Best Places For November Travel
November may be cold for most North Americans, but for something out of the ordinary, you can spend your November vacation cycling through some of the most bike-friendly (and warmest) cities in the U.S.-Orlando, Boca Raton, and Miami Beach, Florida. If you prefer traditional late-fall/winter settings, however, there are plenty of ski resorts across the continent. If you're out West, you can have it hot and cold at Heavenly Valley Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. You can picnic, zone out in natural hot springs, go snowmobiling or hot-air ballooning, kayaking, or sleigh riding. With so much to do in this magnificent and diverse setting, you may not want to leave until the season ends in May. Visitors can choose from motels and condos next to the mountain or casino area, or a romantic cabin refuge. Mont Tremblant Ski Resort, Quebec, Canada, features first-class skiing in a picture-perfect town with a touch of French charm. The Fairmont Tremblant is a five-star hotel with spa and indoor and outdoor pools. Restaurants offer regional and international cuisine and room service. The village is a shopper's delight, with boutiques and shops. The night life features music and dancing at several bars. Whiteface Ski Resort at Lake Placid, New York, is a former Olympic Village. There is a 3,430-foot vertical drop, recently enhanced lifts, and trails. Off-mountain, visit the Winter Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame. For more action, bobsled at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, or ride the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute on Mirror Lake. Another great place to be in November is Argentina. There are many exciting places to explore via airpass or automobile. You'll definitely want to head to Antofagast de la Sierra, a remote village near the biggest crater on Earth. You'll be awestruck by the frozen lagoons and pink flamingos. Another extraordinary vision is Laguna Diamante, where the volcano is reflected dreamily upon the high-altitude lake. You may prefer to escape winter in the subtropical border region of El Litoral, where the post-card perfect landscape is posing-Iguaz? waterfalls and crumbling Jesuit Missions enveloped in jungle (except San Ignacio Min?). Next, travel west to Chaco to observe the varied birdlife and endangered species of mammals. Be sure to ride the Tren a los Nubes to Quebrada del Toro-one of the world's highest railways-and enjoy the beautiful Quebrada de Humahuaca (gorge). How about something even more exotic . . . an elephant roundup in Surin, Thailand. Observe wild elephant capture techniques, a tug of war between an elephant and men, elephants competing in football, a war elephant parade, an elephant talent show, and other performances (including humans). Surin is accessible by car or train. Before you leave Thailand, visit Lopburi for the Chinese Banquet for Monkey. Featured foods are vegetables, fruits, grains, and sunflowers that are monkey favorites. Before the banquet, there is a Klong Yao (goblet drums) procession and monkey welcome procession.