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Are you planning your next adventure but don’t know where to start? Look no further than the Travel Channel. With its vast array of travel-related content, the Travel Channel can provide you with all the information and inspiration you need to plan your dream vacation. Here’s how:

Destination Inspiration

The Travel Channel is packed with shows that showcase destinations around the world, from bustling cities to remote islands. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an adrenaline-fueled adventure, there’s something for everyone. Shows like “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and “Bizarre Foods” offer a unique perspective on different cultures and their cuisines, while “Expedition Unknown” takes you on thrilling adventures to uncover hidden treasures.

Expert Advice

The Travel Channel is home to some of the most knowledgeable travel experts in the industry. From Samantha Brown to Andrew Zimmern, these experts share their tips and tricks for traveling smarter and safer. They offer advice on everything from packing essentials to navigating foreign customs, so you can be confident in your travels.

Insider Secrets

The Travel Channel also provides viewers with insider secrets that can help make their trips more enjoyable. Shows like “Hotel Impossible” reveal behind-the-scenes information about hotels and resorts, while “Mysteries at the Museum” uncovers fascinating stories about historical landmarks and artifacts.

Trip Planning Tools

In addition to its TV shows, the Travel Channel offers a variety of online trip planning tools that can help you plan every aspect of your vacation. The website features articles on popular destinations, as well as user-generated reviews and ratings of hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for inspiration or advice on planning your next adventure, turn to the Travel Channel. With its expert advice, insider secrets, destination inspiration and trip planning tools – it has everything you need to make your next trip unforgettable. So, sit back, relax and let the Travel Channel take you on a journey around the world.

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Viewpoint in Chiang Rai overlooking the Golden Triangle © Kannika Yawichai / Shutterstock

Our advice for the adventurous hoping to travel in November: aim high. From the ‘ Roof of Africa ’ to a Nicaraguan volcano, Thailand ’s lofty rice paddies to Oregon’s snow-capped Mt Hood, you’ll find your kicks when you see, scale and ski down these mountains. Head for the hills and find unforgettable thrills with these travel suggestions from our experts.

A walia Ibex teeters on a high rock in the Simien Mountain range

Trek Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains for a unique high

Ethiopia is known as the ‘Roof of Africa’ – it has more mountains than any other country on the continent. Its highest peak, 15,157ft (4620m) Ras Dashen, sits within Ethiopia’s most striking landscape, the Simien range . Geologically speaking, there’s nowhere else like this extraordinary swath of basaltic peaks, pinnacles, gullies and escarpments, which have been eroded over millions of years. It’s prime trekking terrain, with options ranging from day hikes along ancient paths to a two-week traverse. All routes reveal jaw-dropping views, tiny time-warp villages and, with luck, endemic wildlife – from walia ibex to gelada monkeys. Dry November, when the countryside is still lush from the rains, is an ideal month.

Trip plan: From capital Addis Ababa , travel north via Gondar’s castles and the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela to Debark (the Simiens’ hub). Here, arrange a multi-day hike; for example, spend five to 10 days hiking from Sankaber to Ras Dashen via the Geech Abyss and the breathtaking Imet Gogo lookout. Need to know: Altitude sickness is common in Ethiopia – even Addis Ababa is at 7726 ft (2355m). Stay well-hydrated and acclimatise before strenuous activity. Through the year: Mar–Apr: warming; May–Jun: warmer, some rain; Jul–Oct: rainy (Jul–Aug: wettest); Nov–Feb: dry, cool.

Visit Nicaragua for active volcanoes and activities galore

Nicaragua has all the attractions – colonial towns, beaches, wildlife, adventures – but few tourists. It’s a particularly good choice for families, thanks to a wealth of available activities (zip lining, river kayaking, volcano boarding), a relaxed vibe and a population that adores children. November is a great month, with the countryside fresh from recent rains yet the weather dry and warm (20–28°C; 68–82°F). You might even see olive ridley turtles nesting at Isla Juan Venado (they usually visit August to December).

Trip plan: From capital Managua head to colonial León . From here, visit Isla Juan Venado and climb the active slopes of Cerro Negro volcano. Veer south for surf lessons at Pacific-coast Playa los Cardones. Stop at a cacao plantation en route to Lake Nicaragua and volcanic Ometepe Island. Then delve into cloud forest for zip lining and monkeys, take carriage rides around elegant Granada and take a short flight to the Corn Islands, for Caribbean snorkelling and relaxation. Need to know: Nicaraguan currency is the córdoba; many places accept US dollars. Through the year: May–Jun: hot, rains start; Jul–Oct: wettest (Sep–Oct: worst); Nov–Apr: dry, warm.

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Head to Oregon's Cascade Range for early ski fun

Mt Hood, a 11,250ft (3429m) stratovolcano amid the Cascade Range , has North America’s longest ski season. You can swoosh down the glaciers here in mid-June. However, the winter season usually starts early November, as the snow begins to dump and the full range of pistes becomes runnable. Mt Hood’s Timberline ski area has 41 runs (25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced), plus the Pacific Northwest’s longest vertical drop. It also has characterful old Timberline Lodge , built in 1937 as part of a public works program during the Great Depression, and now designated a National Historic Landmark. It’s the state’s only ski-in hotel, and even played a role in Kubrik's movie  The Shining (1980). It’s an atmospheric place to stay whether you’re a powder hound or not.

Trip plan: Bar-hop in Portland before heading to Timberline. Group and private ski/snowboard lessons are available. The lodge has a sauna, hot tub and heated outdoor pool (open year-round). Need to know: Timberline is 62 miles (100km) east of Portland; Mount Hood Express buses run from Sandy (east of Portland) to the lodge. Through the year: Jun–Aug: summer skiing; Sep–Oct: possible skiing, dependent on conditions; Nov–May: snow.

Viewpoint in Chiang Rai made of wooden walkways, with two wooden houses on stilts, overlooking Thailand's Golden Triangle

Escape to the hills in Northern Thailand

They call north Thailand Lanna – ‘the land of a million rice fields’. Indeed, this cool, mountainous realm is terraced with paddies, abundant in fruit trees and filled-in with rampant jungle. It’s an ideal retreat in November: the rains have just ended, leaving everything green, yet temperatures are still warm (23–26°C; 73–79°F); from December to February, nights are pretty chilly. Laid-back Chiang Mai is the main hub – book a cookery course, haggle at the markets and arrange forays into the hills. Head to Mae Sariang (near the Burmese border) or the Golden Triangle (north of Chiang Rai ) to trek among waterfalls and hill tribes. Staying with families in their bamboo stilthouses gives greater insight; witness their distinctive dress, and help with cooking or tea picking. While in the north, you can also cycle amid paddies and ruins, and admire the old teak houses of Lampang and Phrae.

Trip plan: Fly (70 minutes) or take the train (13 hours) from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Allow three/four days for hill-tribe treks; allow seven/10 days for more exploration. Phuket , in southwest Thailand, is lovely in November, if you want to add on beach time. Need to know: Loi Krathong festival, when candlelit baskets are floated downriver, usually falls in November (in 2019, it's held 11–13 November). It’s best seen in the north. Other months: Mar–May: hot; Jun–Oct: wet; Nov–Feb: cool, dry.

Article first published September 2017, and last updated September 2019

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3 Great Adventure Destinations for November

Arizona: tucson and sedona.

In November, when much of the U.S. is chilled and waiting for ski season, the State of Arizona is sunny and crisp. The heat of summer is gone but the climate is ideal for exploring the desert.

Tucson and Sedona are two great bases in Arizona. Tucson is southern and warmer with November high temperatures around 73°F (23°C). The city is known for good Mexican cuisine, unique lodging, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum . Surrounding Tucson are mountains and a network of desert trails: Sabino Canyon is a local favorite and Saguaro National Park is only thirty minutes from downtown.

The artsy enclave of Sedona is located 230 miles north of Tucson in “Red Rock Country.” The weather is slightly cooler with average highs in November of 66°F (19°C), but the terrain will be approachable and extraordinarily beautiful. In close proximity to Sedona is the outdoor hotspot of Flagstaff (45 minutes north) and Grand Canyon National Park is located 2 hours north.

