Come November there is a lot to consider when it comes to travels. The holiday seasons is approaching, notably Thanksgiving, and we may be looking for the perfect place to gather with friends and family and ring in this festive and cozy season. Others might be wanting to chase sea and sunshine, and with dropping temperatures in the Northern hemisphere you snowbirds start flying south for winter.

Our list of the of the best places to visit in November takes all this and more into account, with a diverse range of ideas for all types of escapes. When planning your November travels be sure to keep in mind Home Exchange. Learn more about the community and how you can use Home Exchange to travel this coming November and all year round.

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The Best Places to Visit in November in North America

Killington, Vermont, USA

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November stateside means Thanksgiving is on the horizon and we all want to get in the mood for a cozy holiday season. Who wouldn't want to surround themselves at this time with some of the most beautiful fall foliage one can find in the world? For that, you'll have to go to Vermont. The Rutland area is ideal and Killington in particular is a great destination for leaf peeping and finding a cozy home to escape to for your holiday celebrations. While it's known for ski as well, the town is famous for its annual Turkey Trot and the delicious Sunup Bakery serves up all the sweets you'll need to complete your family and friends feast, which is why it's on our the best places to visit in November in North America. With a bit of luck it might even snow and you can also open the season here on the ski slopes!

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Victoria, Canada

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The charming city of Victoria, located on Vancouver Island, is known for its historic charm and natural beauty. In November is also hosts the annual Victoria Whisky Festival. Whisky enthusiasts can savor a wide selection of premium whiskies from around the world while enjoying the city's architecture and picturesque waterfront. Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or a curious beginner, the Victoria Whisky Festival offers a unique opportunity to expand your knowledge and appreciation for this beloved spirit and great excuse to visit Victoria. If you're not a fan of whisky, the city also has a long standing tradition of tea time with an array of afternoon tea times to choose from – another ideal way to warm up from an autumn's chill. In addition to the festival, take time to explore Victoria's attractions such as the iconic Inner Harbour, the historic Empress Hotel, and the beautiful Butchart Gardens.

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Sayulita, Mexico

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If come November cozying up for leaf peeping isn't really your thing, then you might consider Sayulita in Mexico one of the best place to visit in November in North America. Escape to this bohemian paradise of Sayulita, a vibrant surf town on Mexico's Pacific coast. The pleasant weather and quieter crowds make it an ideal time to explore the town's colorful streets, pristine beaches, and lush jungles.
Sayulita is a haven for surfers of all levels, drawing enthusiasts from around the world. In November, the town experiences favorable wave conditions, providing an excellent opportunity for catching the perfect swell. One of the unique natural phenomena in Sayulita during November is the hatching of baby sea turtles. Conservation efforts are in place to protect these endangered creatures, and visitors have the chance to witness the magic of sea turtle releases. In the meantime you can also all the lovely local markets, vibrant culture, and tasty Mexican cuisine.

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The Best Places to Visit in November in Europe

Interlaken, Switzerland

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Nestled amidst the Swiss Alps, Interlaken offers a breathtaking backdrop for November exploration. The autumn foliage paints the landscapes in vivid colors, creating a picturesque setting for outdoor activities. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy paragliding, hiking, and scenic train rides, while nature lovers can witness the stunning spectacle of snow-capped mountains reflected in crystal-clear lakes. For a leisurely experience, take a scenic boat cruise on Lake Thun or Lake Brienz to enjoy the tranquility of the calm waters. November in Interlaken also marks the beginning of the winter season, with ski resorts in the nearby Jungfrau region gearing up for snow season. While the slopes may not be fully open in November, things are still calm and it's an excellent time to explore the charming mountain villages, enjoy a hot chocolate by a cozy fireplace and some Swiss specialties like fondue and raclette.

