millstream, where you can get a room with a full kitchen, fireplace and whirlpool tub, as well as free continental breakfast.

Beacon, New York (Flickr: David Brooks)

Located on the Hudson River just 60 miles north of New York City, Beacon is a small town that has a warm feeling that’s sprinkled with art, culture, Victorian architecture, good food, boutique shopping and the outdoors. The town offers a plethora of fall activity including the annual Beacon Waterfront Pumpkin Festival and apple-picking at Fishkill Farms where they offer 15 kinds of apples. While in town, be sure to visit Dia: Beacon, a modern art museum housed in a former Nabisco factory that contains a collection of the Dia Foundation of art from the 1960s to the present.

Where to Stay: The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls is located right on Fishkill Creek overlooking Beacon Falls, just minutes from Mount Beacon and steps away from the heart of Main Street. It hosts 14 chic hotel rooms, two restaurants – one inside, one outside – both facing the waterfalls, a yoga studio and spa.

(MORE: Awesome Late Summer to Early Fall Outdoor Adventures for Families)

Newport is one of America’s great, historic cities; and it shines in the fall, making it the perfect family fall getaway. This is a city whose prime attractions are decadent mansions, and they are stunning when surrounded by colorful foliage. In addition to seeing the leaves, kids will love one-hour narrated cruises around Newport Harbor or a visit to Fort Adams State Park where kids can explore a citadel. Kids will love a ride on Newport’s Old Colony & Newport Railway, a historic ride along the west side of Aquidneck Island. The Newport Exploration Center is a maritime museum for children where kids can learn about sea life. The Newport area is also host to a dozen or so apple orchards such as Rocky Brook Orchard, a family run orchard.

Where to stay: If you have never stayed in a lighthouse, now’s your chance. Lighthouse Inn of Galilee offers harbor side rooms with kid-friendly amenities such as Internet access, an indoor swimming pool, arcade and game room. For something more straightforward, head to the Newport Marriott, with amenities that include an indoor pool, spa, and best of all, proximity to the mansions on Ocean Drive.

Bethlehem is located in Lehigh Valley near the Poconos. It’s a city filled with museums, restaurants, antique shops and things to do. The city comes alive in the fall with ghost tours and harvest festivals. Kids will love nearby Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway that goes from Port Clinton into downtown Jim Thorpe, offering beautiful colors and scenery of the Lehigh Gorge State Park. In nearby Easton, kids will love Crayola Experience, a museum dedicated to some of their favorite creative tools on earth: crayons and markers. With 10,000 square feet of science and technology activities for children of all ages, the local Da Vinci Science Center is another wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

Where to stay: You can’t beat the amount of space and comfort that the Hyatt in Bethlehem offers and it’s a great value. Located in the center of town, you can walk to restaurants, antique shops and galleries. It includes free parking in a covered lot, breakfast is and Wifi.

Vail, Colorado (Courtesy Vail.com)

Vail is gorgeous in the fall, despite the fact this ski town is off-season. Imagine looking down at the fall foliage from a hot air balloon, with a view of the majestic Rocky Mountains, colorful leaves, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Other kid-friendly adventures include zip lining, horseback riding, bike riding, a walk around the Vail Farmer’s Market, fly-fishing and, of course, eating. There is plenty of farm-to-table dining throughout Vail. Scenic drives to fully capture the beauty of the leaves include rides through the Battle Mountain Pass, Red Sandstone Park, Brush Creek Road and Independence Pass.

Where to stay: The Arrabelle at Vail Square is ideal for a family stay. Rooms are spacious and cozy, and the hotel offers unusual touches like pumice stones in the shower, a balcony with a view of Vail, a flat-screen TV, free Wifi and an electric fireplace. Another option is the Lodge at Vail offering murphy beds (great for kids), wood-burning fireplaces and marble bathrooms, plus balconies and mountain views

Hood River, Oregon (Photo Peter Marbach courtesy Hood River County Chamber of Commerce)

Home to some of the most spectacular fall scenery in the Pacific Northwest, Hood River makes for an awesome sightseeing destination. From orchards to agricultural areas around the river, you can grab your hiking boots and step into Mother Nature to see the leaves – along the Indian Creek Trail or Waterfront Park, for example. There is also Mt. Hood Railroad Excursion Train, taking you through the Upper Valley of Hood River, a cruise on the “Historic Columbia River Scenic Waterway” on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler where the colors of the Gorge jump out in their glory, whitewater rafting in the beautiful Columbia Gorge or you can witness the leaves from the air in a glider or airplane. Hood River is also home to fruit farms, the Dalles Farmers Market, vineyards, chestnut farms and stands, all which come alive in the autumn.

Where to stay: Comfort Suites Hood River is an all-suite hotel less than 2 miles from Mount Hood Railroad that offers free WiFi, hot breakfast and parking.

Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend is the perfect place to witness the dramatic fall beauty of Olympic National Park. It’s a great place for a family-friendly hike to see the leaves or stroll through a colorful forest. Public trails surround the town noted by signposts. Your kids may also love taking a boat charter to see the leaves, or biking the Larry Scott Trail to Port Angeles. The city also includes many family-friendly things to do such as the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum, Rothschild House, the Northwest Maritime Center, Fort Warden State Park and Port Townsend Marine Science Center. There are local orchards and farms for apple picking and cider tastings. In addition, the town’s Uptown Historical district is perfect for a stroll on the waterfront.

Where to stay: The Swan Hotel is near the waterfront and Fort Warden State Park and offers rooms and cottages with bay views. Cottages have fireplaces, whirl tubs and patios.

Avalon, California (Courtes Santa Catalina Island Company)

Avalon is a gorgeous enclave on Catalina Island, 22 miles south of Los Angeles surrounding Avalon Bay. It’s a picturesque seaport with so much to do with kids – from Catalina’s Undersea Adventure, zip lining adventures, paddle boarding and boat rides. Fall tends to be more of an Indian summer, meaning you can still take a dip in the ocean and stroll around the island in a tee shirt. The lines are shorter as kids in California are back to school. There are fall festivals and events including JazzTrax, the Catalina Swing Dance Festival, the Catalina Air Show and Catalina Art Festival.