To unwind after a day in the desert, try one of Arizona’s craft breweries , including Barrio Brewery in Tucson (all pints are $1 off when the train is passing) and Oak Creek Brewery in Sedona.  

Hawaiian Islands

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The weather is Hawaii is stable throughout the year with a temperature range of only five degrees Fahrenheit and a “rainy season” of little import (precipitation can vary significantly on different parts of the islands but seasons are not a significant factor). November, however, is one of the best months to visit Hawaii with offseason deals and fewer tourists before the winter rush. The pre-Thanksgiving stretch in particular is a wonderful time to be on the Islands.

The full gamut of Hawaii’s outdoor activities is accessible year-round, including surfing, hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding. In addition, the famous humpback whale migration is in full swing by December and early whale sightings occur in November as the pods arrive to birth and nurse their young in Hawaii’s warm waters. On the Big Island, the one-of-a-kind Kona Coffee Festival takes place during the first half of the month.  

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Trekking in Nepal

It’s true that the fall peak season is the busiest time of the year when the majority of trekkers descend on Kathmandu and the mountain routes. Yet Nepal remains an off-the-beaten-path travel destination and new trails have been blazed to relieve pressure on the most popular treks. For last minute planners, a luxury (and headache) of Nepal is the informality: visitors can arrive in the tourist district of Thamel and arrange for a major trek within just a matter of days. Depending on the year, the Khumbu (Mt. Everest) region can have excellent trekking through the first two weeks of December.

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Best Places to Visit in November

With the rainy season behind us, November is a wonderful time to explore the cultural gems of Cambodia and Guatemala as well as the colorful celebrations of the Black-necked Crane Festival in Bhutan and the Pushkar camel fair in Rajasthan.

Here is our full list of top places to visit this month.

A sailboat in Egypt.

From the ancient wonders of Cairo to the fertile Nile and its remote monuments including Luxor and Abu Simbel, Egypt shelters a vast array of adventure, and November is the perfect time to travel as the stifling summer heat subsides. Thanks to Egypt’s desert climate, it can be quite cool in the evening, especially when on the Nile River.

Two women walking in Rajasthan.

November is a wonderful time to visit India, just after the monsoon rains have passed and when the air is cooler. We love visiting during this time because it is also during the festivities of the Pushkar Fair, Rajasthan’s vibrant camel fair, a whirlwind of color, song, and dance.

A lake shore in Argentina.

With its wild landscapes, world-famous wine, and everchanging weather, Argentina reveals a world of adventure during spring (our autumn!). While Buenos Aires has mild weather year-round, Patagonia experiences famously changeable patterns, though November usually has warm days on the trail framed by throngs of wildflowers.

Traditional dancers in Bhutan.

November is a wonderful time to visit the Kingdom of Bhutan, when the rains have died down and we enjoy hikes in the refreshing autumn air of the Thimphu and Paro valleys. We timed our adventures to witness different festivals, and November is the Black-necked Crane Festival, honoring the sacred bird of Bhutan with colorful masked dances and songs.

A path in Cambodia.

The ancient sites and welcoming culture of Cambodia make the country a must-visit destination, and November is one of the best times to visit when it is drier and cooler, and the crowds are fewer. Clear blue skies make for fantastic photography opportunities and daytime temperatures can still get hot (but manageable), with warm, pleasant evenings.

A dock and boat in Guatemala.

December in Guatemala means the towns are adorned for the holiday season, spirits are high, the weather is great, and there are few crowds. This month tends to be cooler, with clearer skies and cold nights, but always be ready for the occasional rain shower.

A photographer taking photos of penguins in Georgia.

Falkland & South Georgia

If you enjoy photography during your travels, November in the Falklands and South Georgia Island is absolutely surreal. The soft light shimmers off the icebergs and hungry chicks loudly clamor to be fed while the males shuttle back and forth to the sea in the hunt for food.

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Where to Travel in November 2023

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Where to Travel in November: Adventure Destinations Around the World

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All I want for Christmas is not to have to hear about Christmas in November. Seriously. I’ve only just recovered from Halloween, and my blood sugar level is still way too high to even contemplate another candy-based holiday.

As soon as November comes around, the world instantly zeroes in on the holidays.

It doesn’t matter that there are still weeks to go, you’re going to hear Mariah Carey on the radio every day. Unless, of course, you flee the scene and head somewhere exotic for an adventure-packed getaway.

Not only will you escape the holiday-mania for a couple of weeks, but you also won’t need to break the bank in doing so.

November is one of the cheapest months of the year to travel because it is super off-peak; this means  getting the ultimate bang for your buck when it comes to flights and accommodation.

If you’re ready to escape the cold and seek out adventure, here are seven incredible places to inspire your travels in November.

1. Mexico for Epic Surfing

Puerto Escondido is the surfing mecca of Mexico, and possibly the whole world. November is the perfect month to visit this coastal town for a number of reasons.

Firstly, the rainy season is coming to an end, so you’ll be blessed with days of glorious sunshine. Secondly, the rainy season hasn’t quite finished yet, which means that, in exchange for a wild electrical storm every few evenings, you’ll enjoy delightfully low prices.

Unsurprisingly, the number one thing to do in a surfing mecca is to surf. Beginners start out on the gentle ripples over at Playa Carrizalillo, while the more confident surfers head over to La Punta.

If you consider yourself a pro then you might want to try the monster waves over at Zicatela Beach. But beware because these bad boys are seriously huge.

Surfer in Puerto Escondido, Me

If you’re not keen on surfing then fear not, there are plenty of other options. November is the best time of the year to see the bioluminescence that grows in Puerto Escondido’s lagoons. As you move your body through the water, the plankton glows fluorescent blue in what can only be described as a thoroughly magical experience.

If you’d rather not be submerged in water, the sun starting to peek through in November makes the boat tours to see dolphins and turtles all the more enjoyable. There are numerous tour agencies in La Rinconada and Zicatela that will help you book yourself on to such a tour.

2. Chile for Trekking in Patagonia

Few places in the world can compare with Patagonia when it comes to untamed natural beauty. The stark plains, rugged mountains and endless glaciers combine to create incomparable landscapes. It’s the kind of stuff a photographer could only dream of, except that it’s real, and you’re right there looking at it.

While the Northern Hemisphere cools down, the Southern Hemisphere gears up for summer, and Patagonia is no exception. The extreme wind and snow that plague the region in the winter have died down, and the temperature in Patagonia in November is perfect for hiking.

Reflections of Torres del Paine

The most popular part of the region to explore is the Torres del Paine National Park, which is distinguished by its cluster of jagged mountains. The two main trekking routes are the W trek and the Circuit trek. The Circuit trek takes around seven days, while the W trek takes only five—they follow roughly the same route, but the Circuit trek carries on a little further.

Both treks take you along the iconic Tower’s Trail, which stretches between the mountains and gives you unparalleled views of the spiky peaks and the glacial lake that sits at their base.

They both also include the Grey Trail, which snakes along the edge of Lake Pehoe until you reach Grey Lake. From there, a boat takes you across the lake and past the magnificent Grey Glacier.

The Circuit trek and W trek are physically demanding, and you will need a good fitness level, regardless of which option you choose. You should also be prepared for all kinds of weather. While November is generally sunny, there are no guarantees of anything in the wild lands of Patagonia.

3. Philippines for Some Island Hopping

November marks the start of the dry season in the Philippines. The temperature is warm but not sweltering, and the Christmas vacation travelers are yet to arrive. So the islands are less crowded and less expensive to visit. This means that you can island hop to your heart’s content without having to jostle for space.

The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, and around 1,700 of these are in the Palawan region. This gives you ample island-hopping opportunity. And, in November, the humidity drops, so you won’t be suffocating within five minutes of being outside.

Palawan island tour to Matinloc

From El Nido, Palawan, there are four tours available: A, B, C, and D . This what they cover:

  • A : Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, and 7 Commando Beach
  • B : Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Cudugnon Cave, Cathedral Cave, Pangulasian Island
  • C : Helicopter Island, Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach, Hidden Beach, Star Beach
  • D : Ipil Beach, Cadlao Lagoon, Pasandigan Beach, Paradise Beach, Natnat Beach, Bukal Beach

Every tour is incredible and, if you have time to do all of them, I fully encourage you to do so.

