If you missed your summer vacation and are still thinking about travel, you’re in luck. In places like Hawaii, Greece and Europe, tourist numbers are falling and so are prices, making them perfect destinations for an October trip. Temperatures could also be a bit lower, but you can still find beaches and ideal weather to be outdoors. Does October mean leaf-gazing, Halloween or Oktoberfest for you? We have places where you can enjoy these annual events. By Patricia Doherty
Further afield, Kenya‘s great migration culminates in October, and Istanbul celebrates autumn with an arts festival. Whether you’re looking for clear fall weather or warm sunshine, we’ve got a few fall vacation ideas.
Here are the best travel destinations in October 2022
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
The hotel is located in western Massachusetts, about halfway between New York City and Boston Berkshire’s The region offers farms, lakes, quaint towns, rolling hills and colorful fall foliage that usually begins in October. A scenic drive of about three hours from either town brings you to the quiet of the mountains, and the clear air invites you to hike outdoors and observe leaves, kayak or fish on the water, or browse antique shops in town to browse. Stay in Lenox at the elegant Miraval Berkshire’s Resort & Spa or the Victorian-inspired Gasthof Apfelbaum. The Wheatleigha luxury inn on the National Register of Historic Places, and The Lenox Collection of three inns are other options.
River cruise on the Danube
Get into the Oktoberfest spirit in Vienna and Dürnstein, Austria, then celebrate with Bavarian folk music, dancing, pretzels, and beer when the cruise reaches its destination in Vilshofen, Germany. That Magna on the Danube cruise Board in Budapest and travel through the beautiful Wachau Valley and the Danube Bend, stopping at quaint towns along the river. The spacious AmaMagnatwice the width of traditional riverboats, accommodates 200 guests with spacious suites, a wellness studio, multiple dining options, and a variety of tours and experiences.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
The summer beach crowds are gone, prices are lower and the weather is still nice Outer Banks Cities in North Carolina, making it a great place to visit in October. It is the best time for fishing and feasting on fresh seafood. Visit Oyster Week from October 10th to 16th Outer Banks Seafood Festival on October 15, the Duck Jazz Festival, or one of the many other autumn events. Stay in town on the beach Sanderling Resort or at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore at the Inn on Pamlico Sound. in the same area, Ocracoke Harbor Inn overlooking Silver Lake.
Savannah’s landscaped squares, Spanish moss and warm Southern hospitality make it a popular city for visitors and residents. The city’s historic riverfront also draws attention these days. Home to a restored 1912 power plant that is now the hub of a bustling entertainment destination, the area is an example of Savannah development. Restaurants, clubs, boutiques and cafes now line the riverside promenade Plant Riverside District. steps away, The Alidaa contemporary hotel named after Alida Harper Fowlkes, an early 20th-century Savannah entrepreneur and conservationist, welcomes guests to its comfortable rooms, restaurants, and The Lost Squareits rooftop lounge, which offers stunning views along with cocktails and light snacks.
Located on the southern Spanish Costa del Sol, Marbella is warm until October with sunny days and temperatures in the 20’s making it another great place to travel. More than 25.7 km of coastline, marinas, hotels, restaurants and shops attract visitors, especially in summer. Marbella was settled during Roman times and is home to archeological sites as well as a historic part of town with buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries. Accommodation ranges from luxury resorts to casual inns. One of the recent hotel additions is this Club Med Magna Marbella, at the foot of the Sierra Blanca overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The 485-room, four-star, family-friendly resort has five pools, a kid-friendly splash area, and the Club Med Spa.
