Nowhere in North America are our European roots so close at hand as in Montreal. The French-Canadian capital's eclectic mix of immigrants over the years has yielded a heady mix of multicultural art, a thriving jazz scene, some of the world's best – and most affordable – French cuisine and an old European quarter, Vieux Montréal, teeming with museums and churches worthy of exploration.
October is Seattle's sweet spot when it comes to travel; the high-season crowds have dispersed and the last remnants of warm summer weather still linger. While you probably won't escape the omnipresent drizzle, there's always a cozy coffeehouse to duck into. When the sun does come out (or even in the rain), the 13 National Parks surrounding the city, including Mount Rainier, are well worth exploring.
London, one of Europe's premier destinations, is at once teeming with history while maintaining a sense of youth and vigor. Dozens of museums, art galleries, churches and royal landmarks await by day, and once the sun goes down, the lights shine on the stages of big West End productions. London has established itself as a world class shopping and dining destination to boot.
There's not really a bad time to visit North Carolina's biggest city, but the brilliant colors of autumn in the Appalachians make Asheville hard to resist. Pay a visit to the Biltmore Estate, a behemoth French Renaissance chateau and former home of George Vanderbilt, or drop in for some live tunes at one of the local independent bars.
The slow pace, pleasant climate and excellent vintages of the Sonoma County wine region welcome the weekend traveler year round, but the end of the grape harvest in October is arguably the best time to visit. When you need to get away, hop in the car and head up Sonoma Highway, lined with solid wineries all the way from Sonoma to Santa Rosa.
With an average high temperature of 89 degrees Fahrenheit in October, Phoenix is the perfect place to soak up a little more vitamin D before winter comes. Drink a cold Bavarian beer at the Phoenix Oktoberfest, play a round of golf on one of the city's world class courses or get some R&R at one of the dozens of resorts in the Valley of the Sun.
October is springtime in Sydney, and that means the high-season crowds have not yet arrived and the weather is just right for taking in Australia's largest and oldest city. Within minutes of the city sights, including the picturesque Sydney Harbour and Opera House, are 70 beaches, including some of the best surf in the world.
Atlanta, the capital of the South and hometown of Martin Luther King Jr. and Scarlet O'Hara, juxtaposes southern charm and Antebellum lore with the forward-thinking and always-moving energy of a modern 21st century capital. In a single day, you can take a walk through the past at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and pick up a new outfit at the quirky Little Five Points, all before catching a Braves, Hawks or Falcons game.