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Fall foliage is still in southern New England, but the leaf-peeping crowds are gone. Ski resorts begin to open by mid-November. Thanksgiving, the quintessential New England holiday (especially in Plymouth MA), is the month's biggest event.



November is a slow month for travel in New England, but it has its beauties and opportunities for an uncrowded trip.

Fall foliage season usually extends well into November, particularly in the southern New England states, and even late in the month you'll come across protected valleys still aflame with color.

By mid-month the snow has usually arrived in the mountains of the northern New England states, ski resorts begin to open a few lifts and trails, and there may be some flurries or fast-melting snow in the south, especially later in the month around Thanksgiving.


The big national holiday in November is Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday, when transportation services (airports, planes, trains, buses, highways) are strained to the breaking point as everyone travels to have Thanksgiving dinner with relatives and friends.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the entire year in the USA. Avoid traveling on that day if at all possible! More...

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is the next-busiest day, so avoid that as well, especially the afternoon and evening. Travel on Friday, Saturday, Monday or Tuesday if possible.

If you must travel on Wednesday and Sunday, have reservations, and prepare for long delays and inconvenience. More...

The good news is that travel is quick and easy in the weeks before and after Thanksgiving week. With a bit of luck, you may even enjoy an Indian summer respite from the nip of early winter.

Restaurants are busy on Thanksgiving with diners who don't want to cook or to clean up the kitchen afterwards. Lots of people want to have a last lobster dinner before concentrating on holiday cooking.

Get Ready for Skiing!

New England's ski resorts begin to make their own snow if nature has not provided the traditional cover, and some eager skiers take advantage of the Veterans Day holiday (November 11th) for a first schuss down the slopes. By the end of the month most of the large resorts are in action.

—by Tom Brosnahan



Fall Foliage Season

Indian Summer

Veterans Day



Tom's New England Almanac

New England's Climate

Festivals & Holidays

When to Go

New England Transportation

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