The Best Places to RV in November

November is a strange month for RV travel.

Most people are aware that the holiday season is coming soon, with long breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, and opt to stay put the rest of the month. But savvy RVers know that there are great places to take advantage of before the weather turns colder.

Colonial Williamsburg , Virginia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Colonial Williamsburg , Virginia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

America’s south is a great November destination. Are you a night owl? Consider destinations with dark-sky-park status like Big Bend and Joshua Tree national parks.

If you’re looking for a new area to explore, November is a great time to do it. Click through for our list of the best winter escapes, both near and far.

And be sure to catch up on all our recommendations for the best places to visit in August, September, and October.

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Explore Colonial Williamsburg in the city of Williamsburg. Visitors typically drop a bit of cash to tour the 18th century buildings in Colonial Williamsburg, but if you keep your wanderings to commercial shops and the city streets, you don’t have to spend a dime.

You’ll be highly entertained as you explore the government buildings, shops, homes, gardens, and taverns of Williamsburg and viewing free outdoor entertainment like re-enactment actors firing cannons. Enter the residents’ homes or learn about their workplaces; see where they sleep, where they eat, and where they socialize.

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico

Bosque del Apache stands out as one of the country’s most accessible and popular national wildlife preserves—for wildlife and human visitors alike—providing a seasonal home, November through March, for up to 12,000 sandhill cranes, 32,000 snow geese, and nearly 40,000 ducks. Many thousands of bird watchers, photographers, and nature lovers from around the nation and beyond follow them here. And there’s no better time or way to appreciate all that the 57,000-acre refuge has to offer than attending the 31st annual Festival of the Cranes, November 14-18, 2018 (always held the week before Thanksgiving).

Joshua Tree National Park, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Joshua Tree National Park, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park is a diverse area of sand dunes, dry lakes, flat valleys, extraordinarily rugged mountains, granitic monoliths, and oases.

The park consists of two deserts: the Colorado which offers low desert formations and plant life, such as ocotillo, and teddy bear cholla cactus; and the Mojave. This higher, cooler, wetter region is the natural habitat of the Joshua tree.

Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia

Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Imagine a place where unusual creatures swim through mirror-top waters and exotic plants sprout from floating islands. A place where thousands of creatures serenade the setting of the sun each day.

The Okefenokee offers so much, one could spend a lifetime and still not see and do everything.

Spanish moss-laced trees reflect off the black swamp waters, while cypress knees rise upward from the glass-like surface. Here, paddlers and photographers enjoy breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife.

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Zion National Park, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Zion National Park is known for its majestic towering rock mountains which rise to awe-inspiring heights. Zion is a lush green oasis, surrounded by startling sentinels of stone. With sheer, milky-white cliffs, and pristine waterfalls, Zion is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Charleston, South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

If you’re a history buff, you’ll love Charleston. Avid tourist? Charleston is the city for you. Lover of good food and charming scenery? Charleston has your number.

Nestled along a narrow peninsula—where the Ashley and Cooper rivers meet and empty into the Atlantic Ocean—it exudes deep South charm. With very few tall buildings, Charleston instead offers quaint cobblestone roads, colonial structures, a unique culture, and gobs of history.

Just outside of town, you can visit a number of Southern plantations, including Boone Hall and Drayton Hall.

Worth Pondering…

The moment you stop learning, you stop living.

—Rick Warren

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