Where to stay: The Catalina Island Inn Hotel offers family rooms with deluxe plush beds and complimentary continental breakfast. Another option is the Hotel Metropole, an upscale hotel that overlooks the harbor and features spacious rooms, perfect for families, fireplaces and onsite shopping and restaurants.

(MORE: Final Fling! 5 Fun Outdoor Escapes with the Kids this Fall)

Known for its beautiful beaches and delicious seafood, but St. Simons Island should be considered in your list of where to go in the fall. Kids will love a visit to nearby Jekyll Island, climbing the local lighthouse, seeing historic Christ Church, taking a trolley ride and going to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The marshlands begin to lose their summer green color by late fall of each year and the contrast of colorful leaves with surrounding beach life is a sight to behold. Take a stroll through Massengale Park or a crisp walk on St. Simons Island Beach.

Where to stay: The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort is a beachfront resort with six swimming pools, a sandy play area and a multitude of activities for kids.

Holly Rosen Fink of The Culture Mom contributed this to MiniTime. She is the founder of Pivoting Media who blogs about her love of culture and travel.

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TOP 10 Best Travel Destinations For November


Autumn is the most spectacular season, a last hurrah before the bitter winds of winter take hold.Pull on your walking boots and head to one of these stunning destinations to witness glorious autumn colors, crunching through the fallen leaves, the dazzling views won’t fail to impress. I present you a list of the best travel destinations for November.

Water Festival, Cambodia

November sees the biggest and most spectacular event of the Cambodian calendar. The Water Festival sees up to a million people flock to the banks of the Tonle Sap in Phnom Penh to watch huge dragon boats race for the honour of their village. Fireworks light up the night sky and the party lasts for three days. The festival marks the changing flow of the river as it randomly reverts to its normal downstream direction. Yes, you did read that correctly – the river flows upstream during the rainy season!



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Maasai Mara, Kenya

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is each year visited by thousands of tourists, who come here to watch the many different wildlife and birdlife species in the reserve. The reserve is especially famous for the high amount of predators, such as lions and cheetah, and the 1.5 million wildebeest which migrate through the Mara and cross the crocodile infested Mara river.



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Tenerife, Canary Islands

During summer, the Canaries are besieged by both serious heat and seriously strong trade winds, which make a mockery of hats and hairstyles.  But by autumn not only will the winds have disappeared and the heat relented (expect 20-25ºC), but the sea will be at its balmiest, after many months’ microwaving.



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Dandenong Ranges, Australia

Aussie autumn doesn’t kick off in earnest until March. And while you wouldn’t usually associate the land of beaches, surfing and summer heat with glorious autumnal color, the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne don’t disappoint. As well as being a national park of breathtaking beauty, the area is also dotted with manicured gardens. The Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens are definitely worth a visit when their lawns are carpeted with fallen leaves and their trees are aglow.



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Bishop Creek Canyon, California, USA

Just because the northeast USA gets amazing autumn colour doesn’t mean you should discount the west coast. California’s inland forests offer a great alternative, with the reds and yellows of fall holding on for longer in the Golden State thanks to its hugely varied elevation. Bishop Creek Canyon is one of a number of great viewing points. Nestled in the Sierra-Nevada Mountains in Inyo County, the golden leaves here look amazing with the rocky hills as a backdrop.



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Lombardy, Italy

Still mild even as the leaves fall, Lombardy in northern Italy is an ideal place to see mainland Europe burst into colour. The native Lombardy poplars, which can be seen across the landscape, turn a bright yellow before their leaves fall to the floor. If you can’t make it to the countryside, Milan’s public gardens offer a great city view of autumn.



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Sutton, Quebec, Canada

Less well known than New England, but the autumn colours here are still spectacular, and the prices for lodging a lot less expensive. Sutton is a great little village with terrific restaurants, cafes and foodie stuff, and with 52km of marked trails where you can hike.



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Kamikochi, Japan

Late autumn is the perfect time to visit Japan: the humid heat and typhoons of the late summer and early autumn are replaced by warm sun and bright blue skies. The light showcases the forests of larch and beech on the mountains in the national parks. I reccomend you the Konashidaira Log Cabins in Kamikochi as a place to stay in. And even if you don’t leave the cities, the beautiful formal gardens Japan is famous for are at their loveliest. It’s a great time of year for climbing and walking too, as the temperature is just right.



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Vermont, New England, USA

It goes without saying that Vermont is one of the most well-known places in the U.S. when it comes to fall foliage—especially in the central and southern parts of the state, the Lake Champlain Islands, areas near Burlington, and in the beautiful Green Mountains.



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New York, NY, USA

Whether you’re planning to venture upstate in search of fall fun or opt to stay in the big city, New York gives you plenty of options. Baseball fans will want to visit Cooperstown, home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, while other outdoorsy leaf-peeping activities include renting kayaks on Lake Otsego or hiking among the gorgeous fall colors at Glimmerglass State Park.



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10 Best Cheap Places to Travel in December


Written by Shandley McMurray
Mar 11, 2019

Let’s face it, nothing’s cheap in December. Between present-buying and that new outfit you must have for the office party, costs creep up quickly during the holidays. Have you ever wanted to escape it all and relax somewhere fantastic without the pressure of endless parties and gift wrapping? We’ve got good news: December is a fantastic month to find travel deals – as long as you’re planning to vacation before Christmas and New Year’s.

Airlines and hotel companies want to fill up their seats (and rooms) prior to the holiday rush, so great bargains abound. From a luxurious beach break to a week spent in the wonderful chaos of Vegas, this list offers an extensive range of vacation spots to suit even the lightest pocketbook.

Trust us, we know just how little there is left after all that holiday spending. The earlier you book, the better the price, so get moving! Plan your trip with our list of the best cheap places to travel in December.

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

Belize Barrier ReefLas Vegas at sunset

Step into the action with a trip to Las Vegas. Known for its unique atmosphere and non-stop buzz, this desert city takes you from New York to Paris, all in one strip. The best part: it’s affordable. The cheapest December vacation on this list, Vegas wants you to visit so much that its hotels offer incredible deals.

