School's back in session, leaves are beginning to turn, temperatures are dropping and Halloween is just around the corner. 10Best is celebrating the autumn season by hunting down the country's best fall experiences, from Oktoberfests and Halloween events to pick-your-own apple orchards and seasonal beers. We've enlisted a panel of experts to select our 20 nominees in each category, and now it's your job to choose a winner.
Vote for your favorite in each category once per day until polls close on Monday, September 25 at noon ET. The top 10 category winners will be announced on Friday, September 29.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Apple Orchard
There are more than 7,500 apple growers in the United States — Photo courtesy of Thinkstock
Autumn means harvest season, and according to the U.S. Apple Association, more than 7,500 growers are producing apples in all 50 states. Since each individual apple must be hand-picked, many orchards open their gates for visitors to come and pick their own, often with added autumn entertainment. Which pick-your-own orchard wins your vote?
Best Escape Room
Did your favorite escape game make our list of nominees? — Photo courtesy of iStock / PetrBonek
Since the first escape room opened in Japan in 2008, the escape room craze has taken the world by storm. Today, there are thousands of these physical adventure games around the globe. We asked a panel of escape game bloggers to nominate their favorite game facilities in the U.S., and now we need you to help us crown a winner.
Best Fall Seasonal Beer
Some of the best craft beers are released in the fall — Photo courtesy of iStock / arinahabich
Take a look at just about any beer aisle, and you'll see the selection change with the season. For many a beer lover, autumn is prime season for beer, thanks to the release of Oktoberfests, pumpkin ales and other warm, rich, dark beers made especially for drinking on a cool autumn day. Vote for your favorite from our pool of 20 expert-selected nominees.
The Oktoberfest tradition began in 1810 — Photo courtesy of iStock / killerbayer
Oktoberfest was born in 1810 when Prince Ludwig of Bavaria married Princess Therese, and they threw quite the beer-infused party to celebrate. Today, the German festival is recreated all over the globe, including in many American cities. What's your favorite Oktoberfest party in the USA?
Best Theme Park Halloween Event
Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure — Photo courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure
Looking for a scare this Halloween? Head to the nearest amusement park! Theme parks across the country are hosting ghastly, ghoulish events to celebrate the season, and you're invited. Help your favorite event take the crown by voting daily.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. Check back on September 29 to see which fall favorites took home top honors.