Cheap places to travel in November

These budget-friendly accommodations are near popular destinations including Mount Rushmore, Bryce Canyon National Park and the Appalachian Trail

Sometimes the least expensive vacations can be the most enjoyable and memorable. These trips can take you close to nature in national and state parks. They can introduce you to unique attractions in small towns across the country, from art galleries and museums to eclectic boutiques and restaurants serving excellent local fare.

Based on our data, we’ve created a top 10 list of cool places to travel in the U.S. that are particularly cheap in November (plus some budget- friendly accommodations to go with them), so you can get the most out of your vacation budget while you explore the country.

These inexpensive destinations that are rich with activities that appeal to a range of ages and interests. There’s something for everyone, from outdoor enthusiasts, fun-fanatics and foodies to history fans, nature buffs and art lovers.

* Flexibility is key in times like this, so if you do plan to travel, be sure to browse deals with free cancellation on trivago. The prices were checked on October 2021 and can change depending according to booking and search dates. 

10. Frederick, Maryland - Hike the Appalachian Trail

Just 50 miles from Washington, D.C., historic Frederick, Maryland offers abundant activities for nature, art and history lovers. The area is dotted with nature centers, wildlife preserves and hiking and biking trails.

Historic attractions include covered bridges and museums like the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Visitors can also enjoy the amusement park Adventure Park USA, art trails, antique shops, breweries, vineyards and distilleries. Hikers can trek the Appalachian Trail in Gathland State Park, about 17 miles from Frederick, as Maryland is home to nearly 41 miles of the famed trail.

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Hotel Sleep Inn Frederick features bright, spacious and modern rooms. Slot in a workout at the gym or take a short drive to Frederick. The hotel is a stone’s throw from hiking and biking trails and close to other local attractions like the Appalachian Trail, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and Adventure Park USA.

Sleep Inn

7.6 Good (2060 reviews)

9. Morganton, Georgia - Kayak Lake Blue Ridge in the Chattahoochee National Forest

The mountain town of Morganton is conveniently situated within the 867,000-acre Chattahoochee National Forest. The national forest’s Morganton Point Recreation area on Lake Blue Ridge has campgrounds and a swimming beach, plus activities including fishing, boating and kayaking. Other local attractions include Serenberry Vineyards and Winery, as well as The Zoo Groovy Metal Yard Art, featuring whimsical, colorful life-size metal sculptures of animals and mythological creatures like Bigfoot.

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Along with an outdoor pool, Douglas Inn and Suites also features spacious rooms and suites with a homey, personalized feel. It’s next to historic downtown Blue Ridge, plus restaurants and shopping. It’s also conveniently close to area attractions like Lake Blue Ridge and the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Douglas Inn & Suites

8.4 Very good (2057 reviews)

8. Custer, South Dakota - Visit Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore

Just 15 miles from the town of Custer, the 71,000-acre Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota is known for its natural beauty featuring mountain lakes, pine forests and granite peaks. In addition to hiking, fishing, biking, camping, and swimming, visitors can also see wildlife such as elk and bison and take in the scenic views. The town of Custer was the site of a 19th Century gold rush, and visitors can take gold panning and gold mine tours to get a feel for the era. Custer is just seven miles from Crazy Horse Memorial and about 20 miles from Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Wind Cave National Park.

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Rocket Motel features fun retro Mid-Century checkerboard décor, with a cheerful white and red façade. It’s ideal for travelers who want to bring their own food, featuring a covered outdoor patio, in-room microwaves and mini-fridges. It’s located right in town near restaurants, shopping and a golf course.

Rocket Motel

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9.2 Excellent (552 reviews)

7. Panguitch, Utah - Marvel at Red Canyon's Colorful Cliff Canyons

The areas around Panguitch, Utah are a visual feast for travelers and a bonanza for nature lovers. Dixie National Forest, just a 10-minute drive away, is home to Red Canyon, known for its cliff canyons in a spectrum of beautiful colors. From Panguitch, travelers can pick up Utah’s Route 143 (also called the Patchwork Parkway) and take in its 48 stunning miles of colorful vistas. Panguitch is also about 30 minutes from Bryce Canyon National Park, where pink cliffs and red rock spires known as hoodoos wow visitors. The multi-colored sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park are about an hour’s drive from Panguitch.

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Quality Inn, Bryce Canyon is an excellent budget-friendly choice, serving free daily hot buffet breakfast. It features whimsical Native American and Western décor and an outdoor deck with picnic tables and desert views. It also offers a laundry and is dog-friendly.

Quality Inn Bryce Canyon

8.3 Very good (2052 reviews)

6. Port Clinton, Ohio - Go Island-hopping on Lake Erie

Just 44 miles from Toledo, Port Clinton, Ohio is located on the picturesque shores of Lake Erie. Port Clinton is home to attractions ranging from antique shops and a drive-through safari to the Maritime Museum and Liberty Aviation Museum. Nearby islands, including Kelly’s Island and South Bass Island are great destinations for day trips to enjoy the beaches, restaurants, live entertainment and activities like biking and golfing.

