Where to Travel in November
From cool fall breezes to pre-holiday calm, November offers plenty of reasons to give thanks. Catch Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Or enjoy a fall escape into Florida’s abundant wildlife, after an outing to Walt Disney World with the kids. Up the wild factor at a weeklong pirates’ festival in the Caribbean or a trek through the Sahara Desert. With these November travel ideas, you’ll be plenty relaxed before all the holiday hoopla.
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Hungry for nature-viewing ops? Head to the Sunshine State. You won’t need binoculars to take in the sight of wintering birds making a pit stop along a major migration corridor within Florida’s Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, located near Cape Canaveral. See a colorful gathering of pink roseate spoonbills that call the estuaries within the refuge home in November. The wildlife refuge is one of several outdoor respites you can enjoy beyond Orlando's theme parks. And once the kids start clamoring for Mickey and Minnie, head to Walt Disney World -- mid-November through mid-December is one of the best times to visit.
New York City
Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade
Giant balloon puppets like Spiderman debuted at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade back in 1927. Today, the 87th annual event is one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the US.
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Kick up your heels in the Big Apple. See the Rockettes dance in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, presented at Radio City Music Hall come early November. Or time your visit to coincide with the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Skip shoving your way through crowds for a peek of the parade -- check out Oyster.com’s Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade hotels, they offer great views of the parade minus the madding crowds. And if you can’t make it to NYC after all, check out the best Thanksgiving Day parades nationwide.
Virginia and North Carolina
The last weeks of fall are here; don’t let them pass by without one last glimpse of the season’s colors. This month, fall foliage’s most vibrant colors have typically come and gone in the northern states, so head south! Just make sure it’s in early November. Take a road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Also enjoy a look at fall foliage in Virginia, where the changing leaves are still in vibrant bloom through the first week (in Central Virginia) and mid-November (in Eastern Virginia).
Ahoy, me hearties! Grab your baddest bandana and thickest mascara (yes, you too, gentlemen), and head to the Cayman Islands for the annual Pirates Week Festival. The 11-day festival showcases lively street dances, games, music, local food and drink, parades, sports events -- lots of paddle-boarding fun, marathons and more -- and even fireworks. In your downtime, see more things we like in Grand Cayman. Plus, take in oceanic wonders like Stingray City, then rest up at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.
Seeking ancient lore and timeless desert beauty? Embark on a trek through the Sahara. The scorching heat subsides come November, making it a great time for a desert adventure through North African countries. At the top of our list is Morocco. Head out on a camel trek through Morocco's Erg Chebbi Desert. If the city beckons, say “Ma'a Salama,” to your trusty camel friend, and explore Morocco by car, taking in ancient cities like Tangiers, Casablanca and Marrakech.
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