Where to Travel in October
Celebrate fall with a great vacation featuring some of our favorite October events like spooky Halloween activities and leaf-peeping excursions. Feeling adventurous? Enter to win a $10,000 trip for 2 to an amazing getaway to Ireland.
Raise a Glass for OktoberfestJoin the 6 million visitors who head to Munich each fall for beers and brats at the classic Bavarian Oktoberfest. Our Oktoberfest travel guide gives you the scoop on the best biergartens, culture and fun during the multiday, beer-fueled festival. Check out our US Oktoberfest celebrations slideshow and Microbrew Madness video web series for more travel ideas for beer connoisseurs.
See Peak Leaf-Peeping in New EnglandHit the road for some serious fall foliage on a road trip through New England. Mother Nature’s autumn show kicks off at the Canadian border and makes its first appearance in the northern states like Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in early September. As the month progresses, the colors move south where the final colors fade away in early to mid-November. Go beyond the fall foliage and plan a trip based on our list, Travel's Best Road Trips 2014.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Attend the Albuquerque International Balloon FiestaStarting with a mere 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown into the largest balloon event in the world. Held each year during the first week of October, visitors flock to photograph the hundreds of balloons and over 1,000 pilots from 28 different countries.
Explore the Top 5 Bouldering SpotsTake advantage of the crisp fall air, and bring along a crash pad for a bouldering adventure. Bouldering is an extreme type of rock climbing where boulderers scale extra-large boulders, starting at 10-15 feet high and "high balls" exceeding 25-feet high, relying on technique and fearlessness without any harnesses or ropes.
Best Halloween Attractions
Visit the Spookiest Spots in the USScare yourself silly on Halloween with a trip to one of the country’s top 10 corn mazes or spookiest haunted houses. These terrifying attractions rely on thrilling technology and old-fashioned terror to instill some Halloween fear in visitors. Don't forget to check out what scary Halloween attractions made our list, Travel's Best Halloween Attractions.
Head to the Texas State FairHeld in Dallas' historic Fair Park, the Texas State Fair has been a tradition since 1886. It's hard to tell whether the 212-foot-high Ferris wheel or abundance of fried food is the bigger drawl for fair-goers. On second thought, with delicacies like deep-fried Oreos and chicken-fried bacon, it's no contest.
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