Cheap Getaways in October

Although the dropping temperatures are a sure sign that summer is over, fall brings exciting and affordable vacation opportunities all over the U.S. Spend a weekend celebrating fall with apple cider, hayrides, haunted houses, and other great October activities. Choose to stay in a vacation rental, and you'll have one of the best cheap getaways in October.

chicago apple pickingChicago, Illinois

Enjoy the city and all its beautiful foliage by taking a bicycle tour through the Windy City with Lakefront Bicycle Tours . Want to escape the city? Enjoy a scenic drive to County Line Orchard and spend a fun-filled afternoon picking apples, exploring corn mazes, eating homemade donuts and more!

Salem, Massachusetts

Excited about Halloween? Salem offers a number of fun activities that are sure to make the holidays even spookier!
  • Tour the Witch House , the only structure in Salem with direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
  • Wander into the Pioneer Village and experience Puritan village life in the 1620s.
  • Watch a chilling performance of a witch trial at the Witch Dungeon Museum .

Alamere Falls, California

The cool autumn air makes for a perfect hiking season at Alamere Falls near San Francisco. Enjoy stunning views at the top of a cliff overlooking beaches, waterfalls, pools, and private rock patches, all filled with cold, fresh water.


rhode island mansion

Rhode Island

Travel to Rhode Island for a small vacation away from the big city. Explore gorgeous architecture at The Newport Mansions , set against the backdrop of beautiful autumn foliage. At night, take part in WaterFire , in which over 100 sparkling bonfires are lit and sent down the local rivers of downtown Providence.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Cheap getaways in October could include the beach. Head to Gulf Shores, Alabama where you can enjoy the annual Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival , which features over 300 vendors filled with fine art, arts and crafts, and of course shrimp. Celebrating over 40 years on the gulf's gorgeous beaches, this festival takes you back to those days of summer concerts, sand sculpting competitions, and more.

Denali, Alaska

Beautiful landscapes filled with red, yellow, orange, purple, blue, and green await you in Alaska. Visiting Mt. McKinley is a must; the tundra provides endless subjects for photographers, including plant and animal life. You can easily spend a week here in pursuit of autumn photography at Denali National Park , Wonder Lake , and the backcountry area.


Vermont embodies the essence of fall in New England showcasing miles of beautiful, scenic roads along the Atlantic Coast and through the heart of the state. Be sure to drive through Woodstock and Fairlee, characterized by beautiful forested mountains, open farmlands, and quiet historic villages. If you're looking for some local flavor, stop by the Dutton Berry Farm in Manchester and pick up some locally produced maple syrup.

Kailua Kona, Hawaii

October is Hawaii's off-season, meaning you'll find cheap getaways in October including airfare and rates for vacation rentals. While you can enjoy Hawaii's many beaches and waves at a discount price, adventure seekers must check out the legendary Ironman triathlon championships in Kona.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia, near Bar Harbor, Maine, is the perfect hiking destination for families. Kids will love observing more than 40 different species of animals, including bobcats and marine species. Drive on the mountain roads to see the stunning rocky coastline and, of course, don't miss the sounds of Thunder Hole rumbling nearby.

Huntersville, North Carolina

Enjoy the Carolina Renaissance Festival on weekends in October where you can reenact life in Medieval Europe. The Artisan Marketplace features over 100 artisans displaying all sorts of handmade crafts, perfect for the upcoming holiday season. You'll also enjoy jousting tournaments, a feast fit for a king, and elaborate performances.


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