Whether you’ve dreamt of staying at the Bellagio Las Vegas, Excalibur Hotel, or MGM Grand Hotel, you’re sure to find an affordable rate in the lead up to Christmas. Book your stay as part of a travel package, and the savings become even more attractive.

While you’re here, make time for a walk along The Strip, a trip to the Mob Museum, and a tour of the nearby Grand Canyon.

2. Belize, Central America

caribbeanDock and palm trees in Belize

Want fun in the sun without a giant price tag? Book a trip to Belize. Do it in December, and you won’t Belize the deals (sorry, we had to)! From exploring Mayan ruins to diving in the Great Blue Hole (a massive marine sinkhole) to snorkeling along the Belize Barrier Reef (the world’s second largest reef behind Australia’s Great Barrier Reef), there’s plenty to do in paradise. Not a big swimmer? Visit the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve for a beautiful hike through pine forests, around waterfalls, and through caves.

Your wallet will welcome the load of extra cash you’ve saved by timing your trip for this perfectly warm (about 82 degrees), relatively dry time of year. Plus, the pristine beaches, dense jungles, and inviting turquoise waters will help you forget about any money (or other) woes.

3. Orlando, Florida

Central America DockLake Eola and downtown Orlando

It may not be the most romantic Floridian destination, but Orlando often offers the best deals, especially during the lead up to the holidays. At this time of year, many of Orlando’s hotels are close to half price. You’ll likely get lucky in the airfare department as well, particularly if you book early.

With all that money you’ve saved, why not treat the kids (and yourselves) to a pre-holiday visit to Disney World, Universal Studios, or Sea World Orlando? Not up for insane crowds and listening to “It’s a Small World” on repeat? Snorkel in Discovery Cove or visit the sloths in Orlando’s Exotic Animal Experience.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Orlando: Best Areas & Hotels

4. Oaxaca, Mexico

curlingMonte Alban ruins

This Southern Mexican city has plenty to offer tourists looking for a good deal in December. Enjoy great savings on hotel rooms and at some local venues as well. Let’s face it, you’re likely heading to Mexico for some sol, so plan to spend quality time poolside.

When you’re not soaking up the rays (while wearing sunblock, of course), Oaxaca boasts a ton of activities to keep you busy and intrigued. Book a bike tour, soak up the history at the ancient ruins in Monte Alban, take a cooking class (who doesn’t love Mexican food?), or visit one of the multiple churches in town. Love museums? Soak up some culture and history at the Museo de las Culturas and Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C. Then, take to the markets in the city’s central square, Plaza de Armas.

Don’t miss Noche de los Rábanos (a.k.a. Night of the Radishes) on December 23. This historic festival began in 1897 and includes fireworks, music, dances, great food, and a competition for the best-carved radish.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Oaxaca

5. Salt Lake City, Utah

disneyView of downtown Salt Lake City at sunset

Whether you’re a ski bum or a culture buff, there are plenty of reasons to visit Utah’s capital. The fact that Salt Lake City is a relatively cheap place to visit during December is another plus. Those who plan to stay in the city can save even more cash by dashing about on public transportation. The Utah Transit Authority has numerous helpful options to get you where you need to go. If you want to ski, though, you’re best off renting a car, which is also cheaper before the holidays.

Founded by Mormons (Latter Day Saints) in 1847, this capital city boasts an impressive Mormon Temple. Only Mormons are allowed inside, but the rest of us can marvel at the architecture from the sidelines. All are welcome to visit the nearby Mormon Tabernacle, a large, domed auditorium that seats over 6,500 and boasts a pipe organ with 11,623 pipes. The famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs here. Bonus: it’s free. Nature lovers and avid hikers won’t want to miss Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Salt Lake City: Best Areas & Hotels

6. Montego Bay and Kingston, Jamaica

Excalibur HotelMontego Bay beach

Looking for an affordable beach destination? It’s time to get jammin’ in Jamaica mon. Both Montego Bay and Kingston are popular vacation spots for those who love to relax. And they both offer great deals in December.

Plonk your body on a beach chair, hike through mountains, snorkel, or chill out by the pool, warm with the knowledge that you saved on both airfare and hotel costs for this trip. Another bonus: with plenty of hotel shuttles and taxis on offer, you won’t need to splurge on a rental car.

An all-inclusive may be your cheapest bet if you don’t want to blow your budget on food. Plus, you’ll have paid all the money upfront, which means you can rest easy and choose anything you’d like from the menu without guilt.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Montego Bay

7. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

KingstonA beautiful beach in Punta Cana

Punta Cana is the place to be if you’re dreaming of somewhere warm, bright, and beautiful. It’s also often a good deal by Caribbean standards, with affordable all-inclusive packages.

Surrounded by turquoise water and white, sandy beaches, this picture-perfect spot on the eastern side of the Caribbean’s Dominican Republic is pretty close to paradise. Adventurers can zipline through the rainforest canopy, windsurf, kiteboard, sail, dive, or snorkel. Not up for all of that? Don’t worry. You can golf, ride horses, walk the beach, or float in the pool.

Another plus? December is the time to catch good deals and weather. This month offers highs of about 85 degrees and less rain than you’ll find from April to November. It’s ramping up for high tourist season, so hotel and airfare prices will be on the more affordable end of the spectrum.

8. St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Las VegasMagens Bay, St. Thomas

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, the U.S. Virgin Islands offer an unforgettable and truly relaxing vacation. Those who visit St. Thomas can enjoy swimming with turtles, snorkeling, or diving in the bright blue ocean, golfing, shopping, and fantastic food – not bad for an island that’s only 32 square miles.

Sadly, a great deal of St. Thomas was damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017. Today, though, much of the island and many of its fabulous hotels are back up and running, looking for visitors to help reboot the tourism industry, which is so vital to their economy. The upside for travelers: cheaper flights, hotels, and restaurants and a chance to help get St. Thomas back on its feet.

9. Stowe, Vermont

New Year's DayStowe, Vermont

While some ski resorts in Vermont offer big savings on lift passes at this time of the year due to run closures, Stowe does not. That’s the bad news. Now for the upside: they don’t have to because they get more snow than most resorts in December and have more runs open for you to ski. Plus, if you book lift passes online at least seven days in advance, you’ll save money no matter when you plan to come.

