Romantic Getaways in October

October is when the weather really starts warning you about winter. August's breezes and September's cooling nights give way to windbreaker days and chilly nights. When you think about romantic getaways in October, you can go a lot of places. Without too many holidays to get in the way, the hardest part may be in avoiding the crowds. Of course, being in a crowd makes it easier to tell when you're with someone truly special; they're still the only person you see, no matter how many others are around.

oktoberfest couple germanyMunich, Germany

Oktoberfest features a million gallons of beer, hiking in the Bavarian mountains and a lot of rides you and your sweetheart can enjoy together. It's pretty much an overall win because Munich has the best Oktoberfest going.

Salem, Massachusetts

One of the most storied romantic getaways in October is in the spooky town of Salem. Since 1692, when a group of supposed witches were tried and executed, the town has had a special mystique about it. Hold each other tightly during the Haunted Happenings celebration and feel the spell your lover casts on you.

South Padre Island, Texas

Do you and your sweetheart love the beach? If so, South Padre Island is your spot. Two neat parts of coming here in October are Sand Castle Days , when some serious sand castles are created, and the Roar By the Shore, a huge motorcycle rally that thunders for four whole days.

Orlando, Florida

If you've always wanted to let your inner child run wild at Walt Disney World , this is your chance. You save a bundle by renting a place not connected to Disney, and since the kids are in school you can enjoy the romantic time together in peace. The Food and Wine Festival in October is a distinctly grown-up event with some enjoyably child-like undertones.

beach-couple-smaller.jpgOaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca has one of the most elaborate celebrations of Dia de Los Muertos , or the Day of the Dead . Celebrating life and death is a great way to affirm your connection to the person you want to spend the rest of your days with.

Indianapolis, Indiana

The Hoosier State boasts some of the most breath-taking leaf colorings in the country, and your rental is a short bike ride to the newly-renovated downtown area. Hit the Rathskeller for some Oktoberfest libations before you stroll up and down the Monon Trail with your sweetheart.

Rapid City, South Dakota

If you want a truly memorable road trip, leave your rental for a day and drive along the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway . Not only will you see some incredible leaf colors, but you'll also see Mount Rushmore in the background. You can even take some time to enjoy Custer State Park and celebrate the great decision to be together while laughing at some of history's best-known bad decisions.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Some of the top romantic getaways in October involve healthy habits and delicious foods, and what could be more of both than apples? The National Apple Harvest Festival happens in October, and Gettysburg turns into a mecca of the yummy fruits.

Mystic Seaport, Connecticut

This quaint little town has its own Maritime Museum , Aquarian and Planetarium , so you can explore history, the ocean and the entire universe together. That's a pretty ambitious travel itinerary.

Tuscany, Italy

This charming little town averages 68 degrees in October, and has fewer tourists than during the summer months. Sagra del Tordo is a festival where you can check out all kinds of genuine Tuscan traditions dating back centuries, including archery and drum parades.



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