November is a great time to explore the US. Hurricane season is winding down; there’s cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. And, travelers can save money by taking advantage of attractive offers before the Thanksgiving rush. “The first two weeks of the month are a travel dead zone, ripe with deals,” says Travel Expert Mark Jackson for Brad’s Deals.
So where are the deals, exactly? When it comes to affordability, some destinations fare better than others. Online booking sites reveal some of the cheapest cities to visit right now.
So if you’re seeking a last-minute fall getaway or just looking for an excuse to hit the road, check out some of these budget-friendly domestic destinations. Because, you’ll likely find some great deals on a place to stay — if you act fast.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Dells is home to the largest concentration of waterparks in the world. This southern Wisconsin city is about 40 miles north of Dane County Regional Airport.
Why it’s cheap: With kids in school, families are less likely to visit before Thanksgiving break — leading to lower occupancy rates and, in turn, plenty of bargains.
According to pricing data from Booking.com, Wisconsin Dells is about 48 percent less expensive in November than during July The Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau reports that nearly half of all visitor spending happens during the summer months.
But that could change as the state of Wisconsin gains traction as a trending destination year-round. The 2020 Democratic National Convention will be held in Milwaukee (a 2 hour drive from Wisconsin Dells) — and that’s adding to the buzz. Airbnb says the Milwaukee area is experiencing a significant influx of guests, a 700-plus percent year-over-year increase in bookings.
Learn more: Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau (www.wisdells.com)
San Antonio, Texas
Located in the south-central region of Texas, San Antonio aka the Alamo City lures visitors with its history, charm, and walkability. Tourists can access the scenic river walk, watch rodeos, enjoy Mexican cuisine, and visit the Alamo Mission, a historic fortress compound.
Why it’s cheap: Big crowds here for October’s local festivals have since departed. Now, it’s quieter with more conference attendees in the city. Google Trips predicts hotel prices will drop even lower in December.
Learn more: Visit San Antonio (www.visitsanantonio.com)
Honolulu is on Oahu’s south shore. Hawaii’s capital city stretches across the southeastern shore, from Makapuu Point to historic Pearl Harbor and encompasses Waikiki Beach.
Why it’s cheap: While many would argue there’s no malapropos time to visit this tropical paradise, November does tend to draw smaller crowds. For starters, it’s one of the rainiest months of the year and there’s fewer events and festivals.
So, sneak in a visit before the Thanksgiving vacationers arrive and you’ll likely pay 25 percent less for accommodations than the most expensive time of the year (April), according to Booking.com.
And when it comes to air travel, passengers are in luck. Flights into Hawaii’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport are seldom canceled due to weather.
Learn more: Hawaii Tourism Authority (www.gohawaii.com)
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Clearwater Beach sits on the Gulf of Mexico and is a beauty. TripAdvisor dubbed it the nation’s No. 1 beach. The laid-back oceanfront city is known for its soft, white sandy beaches and attracts water sports enthusiasts.
Why it’s cheap: With temperatures averaging in the 70s, the area doesn’t draw as many beachgoers. In turn, a higher vacancy rate tends to lower nightly rates at hotels and resorts. Booking.com says Clearwater Beach is 41 percent less expensive in November than the most expensive time of the year (March).
Learn more: City of Clearwater (www.visitclearwaterflorida.com)
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Cocoa Beach is an oceanfront Florida city, about an hour drive from Orlando theme parks. The beachfront community is considered part of Florida’s “Space Coast” due to its long-standing ties to space travel. Both Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are here.
Why it’s cheap: Cocoa Beach is considered off-peak this month. And, Booking.com says it’s quite the bargain in November — with accommodation deals lasting well into December. It’s roughly 29 percent less expensive this time of year than in March, the busiest month.
Flights to nearby Orlando are cheap too, according to the latest data from Kayak.
While hotel deals and flights are readily available, the Space Coast is also gaining popularity with Airbnb guests. The vacation rental marketplace reports a 130 percent year-over-year increase in bookings.
Learn more: City of Cocoa Beach (http://www.cityofcocoabeach.com)