California (LA, San Francisco)
The saying ‘it’s always sunny in California’ certainly rings true. Boasting temperatures of up to 25C in November, The Golden State is home to many attractions for you to escape to. From the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the architectural wonder that is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California is ready to spoil you. For those daydreaming of sandy beaches in November, California has got you covered too – whether that’s relaxing under a cool sun in Santa Monica or playing a round of golf on Pismo Beach, LA ticks all the right boxes. So, who says you can’t wear shorts in November? And remember, if there’s one state that makes you feel like you’re a star in your own movie, then it’s definitely Cali!
Florida (Orlando, Miami, Tampa)
From the Golden State to the Sunshine State! Florida really earns its nickname – and for good reason. Whether you’re looking to kick back in Miami and experience in November what everyone else only has in July, or you want to set your holiday mode to adventurous, Florida has much to offer. Orlando alone is home to Disney World, SeaWorld and Discovery Cove, and if that doesn’t satisfy your thrill-seeking needs, Busch Gardens in Tampa will bring a touch of an African safari straight to you. Featuring exhilarating rollercoasters, awesome water rides and an animal attractions area, this 335-acre theme park will certainly give you a rush that takes you right back to summer. For those just wanting to unwind in front of awe-inspiring views, the Florida Keys is the perfect place – enjoy the serenity and tranquility of golden sunsets on a daily basis.
As most of the UK battles cold and icy conditions, Arizonians move outside for the best weather of the year. The locals call November ‘snowbird season’ due to all the sunshine-seeking visitors that drop into cities like Phoenix. Witnessing the Grand Canyon in the backdrop of an Arizonian sunset is another spectacle you’ll need to see to believe. 30C may be something Brits encounter a handful of times a year – but for Arizonians that temperature is reached several times a week! Arizona boasts more stunning natural attractions than resorts and beaches – a frequent recommendation from locals is to hike amid the ponderosa pines in Flagstaff to truly be at one with nature.
They say, ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ and that certainly is the case when describing the fall in the Lone Star State. The summer’s searing heat usually cools off into balmy November days and brisk evenings – and visitors are very much welcome. San Antonio hosts several family-friendly festivals and events during the month of November, including a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Wurstfest, a celebration of German food and culture. For couples and twosomes looking for a winter beach holiday in this great state, Port Isabel is home to several beaches that are pleasantly quiet around this time of year. Lone Star State hipsters recommend Caprock Canyons State Park as a fall mountain escape: the scenic canyon twinned with dry riverbeds between colourful sandstone cliffs makes for a beautiful destination for hiking or mountain biking.
Stretching for over 700 miles along Florida’s west coast, you’ll forget you are in the winter season. Sarasota, perhaps one of the coast’s most popular destinations, was voted America’s #1 small city for art. On that note, it’s the perfect destination for art and culture fans – visitors can choose from internationally acclaimed festivals, ballet and opera productions, as well as discovering the area's unique circus heritage. World-renowned white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and a versatile variety of cultural activities make Sarasota the perfect getaway for couples and families. Relaxing on beaches in November may be a fantasy but take it a step further by checking out award-winning white sand beaches in St. Pete/Clearwater – voted by Trip Advisor as the third and fourth best beaches in the US respectively. Boasting a staggering average 361 days of sunshine per year, the Gulf Coast will have you slapping on the sunscreen in no time.