October Travel: Where to Be This Month

  • New Orleans

    The month of Halloween seems a fitting time to explore one of America's most haunted cities: New Orleans. Plenty of scares are on offer, whether at one of the 42 cemeteries within city limits or on a ghost tour of the historic French Quarter. October 12 is National Gumbo Day, and the Big Easy is the perfect place to sample some of the best.

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  • Dodecanese Islands, Greece

    Still sunny and warm enough to enjoy the Aegean beaches but blissfully uncrowded, the Greek Dodecanese Islands are at their best in October. Rhodes and Kos are the best known of the islands, but there are plenty of others to explore by hiking, climbing, diving or kitesurfing.

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  • Beaufort, S.C.

    The free annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival kicks off at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort, S.C. on the first weekend in October. Even if you miss the festivities, the rest of the month offers warm (but not too warm) weather perfect for diving into Lowcountry culture in one of America's most charming small towns.

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  • Churchill, Canada

    October marks the beginning of polar bear viewing season along the shores of Hudson Bay. The kings of the arctic begin gathering on the shores near the tiny town of Churchill, waiting for the bay to freeze over so they can head out onto the ice to hunt. It's one of the few places on the planet where travelers can view polar bears in the wild.

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  • Kauai, Hawaii

    If you want to have Kauai's dramatic scenery and beautiful beaches largely to yourself (and at significantly discounted rates), then October is an ideal month to visit. Travelers who come to the island over the first weekend in the month can take part in the free Kauai Coconut Festival at Kapaa Beach Park.

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  • Sydney

    October falls just before Sydney's peak summer season (during the American winter), so visitors will find a slightly less crowded city waiting to be explored with warm, relatively dry temperatures perfect for exploring. For music lovers, the Manly Jazz Festival continues into the first week in October.

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  • Denver

    Comfortable temperatures, fewer tourist crowds and plenty of fall activity: this is Denver in October. The sun shines on most days this month, setting the scene for end-of-season Rockies baseball games, strolls through the zoo or botanical garden, fall festivals or colorful aspen leaf-peeping drives just outside of town.

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  • Salem, Mass.

    In Salem, site of the notorious witch trials, Halloween is a 31-day event. Salem Haunted Happenings kicks off with a Grand Parade and continues through the end of the month with a calendar full of family-friendly activities. As a bonus, travelers might catch the fall foliage display.

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  • Montego Bay, Jamaica

    As the rainy season draws to a close, Jamaica's weather remains warm throughout October, and the pre-holiday shoulder season means opportunity for big discounts on the all-inclusives of Montego Bay. If you don't mind an occasional afternoon shower, this month can be a very affordable time to enjoy this tropical paradise.

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  • St. Louis

    Missouri's short autumn season brings plenty of action to St. Louis. Families looking for a fun way to celebrate Halloween will enjoy Boo at the Zoo Nights at the St. Louis Zoo, while sports fans can catch all the post-season action of the highly ranked Cardinals. The Missouri Botanical Garden hosts the Best of Missouri Market over the first weekend in October.

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