So, what’s making this a cheap holiday, you ask? The savings come in the form of hotel deals. Rooms in early to mid-December can be over $100 cheaper a night, which leaves you with plenty left over for shopping or lift tickets.

While you’re still soaking up the high from saving your hard-earned cash, take time out to revel in the beauty that is Stowe. Non-skiers will love the spa amenities found in many of the resorts, and the town’s shopping and restaurants are first-class. In addition to the unbeatable skiing and snowboarding, activity seekers can enjoy indoor rock-climbing at Stowe Mountain Resort or ice-skating at Spruce Peak Village.

10. Banff, Alberta, Canada

OrlandoWinter sunrise over Lake Louise

Banff truly shines during its best season – winter. From world-class skiing and snowboarding to snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, skating, curling, and sledding, there’s no lack of outdoor activities in this spectacular village. Those who crave adventure won’t want to miss the Johnston Canyon Icewalk. Conditions can be slippery and dangerous, so it’s safest to book a guide. Want to relax? Book a horse-drawn sleigh ride through snowy meadows or bathe in the Banff Hot Springs.

Skiing at Banff is expensive, no matter when you do it. That said, the longer you ski, the more deals you get, especially in early to mid-December. If you book a “Stay and Ski” package, you’ll notice great savings, including cheaper room rates and discounted lift tickets at three resorts: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort, and Mount Norquay. Banff loves early birds, so the sooner you book, the better the savings. Same goes for your airfare.


The Best Places to Travel in November

Bryce Canyon
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.

We’re well into autumn, and if you’re wondering what happened to spring and summer, you’re not alone. Our unusual season of staying at home, dining outdoors, camping, road trips, and remote work and school is moving towards winter. Fall weather and changing colors on trees are reminders that natural events continue, and it’s time to get out and enjoy the scenery. We offer a few destinations that may be within driving distance, along with some further away for those of us anxious for a real change.

Related: More fall vacation ideas

Fall weather is ideal for exploring the outdoors in Sedona with its spectacular red rocks and perhaps even a vortex experience for extra energy. The rolling hills of Lexington, Kentucky and its wooded areas provide a colorful backdrop for horse farm visits. For history and late season autumn color, you can head south to Williamsburg, Virginia or to New Orleans for great dining in addition to comfortable weather.

Ski season arrives late in November, and we know there are those who can’t wait for snow. They just might find some in Mammoth Lakes, California or Stowe, Vermont, but if not, they can await snowfall in the beautiful mountain surroundings. Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah also offers fresh air and gorgeous scenery without crowds in November. On the other hand, there are sun seekers who don’t want summer to end, and they can find the perfect beach in Grand Cayman, expected to be open for visitors in November.

Related: 10 Best Fall Vacations for Foliage Views, Fewer Crowds, and Stunning Scenery

In Mexico, San Miguel de Allende will observe Dia de los Muertos traditions with adjustments for COVID-19 safety; visitors can still participate with health guidelines in mind. Wherever you go, be sure to follow local health and safety guidelines, and check the dates and hours of operation for the places you plan to visit as many attractions have reduced hours due to the pandemic.


8 Best U.S. Fall Road Trip Destinations


Fall is a great time to head out on a U.S. road trip. The summer crowds have headed home since the kids are in school again. The fall foliage is making its first appearances. Cities and states all over the country are hosting fabulous fall festivals that you won’t want to miss. 

If you’re planning a road trip before the season ends, check out these destinations that are sure to please.

CHEROKEE, NC – MAY 11: One of the main park roads along the Tennessee border is viewed from the top … [+] of a ridge near the Appalachian Trail on May 11, 2018 near Cherokee, North Carolina. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the Tennessee and North Carolina borders in the heart of the Appalachian Mountain Range. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

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1. Shenandoah National Park 

Shenandoah National Park on the East Coast is a lovely spot for some leaf-peeping. Plus, it’s right outside Washington, D.C., making it an easy flight in if you’re coming from elsewhere in the country. If not, you may still enjoy the park’s proximity to the nation’s capital, as you can combine a visit to both in one trip.

Peak leaf-peeping season at Shenandoah is mid-to-late October. You’ll want to take the park’s Skyline Drive for plentiful outlooks and photo ops. 

2. Green Mountain Byway

No one does fall quite like New England, so head to Vermont for all things seasonal. You’ll want to drive the Green Mountain Byway. While this little stretch of road is only 11 miles, make sure to take your time.

However, the short distance means that this road trip is one you can knock out over a weekend visit, perfect if you can’t get away from work for too long this season. Don’t forget to make pit stops for all the amazing New England food and farm activities that pop up this time of year. 

3. Blue Ridge Parkway

It gets a lot of hype, but for good reason. North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway is known as “America’s favorite drive,” and it’s honestly pretty no matter what time of year you visit. But if you love fall foliage, definitely head there now.

The road is long — nearly 500 miles — so you could take your time over several days or a week to see it in full. While in the state, enjoy all the North Carolina hospitality your heart can handle. The locals really make you feel at home.

4. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

For something in the Midwest, try Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This is a great spot to go if you want to combine all the great fall foliage with some lovely water features. Michigan is filled with picturesque waterfront along the Great Lakes, inland lakes, waterfalls, streams and more.

Visit the fun-filled state parks and maybe even enjoy a little camping while you’re in this jaw-dropping outdoor wonderland. 

5. San Juan Skyway

Heading further west, you’ll find the San Juan Skyway in Colorado. Whereas the East Coast gives you fall foliage galore and the Midwest combines leaf-peeping with water features, Colorado blends paintbrush strokes of vibrant colors with towering, dramatic mountain peaks.

The scenery along the skyway is gorgeous and not to be missed, but you’ll want to add some stops to your itinerary to get a glimpse of the region’s history. 

6. The Pacific Coast Highway 

The Pacific Coast Highway gets pretty crowded during the summer months, so maybe skip a June or July trek along this famous coastline and instead visit in October or November. The weather isn’t nearly as bad as what you’ll find on the East Coast in late fall, where snow is always a threat, and you’ll get to see some of California’s best cities.

