November Vacation Ideas

by Christine Gauvreau
Scenic views of autumn foliage highlight any fall vacation.

Scenic views of autumn foliage highlight any fall vacation.

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In many parts of the country, November is a transitional month. The last of the autumn leaves change and fall as Thanksgiving arrives to usher in the holiday season. Celebrate these events in a location that highlights them, or take some time to relax with a November vacation that leaves you energized for the holiday rush and the winter months that follow.

Thanksgiving Vacations

November brings Thanksgiving. Visit the place where that first harvest feast took place: Plymouth, Mass. Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at the Plimoth Plantation and take a tour of “Mayflower II,” a full-scale replica of the original. The Pilgrim Hall Museum is also open to visitors on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy the charm of nearby towns when you stay in one of New England’s nearby inns, resorts or bed-and-breakfasts. New York City is another vacation destination to consider for Thanksgiving. Visitors to Manhattan can enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. After the holiday, spend Black Friday in one of the city’s famed shopping districts. Round out the weekend by visiting the city’s landmarks and feasting on gourmet cuisine in one of Manhattan’s fine restaurants.

Fall Foliage

The Northeast is often considered the prime destination for displays of fall foliage, but many of these states have already seen their leaf colors peak by November. With a whole month of the autumn season remaining, November vacationers can head south to catch an array of colorful leaves. Virginia is among the states with foliage seasons that run into November. Fortunately, this state also offers an abundance of accommodations with views of the autumn landscapes. Choose a destination that is nearby to traditional autumn activities, such as hayrides, pumpkin picking and guided foliage tours.

Theme Parks

Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving are November occasions that bring extra days off from school, so take advantage of the time with a family vacation. Theme park resorts provide family-friendly entertainment in a variety of convenient packages. Disney Resorts offer a variety of options from room-only to all-inclusive vacation packages for families who want to visit the home of Mickey Mouse in November. Great Wolf Lodge provides water park adventures no matter the weather. With 12 locations around the United States, these indoor water parks make splashing and sliding a feasible addition to your November itinerary. Hershey Park opens for limited hours beginning the third weekend in November. Visit the annual festivities of “Christmas Candyland,” where the theme is park dressed up in holiday decorations, Santa and his reindeer are present, and musical light shows fill the air.

Sand or Snow

If you haven’t let go of summer by the time November rolls around, it may be time to take that tropical vacation you’ve dreamed about. Whether it’s a Caribbean cruise or trip to Hawaii, pack your sunglasses and escape from the crisp November air to a warm weather destination. Swim in the ocean, bask in the sun and recharge your spirits in anticipation of the coming winter season. Alternatively, if you’re anxious for Mother Nature to bring on the snowfall, don’t wait for it to come to you. Get a jump on the winter weather you love with a trip to a ski resort. Take advantage of the powder created by many ski lodge venues or scout out ski-friendly states that may have early snow, such as Colorado, Utah or Oregon. Cross the border to Quebec City in Canada, or take a chance with a trip to France or Austria, home to six of the 10 resorts listed in the 2007 list published by guardian.co.uk, “Top 10 Ski Resorts for Early Snow.”

About the Author

Christine Gauvreau is a freelance writer from the East Coast. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and has spent over 10 years writing for several online publications.

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