Rest assured that if you only have time for one or two, every beach has pearly white sands. Just like every lagoon is filled with outrageously turquoise water. And it is all flanked by emerald jungle. While tours A and C tend to be more popular, there’s no wrong choice.

4. Greece for Exploring Ancient Ruins

Despite being one of the most historical and fascinating capitals in the world, from June to August Athens is a ghost town because the heat is unbearable and the city becomes one big dustbowl. Everyone goes off to Greece’s insanely beautiful islands so they don’t suffocate in the capital.

September and October then see a surge of visitors as the weather cools off and, by November, it is quiet again. The difference this time is that, in November, the weather is perfect.

So, you’ve got the city to yourself (sort of) and the sun is shining: What do you do now?

Aerial View of Athens, Pictures of Greece

Your first port of call should be the Acropolis . In the summer, this historical site is so hot and bright that it is downright unpleasant to visit. In November, you can explore the ruins in comfort.

If you’re interested in history then visit the museum first and then go up to the Acropolis. Otherwise, hike up to the ruins, spend some time walking around, and then come back down again. I’m not usually one for historical sites, but you really cannot visit Athens without checking out the Acropolis and its iconic Parthenon.

Once you’ve had your culture fix, head over to Mount Parnitha, which sits just an hour outside of Athens and offers incredible aerial views of the city. The main route to the summit ranges from the mildest incline to fairly steep, but there’s nothing too challenging about it. The round trip is around 7.5 miles.

5. Cayman Islands to Party at Pirates Week Festival

You’ve probably heard of the Cayman Islands. It’s the little British-owned archipelago in the Caribbean Sea where loads of big corporations hide their money. But, the Cayman Islands are good for a lot more than just tax fraud.

In November, the three islands that make up the Cayman Islands play host to the highly entertaining Pirates Week Festival . Each of the three islands hosts a few days of the festival—with Grand Cayman allotted five of the 11 days. Meanwhile, the Cayman Brac and Little Cayman get three days each.

Cayman Islands with beach umbrellas

Pirates Week is a slightly tongue-in-cheek (and super fun) celebration of the Cayman Islands’ cultural heritage. And boy do they know how to celebrate. Fireworks, food festivals, parades, dancing, singing and even mock pirate invasions fill the days of the festival, bringing these sleepy islands to life.

Those of you who like to stay active while you’re on the road might want to participate in the 5K run or 5K swim (that’s just over three miles). The temperature will be in the 80s but if you can handle the heat, the races are great fun. Just make sure you register online for the race beforehand.

6. Cambodia for Perfect Scuba Diving

After months of intermittent rain, Cambodia dries off in November and clear skies are the order of the day. This means you can spend all day outside, exploring Cambodia’s rugged wilderness and spectacular ruins, without worrying about a sudden downpour.

To make the most of this glorious weather you should spend at least some of your time scuba diving. The clear weather makes for perfect visibility and the water will be bath-temperature at least.

The main diving spots are around Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem and Koh Koun. Star players around these sites include octopi, stingrays, starfish and seahorses.

Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia

If you’d rather stay on terra firma, opt for one of Cambodia’s dozens of hiking trails. The Kalai Jungle Trail is a good choice for people who want to be fully immersed in nature, but also don’t want anything too challenging. The entire route is 10 miles through a verdant jungle with the occasional stop for a dip in a natural pool.

For something more hardcore, make the most of the beautiful weather and go on a multi-day trek through the Cardamom Mountains . Through lush rainforest and past green mountains, this route winds through one of Cambodia’s most remote and beautiful regions. The trek can take anything from three to seven days, depending on how much time you’re willing to commit and energy you’re willing to expend.

So where are you escaping to in November? Let us know in the comments!

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There's no doubt about it—winter is on the horizon. And while it might not be perfect beach weather outside, there's still plenty of vacationing to do! From warm weather sojourns south of the equator to snowy vacations up north, the month of November offers plenty of excitement for you and your family, no matter what kind of travel experience you're after. Here are our top travel destinations during the month of November.

California Wine Country

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Northern California, with its bounty of fresh food, fine wine and stunning landscapes, is an idyllic destination that attracts visitors during all seasons of the year. But in November, the pastoral landscapes and winery tasting-tables are a bit less crowded--making it the perfect destination for a getaway with your loved ones. During late autumn, the landscapes of Sonoma and Napa Valley are crisscrossed with solitary hiking trails and dotted with beautiful viewpoints. And if you're a cyclist, it's hard to beat the scenic, winding Californian roads that bring plenty of opportunities to challenge yourself in the saddle! The late fall colors of the region are stunning, and the local culture is thriving as well, with events like the Napa Valley Film Festival happening in early November. Northern California is full of unforgettable getaways!

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While you may think you have seen some extraordinary landscapes on your travels, unless you've been to New Zealand you might want to reconsider that idea. Hands down, nothing tops the epic natural beauty of New Zealand. From the stunning Tasman Sea to active glaciers to pristine white-sand beaches, everything here seems to defy the imagination. You really must  see it to believe it and November is the perfect time to go! With fewer visitors than during the peak season and weather warm enough for you to relax and enjoy the views, the month of November is certainly a sweet spot. It's the last month of spring in the southern hemisphere and the locals are gearing up for summer with events like the Irish Festival in Auckland and Toast Martinborough, a food and wine festival near Wellington. You'll be amazed at the majestic natural beauty of this country whether you're enjoying it on a bike or on your own two feet--and you just might find yourself flabbergasted... because words truly don't do it justice.

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Israel’s weather in November is mild, with warm days and cool nights perfect for an active adventure, like biking or hiking the country’s epic desert routes! There’s also plenty going on. The Jerusalem Knights Festival in the city’s old quarter features medieval reenactments and historical tales, the perfect way to get a sense of the country’s fascinating history. And with the crowds of the tourist peak dying down, you’ll get to enjoy the country’s monuments and World Heritage sites in a more peaceful, solitary environment—the perfect way to bask in Israel’s fascinating culture. 

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Nepal Pedestrian River Bridge

A tiny country perched high in the Himalayan Mountains between China and India, Nepal is a haven for trekkers and place of great spiritual energy. From the prayer flags fluttering in the wind to the jagged mountain peaks, everything here seems imbued with a significance far beyond the everyday. November is a great month to visit Nepal, as it falls just after the October tourist peak but is still early enough that most trails are still accessible. From the bustling markets of Kathmandu to the dramatic jagged spires of the mountains to Chitwan National Park where rhinoceroses and Bengal tigers hide in the brush, there's little you're likely to experience in Nepal that won't surprise and excite you. If you're looking for a destination where you can combine rich culture, cuisine and hiking... Nepal is a divine choice.

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The waters in the far north of the Atlantic Ocean encircle an island nation that attracts millions of visitors every summer. A top-tier destination with dramatic waterfalls and cliffs, pastoral landscapes of grazing sheep and awe-inspiring glaciers and volcanoes, Iceland's natural beauty can astonish even the most seasoned of travelers. For hardier tourists, however, a late autumn or winter trip might be just the thing--falling snow turns the country into a winter wonderland and the glaciers and volcanoes are just waiting to be summited by way of snowmobiles and super jeeps or on foot with ice-axes and crampons. During November, Iceland is quite peaceful, having bid farewell to the mobs of 'fair-weather' summertime tourists. Even better, chances are you'll find plenty of friendly locals to chat with at the hip bars and coffee shops in the capital city of Reykjavík. Opt for an active November vacation in Iceland... the elusive Northern Lights may just provide the perfect backdrop for your adventure!

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Ultramodern Desert City in the United Arab Emirates

A mix of the modern living and traditional Arabic culture, Dubai is all things glittery with luxury malls, charming souks, cutting-edge clubs, gourmet restaurants and old-world eateries.