Remember, though, California doesn’t only have its major urban hubs along the coast. The charming small towns right on the water are worth checking out all on their own.

7. The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

In New Mexico, the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway takes you across more than 80 files of lush fall foliage, all lit up in vibrant hues of yellow. Aspen trees dominate here, so you might not see your characteristic reds, oranges, and browns that you’ll spot on the East Coast, but the golden leaves are nearly otherworldly in their beauty.

The byway will even take you to views of Wheeler Peak, the tallest mountain in New Mexico. 

8. The Finger Lakes

Coming from New York City? Then you need to see the Finger Lakes, especially if you’ve never been. While Upstate New York itself is lovely during the fall months, the Finger Lakes region specifically shines because of its wine roots.

The Finger Lakes produce wines to rival those you’ll enjoy in California and you can find plenty to go around during a Finger Lakes road trip. Just make sure you practice safety first and either take it slow or get a designated driver to show you around the area’s best sipping spots and scenic sites.


The Best Fall Travel Destinations in the United States


As far as I’m concerned fall is the best season for traveling in the United States. The air is a little cooler, summer’s crowds have died down and trees are set ablaze in gold, russet and burgundy. Fall also brings forth a host of festivals and seasonal culinary delights. I asked a few of my fellow travel bloggers to share their favorite fall travel destinations in the United States; with destinations from New England to California this list will surely have you packing your scarf and hiking boots to plan your next fall trip.

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Acadia National Park, Maine

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Nowhere does fall’s splendor quite as brilliantly as New England . Maine’s Acadia National Park is the crown jewel of the Atlantic coast.  Granite peaks transition into dramatic cliffs and rock strewn shores and the trees are a dazzling show of crimson, amber and gold. Climb to the top of Cadillac Mountain to catch the sunrise, these are the first rays to hit the US each morning. Want to break free from the crowds near Bar Harbor? Head to the western side of Somes Sound which is know to locals as “The Quiet Side”; the southern loop of Acadia offers up spectacular hiking with a bit of solitude.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Fall is a magical time in the Eastern US, but perhaps there’s no place better for fall color than Chattanooga Tennessee. Why? It’s the southern tip of the great eastern deciduous forests before the start of Georgia pines and conveniently accessed by a host of Interstate Highways. It’s also where autumn leaves peak right before Halloween. It’s like you have two holidays in one. Autumn leaves and Halloween are like peanut butter and jelly. They just go together.

Towering above Chattanooga is Lookout Mountain, where it’s rumored that you can see seven states from the summit. There’s no better vantage point to soak in the rolling hills of amber leaves. A thousand feet underneath the mountain, there is a different kind of celebration of color. The 145′ tall Ruby Falls, America’s largest underground waterfall splashed down to a synchronized light show. Ruby Falls also hosts Dread Hollow, a bone-chilling haunt experience. From mountain high to cavern low, Chattanooga knows how to celebrate the season.

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Burlington, Vermont

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Burlington, Vermont is one of the best destinations in New England, and if you’re looking for fall foliage and a fun city—it’s the ideal fall destination, too. 
Burlington is the “largest” city in Vermont, but compared with other urban spots, it is practically a tiny hamlet. Full of arts, nature, craft beer, and all things Vermonty, Burlington has so many things to do. It’s a college town, with UVM right nearby, which means you can expect a town with a lot going on. And set right on the edge of Lake Champlain, the city boasts commanding lake views. There’s lots of beauty here.
In the fall, the views over Lake Champlain are at their best, with the colorful Adirondack Mountains in the distance. The weather is lovely this time of year, and visitors may want to rent bikes and go cycling along the miles-long bike path that fringes the shores of Lake Champlain. 
Don’t miss Church street, a pedestrian-only walkway filled with great shops, restaurants, and lively buskers. And of course, the local craft beer (and cider!) is a must. There are countless places downtown to grab a good brew.
Head away from the Lake for some excellent hiking that can be reached within 20 minutes-1 hour away from Burlington. The Green Mountains are one of the most beautiful places to go for a fall hike. 

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Amy and Nathan Hartle – Two Drifters

White Mountains, New Hampshire

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New England is known worldwide for amazing fall foliage. One of our favorite places to experience fall foliage at it’s finest is the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The mountains are the perfect place to highlight the oranges, reds and, yellows with nothing but the blue sky behind those bright trees. With less man-made structures in the White Mountains nature is showcased beautifully. Take a hike on one of the many trails in New Hampshire to get right in with the foliage and if you are inclined above the trees! Another great place in the White Mountains to fully appreciate the autumn leaves is near water, the leaves turn faster at water’s edge so be on the lookout for streams, ponds, and lakes.  Be prepared the foliage takes a little longer to turn up north in the White Mountains due to the cooler temperatures.  Check local foliage guides to see when peak is for your visits.  A tip from us: some of the major routes can be busy with leaf peepers but take a side road and enjoy the foliage without the crowds.

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Cathy Merrifield – Nothing but New England

Oak Glen, California

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When people think of Southern California images of beaches and awing palm trees come to mind…Not exactly a destination to experience autumn. but just inland there is a community nestled in the foothills of the the San Bernadino Mountains is the amazing and unexpected community of Oak Glen. Whole hill sides are apple orchards and pumpkin patches. What isn’t farmed is riddled with parks and a conservancy full of sunflowers and oak trees to hike around and get lost in. 
This Family makes the trek there every year to keep our traditions of picking apples for our homemade apple butter and choose the perfect pumpkin for our front entryway. (Who am I kidding-we usually get four) Oak Glen keeps American history alive throughout with different properties that specialize in bringing the Old West or Colonial time periods to life. There’s even an old schoolhouse made of stone that you can tour from the early 1900’s. 
Pumpkins and history aren’t enough to sway you to jump in the car right now? I have two words APPLE CIDER. Seriously!! What’s better than homemade apple cider? (The correct answer, in fall anyway, is nothing) You can watch it be pressed or press it yourself the old fashioned way! There are hard cider varieties as well so truly something for everyone! 

