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The 20 Best Places to Visit in October in the U.S.

North Cascades National Park, Washington

October is the month of the fall season, which means the temperatures begin to drop after a sweltering summer. According to NCEI, the average temperature for the month is 57°F. Since the season is not as cold as winter, you can enjoy it by visiting certain places. Regardless of the place you visit, you are likely to spot sunset-colored leaves signaling that it is fall. They make for beautiful photograph backgrounds. So, if you are looking for places to visit in October, you are in luck. Without further ado, here are the 20 best places to visit in October in the United States.


20. New York City, New York

If you are in this area, be sure to walk in Central Park. Once you are here, you will see beautiful foliage of trees in different shades of red, brown, and yellow. Besides the trees, you will spot New York City’s skyline from afar. The skyline provides a perfect backdrop for taking photographs. The city is also the best place to celebrate Halloween. A place you should visit is the Village Halloween Parade, Sixth Avenue. When you reach the place, you will see people dressed up in various Halloween costumes.

Mystic Hot Springs, Utah

19. Mystic Hot Springs, Utah

Even before you cool off in the springs, you will be awe-struck by the area’s rock formations. They resemble jack-o-lanterns due to their orange hues. These colors are more vibrant at sunrise and sunset. To contrast the orange rocks, there are scarce scrubs around them. You can choose to relax in a pool or hot bathtub. The water emanating from underground has a temperature of 167°F and flows at 200 gallons per minute. You may wonder how someone can cool off at 167°F since it is very hot. According to Rove Me, the temperatures cool down to a reasonable rate after flowing through a long channel.

Savannah, Georgia

18. Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is the place to visit if you want a spooky experience. There is local lore that claims it is full of ghosts. If you like, you can take part in ghost hunting with experts. That means you will have to stay in a haunted house or hotel. As you hunt ghosts, experts will narrate about the area’s haunted history. Understandably, ghosts are too scary for some people. Luckily, the region holds several fall events that you can attend. The events involve film, theater, music, and so much more.


17. Las Vegas, Nevada

In October, the region usually hosts major sporting events. Some of the sports popular around this month are American football, soccer, hockey, and baseball. With the abundance of various sports, you do not need to be confined to one specific sport. Do you want to attend a free music festival in this town? If yes, go to Fremont Street on the downtown side for the Muddfest festival. At this festival, the genres mostly played are grunge and rock. If you know anything about the genres, it is how energetic they are. That means you will be full of life and spirit during the festival.


16. Aspen, Colorado

A place you should visit here is the Lost Forest. The area offers all sorts of outdoor activities. Some activities you can do here include disc golfing, zip lining, hiking, and fishing. Even if you do not do any activities, you can rest and admire the area’s beauty. For instance, you could gaze at the spectacular aspen trees. During fall, Aspen restaurants change their menus, which is an opportunity to sample new dishes. According to Frias Properties, the foods popular around this time include Olathe sweet corn and Palisade peaches. These foods are grown locally, which means you will be eating healthily.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

15. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

One advantage of visiting the park in October is the lack of crowds. That means you will not sit in long traffic lines or queue for food or services. Besides not queueing for anything, you will feel like you are immersed in the park’s wilderness. The park is located in the mountains bearing many trees. These trees will bear the fall colors we mentioned earlier. As you walk through aspens and lodgepole pines, you will encounter several elks and bull bison. October is usually a mating season, hence the high numbers of these animals.

New Mexico

14. Albuquerque, New Mexico

This area is known for hosting the world’s largest balloon festival, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The festival is normally held at Balloon Fiesta Park and runs for 9 days in October. For the first nine days, the sky becomes beautiful thanks to the colored hot air balloons. According to Visit Albuquerque, the management launches over 500 balloons in the air. Besides watching the balloons in the air, you can fly in one. The area also hosts beer and wine festivals. Beer lovers will have an opportunity to sample local brews. During the festivals, over 70 breweries are represented, which means you have various beers to taste.

Twin Falls, Idaho

13. Twin Falls, Idaho

Once here, you will marvel at the spectacular Shoshone Falls. Interestingly, the falls are 212 feet higher than Niagara Falls. Besides admiring the beauty of the falls, you will feel some spray from them. After admiring the falls, you can visit Shoshone Falls Park, which is not that far from the falls. Another place you should visit is the Snake River Canyon. The area offers a ton of activities like hiking, swimming, kayaking, golfing, paddle boarding, and canoeing.

Eastern Sierras, California

12. Eastern Sierras, California

This region offers you a lot of chances to admire the fall colors. A good place to consider is Taylor Creek at Lake Tahoe. Most trees in the area have red leaves. Besides the trees, you will have a chance to admire the Kokanee salmon in the lake. During fall, the color of the fishes change from silver-grey to red. These fishes are constantly migrating, so you will see many of them. Next, you could stop by the cabin at Red Lake, Hope Valley. Many tourists visit the cabin to take photographs of it. Since it is surrounded by aspens, it is not hard to see why it is so popular.