Approx. for 7 nights trip


2 Rishikesh

Adventure Hub of Uttarakhand

Exciting adventures await you at Rishikesh. You will love pleasant and sunny days with comparatively colder evenings. You can also explore the pilgrimage sites at Rishikesh.

Approx. for 2 nights trip


Home of Rolling Tea Terrains & Waterfalls

Munnar is a delight for adventure buffs. You will love trekking, rock climbing and rappelling. The mountain vistas at Munnar are spectacular too.


White Paradise in Ladakh

Leh has umpteen adventures in store for you. You can expect extremely chilly weather with freezing nights. The mountain views from Leh are an added bonus.

Approx. for 5 nights trip

Havelock Island

5 Havelock Island

Picturesque Tropical Getaway in the Andamans

Get set for thrilling adventures at Havelock. You will love indulging in beach activities and exploring the tourist hotspots. Additionally, you can also relax by the beaches at Havelock.


6 Chikmagalur

Lush Green Hill Station in Karnataka

Enjoy an adventure-packed vacay at Chikmagalur. You will love sightseeing and visiting the coffee plantations. Also, do not miss the spellbinding mountain views at Chikmagalur.


Green Paradise in North-East Kerala

Unleash the adventure enthusiast in you at Wayanad. You will love sightseeing, birdwatching and exploring the forests. You will also enjoy exploring the mountains at Wayanad.


A Tropical Paradise in Thailand

One of the many sought after holiday destinations, Phuket is known for its string of palm-fringed beaches, vibrant nightlife, iconic cultural attractions, ancient temples, hidden caves, and postcard-like surroundings.


Colonial Hill Station in Tamil Nadu

Ooty is a haven for adventurous souls! You will love tamil Festival and scenic views. Don’t forget to explore the beautiful mountains around Ooty.


Tropical Paradise in Thailand

Krabi is abundant in scenic beauty with lush tropical greenery, rugged limestone cliffs, meandering caves and a stunning coastline with some of the best beaches in the world.

Abu Dhabi

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One of the World's Richest Cities

Capital city of the UAE and the most populous after Dubai, Abu Dhabi is also the largest of the seven emirates and lies on an island in the Pacific Gulf.

Lonavala & Khandala

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Weekend Retreats in the Western Ghats

Take on the adventures at Lonavala to pump up your adrenalin! You will love outdoor activities like trekking & hiking. The mountain vistas at Lonavala are spectacular too.


Scenic Small Town in Bhutan

Rev up your spirits with the stunning adventures of Paro. You will love the festivals and lush valley views. The heritage monuments in Paro will also charm you.


14 Maldives

A Stunning Tropical Getaway

The adventurous offerings of Maldives will rejuvenate your senses! You can expect warm tropical weather. Don’t forget to spend some time at the beaches of Maldives.


A Wildlife Enthusiast's Paradise

Exciting adventures await you at Dandeli. You will love indulging in outdoor activities like treks and hikes. Try birdwatching and exploring the wildlife. The wildlife spottings at Dandeli are an added bonus.

Phi Phi Islands

16 Phi Phi Islands

Spectacular Rock Formations & Distinct Azure Waters

One of the most attractive groups of islands in Southeast Asia, the Phi Phi Islands are a tropical paradise with classic beaches, lying between the large island of Phuket and the coasts of the Strait of Malacca.


Scenic Hill Station in Karnataka

Coorg is a delight for adventure buffs. You will love camping, wildlife safaris, birdwatching and trekking. The mountain views from Coorg are an added bonus.


18 Mahabaleshwar

The Strawberry Capital of Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar has umpteen adventures in store for you. You will love sightseeing, trekking and picking fresh strawberries. Also, do not miss the spellbinding mountain views at Mahabaleshwar.


Quaint Temple Town in Rajasthan

Get set for thrilling adventures at Pushkar. You will love the day long safaris, sightseeing and temple hopping. Pushkar also has many pilgrimage sites.


Hidden Gem along Maharashtra's Coast

Enjoy an adventure-packed vacay at Malvan. You will love relaxing on the beach, enjoying various water sports and sightseeing. You can also explore the beautiful beaches of Malvan.


A Quiet Weekend Escape from Mumbai

Unleash the adventure enthusiast in you at Lavasa. You will love sightseeing and picnicking. You will also enjoy exploring the mountains at Lavasa.

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Travelling for adventure in the month of november.

Nothing can soothe a real travellers soul more than an adventure trip. Get back to the roots and feel alive with adrenaline rush while you jump off a cliff, dive deep in the blue sea or explore the unexplored in the dense forests. Ditch the five-star luxury for a billion-star view and blissful sunrise. Let every second and footstep count while you are creating experiences.

By November you are almost done with your yearly work targets, but what about the new year resolution you had made to travel as much as possible no matter what? Its time to rekindle that resolution and make travel plans.

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What are some of the best adventure destinations.

Here are the ten most recommended adventure tourism destinations in India: Auli, Leh, Lansdowne, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Kasol, Shimla, Corbett, Manali and Nainital. These places offer rare experiences that a traveller must tick off his bucket list.

What type of destinations are the best to visit in November?

November is the ideal month to take a break from your mundane routine and plan a trip to places like Agra, Varanasi, Mathura, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Chandigarh, Kasauli, Udaipur, and various other North Indian tourist spots. Since most of the north Indian states are hot and humid in summer, November is the ideal time to pack your bags and plan a trip to Delhi or Agra. Destinations like Alleppey, Cochin and Munnar are also some of the top South Indian destinations to visit in November. You can also plan a trip to North-Eastern states like Sikkim, Nagaland, Assam, Shillong and other tourist spots of North-East India. Cities like Mumbai and Ahmedabad have comfortable weather during this time. So, one can easily plan a trip to these cities.

What makes a good adventure destination?

The right adventure destination has outdoor activities and experiences like hiking, wildlife safari, elephant ride along with beautiful views! Also, an untouched terrain with much to explore makes a great adventure destination.

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Explore Colorado’s Grand Mesa

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Colorado’s shimmering golden aspens make the state’s trails prettier—and more popular—than ever in fall. But there’s a way to have them to yourself. Head to the newly renovated Electric Mountain Lodge (from $350), about 80 miles east of Grand Junction. Located at 9,200 feet atop the Grand Mesa—the world’s largest flat-top mountain—the four-room, five-cabin property sits at the gateway to Grand Mesa National Forest , providing guests access to over 300,000 acres of backcountry. The remote location feels like your own private park, with 200-some miles of trails for mountain biking and hiking, plus lakes for paddling and casting—all of them directly outside your front door. Fly fishing on the Roaring Fork River and mountain biking the Palisade Plunge, 32 miles of thrilling downhill singletrack, are easy day trips. Meals, served at Electric Mountain’s main timber-framed lodge, are mostly sourced from the chef’s farm in nearby Paonia—think kale and feta salad, roasted beet bruschetta, and grass-fed burgers—and are a reminder why this area is known as the state’s breadbasket. This region is also the heart of Colorado’s burgeoning wine scene. Book tastings at Azura Cellars and the Storm Cellars to see why the wines are starting to turn heads. —Jen Murphy

Chill Out on Molokai, Hawaii

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Fall is typically Hawaii’s shoulder season, when daytime temperatures cool to a blissful 70-degrees, hotel prices drop, and crowds thin. However, travel has flooded back after pandemic lockdowns , and islands like Maui and Oahu are once again packed with travelers. But there is still Molokai, the antithesis of resort-lined Waikiki. With no stoplight and just a single hotel, the island beckons travelers who crave a slower pace and empty beaches. Hotel Molokai (from $140), with its retro, Polynesian-style bungalows, is a central base close to the main town of Kaunakakai, as well as the sacred Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove that was planted in the 1860s by King Kamehameha V. For a more far flung escape, head to the west side of the island and book one of the campsites (from $5) at Papohaku Beach. The largest white-sand beach on the island stretches for three miles and is 100 yards wide, so it feels like your own private island. Halawa Valley, home to one of the earliest Hawaiian villages, is a 90-minute drive to the island’s east end, and the winding road is worth the trip. The last born-and-raised descendant of the valley, Anakala Pilipo Solatori, still lives there, and he’ll take you on a three-mile hike to Moal’ula Falls through his guiding outfit Halawai Valley Falls Cultural Hike . Solatori’s conversation and the falls are far way more memorable than any luau. —J.M.