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Western North Carolina

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“Turn right at the stop sign, stay left at the place where there’s kind of a fork in the road, don’t drive off of the winding mountain path for 1-2 miles, turn left at the Christmas tree farm, park along the dirt road, unplug the electric cow fence, climb over the barbed wire, and viola! You’ll be in the high vineyard.” That was the advice given to us by our innkeeper in Banner Elk, a small town set amongst the mountains of western North Carolina, touting itself as the “Ski Capital of the South.”But my husband and I weren’t there for the skiing – we were there for the leaves! “Ooookay,” we responded, unsure of what we were getting ourselves into. But when we reached the high vineyard to soak in the views and the gorgeous 75-degree temperatures just one week before the colors would be blotted out by a blanket of icy snow, our skepticism exploded all over the inside of our practical 4-door sedan. We were celebrating his return from Afghanistan, and viewing the vivid fall colors from atop the secluded mountain was the perfect “Welcome Home.”

From there, the drive to Asheville was visually spectacular. Asheville is rife with affordable B&Bs, and we snagged one within walking distance to town to enjoy the fresh autumn mountain air and spectacular colors – and so we could both partake in those glorious craft cocktails for which foodie towns are famous and make lots of new friends. For romance, restaurants, and maybe a chance rendezvous with fun local swing band, the mountains of western North Carolina will forever remain, in my mind, a top fall travel destination.

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Katie Gard – Domestiphobia

Estes Park, Colorado

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While there are plenty of fun activities all year round in Estes Park, Colorado it is especially unique to visit in the fall. September through October is mating season for elk, so you are just about guaranteed to see a few of these majestic animals roaming around town. In fact, locals even refer to the month of October as “Elktober”! In honor of the season and to educate visitors about the elk, Estes Park holds an annual Elk Fest celebration.   It was certainly a different type of fest than I have ever been to before, but it’s one that is worth attending! They have Native American music, elk-inspired arts and crafts, dancing and storytelling, self-guided elk tours, a craft beer garden, and more! During this season you’ll also notice the very distinct sound of elk bugling, whether it’s from the actual elk or just the people participating in the Elk Fest Bugling Competition. Between the elk and the beautiful fall colors with the Rocky Mountains backdrop, I don’t think you can go wrong with Estes Park as your fall travel destination!

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Marissa Sutera- Little Things Travel

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, straddling the line dividing North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains is the most popular of all the US National Parks, attracting around 9 millions visitors each year. The park’s gorgeous mountain landscapes deserve every bit of attention they get and boast a diverse array of wildlife species, including Deer, around 1,600 Black Bears, and lots of birds. But the most noteworthy animal you can see in the park is its ever-expanding herd of Elk. These huge herbivores once roamed these hills in the thousands, but they were killed off by hunters in the 1700s. There are now more than 150 in the park thanks to a reintroduction program started in 2001, and Cataloochee Valley (which is surrounded by stunning 6000-foot mountains) is the perfect place to see them. Autumn (especially October) is the best time to visit, because the herd’s males will be in full rut and the leaves will be reaching their jaw-dropping crescendo of color. Helpful park volunteers will gladly tell you all about these animals, including where the herd was spotted last. But we found a number of them on our own while wandering along a lovely hiking trail next to a popular trout-fishing stream. The trail also takes you past several historic buildings, including a 19th century schoolhouse, barn, and a home that visitors are welcome to explore. 

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Bret Love & Mary Gabbett – Green Global Travel 

Shenandoah Valley, Virgina

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The Shenandoah Valley, which follows the Shenandoah River through western Virginia and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, has always been my favorite fall destination. There are dozens of charming little towns with events and festivals to attend, wineries showcasing some of Virginia’s best wines and picnic spots, and Blue Ridge Mountain trails to hike, but best of all is the fall foliage. From September into November, the abundant leaves on the maples, sumacs, hickories and ashes that prevail in the valley put on a spectacular show of colors.

Meandering along Skyline Drive is the perfect way to see the vibrant colors of the leaves. The drive extends for 105 miles north to south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park. If you pull off at some of the overlooks along Skyline Drive, you’ll see varying degrees of brilliant reds, oranges and yellows as the leaves change at different times along the stretch. The valley runs at a much slower pace than the nearby bustling cities, so it’s a good place to retreat for relaxation and quiet, especially in the fall when the year starts to slow down and melt into winter.

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Laura Lynch of Savored Journeys


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Chicago is such a great city to visit in the fall. There’s a lot to see and do and it’s very easy to get around. I love walk-able cities, and Chicago is definitely one of those. It also has great parks, where during this time of year, you can see the leaves changing color. I would recommend walking through Millennium Park to see the beautiful colors of the foliage. I would also recommend visiting the Navy Pier to visit its many attractions and to get a great view of the downtown skyline. Remember to bring a jacket though! They don’t call it the “Windy City” for nothing.

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Yellowstone National Park

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If you are looking for the perfect fall getaway, look no further than the oldest national park in USA – Yellowstone. From amazing hydrothermal activity to breathtaking canyons, Yellowstone has it all. Of course a trip to Yellowstone wouldn’t be the same without heading off the beaten path and experiencing some of the finest hiking trails, with stunning scenery and landscapes surrounding you.Old Faithful may be the most popular geyser but we would encourage you to checkout alternative hot springs and geysers such as Steamboat and Beehive. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is spectacular with Upper and Lower Falls providing epic adrenalin rushes if you are adventurous enough to hike to the bottom of each. Still not convinced? Don’t worry, the myriad of wildlife and impromptu face-to-face encounters with bison, bears, elk among others will surely convince you that a trip to Yellowstone should be added to your upcoming travel plans.Whether you want to camp inside the park or perhaps stay in Old Faithful lodge (if you choose this option, be sure to plan well in advance as it fills pretty quickly) there is always the option to stay outside in nearby towns such as West Yellowstone, Wyoming and Big Sky, Montana. The fall season is the perfect time to visit Yellowstone as temperatures are a little cooler than the heart of summer yet there is still enough light in the day to maximize your time here.

