We’re nearing the end of the year and that means that shoulder season is upon us. That said, you shouldn’t shrug off planning some November holidays. These are the Best Places to Travel to in November. Treat yourself to a stretched out Thanksgiving getaway at one of these hot US cities where you can expect to save big on both hotels and flights. Where to Travel in November? Scroll on to see our favorite cities to escape to on a dime!
Your San Antonio Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 88°F ~ Low 75°F
One part history, one part city life and one part family entertainment makes San Antonio, Texas an easy destination pick for the month.
Temperatures are mellowing out in San Antonio, and the hotel prices are following suit! trivago hotel data shows average hotel room prices lingering at $125 per night in November and visitors can expect similar prices from September through January.
We’ve kept it short and sweet with our top places to stay and events to do this month — both on and off the River Walk!
The St. Anthony ★★★★★
Be one of the first guests to experience the renovated spaces of the historic St. Anthony, a landmark of the city since 1909.
The Crockett Hotel ★★★
Named for Texan hero Davy Crockett, this top value boutique hotel emanates a Lone Star attitude down to the Texas-shaped waffles at the hotel’s complimentary breakfast.
Hotel Emma ★★★★
This newcomer to San Antonio is shaking up the city’s luxury hospitality scene with rustic bedroom furnishings, a lofty library and killer cocktails.
What to do in San Antonio in November?
Sweltering triple digit highs are a long forgotten memory by the time November rolls around. Some early holiday shopping could figure into your itinerary, or for families, how about a day at one of the area’s amusement parks or a Spurs game?
Our friends at the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau make it easy by highlighting these two events that light up the November night skies…
Light a lantern at Luminaria
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November 10 – 11. If you’re traveling to San Antonio for the second weekend of November, head over to the historic Eastside for Luminaria, a multi-arts festival showcasing works by regional, national and international artists. Borrowing the event’s name from the traditional Latino lantern, this lively event truly “shines a spotlight on the arts” in San Antonio.
See the Ford Holiday River Parade from the Front Row
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Holiday cheer floats its way around the Downtown during the 35th Annual Ford Holiday River Parade, a local tradition that brings over 40,000 spectators down to the River Walk. Over 100,000 lights, 26 shining floats, and a Christmas Music Concert create an unparalleled atmosphere — be sure to reserve your spot in advance
to secure your ideal vantage point.
How Much to Budget
Once you’re on the ground in Alamo City, plan to set aside roughly $608 over 48 hours as a couple in San Antonio.
Taxi from the airport: $29 per cab
Bus 5: $1.30 per passenger
One night in a 3-star Hotel – November: $132.53
Two front row seats along the Ford Holiday River Parade: $50
Find November Deals in San Antonio!
Your Atlanta Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 71°F ~ Low 37°F
Home to the historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood of Martin Luther King Jr., the grand Georgia Aquarium and the bubbly World of Coca-Cola — the city of Atlanta provides an abundance of options to visitors planning a visit year-round. Dig a bit deeper and savor the sophisticated side of this Southern city through its world-class art galleries, and tantalizing restaurants with an ample choice of bars to match. No wonder it’s a favorite backdrop for so many TV shows and movies.
August and the Fall months (October through December) all show average hotel prices dipping below $175 per night, the cheapest point of the year. Whether you fancy a stay by the sights Downtown, the shopping in Buckhead or next to Piedmont Park in Midtown, filter for your ideal stay on trivago.
Searching for Atlanta’s best hotels? These modern picks are some of our favorites…
The Georgian Terrace ★★★★
A mainstay in Midtown, experience classic Southern hospitality whether you decide on a standard room or a three bedroom unit.
AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza ★★★
Inspired by European hospitality, experience the refinement of the AC Hotel all while collecting your Marriott Rewards when you book using “Hotel Website” on trivago!
Hyatt House Atlanta Downtown ★★★
All your comforts and necessities (a central location, free WiFi, kitchenettes) without fuss.
What to do in Atlanta in November?
Atlanta is bumping all year long (just have a look at that packed event calendar!), but in terms of getting the best bang for your buck, don’t overlook the month of November.
We reached out to the folks at the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and they had no shortage of recommendations for November visitors. Here are a few…
Wander through Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
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November 11th – January 7th. Walk through this LED wonderland during the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual holiday light display. Marvel at the 100-foot long Tunnel of Light, the 30-foot cone tree at the Alston Overlook and why not warm up with firepit s’mores.
Munch a bunch at Chomp and Stomp
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November 4th. For those who can take the heat, there are 100 homemade chilis along with 29 restaurants chilis being sampled at this year’s event in Chastain Park. Bluegrass tunes, brussel sprout bobbing and a ROMP 5k await!
How Much to Budget
Aside from transportation into ATL, you can expect to spend roughly $773 over 48 hours as a couple in Atlanta.
MARTA ticket (Gold/Red Line): $2.50
Taxi from the airport: $30 to Downtown
One night in a 3-star Hotel: $175
CityPASS (Admission to 5 Must-See Attractions in Atlanta): $76.75
Find November Deals in Atlanta!
“Atlanta continues to shine not only for its residents, but for its national and international visitors as well. With its historic sites, one-of-a-kind attractions and endless dining options, Atlanta continues to be a dynamic destination that offers something for everyone to enjoy. “
-William Pate, President and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Your San Diego Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 74°F ~ Low 55°F
Stumped for where to travel in November? Our third pick for this month is as far south as you can get on the Pacific coast in San Diego. Fish tacos, microbrews and sand castles welcome you to this sunny corner of California!
Load up on your Vitamin D in San Diego for less. The average hotel room this month goes for $179 per night as compared to $244 during July, the most expensive month of the year — that’s a 27% savings.
Like the feeling of crisp sheets and a snow white tub? Check into these three brand-new San Diego hotels…
SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Diego Downtown Bayfront ★★★
Bright, calming rooms with free Wifi to keep you synced and a daily breakfast to kick start your day.
Hotel La Jolla ★★★
Cozy up on a cool November night at the Hiatus Lounge & Pool as a guest at this Curio Collection by Hilton property.
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport - Liberty Station
Look no further for a homebase while in SD, all of the suites come with full kitchen and a hot breakfast daily.
What to do in San Diego in November?
The summertime hoards have packed up their beach umbrellas meaning that your chances of surfing without plowing over a swimmer or spending some alone time with the San Diego Zoo pandas are only improving!
Room5 asked the San Diego Tourism Authority for their favorite things to do in November. This is what they shared with us…
Get lost in Balboa Park
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What Central Park is to NYC is what Balboa Park is to San Diego. But this time imagine the urban oasis as one with the added bonus of a dozen gardens, 16 museums and the celebrated San Diego Zoo. See more of this green space with an Explorer Pass, which affords you five museum visits on the One-Day Pass and 17 museums and the Zoo on the Multi-Day Pass.
Sip your way through San Diego Beer Week
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It’s hard to be a beer connoisseur in the States without having sipped some of San Diego’s best. For the die-hards and the thirsty November visitor, the 10-day long San Diego Beer Week promises a killer line-up of events to hop around. With over 400 events last year, it won’t be long before you find your new go-to brew.
How Much to Budget
Aside from transportation into “Daygo,” you can expect to spend roughly $578 over 48 hours as a couple in San Diego.
Airport Flyer Bus 992: $2.25
Taxi from the airport: $14
One night in a 3-star Hotel: $199.94
One-Day Balboa Park Explorer Pass: $45
Find November Deals in San Diego!
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