Adventure in Texas Hill Country

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Hill Country mostly gets pegged as a great day trip from Austin or San Antonio, thanks to its surplus of antique stores and 100-plus vineyards. Increasingly, though, the area’s rolling limestone and granite hills and spring-fed rivers are luring mountain bikers, climbers, hikers, and paddlers. There’s no better time to visit than the fall, when the summer sun stops pounding Central Texas with 100-degree heat. Milton Reimers Ranch Park , 30 miles northwest of downtown Austin, offers 18 miles of flow trails for mountain biking and a wide selection of sport climbs, ranging from 5.5 to 5.14, on limestone cliffs that overlook the Pedernales River, perfect for a post-adrenaline-rush, cool-down dunk. Further southwest, between the towns of Boerne and Fredericksburg, is Flat Rock Ranch , a family-owned cattle operation that carved 29 miles of mountain biking trails into its 1,300 acres, with hill climbs, long downhill sections, technical singletrack, and several creek crossings. Just 10-minutes away are the clear waters of the Guadalupe River, which paddlers flock to for trips along its cypress tree–lined banks. For hiking, there’s Enchanted Rock State Natural Area , home to the U.S.’s second largest granite dome, rising 425 feet above the surrounding landscape. The state park has 11 miles of trails, and if you’re headed there it’s almost mandatory to march to the top of the Summit Trail for 360-degree views of Hill Country. For a longer hike, there’s the 4.6-mile Loop Trail, which circumnavigates the dome. Either way, make sure to leave early in the morning to avoid the sunbaked afternoons, which can still get uncomfortable in September. Celebrate the summit with lunch at Vaudeville , in nearby Fredericksburg, with pork belly tacos that are some of the best in the state—and in Texas, that’s saying something. They have a full selection of Texas wines by the glass—and bottles to go, too—in case you’re in the mood. For a place to bed down, there’s The Trueheart Hotel , with twelve cottages and a lush garden tucked away just off Main Street (from $215). —R.K.

Bike Tour Vermont’s Culinary Heartland

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Vermont is no secret in the fall, when its vast tree canopies—more than 80 percent of the state is forested—transform into an eye-popping patchwork of marigold, ochre, and burgundy hues. Combine that with the area’s farmhouse-dotted countryside, artisanal cheeses and microbrews, and general bucolic vibe, and it makes sense why road-tripping through the state is high on anyone’s autumn bucket list. But there is a better way to see the leaves: by bike, so you’re not forced to experience the scenery in blurs of color, and you can work off all those fresh apple cider doughnuts. There’s a new outfitted bike tour that’s dedicated to the state’s artisanal food from DuVine Cycling ($3,895). The weekend tour covers nine to 52 miles a day, with options for serious climbs tackling 4,969 feet of elevation gain, and plenty of stops to sample Vermont staples like cider from Fable Farm , nutty Tarentaise cheese from Thistle Hill Farm , and seasonal Harvest brown ale from Long Trail Brewing Co . At night, a cozy, six-person cabin in the charming village of Woodstock is your private base. Not a biker? The options to slow down and enjoy the colors are endless, from leaf-peeping while hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail between Pomfret and West Hartford to kayaking on the 750-acre Chittenden Reservoir with local outfit Appalachian Trail Adventures . Surrounded by Green Mountain National Forest , paddle excursions double as safaris, with moose, fox, beaver, and bald eagle sightings common in fall. —J.M.

Go Beyond the Beach in Bermuda

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With a storied pirate history, centuries of sailing lore, and the infamous “triangle” sewn thick into Bermuda’s fabric, the Atlantic archipelago just 90 minutes by plane from New York is full of intrigue. It’s also full of legit adventures. Intrepid locals have long practiced what is now known as deep-water free-soloing—climbing sheer limestone faces with only the ocean to break your fall—and free diving among hundreds of shipwrecks that rest offshore. Recent attractions have made the island a beacon for outdoor-lovers looking for more than a beach vacation, including the Bermuda Rail Trail National Park , 18 mostly-paved miles covering the island from tip-to-tail. It’s prime mountain biking and trail-running terrain, with quiet beaches for a lonely swim all along the way. In fall, island temperatures hover in the low-80s, and the ocean temps peak in late August, so the water is still warm. There’s always the risk of a hurricane at this time, but most storm activity is only glancing blows, with plenty of warning to decide whether to stay or go. Plus, room rates are usually significantly discounted after August. This summer saw the opening of the St. Regis Bermuda Resort (from $583) on Gates Bay in St. George’s, where the Sea Venture wrecked in 1609, spawning Bermuda’s accidental founding. Also new this year, thanks to the pandemic, is the “Work from Bermuda Certificate”, which was designed as a way for non-Bermudians to work remotely from the island for up to a year. The government’s site includes extended-stay options, vacation-home rentals, and a concierge service to make sure digital nomads have everything they need. —Terry Ward

Discover Oregon’s Other Best Adventure Town

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The small town of Sisters often gets relegated to the backseat when it’s compared to adventure-mecca Bend, but the artsy community shouldn’t be overlooked as a nature-lover’s paradise, especially in fall. While the vibe is more homegrown than hip, you can’t beat its access to the outdoors and friendly locals. The 36 craftsman-style cabins at FivePine Lodge & Spa (from $241) are nestled in a ponderosa forest and biking distance to the Peterson Ridge Trail system, a mix of single track and forest service roads. From town, you can cycle 32 miles to the towering spires of Smith Rock State Park , an underrated gem laced with trails for hiking and bolted routes for climbing. And the bucket-list McKenzie River Trail , a 25-mile singletrack with stunning views, is just an hour’s drive away. While most of Central Oregon is swathed in ponderosa pine and juniper, the greater Sisters area also boasts an abundance of aspens and western larch trees that are ablaze in color each fall. This being Oregon, you’ll have your pick of epic food trucks—don’t miss newcomer Coco Loco Taco Bar —and craft breweries. Local favorite Three Creeks Brewing is just steps from the cabins at FivePine, and its award-winning Conelick’r Fresh Hop IPA is only available September through November. —J.M.

Bike Nebraska’s Cowboy Trail

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Car-free and flat as a pancake, Nebraska’s Cowboy Trail is a dream for novice cyclists looking to safely up their daily miles and explore America’s heartland. Once it’s officially completed, the bike path will be one of the world’s longest rails-to-trails projects, spanning 321 miles across the state. For now, you can ride 195 miles of its crushed limestone from the town of Norfolk in the east to Valentine in the west. The route closely follows highways 20 and 275, with small towns every 10 to 20 miles, which makes stopping for supplies and camping a cinch. There isn’t a lot of shade along the trail, which makes fall an optimal season for comfortable riding. Looking for a day ride? The 15.7-mile stretch between Valentine and Arabia Ranch crosses the Niobrara National Scenic River via a 148-foot-tall, historic railroad bridge, and passes one of the region’s last strongholds of native prairie. Make it an out-and-back and toast your miles with an Americus IPA from Bolo Beer Co. in Valentine. —J.M.