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San Francisco, California

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The best time to visit San Francisco is the fall.  It is our Indian summer and between the warm, mild weather, the activities and the food, you are going to need more than a few days to enjoy it.Many of San Francisco’s “villages” such as Castro and Potrero Hill, hold their annual festivals where you can experience the amazing diversity of the city’s neighborhoods.  There are major film festivals in San Francisco and a huge music festival in Treasure Island (which we kind of consider as part of SF).  But the biggest party of them all is Fleet Week.  It is something to see, with ship visits, air and boat shows and lots of events along San Francisco’s waterfront. Oyster season begins just before autumn starts and goes through the winter, so do not miss out on $1 oyster happy hours that are all over the city.  Early November marks the start of Dungeness crab season and plenty of restaurants show off their unique crab dishes through the new year.  The best way to sample our famous crab is to get the equally famous Ciopinno and there is no better place to try than San Francisco’s oldest restaurant, Tadich Grill.The kids are back in school, baseball season is nearly over and the holidays season hasn’t quite started yet, the perfect time to check out one of the U.S.’s most iconic cities!

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Do you have a favorite fall travel destination? I’d love to hear about it, please share with me in the comments!



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.

Charleston, South Carolina, USA in the French Quarter.

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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The eleventh month of each year brings nice fall foliage, a nice pre-holiday calm, and tons of things to give thanks for—especially when it comes to traveling. From the Big Apple to the Sunshine State and all the way to the Pacific Coast, it’s easy to rest and relax before the seasonal hoopla by escaping into the grey blue skies and cooler temperatures of late fall by attending a star-studded annual parade, adventuring into the wonderful world of Disney with the kids, or even getting away to a tropical paradise to experience a warmer weather vacation getaway.

Get a jump start to all your holiday bliss and celebrate the change in the seasons by checking out these fabulous vacation ideas across the great United States. Here are the eight best places to visit in November in the U.S.

Best Places to Visit in the US in November:

1. Santa Monica, California

Sunny SoCal may be beautiful all year-round, but the more-than-mild temperatures of November make it an even more stellar choice for those hoping for not-too-harsh sun, sand, and sea to chase away any impending winter blues. Head on over to the world-famous Santa Monica Pier or shop till you drop at Third Street Promenade. Of course, there’s also the good old beach itself, where you’ll find surfers, beach babes, locals, and tourists alike mingling festively together at Pacific Park amusement park, the outdoor gym at Muscle Beach, or on the historic Looff Hippodrome Carousel– there’s also Bergamot Station in the heart of the city, which houses several art galleries to check out.

What’s more is that fall is the best of the best time to travel to this Californian hotspot, as prices drop more than a little and the only weather risk you need to worry about are those Santa Ana winds. Take on cleaner ocean air, nice temps, and a fun-in-the-sun beach-focused lifestyle this holiday season by heading over to the West Coast.

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2. Hawaii

There are not one but a cornucopia of hotspots to check out in the Aloha State come November. First, Oahu, which has, throughout the years, been transformed by Asian-Pacific locals from a holiday outpost into a globalized, cosmopolitan destination that offers all the glory of paradise in one locale. You’ve got the allure of the Island landscape, plus the buzz of modern living mixed in a relaxed, slow-paced daily lifestyle near the shores. It is (along with Honolulu) the center of the Hawaiian universe, and will no doubt sprinkle excitement into any Thanksgiving celebration. You might even want to go all out by getting a taste of authentic, fantastic Hawaiian flavor by cooking that turkey in a traditional imu (underground oven)! Those who want to work off all that feasting can hop on into the Turkey Trot 10 Mile Run on Thanksgiving morning and then spend Black Friday enjoying the annual Waikiki Holiday Parade—instead of braving those restless shopping crowds.

For those looking for an even calmer slice of paradise without all the holiday festivities, try Waimei on Kauai’s southwestern shore, which offers calm waters and sandy beaches that are especially attractive in the early winter months. Get away from all the gloomy weather of the East Coast by trying out a Waimea vacation rental—it’ll definitely make for makes the perfect base to explore all Kauai has to offer.

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3. Colorado

Let’s just say that November in Colorado is a truly exciting time of year. The city of Denver hosts several hot annual events, including Mile High Holidays, The Starz Film Festival, and the International Wine Festival. There’s also Denver Arts Week, which is a week-long celebration of the visual and performing arts held during the same month. What’s more is that snow aficionados looking to get an early start on winter sport fun should make resort reservations come November. The earlier you claim those spots, the cheaper the prices tend to be.

Plus, Colorado is home to the world-renowned Breckinridge, a historic town at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range that’s well-known for its ski resort, year-round alpine activities, and Gold Rush history. You’ll also find tons of shops, galleries, and restaurants housed inside colorfully-painted Victorian buildings, along with four whole mountain peaks that provide 2,358 acres of enough variety to suit even the most seasoned of skiers, boarders, or even snow-shoers. It’s also important to mention that last season, the Summit County municipality saw 447 inches of snow. Lifts open up in November, so what are you waiting for?!

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4. Plymouth, Massachusetts

Celebrate Thanksgiving at the place it all began, at Plymouth Rock where the Pilgrims landed in 1620 to celebrate America’s most beloved holiday. It was at this historic site that the Wampanoag chief signed a treaty with the Europeans to begin a feast that has lasted for centuries– it was here that New England was established.

It is this quintessential destination– nestled conveniently between Boston and Cape Cod– that’s known as “America’s Hometown,” offering not just a glimpse into our national history, but an array of enjoyable activities from water sports to golfing to whale watching to ghost tours. During the fall you can even take trolley or culinary tours, or witness live cranberry and pumpkin harvests. It’s a November getaway to remember for sure.

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5. New York City, New York

NYC usually tops the list for superb November getaways based on one single factor: you can catch a sneak peek at all of those terrific Macy’s Parade floats the night before on the Upper West Side before gawking over them again as they make their way through the city streets on Thanksgiving Day!

There’s also the opportunity to get some early holiday shopping done in Times Square or on Fifth Avenue and to kick up your heels with the Radio City Rockettes, who begin dancing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular come early November. The Big Apple awaits.

