The Best Places to Go in October
Craving a fall getaway but not quite sure where to go? We've got you covered. From India to Upstate New York, here are ten wanderlust-worthy vacation ideas to put on your radar for the autumn month ahead.
October marks the end of India's monsoon season, making it an ideal time to visit, as the weather strikes a perfect balance between not-too-hot and not-too-cold. Head to Jaipur in Western India and explore elephant sanctuaries,
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Skip the hectic summer crowds and head to southern Spain during October instead. Formentera—part of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean—promises stunning beaches and warm swimming temperatures until the end of the month, plus an atmosphere that is refreshingly free of chain restaurants, brand name stores, and
North Adams, Massachusetts
For a charming getaway that doesn’t require a passport, look no further than this tiny town in the Berkshires. The region is undoubtedly at its best in October—peak “leaf peeping” season—so it’s best to rent a car for a 63-mile drive along the Mohawk Trail that culminates in North Adams. Though it lays claim to the title of “smallest city in the state,” North Adams has plenty to offer. For starters, there’s the largest contemporary art museum in the country—the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (better known as MASS MoCA)—and a plethora of bookshops, cafes, and galleries. Book a room at The Porches Inn, a B&B that's just a stone’s throw from the museum. BOOK NOW Porches Inn
With the return of the Northern Lights in October, there's never a better time to visit this enchanting destination. For the ultimate experience, book a room at the Retreat at the Blue Lagoon, which has quickly become one of the country's most popular hotels. The luxury suites are surrounded by a natural geothermal pool and an 800-year-old lava flow."The hotel matches all this natural drama with earthy, Scandi-style rooms, one of which – the Lagoon Suite – has private access to the bath-warm, mineral-rich waters," says Tamara Lohan, the founder of travel club Mr & Mrs Smith. To make things even more memorable, take a night swim in the pool for a private viewing of the
Santa Barbara, California
Contrary to popular belief, the best time to see the most gorgeous sunsets in California isn’t in the summer but rather the fall. Located just two hours north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is the ideal place to go if you’re looking for a relaxed yet fulfilling getaway. This beach town offers a variety of activities such as horseback riding, wine tasting, or paddle boarding. Start your morning off with acai bowls on the beach then rent a bike and head to the Funk Zone, a district of wine tasting rooms, cafes, galleries, and shops that both locals and tourists love. BOOK NOW Belmond El Encanto
Upstate New York
We can't think of a better way to get into the fall spirit than by viewing all of the
With the high heat of summer subsiding this month and temperatures averaging at a comfortable 85 degrees, you can actively explore all this country has to offer in cooler conditions. Book a room at the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, a high-altitude hotel that sits on a soaring plateau 2,000 meters above sea level. "They can arrange atmospheric meals for you pretty much anywhere around the grounds, but my tip is Diana's Point: an elevated glass-sided platform that appears to float amid the mountains," says Lohan. Hike the scenic Jebel Akhdar trails, or enjoy the views from the hotel's mountain-edge infinity pool with a cocktail in hand. BOOK NOW Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar
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