October marks the end of the dry season in Kenya and also the final months of the Great Wildebeest Migration, the world’s largest animal migration, when more than a million animals migrate through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem in search of grass and water. Zebras as well as a variety of predators join the journey, an exciting spectacle. in the Kenyan bush, Mahali Mzuria luxury safari camp, voted best hotel overall in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards in 2021. AndBeyond Bateleur Camp and Mara bush topsjust outside the Masai Mara National Park, are other luxury options.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Fall is considered the off-season and is a lovely time to visit Jackson Hole with bright yellow and orange leaves and lower hotel rates. The clear weather is ideal for hiking and sitting near a fireplace to drive away the evening chill. But be sure to head outside at night to watch the stars, while the clear skies and dry air create perfect conditions. Visit nearby yellowstone and Big Tetons National Parks and enjoy a stay just steps away from Town Square at the newly renovated hotel mountain modern or the luxurious veil of cloudsan Autograph Collection Hotel. The Lodge at Jackson Holethe budget-friendly Virginian Lodgeand Hotel Jackson are additional options. Caldera housein Teton Village, features two and four bedroom suites.
According to many frequent travelers to Greece, October is a great time to visit the island, when the busy summer tourist season is over, the sea is still warm and there are bargains to be had. The weather is usually in the 20’s and you can stroll the narrow streets of Hora (Mykonos Town), shop and enjoy the surroundings of the whitewashed buildings. Enjoy the view, take a boat trip and be sure to try some Greek wines. A stay in one of the suites or villas of Kali Mykonos would be nice with views of the Aegean, private pools, terraces and a spa. On a hill about 3.2 km from Mykonos Town, Kalesma Mykonos features panoramic views from its suites and villas.
Divided between Europe and Asia, this fascinating city is located in Turkey’s northwestern area at the Bosphorus Strait. Known for its cuisine, shopping and architectural masterpieces, Istanbul offers plenty to see. Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Hagia Sophiathe Hippodrome of Constantinople, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace are just a few places to visit. From October 16th to 22nd, Contemporary Istanbul will show art from all over the world and the Coffee Festival in Istanbul October 6-9 celebrates the country’s coffee culture with shows, concerts and more. Stay in stylish luxury Shangri-La Bosphorus in a historic building from the 1930s or in a new building Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, both lie on the European shores of the Bosphorus.
It’s off-season in Hawaii and you can find hotel deals and lots going on. Honolulu Pride Festival & Paradesponsored by Kaimana Hotel, is scheduled for October 15, with various events throughout the month. That Hawaiian Food & Wine The festival takes place in October and November. On October 2nd there is the annual Hawaiian Airlines Moloka’i hoe, the most prestigious outrigger canoe race in the world. Visit Oahu’s North Shore with a stay at the Turtle Bay Resort or choose the west coast and Four Seasons Resort Oahu on Ko Olina. On Waikiki Beach, the Alohilani Resort features two Iron Chef Morimoto restaurants. stick with Sheraton Waikiki or The Royal Hawaiian and take a surfing lesson with the Waikiki Beach Boys. For Hawaiian-style high tea, head to the historic boardwalk Moana Surfrider.
Located 60 miles (96.5 km) northeast of Atlanta, Athens is a University of Georgia campus town with a vibrant arts scene and music culture that has spawned REM, the B-52 and others, making it the perfect place for an October trip. Live music is big and October 2nd brings historic Athens porch party with performances on more than 100 porches across the city. Craft beer fans will get their money’s worth along the way Athenian beer Trail, and for hiking, biking, and enjoying nature, there’s the Oconee Rivers Greenway. Celebrate Halloween with a costume and parade on October 29th Wild noise in downtown Athens.
New Jersey coast
Dubbed the “Jersey Shore,” the 127 miles (204 km) of coastline includes about ten cities, beaches, amusement parks and accommodations. A National Historic Landmark, Cape May is the oldest beach resort in the country. congress hall Welcoming guests for more than two centuries, today it offers guest rooms, suites, restaurants and cocktail lounges. Known for its musical heritage, Asbury Park is still the place for live entertainment. Spend the night The Asbury Hotel for nightlife and a place near the beach. In Atlantic City, casinos are one of the attractions and there is live entertainment, restaurants, the boardwalk, shopping and a variety of places to stay. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino features restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining, a beach, pool, spa, and fitness center.
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