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6. Florida

While the most recent hurricane has hit some areas of Florida pretty hard, most people know that come wintertime, the further down south or towards the desert you go, the warmer the weather will be. This tried and true fact makes November one of the best times to visit Florida, especially for travelers wanting to engage in lots of opportunities for nature-viewing. You won’t need binoculars in the Sunshine State to spot the sight of wintering birds at Florida’s Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge — they make an annual pit stop along the major migration corridor located near Cape Canaveral. You and the entire fam can also stare at a colorful gathering of pink roseate spoonbills that hide out in various estuaries around the area come November.

Plus, there’s always the chance to brave the crowds at one of the state’s bounty of theme parks. You’ll have Minnie and Mickey, as well as the glorious gifts of Mother Nature, right at your very fingertips. Seriously, mid-November through mid-December are prime times to vacation in Florida (but check around for any hurricane impacts first).

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7. Virginia & Vermont

Don’t let the last weeks of fall pass by without getting one last glimpse of the season’s best colors by taking a road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy a look at fine fall foliage in Virginia. It’s always around November time when the vibrant bloom of changing leaves begins to lose their glow, so take in a spectacle of brilliant warm autumn hues before the snow starts falling by heading out to Central or Eastern Virginia.

There’s also Mad River Valley in Vermont, another place to spot amazing hues of fall foliage within Green Mountain National Forest, which provides one of the most gorgeous November vacations. Enjoy quiet seclusion in the small towns near and around Central Vermont for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see autumn’s last breath and the birth of winter white splendor. Plus, November also happens to be primetime for skiers in Vermont and surrounding Eastern states. Enjoy a slice of wondrous heaven this Thanksgiving holiday.

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8. Phoenix, Arizona

Pay homage to the Native American heritage of the U S of A by taking in the sights and sounds of Arizona’s capital city for pure rest and relaxation before the holiday season. Phoenix anchors a sprawling, multicity metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun, which is highly regarded for its luxury resorts, vibrant nightclubs, designer golf courses, and long lasting sunshine and warmth—even through the winter months. Attractions include the Heard Museum and the Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park. Be sure to check them out!

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The USA has no chill: here are 9 reasons why…


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Okay, we admit it, we can sometimes be a bit extra. Over the top. Loud, bright and bold. But can the world blame us? We birthed Hollywood, Walt Disney World, the world’s largest burger, the first man on the moon, and for a while there, the world’s tallest building! We’re big and bold, and we LOVE it. So here we are to embrace it & list 9 extra amazing things we have to offer the world… have you ticked any off your list?

The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota

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Yes, that’s right, we actually have a Corn Palace in South Dakota. The world’s only, if you can believe it. And no, it isn’t just a quirky name for something that has nothing to do with the interior – it’s genuinely decorated with crop art. The designs are made from corn, the murals are made with corn, the art depicts corn – and a new design is made every year. Don’t worry, we’re not going to throw out any corny jokes here… oops.


2. Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard in Waterbury, Vermont


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We all love Ben & Jerry’s – it’s innately programmed into us from birth. But have you ever wondered what happens to the flavors that get discontinued? They end up in Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard… yep, seriously. Remember Aloha Macadamia, Peanut Butter & Jelly or Devil’s Food Chocolate? Pay tribute to the flavors you used to love by visiting the headstones of the brand’s dearly ‘de-pinted’. Go on a tour, stuff yourself silly on ice cream, and then wander one of the least creepy/slightly weird graveyards in the world.


3. Raw cookie dough with a spoon (at home or in NYC)

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Why wait for the cookies to bake? Just stick a spoon in some raw cookie dough, topped up with sprinkles, chocolates and loads more delicious toppings, right? We’ve got people around the world flocking to NYC to get a taste of the good stuff at DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections. Or we could just eat it straight from the mixing bowl at home…


4. The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada

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Why leave clowns in our nightmares when we could make a hotel dedicated to them? Yep, that’s what we’ve done in Nevada, just a couple of hours outside of Vegas. A bunch of clown figurines and memorabilia, a cemetery and some creepy haunted motel stories – sure, sounds like the perfectly relaxed evening we’ve all been waiting for.


5. Salvation Mountain in Imperial County, California

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We’ve got a huge message shining up to the heavens in the lower desert of Southern California. Leonard Knight decorated this massive masterpiece (50ft x 150ft) to celebrate his passion for his religion, and to God. You don’t need to be religious to appreciate this though – it’s a man-made mountain decorated in colorful art, and everyone can appreciate that!


6. Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California

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Why have a cool and quirky laneway dedicated to street art when you can have a 21-metre-long alleyway dedicated to used chewing gum?! Move aside Melbourne, there’s some new cool kids in town. It started in the 70’s and has been added to ever since – it’s colorful, it’s disgusting, and the tourists love it!


7. The Presidential Turkey Pardon in Washington D.C.

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Every Thanksgiving, the President is presented with a turkey by the National Turkey Federation. And each Thanksgiving, the designated turkey receives a Presidential Pardon. Why? Who knows. What did the turkey do? Nothing. Is this just a little bit weird? Absolutely.


8. Chicago River, every St Patrick’s Day

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Every St Patrick’s Day Chicago dumps vegetable dye into the Chicago River to turn it bright green, and they’ve been doing it every year since 1962. Do the Irish even go this hard?!


9. Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

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If ever there was a festival dedicated to being ‘extra’ this is it. Imagine every crazy custom from around the world, mixed up with outrageous costumes and quirky art installations, right in the middle of the Nevada desert. 70,000 people attend, set up their own city (Black Rock City) and party non-stop for an entire week. There are 10 principles of Burning Man: radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation and immediacy. You don’t pay with money, you pay with gifts or performances. You’ll also witness dust storms, giant burning statues, 8am surprise sets from the world’s best DJs and glittery people in otherworldly costumes… or none at all, riding amazing unicorn floats as their modes of transport. Basically, it’s another world entirely.


Still not impressed? Maybe you need to head to Highpoint, North Carolina to check out the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers. Or just head to our USA Travel Guide to start planning your own trip on home soil! You never know what crazy ideas people have had nearby…


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