Find the Hidden Catskills, New York

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In fall, the Catskills get absolutely blanketed with New Yorkers in search of brightly-colored foliage. For good reason: this region is an idyllic weekend escape, with apple picking at quaint orchards, excellent meals at farm-to-table restaurants, and hiking underneath a kaleidoscopic tree canopy. Avoid the overcrowded Hudson Valley and head to the triangle between the hamlets of Livingston Manor, Callicoon, and Narrowsburg, which abut the Upper Delaware River. This region, once full of summer camps on tree-lined lakes, has been transformed in recent years into a new, chicer version of the Catskills of yore, thanks to Foster Supply Hospitality , run by the husband-and-wife team of Sims and Kirsten Harlow Foster. The pair’s properties includes Kenoza Hall (from $449), a 22-room lodge on Kenoza Lake; 9 River Road (from $219), a farmhouse-style inn on the banks of the Delaware River; and Hotel Darby (from $214), a mid-century modern property with a motel vibe just across the Delaware River from Narrowsburg. But it’s The DeBruce (from $525), a 14-room former hunting and fishing lodge outside of Livingston Manor, that’s the crowning centerpiece of the company. The building, which has hosted guests on and off since the 1880’s, is set in the Willowemoc Valley, just upstream from the town of Roscoe, the fly-fishing capital of the U.S. Foster Supply is developing 30 miles of trails on the The Debruce’s 600 acres, and guests have a private half-mile section of river for trout fishing. At day’s end, you can sit down to the lodge’s award-winning Saturday-night tasting menu, a multi-course feast with items sourced exclusively from New York (most from less than 20 miles away). Or relax in the Conservatory in front of the lodge’s original fieldstone fireplace, which gives off, in addition to some warming heat, that aristocratic rustic vibe that made the Catskills so popular in the first place. —R.K.

Cruise Alaska by Small Ship

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Alaska may not be top of mind when it comes to fall trips, but there are few better times in the Last Frontier to see brown bears stuffing themselves for winter, humpback whales migrating for winter, and the Northern Lights all at the same time. The best way to do all this, plus see glaciers up close, is a small ship cruise. Among the cruise companies still operating small expeditions this fall are Alaskan-owned Alaska Dream Cruises , with seven-night trips through the Inside Passage (from $5,195), plus an October trip along the same route aboard the smallest ship in the fleet, the 12-person Kruzof Explorer (from $5,195). Lindblad Expeditions (from $7,200) and Uncruise (from $4,895), which tend to target a younger demographic, offer similar Inside Passage itineraries in September. For something yachtier, charter Alaskan Luxury Cruise’s 78-foot Sea Mist , with just three cabins, for custom five to ten-night September itineraries in the southeast that take in iconic spots like Tenakee Hot Springs and the Hidden Falls Hatchery, a famous viewing spot for bears (from $59,400 for seven days and six nights, for six people). “You’re going to see something like 30 brown bears all in one spot,” says Alaskan Luxury Cruise captain Jeff Gorton. “There are going to be a million humpbacks in September, too. They’re migrated by then, and they’re just everywhere.” The weather may be colder than summer, and you’ll need some extra layering, but the wildlife viewing may never be hotter. —T.W.  

Surf São Miguel, Azores

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One of Europe’s best surf destinations for year-round waves is less than a five-hour flight from the U.S. East Coast. It’s called São Miguel, and fall is one of the best times to catch reliable swells in the still warm Atlantic Ocean. São Miguel is the largest of nine islands within the autonomous Azores archipelago, over 800 miles off the coast of mainland Portugal, and exposed to all of the Atlantic’s power. This is the land of long point breaks and world-class reef breaks, with sites like Ponta dos Mosteiros and Ribeira Grande getting hit with a wide range of reliable waves, from beginner-friendly swells to filthy overhead barrels. Consistent north swells usher in peak surf season from October to March, but there’s usually something breaking year-round. With more cows than people on São Miguel (population roughly 140,000), the lineups are never crowded. A 3/2 wetsuit is all you’ll need to paddle out. Azores Airlines has regular flights from Boston to the city of Ponta Delgada, on São Miguel. (As of now, there’s a mandatory COVID test administered upon entering, with a 24-hour quarantine period until the results are returned.) Stay within a short drive of the best surf spots along the northern coast at Santa Barbara Eco Beach Resort (from $305), the first ecologically-friendly ocean-side hotel to open in the Azores. The property has villas atop a bluff overlooking the beach. —T.W.

Paddle the Edisto River in South Carolina

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In summer, North America’s longest free-flowing blackwater river, the Edisto, can feel more like a lazy river. But in fall, the water is typically a few feet higher and faster. Plus, paddling is more enjoyable when you aren’t slapping away bugs and sweating from humidity. There are three rustic treehouses in the middle of the 48-acre Edisto River Refuge, which allow for an overnight paddle worthy of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Chris Burbulak, owner of Carolina Heritage Outfitters , supplies two-person canoes and runs a shuttle up river, making the trip manageable, even for beginners. The 13-mile paddle to Burbulak’s treehouses (from $70) takes four to five hours, and guests must pack in drinking water and food. But there are plenty of large-mouth bass and catfish along the way for anglers. The fall colors are another distraction, as are sightings of the occasional Peregrine falcon, wood stork, and great blue heron. At the refuge, guests can wander trails and fry up their day’s catch (each cabin has a propane grill). After a good night’s sleep, you’ll be ready to tackle another 10 miles of paddling back to civilization. —J.M.

Swim With Whale Sharks in La Paz, Mexico

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October marks the start of whale shark season in the Sea of Cortez, and the Bay of La Paz is one of the top spots in the world to swim responsibly alongside these gentle giants. The Mexican government caps the number of boats that can enter the creatures’ feeding zone—located 20 minutes off La Paz’s shore—to 20 at a time, and outfitters face a hefty fine if more than six snorkelers are near a whale shark. Book a trip with InCabo Travel , a local company that has guides with degrees in marine biology. Mexico’s hippest hotelier, Grupo Habitas, recently opened the 32-room Baja Club (from $250) along the city of La Paz’s iconic coastal boardwalk, the Malecón, giving travelers a perfect reason to spend a night or two away from resort-saturated Cabo. Use the hotel as a base camp to visit the seal colony of Los Islotes island, the uninhabited beaches of Espíritu Santo, and the Caribbean-blue waters of Balandra Bay by day. At night, feast on gourmet tacos at the new nearby restaurant Origen , then sip mezcal-spiked Baja mules on Baja Club’s rooftop bar. It may be fall, but it’ll feel like you’re living an endless summer. —J.M.

Adventure on Greece’s Largest Island

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One of the first European countries to reopen its borders to tourists, Greece has been at the top of vaxi-cation lists and has a high overall vaccination rate. Food, friendliness, history, adventure, culture—Greece still has it all. If you go, skip tourist hotspots like Santorini and Mykonos—the latter was cited recently for spiking COVID-19 rates—and spend a week (or more) exploring Crete, Greece’s largest island, which has regular flights from London, Berlin, Paris, and Athens. Roughly 200 miles south of Athens, Crete has constant strong winds for windsurfing and kiteboarding , rugged mountains for trekking, and historic ruins like the Palace of Knossos, where you can geek out on the island’s ancient civilization. Because Crete straddles the Mediterranean-North African climate line, the water remains bathtub warm through early fall. You’ll want a rental car to get around the island. Kapsaliana Village , a 17-room hotel (from $217) built in the middle of the island’s largest olive grove, in western Crete, is 25 minutes from the charming town of Rethymno, and less than an hour’s drive to stunning hikes like Platania Gorge and Patsos Gorge. Even if you just walk around the island’s villages, you can’t go wrong. Be warned: the end of October and first days of November are when locals start producing their potent firewater known as raki, made from twice-distilled grapes and anise. Cretans are known for their hospitality—which can border on delightfully smothering—and it’s considered bad manners to turn down a shot of the local hooch. —J.M.  

Hike Utah’s Water Canyon

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Zion National Park is just 232 square miles and can get 676,000 visitors in peak summer months. Thankfully the trails throughout Greater Zion—a term coined in 2019 to encourage travelers to think beyond the relatively small park boundaries—are equally spectacular. Fall is the ideal time for hiking in the area, too: there’s no need to worry about spring run-off or triple-digit temperatures. Plus, the area’s distinctive red rocks become even more striking when set against autumn foliage, with trees lit up in vermilion, burgundy, and honey-colored hues. Tucked away on the backside of the park, Water Canyon has undulating, streaked walls and waterfalls reminiscent of the most popular canyons in Zion. The trail—6.7-miles out-and-back—gets narrower and steeper as you ascend to the canyon rim. At the top, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a sea of hoodoos (pinnacled rock formations) and gazing out at the park’s highest formations in the distance. If the thought of setting up camp after a half-day hike is daunting, there are a handful of new glamping retreats nearby, like Under Canvas (from $359) and Zion Wildflower Resort (from $379), that make cushy base camps. —J.M.

