Right in the middle of the autumn season, temperatures are cooling down, hectic summer tourism is a distant memory, and feelings of wanderlust are starting to kick in. Let your adventurous spirit out before the holiday madness begins! Here are our top 10 favorite places to travel in October!
Top 5 Domestic Destinations in October
1. Napa Valley, CA
Obviously, first thing on any itinerary while visiting Napa Valley is take a wine tour in one of Napa’s countless vineyards and wineries. One of our favorite options is Castello di Amorosa, a Tuscan-inspired castle and winery where you can tour the castle and taste Italian-style wines. If you’re looking to get outdoorsy, consider camping in Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. Take a hike up Mt. Saint Helena at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Spend your time amongst wine and nature in a dreamy getaway to Napa Valley!
2. Santa Fe, NM
Travel into the southwest and let your art loving heart soar! Take a stroll through Canyon Road and pop into its many galleries to discover everything from handmade jewelry to Navajo rugs. Catch an opera at the Santa Fe Opera House before you discover the New Mexico Museum of Art and Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Get to the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market early to tickle your tastebuds with a wide variety of local foods. Get lost in everything Santa Fe has to offer!
3. Richmond, VA
Richmond is one of the country’s oldest cities, and its beauty will take your breath away! Stroll through the Victorian Maymont Estate, then relish in the natural beauty of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. If you’re looking for some museums to visit, stop in the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, and the Valentine. Wrap up your day with a stroll through Forest Hill Park. There’s so much to see and do in this historic city!
4. Acadia National Park, ME
Maine’s Acadia National Park is the ultimate nature getaway, with vibrant autumn colors lighting up the October days! Work up a sweat by hiking up Cadillac Mountain, then relax and take in the views at Jordan Pond. Visit the Bass Harbor Head Light, a 19th century cliffside lighthouse which is picturesque and offers a magnificent vantage point for photos. Sit back and watch the waves crash at Thunder Hole and stroll through the Asticou Azalea Garden for a peaceful end to the perfect getaway.
5. Nashville, TN
Connect to your country side by visiting the Music City and discovering all the unique things this Tennessee gem has to offer! Of course, you have to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and spend an evening enjoying a performance at the Grand Ol’ Opry. Visit something a bit out of the ordinary by discovering Centennial Park, home to a full-scale replica of the Athenian Parthenon. Take some time to stroll through Belle Meade Plantation, the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and the Cheekwood Botanical Garden. There’s always something new to see here!
Top 5 International Destinations in October
6. Rome, Italy
Now that the summer tourists are long gone, say hello to autumn in Rome! Stop by all the classic destinations, such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Roman Forum, and Spanish Steps. Say hello to the Pope when you visit the Vatican museums, see the famed Sistine Chapel, and explore St. Peter’s Basilica. Sip wine outside one of the restaurants in beautiful Piazza Navona. Stroll through the Villa Borghese gardens before you admire Bernini’s sculptures at Galleria Borghese. Take a day trip to Tivoli to get lost in stunning Villa D’Este. Italy is calling!
7. Taipei, Taiwan
Visit Taiwan’s bustling capital city, which has infinite treasure to discover! Hike through Yangmingshan and then stop by its hot springs and the massive dormant volcano. Peruse Chinese art and artifacts at the National Palace Museum. Shop by day in the Ximending shopping district and also by night at the Shilin Night Market! Marvel at the beauty of the Lungshan Temple of Manka, and explore the Huashan 1914 Creative Park, an old sake winery with shops and various showcases.
8. Queenstown, New Zealand
To really get away from it all, head down to Queenstown, New Zealand to experience nature and get in touch with your adventurous spirit! Visit Milford Sound, a fjord home to seals, penguins, waterfalls, and surrounding rainforests. It’s also the home of the towering Mitre Peak. Take a hike across world-renowned Routeburn Track, and then head over to Hollyford Track. Discover a newfound love of lakes at Lake Wanaka, Wakatipu, and Hayes! Strap on your skis and ski down Coronet Peak, and life life on the edge by bungee jumping in Skippers Canyon!
9. Seville, Spain
Take in the stunning historical architecture in this breathtaking Spanish town. Tour a Renaissance royal palace at the Alcázar of Seville. Then discover the Gothic Seville Cathedral and the iconic Giralda bell tower. Meander through Plaza de España and visit Torre del Oro, a 13th century military watch tower. Hop over to Maria Luisa Park for scenic gardens, grand plazas, and beautiful fountains and monuments. Get a great view of the entire city at the iconic wooden sculpture and viewpoint, Metropol Parasol!
10. Petra, Jordan
Petra is a stunning city and archeological site, dating back to 300 B.C. This enchanting destination is known as the Rose City, due to the color of the sandstone rocks into which Petra’s buildings have been carved. Stroll through the Siq natural passageway and discover the Great Temple, Palace Tomb, and Nabatean Theatre. Spend some time discovering Little Petra, the archaeological site filled with endless bits of history, architecture, and wonders from ancient times. Marvel at the Ad Deir monastery built in the first century, and then visit 300 B.C. Temple of Dushares that is miraculously still standing after all of these years. This is truly a magical location!
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