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Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague, the "City of a Hundred Spires," has a fairytale-like ambiance and rich history. As autumn casts its golden spell over the city, Prague becomes a captivating destination for cultural exploration and holiday celebrations in November. The comfortable temperatures this month make it an ideal time to wander through enchanting streets and admire its architectural wonders. The Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and Old Town Square take on a magical allure surrounded by fall colors. One of the highlights of visiting Prague in November is the opening of the Prague Christmas Markets. These traditional markets, known as Vánoční trhy, are a beloved Czech tradition that brings the city to life with holiday spirit. Set against the backdrop of historic landmarks, the markets feature charming wooden stalls adorned with twinkling lights, selling a variety of handicrafts, ornaments, and delicious treats.

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Sintra, Portugal

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Sintra is one of the most pleasant places to visit in southern Europe this year. This charming town in Portugal also has a fairy-tale like appeal. Nestled amidst Portugal's lush landscapes, in November, the town unveils its enchanting charm as autumn colors paint the surroundings. One of the greatest things to do here year round is to explore the iconic Pena Palace. Perched atop a hill, its colorful façade contrass with the vibrant foliage. Wander through the mystical Quinta da Regaleira, with its intricate gardens and underground tunnels. Delve into Sintra's rich history, from the Moorish Castle to the quaint streets of the historic center. Immerse yourself in nature at the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park or indulge in local delicacies like queijadas and travesseiros. The weather is ultra pleasant here in November making it a great place for a getaway to give fall a soft and send off.

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The Best Places to Visit in November Worldwide

Cape Verde

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If adventure is on the agenda for your November travels, consider sailing off to Cape Verde. This island nation in the Atlantic off the coast West Africa is paradise found for anyone looking for guranteed sunshine this time of year. The rainy season is drawing to a close at this time, and as all nine islands are inhabited, there is plenty to see and do. Portugese colonialism and Africa culture converge offering beautiful architecture to be seen and delicious cuisine to taste like Cachupa, a hearty stew made with corn, beans, and various meats or seafood. On dry land there is nature and hiking galore, while at the beach you can partake in scuba diving, windsurfing, and kiteboarding on crystal clear waters this time of year. For a truly unique experience here visit the Salinas de Pedra de Lume on the island of Sal, a natural salt crater formed by volcanic activity. Take a dip in this mineral-rich saltwater lagoon, which allows you to float effortlessly due to its high salt concentration. The therapeutic properties of the water offer a rejuvenating experience.

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Rotorua District, New Zealand

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In November, the Rotorua District, New Zealand, presents mild temperatures and blooming gardens, for visitors to discover local geothermal wonders and Maori culture. Te Puia is a must-visit destination within Rotorua that showcases both of this local highlights. Explore this geothermal valley to witness the impressive geysers, hot springs, and boiling mud pools. Discover the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where you can observe talented artisans carving traditional woodwork and weaving intricate flax garments. Don't miss the opportunity to see the iconic Pohutu Geyser erupting in all its glory. November is also time to take part in the vibrant atmosphere of the Te Arawa Festival, showcasing Maori traditions, cultural performances, and a traditional hangi feast. This district centered around lake life, offers redwood walks, hikes galore, water sports, and so much more.

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Jaipur, India

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Jaipur, known as the "Pink City," is a culturally rich destination in India's Rajasthan. Explore the magnificent Amber Fort and its intricate architecture. Visit the City Palace, a fusion of Rajput and Mughal styles, housing royal artifacts. Wander through Jaipur's bustling markets, including Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar. Discover the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds," and immerse yourself in the city's traditional arts and crafts. Experience the vibrant festivals and indulge in the flavors of Rajasthani cuisine. Don't miss the serene Jal Mahal palace in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Jaipur offers a captivating blend of history, heritage, and cultural experiences. Inn India, you'll find many of the best places to visit in November as the temperatures are more mild this time of year and the rainy seasons have tend to come to end.

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Stay with HomeExchange in the Best Places to Visit in November

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With HomeExchange, you can stay in the heart of these incredible destinations, immersing yourself in the local culture while enjoying the comforts of a home away from home. Swap houses with like-minded travellers, unlock new possibilities, and create lifelong memories in the best places to visit in November all over the world. HomeExchange offers a world of possibilities to start exploring and planning your last vacations of the year. See you soon in these extraordinary destinations!

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