Discover Florida’s Coastal Dune Lakes

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Most of the spring break activity is centered around Pensacola and the beaches to the East, leaving South Walton , a stretch of supremely scenic beaches (16 in total) largely free of the chaos—especially in fall. Here, some 40 percent of the land is preserved, and there are over 200 miles of hiking and biking trails to explore. Gulf of Mexico adventures range from paddleboarding and snorkeling—there are some 700 near-shore structures sunk along an extensive artificial reef system —to venturing inland to explore South Walton’s system of 15 coastal dune lakes, rare formations created when windblown-sand is redistributed to create shallow freshwater pools. These natural phenomenon are found only here and a handful of other places on the planet, among them Madagascar and New Zealand. The biologically-diverse, brackish ecosystems are idyllic for birdwatching, kayaking, and fishing—a secret discovery zone set just off from the beaches. The 100-acre Western Lake at Grayton Beach State Park , along scenic Highway 30A, has kayaks for rent at the onsite ranger station. Just a 15-minute drive west is Distillery 98 , where you can sip sustainably-produced vodka made from 100-percent Florida Panhandle corn that gets filtered through a unique oyster shell apparatus to smooth the liquor out. Stay at the Hotel Effie (from $322) in Sandestin, which opened in February, and has a celebrity chef-led restaurant with a mean biscuits and gravy. There’s also a huge range of gulf-front vacation rentals from which you can sip your morning coffee in utter solitude. Fall visitors to South Walton often land another treat, too, as swarms of Monarch butterflies alight in parks and beachside neighborhoods starting in late September. It’s a fleeting rest stop, just long enough so the charismatic insects can refuel on their epic journey to Mexico. —T.W.

Camp on Lake McConaughy’s Shores in Nebraska

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Smack dab in the middle of the Great Plains you can eek out a few more months of your summer water-sports obsessions—kiteboarding, wakesurfing, and paddle boarding—on Lake McConaughy. About a 3.5-hour drive from Denver, Nebraska’s largest lake boasts 55 square miles of astonishingly crystal blue water and over 70 miles of white sandy shoreline. As of April, beach camping is no longer first-come, first-serve during peak summer season, which had meant that scoring a site was virtually impossible. After September 12, when the crowds disappear, you can have your pick of right-on-the-sand sites—a rarity. Little Thunder and Lone Eagle campgrounds, located on the northeast shore, have some of the most coveted spots. The best kiting is on the north shore as well, but note, this isn’t a spot for beginners; experienced kiters must bring their own gear, and you’ll want a wetsuit by October. If you don’t have your own set up, Ski Patrol rents everything you need, from wakesurf boats to fishing boats—in fall, its prime season for white bass and walleye, which grilled over a fire may be the best freshwater fish you ever eat. —J.M.

Go Birding in Southern Oregon

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The Warner Wetlands are the perfect argument for the Oregon you never knew existed. Here, in the south central part of the state—about five miles northeast of Plush (population 46)—the old-growth firs, snowy volcanoes, and craggy coasts have given way to a prehistoric land of crescent-shaped sand dunes, sun-seared desert, and a 40-mile-long chain of twinkling lakes that attract gaggles of migrating birds every fall. The best way to explore these relics of the last ice age is by boat. During wetter years you can launch a canoe and glide along the entire 10-mile Warner Valley Canoe Trail , a route that links Turpin Lake in the north with Campbell Lake in the south with views into the grassy steppes of the Hart National Wildlife Antelope Refuge to the southeast. Bring your binoculars and be on the lookout for tundra swans, American coots, and Caspian terns. Even during drought years you can still find places to paddle. The folks at Tall Town Bike and Camp in Lakeview, about 40 miles southwest of the wetlands, rent kayaks and can give you suggestions on where to go based on water levels. If coming in from the north be sure to stop in Silver Lake at the Cowboy Dinner Tree for a 40-ounce steak. —Tim Neville

Road Bike in Tucson, Arizona

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There are few better places in the U.S. for world-class cycling than Tucson—at least outside the triple-digit heat of summer. The city of 500,000 has become a magnet for serious bikers in winter, but fall may be the best time of all, with afternoon highs in the 80s (and mornings much cooler than that). The aspen and maple trees in the canyons of Santa Catalina Mountains turn bright gold and deep red, and locals come out of their summer hibernation to host a series of fall events, which includes gem shows and artisan markets that are huge draws for the artists that have put Tucson on the map. For cyclists, however, the focus is blacktop, and the sheer number of road options is the real attraction. There are easy rides, like various sections of the Loop —a 131-mile network that connects all corners of the city to one another with butter-like pavement—to classic epics like Madera Canyon , a 61 to 80 mile out and back that’s popular with the pros who train here in winter. In fall, one of the best rides may be the city’s most famous— Mount Lemmon , a nearly 7,000-foot climb over 59 miles that will take in the aspen trees in the Catalina Mountains. Back in town, there a number of new restaurants to try, including Barrio Charro , a joint project between chef Carlotta Flores of the Charro restaurant family and Don Guerra of Barrio Bread, with menu items like Southwest-inspired “tortamanos” sandwiches, with pulled pork and prickly pear BBQ sauce on house-baked azteca bread. Opening in mid-September, The Citizen Hotel (from $200) is a 10-room inn in a converted downtown building that once housed Tucson’s oldest newspaper. The property is a joint project between hotelier Moniqua Lane and Arizona winemakers Sarah and Rob Hammelman, and it will feature a 5,000-square-foot wine barreling and tasting room in the basement, an easy way to wind down after a ride. —R.K.

Weekend on Long Island’s North Fork

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The eastern end of Long Island is no secret. In the summer, the Hamptons are awash in New Yorkers eager to see and be seen. For the most part, however, the North Fork has managed to avoid the hoopla and remain the sedate, bucolic destination it has been for the last 50 years. This is especially true in fall, when you can finally get a seat at one of the shuck-your-own oyster stands and the sugar maple and red oak trees are ablaze in color. Offset by water views at almost every turn, it’s hard to find a better place for a long weekend. Plus, the water temperature in September and October is as warm as in June, on average . Orient Beach State Park , a 363-acre spit of land jutting out into Gardiner’s Bay, is one of the few North Fork beaches that doesn’t require a residential parking permit. In the fall, walk along its empty shores or rent a bike for touring along the area’s roadways. This season is also the time of year when migrating stripers and false albacore—albies to fishing diehards—cruise through the area, chasing massive schools of sardines. There’s nothing relaxing about fly-fishing for these two species from a boat, but when you get on a blitz—the fisherman lingo for when stripers begin crushing sardines on the surface of the water, with seagulls crashing down on them and boats jockeying to get in position—there are few piscatory experiences that are more adrenaline inducing. Book a guide through Striper Forever , and stay at the Silver Sands Motel (from $179), a time capsule straight out of the 1950s, with wood paneling, shag carpeting, and laminated countertops—curated so perfectly that Vogue , Harper’s Bazaar , and Vanity Fair have staged fashion shoots here. For local oysters, stop at Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market, where they serve buckets of the bivalves on picnic tables in front of the Peconic River. For local wine—there are more than 50 wineries on the North Fork—it’s hard to beat the charm at Croteaux Vineyards , a rosé-only spot with a tasting barn and pebbled courtyard garden. For one of the best pies of your life, stop at the farm stand Briermere Farm , which has a daily bake list that will likely include standards like peach and cherry and also more exotic flavors like blackberry-apple and blueberry cream. —R.K.

