The end of the autumn shoulder season brings lower prices in many destinations, only to be interrupted by Thanksgiving kicking off the holiday season. Here are some great recommendations for a terrific November escape.
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Get Lost in an Amazing Corn Maze
All over the country, giant corn mazes are cropping up to the delight of families who flock to this quintessential fall experience. Wear comfy shoes and bring your sense of adventure.
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See the Northern Lights in the Great Lakes Region
Are the Northern Lights on your bucket list? You don't have to cruise to Alaska, fly to Scandinavia, or drive to Canada. You can stay put in the Lower 48 and head to the Great Lakes region for a spectacular light show.
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Take the Kids on an Epic Fall Foliage Drive
Cooling temperatures mean it's time to pack the car and grab the kids for a weekend road trip to view fall foliage. From sea to shining sea, here are road trips that offer the colorful vistas that come but for a few short weeks a year.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Why November is the Best Month to Visit Jacksonville
Looking for a place to take the kids in November? You'd be hard-pressed to find a better place to visit than Jacksonville, which offers a whole month of free admission for children at some of the city's most popular family attractions.
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Bring Your Scallywag to the Cayman Islands' Pirates Fest
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Snag a Fab Fall Package in Traverse City
Looking for an affordable fall getaway in the Midwest? You'd be hard pressed to beat Traverse City, in Michigan's "True North," which TripAdvisor.com named as one of America’s Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations. Families have an extra reason to visit from September through mid-December thanks to a city-wide fall promotion.
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Find a Terrific Thanksgiving Getaway
As one of the longest weekends in the fall school calendar, Thanksgiving break offers a stellar opportunity for families to snag a break for four or five days. Here are fantastic places where you can get away and still have turkey and all the trimmings.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Party Like a Pilgrim in Plymouth
Celebrate Thanksgiving where the first historic gathering happened, in Plymouth, about 45-minute drive south of Boston. Any time of year, you can explore Plimoth Plantation and explore the Mayflower II. But November is special thanks to an annual extended Thanksgiving celebration that brings history to life.
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Kick off the Holiday Season
'Tis the season when top destinations and family resorts start decking their halls and making the season merry and bright. With some resorts starting holiday festivities in early- to mid-November, many families will turn the season into an opportunity for a festive getaway.
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Catch New York City at its Most Festive
The holiday season is arguably the most exciting time to visit New York City and definitely a time with popular family appeal. Beginning in mid-November, the Big Apple is transformed into a festive holiday destination, from the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center and the beautifully decorated storefronts along Fifth Avenue to the Christmas light displays in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.
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Hop Aboard the Polar Express!
The magic of Christmas comes alive in The Polar Express, the beloved children's book and perennial favorite holiday movie. Dozens of Polar Express trains have popped up all over the country, offering families the opportunity to recreate the magical Polar Express experience through readings of the story, music from the movie soundtrack, cups of cocoa and, of course, meetings with Santa. Be sure to book ahead, as these trains can sell out months in advance.