The leaves have started to fall, and so have the temperatures, so find some time for a fall break and get out of town. These seven vacation destinations are perfect for a getaway in November, because you'll get to spend lots of time in the sun and have the opportunity to explore a new and interesting place.
Top 7 November City Break Getaways That You Should Start Planning
This stunning retreat in the desert outside of Scottsdale is a perfect place to relax in the sun and enjoy peace and quiet.
1. Scottsdale, Arizona
Yes, it's a city - but without the hustle and bustle of other parts of the U.S. Besides, you can’t get any warmer than the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Scottsdale boasts average temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in November, which means you can enjoy the heat of the desert without burning to a crisp. Scottsdale’s scenic waterways hosts fishing, jet skiing, parasailing and river rafting. Enjoy the outdoors and hike the famous Camelback trails in hopes you’ll catch a glimpse of a breathtaking view of the valley during Arizona’s colorful sunsets. Take a dip in one of Scottsdale’s more than 130 cooling pools after some retail therapy at Scottsdale’s Fashion Square mall. Scottsdale continues to hold major events such as Scottsdale Golf Week at the beginning of December.
2. Santa Catalina Island, California
Off the coast of Los Angeles and surrounded by the Pacific, Catalina is a little island resort with rolling hills and secluded coves that continue to bring in celebrities and travelers alike. An easy escape from the mainland, it is known for its wildlife, dive sites and Mt. Orizaba, its highest peak. The resort town of Two Harbors is the north part of the island with the city of Avalon where palm trees and cabanas line Descanso Beach. Avalon is home to Catalina Casino, a cultural center with a movie theater, ballroom and museum.
3. Beaufort, South Carolina
This charming town somehow manages to stay warmer than surrounding cities. The extensive history of Beaufort will keep you enthralled as you explore the thriving downtown area and nearby Hunting Island State Park. If you’re spending a few nights there, make sure to book a place in the heart of the historic district so you can enjoy its southern charm and a scrumptious Sunday brunch at Southern Graces Bistro, a local favorite.
It is hard to believe that this vacation rental in Hilo is one of the most affordable ones on the entire island - but it is!
4. Hilo, Hawaii
Though Hawaii has many amazing places to stay, Hilo maintains a small town vibe, making you feel more like a local than a tourist. Spend the day making your way to Rainbow Falls and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You'll have the chance to sleep on top of a waterfall at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls, where you will feel alone in a rainforest, except with all of the wonderful amenities.
5. St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
An easy plane flight away from East Coast cities, more than half of this island is protected by a national park and has sandy beaches and magnificent underwater reefs, kept pristine for your viewing pleasure. It offers travelers a unique opportunity to appreciate the beautiful natural resources of the island. Rent out a private seaside cottage or find a resort located in the national park and bask in the luxury of bedrooms steps away from the beach.
6. Newport Beach, California
A casual California vacation will let you put down those scarves and gloves and take up a boogie board or ice cream. Newport Beach welcomes everyone in to enjoy the local shops, diners, and old fashioned Balboa Island. Pick a place along the coast and set yourself to wake up with a view of the Pacific. Run down to the beach to lay in the sand or splash around in the chilly waters. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Paradise Island in the Florida Keys is the picture-perfect November getaway.
7. Florida Keys, Florida
Pick an island from the Florida Keys to spend your tropical vacation. About 120 miles off Florida’s coast, any of these islands are known for their Caribbean vibe and a perfect place to relax or stay active in the sun with fishing, boating or scuba diving. The nightlife is well known for its energetic bars and nightclubs, as well as sidewalk cafes and world class restaurants. The days can be filled with historic tours such as the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum on the Key West Island, or explore the first of the island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo.
This article was written by Melanie Whyte.