When the seasons are changing, and the days are getting shorter, why not throw on a cozy sweater and start thinking about a new place to explore? Fall can be the perfect time for a vacation. The summer crowds are gone, and you don’t have to worry about winter weather delays. There are also often great deals to be had, so here is a list of the 10 best October vacations.
When the northern forests of New England explode in color, covering the Green Mountains
in a tweed-like pattern of bright reds, yellows and oranges, it is the best time of the year to visit Vermont. Pack warm sweaters, comfortable jeans and walking shoes, and head out for a hike through one of the many state forests.
For a beautiful leaf-peeping vacation with a bit of a European twist, head north of the border to Montreal. The city itself is beautiful, with vibrant French culture, world class restaurants and chic shopping, and the lovely Laurentian Mountains
are only a half hour’s drive from downtown.
October is one of the loveliest times to visit Paris. The tourists have all gone home, so you have the museums and shops to yourself, and it’s not impossible to find an excellent table with a view at a chic café. As well, the Jardin de Luxembourg
and the Bois de Bologne
are resplendent in fall color.
One of the 10 best October vacations in Europe, and indeed the world, is in Munich. The city’s annual Oktoberfest is an 18-day party and one of the world’s largest fairs. More than five million people head to Germany for Oktoberfest
every year to celebrate the excellent beer brewed in Munich, to sing, and to eat. A lot.
Chicago may be a little windier in October, but it’s a perfect time of year to see this city. There are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy, including the Field Museum
, the Shedd Aquarium
, and the Chicago Art Institute
. If the Chicago Bears are at home, spend the perfect autumn Sunday at a game at Soldier Field
While many people try to get away from stormy weather, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia the majesty and power of nature is embraced. People come from the world around for the region’s “storm tourism”, watching the massive waves smash into the picturesque beach in Tofino.
Cool - but not too cool - weather, light crowds, and fun Halloween events make Orlando a great destination in October. If you can get your kids out of school for a long weekend, they'll never forget a family trip to see Mickey Mouse. Disney's a fun destination for lovebirds, too.
With the temperatures starting to cool, Phoenix is a perfect fall destination. From the majesty of Grand Canyon to the many colors of the Painted Desert
and the sprawling vistas of Monument Valley
, the weather is still comfortable enough to enjoy a hike through some of the most beautiful vistas in North America.
For a truly unique fall vacation, travel to Churchill Manitoba on Canada’s Arctic Circle
. October is polar bear season, when the bears are close to town waiting for the ice to form on the northern ocean. Hop a massive tundra buggy and get as close to wild polar bears as you ever want to get.
For the spookiest of the 10 best October vacations, head to Salem, Massachusetts, home of the famous witch trials. The city celebrates its supernatural past with a whole month’s worth of Halloween activities, from ghost walks to haunted harbor cruises.
Vacation Rentals in Vermont
This extraordinary five bedroom home is only minutes away from both Bear Mountain and Killington Base Lodges. This sunny and spacious home was completely renovated in 2009 and is furnished beautifully. After and exhausting day on the slopes, relax...
Located in the main basin area of Killington Resort, Highridge offers discerning guests luxury accommodations, breathtaking views, an onsite Sports Center, shuttle access, and a ski home trail. Condominiums are laid out spaciously with a stone fir...
This home features a family room with a 52 High Definition flat screen TV with expanded cable, surround sound, DVD, CD player, and Internet access! If you are still feeling energetic after a day on the slopes, play a game of pool, ping pong, or ch...
There are also restaurants and seasonal shops nearby within walking distance.
This two bedroom accommodation is well appointed, spacious and bright. Featuring an updated and upscale kitchen, fireplace in the living room, and small deck, the prope...
Pinnacle is located in the main basin area, take a winter shuttle the short distance to either Snowshed or Ramshead Base Lodges, or walk to nearby restaurants. Enjoy the onsite Activity Center. Very nicely furnished with a deck and full kitchen.