Explore Iceland’s Southern Coast

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Iceland was buckling under the weight of over-tourism in recent years, but COVID changed all of that—at least for now. Tourism is on the rebound, but it’s nowhere near pre-pandemic levels, which means there’s no better time to visit. And few international adventure destinations offer the country’s current straightforward entry requirements—fully vaccinated individuals are allowed, with no testing or quarantine required, as of press time. Plus, Iceland is easy to access from the East Coast— less than a six-hour flight from New York’s JFK or Newark airports on Icelandair , which also has nonstop flights to Reykjavik from Boston, Chicago, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. One item drawing tourists back is the eruption of Fagradalsfjall, the first volcano to blow its top on the Reykjanes Peninsula in some 800 years. Fagradalsfjall is still flowing with lava for the time being. Meanwhile, rather than attempting to circumnavigate the country’s entire Ring Road, focus on just the southern coast, especially in fall, when the north coast road’s weather is unpredictable. Here’s your itinerary: hit Fagradalsfjall on arrival (it’s just 30 minutes from the airport) before or after spending the night in Reykjavik. Hotel Odinsve  (from $193) is centrally located and has roomy apartments above a great wine and tapas bar called Bodega . Also, don’t miss the city’s new Sky Lagoon , with its swim-up Champagne bar and fjord-view sauna and natural hot springs. Next, head east a few hours to the log cabin-style Hotel Ranga (from $380), where hot tubs front one of the country’s best salmon-fishing rivers. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can day trip in a rented 4×4 or ATV into the spectacular Þórsmörk Valley, then scuba dive with Arctic Adventures in Silfra, a glacier-fed fissure with some of the best underwater visibility in the world. Not keen on cold water? Cruise east along the storied south coast and stop in the scenic village of Vik at the new Smidjan Brugghus , one of Iceland’s more celebrated craft breweries. In autumn, you might even get to see the Northern Lights, which become visible in the skies from late August onwards. —T.W.

Hike and Bike Northern New Mexico

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When the aspen trees in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains go into bright yellow overdrive in fall, there are few more dramatic destinations in the U.S. than Taos. So leaf peeping? Check. Native culture and excellent dining options? Check and check. And, oh yeah: Taos is an absolute world-class outdoor destination, too. Hiking and mountain-biking on the renowned South Boundary Trail , fishing for wild rainbows in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument , and summiting 13,159-foot Wheeler Peak, the state’s highest—these are all standard and beloved adventure options. There are lesser-known gems, too, like mountain biking the relatively easy, if wildly remote, Valle Vidal Loop, roughly 47 miles of old two-track roads that go into the heart of the mountain basin. Fall brings chillier air to this part of north central New Mexico, but it’s still comfortable, temperature-wise, to camp out in the 1.5 million-acres Carson National Forest . In town, there are a few new and noteworthy restaurants, including Aly’s Food Truck , where Kiwi Alyson Hyder churns out New Zealand-style meat pies and puff pastry sausage rolls. At the Bavarian-inspired Der Garten , a food truck stationed near Taos Ski Valley, the bison on the menu is sourced from the Taos Pueblo, the Native community a mile north of town that has been in existence for over 1,000 years. For lodging, check out Hotel Luna Mystica (from $90), where you can crash in one of 20 vintage camper trailers—from a 1960s Airstream to a 1967 Avian Tourist—all immaculately restored. Each trailer is equipped with kitchen facilities and its own deck looking over the vast Taos Mesa, just eight miles from town. At night, while taking in the stars overhead, it’ll feel a million miles from just about anything. —T.W.

Multi-Sport in Puerto Rico

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The beauty of Puerto Rico, besides the island’s generally chill vibe, is that you can make a long weekend here as urban or outdoorsy as you want. It was hit with back-to-back hurricanes a few years ago and recovery has been slow, but the island is firmly on the upswing. New hotels are opening, and the outdoor activities that made the island a beacon for adventurers are still here: waves for surfers, singletrack rides that unspool from jungle to beach (like the Domes Rincon Mtb Trail ), and the bioluminescent bay off nearby Vieques island that’s considered the brightest in the world. For lodging in Old San Juan, Palacio Provincial (from $189) is new on the scene, with 43 rooms and a rooftop pool, or for a splurge check out the oceanfront rooms at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (from $1,349). Surfers know that Isla del Encanto’s waves start to whip into shape from September onward—it’s still hurricane season, after all. For breaks with fewer crowds, paddle out at north coast spots like Playa Jobos and Isabela. There’s also hiking within the only rainforest in the U.S., El Yunque National Forest , where the 2.3-mile Toro Wilderness Trail leads to the park’s highest peak, at 3,524 feet. Or venture deeper inland to the Cordillera Central mountain range for cave tubing and cliff jumping along the Tanamá River, where pre-Colombian petroglyphs and karst landscapes show off a side of Puerto Rico that few visitors know exist. —T.W.

Glamp in Maine

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Maine’s Acadia National Park , encompassing the most impressive (and highest) rocky headlands along the entire U.S. East Coast, gets the briefest reprieve from its summertime rush before the autumn masses arrive. This sweet spot happens in September, just before the deciduous trees start flaming all-out crimson. This year, during its first season in Maine, the glamping outpost Under Canvas Acadia is staying open until October 11 (from $399). The camp’s 63 safari-inspired tents—all with private bathrooms and some with private fire pits—hug a rugged stretch of coastline along the Blue Hill Peninsula, less than 20 miles northwest of the park, with views of Cadillac and Dorr mountains shimmering across the bay. The night skies here are extra inky, and to take advantage of them Under Canvas offers “Stargazer” tents with plexiglass windows in the ceiling. The camp’s dinner is served at a big communal tent near the shoreline, with the fruits of the local seas—clams, steamers, mussels, and lobster—figuring heavily among the offerings. From the property, it’s an easy to drive to the park, where you can spend your days hiking or biking Acadia’s roughly 120 miles of trails. There’s also bioluminescent kayaking in historic Castine, and hopscotching between lighthouses and lobstering villages by car along the greater Blue Hill Peninsula. If you do the latter, make sure to check out the three-barrel microbrewery at Deep Water Brewing Co. , which has excellent craft ales on tap and a selection of local oysters. Of course, no one would blame you if you simply relax in your tent. —T.W.

Chase Volcanoes in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

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Lake Atitlán is Central America at peak seduction, with jaw-dropping volcano views, deep blue water, and Mayan culture at every turn. It’s three hours from Guatemala City’s La Aurora International Airport, but it feels a thousand years away. While autumn is technically still the rainy season in this part of the world, the showers never last long, you can experience the country’s rural highlands at their least trafficked, and hotel rates are lower, too. There are plenty of rustic places to stay along and around the lakeshore, but you won’t regret a splurge on Casa Palopó (from $197), where rooms and villas are decorated with indigenous Guatemalan artwork and overlook the caldera-turned-lake. From the property, birdwatch in the surrounding Sierra Madre highlands and spot endemic species like the pink-headed warbler and azure-rumped tanager. There’s excellent hiking around Lake Atitlán, too, including a strenuous four-mile jaunt to the summit of Volcán San Pedro, at 9,908 feet. Spend one night in the old-world city of Antigua at Villa Bokéh (from $197), a colonial-style villa set amidst the jungle. The hotel has just seven rooms decorated with the owner’s art collection, fire pits in a lush garden, and volcano views all around. —T.W.

Surf California’s Quieter Coast

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Located roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo County unspools for more than 80 miles along California’s Central Coast, striking a mellow note compared to the crowded vineyards of Napa Valley and packed surf breaks of SoCal. September ushers in SLO’s best surf season, thanks to favorable offshore winds and regular north and northwest swells that see breaks like the relatively mellow Cayucos Pier barreling with regularity. (Cayucos is worth a stop even if you don’t surf: you can learn how to make a meal out of marine algae during seaweed foraging tours at Marley Family Seaweeds .) The same is true of the Rock, in Morro Bay, where you surf in the shadow of a preserve for endangered peregrine falcons. For the best autumn road trip through the region, start with some harvest-season wine tasting in the vineyards of the Edna Valley, just outside SLO, then head north to the oceanside enclaves of Cambria and San Simeon. In Cambria, the newly opened White Water lodge (from $224) on Moonstone Beach has hygge-inspired interiors with vast coastal views and complimentary bikes from cycling brand Linus that you can use to tool around. September and October are also the best months to see large populations of elephant seals hauling their enormous bodies onto the beaches at Piedra Blancas Light Station . Avoid the crowds of onlookers by leaving the parking lot for the four-mile round trip hike past secluded coves along the Boucher Trail to see smaller gatherings of the 5,000-pound pinnipeds. —T.W.

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