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The Best Places to Travel in November

November: it’s the end of fall or spring depending on where you are, and a quiet month in many places. It also happens to be one of the best months to experience some of the most beautiful places on earth before crowds envelop them in the holiday rush.

Temperatures are often comfortable in the second to last month of the year. Depending on where you are, you’ll need a coat, but in many places a light jacket suffices. You’ve also avoided the heavy rainfall in most of the world.

We know it’s not always easy to decide where to go, so we’ve picked out some of the best places to travel in November. These locations are all over the globe and each have something unique to offer in the month of November. So, grab your suitcase, and maybe a passport and start planning!

Antarctica

Pristine icy landscape and arctic wildlife will greet you on an Antarctica trip in November. November is springtime in the south pole with average temperatures between 28 to 46 degrees depending on your location. You actually can’t visit Antarctica much before November as solid ice and uninhabitable temperatures make it nearly impossible to access.

November is one, if not the best time to visit, icebergs linger in the ocean, penguins and seals prance about in their courtship rituals, and you’ll be among the first tourists to visit the area. A bonus is the almost non-stop daylight. Because travel to Antarctica is limited, you’ll want to book a year in advance for this journey. 

Penguins, Antarctica

Lisbon, Portugal

The beautiful old city of Lisbon is a delight to anyone who loves culture, food, and excellent weather. The charms of the city are not a secret, and crowds are common in the hottest month of August.

That’s why November is arguably the best month to visit. The weather is still temperate: a t-shirt is often sufficient with the occasional need for a light jacket. In early November, the trees will still be colorful, and the overall ambience of the city will be relaxed.

Pack an umbrella though because rain is common. But with average highs of 65F, you can’t go wrong, you’ll be basking in the warmth as you stroll through the picturesque streets. 

Lisbon, Portugal

Australia

Friendly, laidback Australia is full of things to do year-round. But it’s location in the southern hemisphere means it gets some scorching summers in most locations.

November is the last month of spring and one of the best times of the year to enjoy the country. With highs between 65F to 80F you’re sure to get some lovely time on the beach without burning to death. November is also considered shoulder season for tourism so it’s not difficult to find accommodation and activities, even at the last minute.

Sydney, Australia

Aspen, Colorado

The mountain town of Aspen, Colorado features four world-class ski-hills, beautiful scenery, and delicious food. A hotspot for the extremely wealthy (think Jeff Bezos’ parent and the Walmart heiress), there are truly luxurious dining and accommodations to experience during your stay. November is just before the ski-rush beginning in November, so you’ll enjoy more room to explore. And, if you visit at the end of November, you can be one of the first people on the slopes before it gets busy. 

Aspen, Colorado

New Zealand

The end of spring in New Zealand is an ideal time to enjoy everything the country has to offer. Warm days, cool nights, and average rainfall make it comfortable. It’s gorgeous as well with blossoming flowers and baby farm animals in the fields. If you want to explore the world-renowned vineyards in Marlborough and Queenstown, November is a great time to avoid crowds, as tourism peaks in June through August. 

Queenstown , New Zealand

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires roars to life in November. The “Paris of the South” is known for its gorgeous architecture, delicious cuisine, exciting entertainment, and world-class shopping, history, and nightlife. November is springtime in South America, and the month where warmth, spring freshness, and limited rain finally catch up. Parties and festivals for everyone are common. It’s the perfect temperature, not yet too hot, and there is almost never-ending sunlight for you to get out and explore. 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rhone Valley, Switzerland

If you’ve ever dreamed of skiing in the Alps, go to the Rhone Valley in Switzerland during November. With many ski hills opening as early as October, by the end of November you’ll enjoy the slopes without the holiday tourism. Even if winter sports aren’t your forte, the Rhone Valley, which begins in France and finds its way to southern Switzerland, is one of the most scenic places on earth with delicious food and luxurious accommodation to match. 

Rhone Valley, Switzerland

Iceland

It’s cold in Iceland in November, but the bright colors of the northern nights more than make up for the need for a coat. Couple that with the country’s largest music festival with not only local talent but some of the biggest musical names gather in Reykjavik for almost a week. The city comes alive with things to do wherever you turn. November is also the beginning of Ice Cave season, the first month where it is safe to visit the phenomenal ice caves. You’ll be in awe of the ancient history of these sparkling blue natural wonders. 

Iceland Northern Lights

Patagonia

Spring in Patagonia is arguably the best time to visit. The temperature is stable with highs in the 60s. The snow has melted, and the crowds haven’t yet arrived in November. You’ll enjoy the bright colors of blooming flowers as you explore the breathtaking national parks. You can also enjoy the Puerto Montt International Jazz Festival in November. Whale watching is at its peak on the Argentinian side of Patagonia. You can spot orcas, humpback, southern right, and blue whales in the cool southern water, making your November visit truly unforgettable. 

Patagonia

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