10 Places to Be this November

  • Kyoto, Japan

    If you haven't gotten your fill of fall foliage, head across the Pacific to Kyoto, where the autumn spectacle typically reaches its peak mid-month. Kyoto's famous temples are almost all surrounded by maples, so they're framed in beautiful crimson throughout the month.

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  • Savannah, Georgia

    Savannah, recently voted as the Best U.S. Budget Destination in the 10Best Readers' Choice awards, enjoys mild temperatures, sparse crowds and very little rain during the month of November. Foodies can partake in the Savannah Food & Wine Festival (November 7), while those looking for a little early holiday cheer have the Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights (November 28) to enjoy this month.

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  • Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

    Colorado's Arapahoe Basin is typically one of the first to open in North America, and the resort's first lift opened in October this year. Located just 68 miles west of Denver, A-Basin offers some of the highest altitude skiable terrain in North America, as well as one of the state's longest and steepest trails, Pallavicini.

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  • Cancun, Mexico

    Travelers not quite ready to succumb to winter temperatures can fly south of the border to Cancun this month, when average highs remain in the mid-80s. Cancun also enjoys a full social calendar in November, with events like the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival (November 26-28) and the OHL Classic at Mayakoba (November 9-15).

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  • Asheville, North Carolina

    Christmas season in Asheville kicks off in style at the Biltmore House with a tree-raising ceremony (November 4). The rest of the month is filled with holiday events and seasonal seminars accompanied by the Biltmore's extravagant holiday trappings. Asheville's fall color often lingers until close to Thanksgiving.

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  • Portland, Oregon

    Sugar-loving foodies have National Doughnut Day (November 5) to look forward to this month, and Portland might just be the perfect place to indulge thanks to institutions like Blue Star and Voodoo Doughnut. Cooler temperatures mean a drop in hotel rates, and the city's event calendar includes festivities like the Northwest Food & Wine Festival (November 14) and the Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights (starting November 27).

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  • Lisbon, Portugal

    Lisbon enjoys an average high of 64 degrees in November, one of the warmest in Europe this time of year. Portugal recently won the title of Best International Budget Destination in the 10Best Readers' Choice awards, which when combined with shoulder season discounts, makes Lisbon an ideal choice for a budget-friendly trip to the Mediterranean.

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  • Las Vegas, Nevada

    Daytime highs in Las Vegas dip into the 60s in November, and with the break from summer heat comes an equally pleasant break from the worst tourist crowds. Those in town for Thanksgiving Weekend can use the holiday as an excuse (as if you need one) to partake in one of Sin City's famous all-you-can-eat buffets.

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  • Washington, D.C.

    November 11 is Veterans Day, and there's no better place to honor those who've fought for our nation than in the capital, Washington, D.C. Events are staged at memorials throughout the city. Kids are still in school for much of the month, so visitors who choose to explore the capital in November will have many of its museums and attractions largely to themselves.

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  • San Diego, California

    With kids still in school, November sees tourist crowds and prices drop in San Diego. It's also a busy month event-wise; the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival (November 15-22) appeals to culinary travelers, while beer lovers can imbibe during San Diego Beer Week (November 6-15). San Diego Jazz Fest (November 25-29) takes place over Thanksgiving Weekend.

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