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Hotel, The Island House in downtown Port Clinton is a quick walk to Fisherman’s Wharf and near the beaches and islands of Lake Erie. It’s also close to nightlife and shopping, as well as other local attractions like African Safari Wildlife Park. The hotel features an onsite restaurant, bar and pool tables.

Hotel The Island House

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Port Clinton
8.7 Excellent (51 reviews)

5. Spring Hill, Florida - Snorkel at Weeki Wachee Springs

Spring Hill, Florida is a 10-minute drive to the popular natural attraction Weeki Wachee Park, a preserve and springs where visitors can hike, bike, snorkel, kayak and even watch “mermaids” perform. Not far from Spring Hill, you can also stroll Hudson Beach, check out the manatees at Hospital Hole and go wake-boarding at The Lift Adventure Park – a water park located on a spring-fed lake. Afterwards, you can relax on the outdoor patio at Spring Hill’s Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery with a glass of local wine.

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A two-bedroom, two-bathroom house with a full kitchen and laundry room, Signal Cove Cottage is perfect for families, couples and friend groups alike. The patio, floating dock and outdoor grill make it the perfect spot to squeeze some extra outdoor time out of the season. It’s located on a canal with access to the Gulf of Mexico and is close to Hudson Beach and other area attractions, like Weeki Wachee Park.

Signal Cove Cottage Pristine 2 Master Bedrooms Minutes To The Gulf

9.4 Excellent (23 reviews)

4. Berea, Kentucky - Shop for Artisan Folk Arts and Crafts Goods

Known as the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky, Berea is home to an Artisan Village featuring jewelry, pottery, handcrafted instruments, art glass and artwork made by local craftspeople and artists. Berea also offers extensive forest trails for hikers and those craving some fresh air. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike the Pinnacles in Berea College Forest or the mile-long trail to Anglin Falls in John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest. About eight miles from Berea, visitors can bike, hike, fish, canoe or kayak at Owsley Fork Reservoir, which features a 150-acre lake.

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Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant gives high-end value for small budgets. It features an impressive white-columned façade, antique and handcrafted furniture and rooms with deep-soaking tubs. You can tuck into tasty dishes like pulled pork mac and cheese, shrimp and grits or fried green tomato BLTs at Boone Tavern Restaurant. Make sure to sip a selection of Kentucky bourbons at Frost Café. Boone Tavern The hotel is near Main Street and Berea College Square, a quick drive from the Central Kentucky Wildlife Management Area.

Historic Boone Tavern

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9.4 Excellent (2068 reviews)

3. La Crosse, Wisconsin - Take a Riverboat Cruise on the Mississippi River

La Crosse, Wisconsin is an excellent destination for travelers who want to enjoy activities on and around the Mississippi River. You can boat, fish and take a riverboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi, or enjoy the river’s beaches. Outdoor buffs can also hike the trails of the city’s French Island or hike, ski, canoe and ride ATVs in Black River State Forest, about 60 miles away. La Crosse also has plenty to please car buffs of all ages, including the Dahl Auto Museum and Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum.

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Country Inn and Suites by Radisson is a modern hotel close to beaches and hiking trails along the Mississippi River, the Black River and French Island. Its amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, plus an outdoor patio with a fire pit. The hotel also offers free daily breakfast.

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, La Crosse, WI

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La Crosse
8.8 Excellent (2109 reviews)

2. Idaho Falls, Idaho - Go White Water Rafting on the Snake River

Idaho Falls is a picturesque city surrounded by trails and parks that offers access to fishing, water skiing, and white water rafting on the Snake River. Art lovers can check out the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho on the Snake River and the galleries of the Willard Art Center, while nature lovers can visit the Museum of Idaho natural history museum and the Tautphaus Park Zoo. For longer trips, Idaho Falls is an excellent home base to explore the lava fields and enormous craters of Craters of the Moon National Monument, an hour and a half drive away.

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Featuring an indoor pool and spa tub, Comfort Inn, Idaho Falls is also conveniently near shopping and restaurants. The hotel serves complimentary daily breakfast and is less than a mile away from the city center and the Idaho Falls Greenbelt Trail. The Museum of Idaho and the Tautphaus Park Zoo are a quick drive from the hotel.

Comfort Inn Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls
7.8 Good (1481 reviews)

1. Laredo, Texas - Enjoy Authentic Mexican Cuisine and Shop for Mexican Imports

Stroll the historic streets of this 1775 town just five minutes from the Mexican border, stopping to nosh on authentic Mexican cuisine. Visit Casa Ortiz, built in 1830, for its gorgeous gardens and views of the Rio Grande River and Mexico. Lake Casablanca International State Park is a lakeside park in Laredo that offers fishing, waterskiing, swimming and trails. If you decide not to make the quick trip from Laredo to Mexico to shop, you can buy imported Mexican goods along 40 blocks of Laredo’s Main Street.

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Just three miles from the Mexican border and a mile from the town of Laredo, Red Roof Inn Laredo features an outdoor pool and contemporary décor. It’s an excellent choice for travelers on a budget, offering free coffee in the lobby and free parking. It’s also within walking distance to a number of restaurants and close to Laredo Center for the Arts.

Red Roof Inn Laredo

7.8 Good (2185 reviews)