North Cascades National Park, Washington

11. North Cascades National Park, Washington

You can consider this park a hiker’s paradise, due to the varying topography. Some sections of the park contain alpine trails covered in wildflowers and views of topaz glacial lakes. Another section contains dense forests with moss and rugged creeks. Also, there is a trail that leads you to waterfalls that tower at thousands of feet. This park is home to three major dams, Gorge Dam, Diablo Dam, and Ross Dam. These dams generate around 90% of water for Seattle residents. You will especially like the Diablo Dam, since it is the tallest of the three.


10. Maui, Hawaii

In Maui, you can go to a pumpkin patch at Kula Country Farms. You are free to take a pumpkin from the farm to your house. While you pick up the pumpkins, you will see the gorgeous views of the Maui countryside. Another fun event you can do in Maui is attending the annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival. Typically, it is held in the middle of the month. You will have a chance to pair various local cuisines with your wine.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

9. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

This region is home to a beautiful lake called Lake Superior. The best way of touring the lake is by considering a boat tour from Pictured Rocks Cruises. As you sail along the shoreline, you will see various fall foliage. For a more exciting adventure, you can kayak with Pictured Rocks Kayaking. When you kayak, you will see more features like Chapel Rock and Miner’s Castle. Another stop you can make is at Sable Falls, and the Log Slide overlook. From here, you will see colossal sand dunes that stand at 300 feet.

Big Bend National Park, Texas

8. Big Bend National Park, Texas

In this park, you should hike at Santa Elena Canyon. The trail is 1.7 miles, which is ideal for people who dislike hiking long distances. Throughout your walk, you will be on the edge of the river. That means you need to be careful. As you hike, you will get the best close-up experience with the Rio Grande. If you want a challenging hike, you can consider the Lost Mine Trail. The distance is 4.8 miles, which will take roughly 2.5-3.5 hours. During your hike, you will encounter views of the Chisos mountain range.

Woodstock, Vermont

7. Woodstock, Vermont

If you would like to taste some cheese, visit the Sugarbush Farm. The farm is known for its award-winning cheddar cheese. You will not help but admire the farm as you taste the cheese. The farm is 550 acres and full of attractive maple trees. Vermont is the state with the most covered bridges. One bridge you can walk on is the Middle Covered Bridge on Mountain Avenue. The bridge is 139 feet long, and it spans the Ottauquechee River. Another covered bridge you can visit is the Taftsville Covered Bridge. The bridge is red and 189 feet long.

Bar Harbor

6. Bar Harbor, Maine

This is the best place to learn or perfect your rock climbing skills. Once you do, you will be able to climb the cliffs of Acadia. You can take a rock climbing course at Acadia National Park. Besides rock climbing, you can watch whales with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. As you sail on the Gulf of Maine, you will see humpback whales. Other marine life you will see include seals and porpoises.

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

5. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

The area is home to Mount Mitchell, which stands 6,684 feet high. This mountain is accessible, and you will admire its fall foliage once you access it. As you explore the mountain, you will enjoy the sweet smell of the spruce-fir-covered forest. Occasionally, you may encounter some bears. This region is a great chance to view the largest home in the United States, The Biltmore Home. It was built in 1889 and occupies a space of 8,000 acres. This home is surrounded by pretty gardens, mountain views, and a winery.

4. Salem, Massachusetts

At Salem, you can spend time at the Salem Witch House. In this house, you will get a historical overview of the witch trials. Besides learning about the witch trials, you will learn about the house’s history. You can choose to take a self-guided tour since most of the information will be on the walls. Another unique thing about Salem is its bizarre shops. The shops sell items that you would buy for Halloween. Besides acquiring spooky souvenirs, you can opt for palm reading sessions in the shops.


3. Miami, Florida

Your visit to Miami will feel incomplete if you do not visit Ocean Drive. Ocean Drive is a street known for its colorful night lights, palm trees, and signature art deco buildings. The street has bars, so you can order a cocktail as you lie facing the attractive street. Next, you can visit South Beach. The beach contains a two-mile-long sea shore with white sand and turquoise waves. If you want to relax properly on the bridge, you can bring your chairs and umbrellas or rent them.

Traverse City

2. Traverse City, Michigan

Are you a fan of Inuit art? In that case, you should visit the Dennos Museum Center in the area. The museum holds a collection of over 3,000 art pieces. When you view the art, you will understand the history of the Inuit people. You should see art depicting fishing and hunting. Next, you can visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This region is unique since it is one of the few beaches in the country with sand dunes.


1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia has many orchards, which means it is the best place for apple picking. Some orchard owners will focus on picking as the main activity. However, some owners will switch things up by including activities that can go along with apple picking, e.g., tractor rides. Philadelphia is a beer-drinking region, and it is why it frequently holds Oktoberfest seasons. As you enjoy your beer, you will be entertained by music.

Liz Flynn

Written by Liz Flynn

Liz Flynn has worked as a full-time writer since 2010 after leaving a career in education. She finds almost all topics she writes about interesting, but her favorite subjects are travel and food. Liz loves the process of researching information, learning new things, and putting into words what others who share her interests might like to read. Although she spends most of her time writing, she also enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, watching films, cooking, dining out, reading, motorsports, gaming, and walking along the beach next to her house with her dog.

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