School's back in session and autumn is fast approaching. Things like fall foliage, corn mazes, the apple harvest and Halloween come to mind. Help us create the ultimate autumn attraction guide by voting for your favorites in nine categories. You can vote once per day in each category until polls close on Tuesday, October 2 at noon ET.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Apple Orchard
An apple a day keeps the...pumpkin spice latte away? — Photo courtesy of iStock / S847
The first apple orchard in the U.S. was planted in 1625 near Boston's Beacon Hill. Today, more than 7,500 growers are producing apples in all 50 states (according to the U.S. Apple Association). That's 240 million bushels of apples each year. Since each individual apple must be handpicked during the autumn harvest season, many orchards open their gates for visitors to come and pick their own, often with added autumn entertainment. Which of these 20 apple orchards is your favorite?
Best Corn Maze
Corn mazes are one of the ultimate autumn activities — Photo courtesy of iStock / emholk
Each autumn, farms across the United States transform their cornfields into interactive mazes, perfect for a fall family outing. There are more than 500 of these mazes across the nation, but 10Best Local Experts and Editors have narrowed it down to 20 of the most exemplary, both for the quality of the maze itself and for the wealth of other activities on offer.
Best Destination for Fall Foliage
Shades of autumn are already taking over in some parts of the nation — Photo courtesy of iStock / DenisTangneyJr
The kids are back in school, temperatures are starting to drop and Mother Nature's gearing up for her annual spectacle of fall color. 'Tis the season for leaf-peeping, and USA TODAY 10Best Local Experts and Editors have selected their 20 favorite destinations.
Best Escape Room
Escape rooms will put you to the test – mentally, physically and emotionally — Photo courtesy of iStock / TeerawatWinyarat
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 Ghost Tour
Chills and thrills await on top ghost tours — Photo courtesy of iStock / sleepyfrogdesigns
Where there's history, there are often haunts. Ghost tours offer thrills and chills, but also a unique insight into the history of a destination and the famous people who've lived there (and maybe still do). With the help of our Local Experts, we've picked out 20 tours from coast to coast as nominees for Best Ghost Tour.
Best Haunted Attraction
Can you make it out of these haunted attractions while keeping your cool? — Photo courtesy of iStock / inhauscreative
Halloween means costumes, horror movies, haunted houses and a celebration of all things scary. It's that time of year for terror, and 10Best is on a mission to find the best haunted attractions in the U.S. These 20 haunted houses, selected by 10Best Local Experts and Editors, offer the best actors, set designs, special effects and value for money out there.
Best Haunted Destination
Which haunted destination gets your vote? — Photo courtesy of iStock / buto
The United States is filled with supposedly haunted locations, each with their own ghost stories and paranormal occurrences. Which of these haunted destinations wins your vote?
Best Haunted Hotel
Some hotel guests never leave... — Photo courtesy of iStock / Mlenny
Ghostly apparitions, faucets turning off and on, flickering lights, and eerie sounds are just a few of the things you may encounter at one of these hotels, where certain guests have checked in but never checked out.
Best Theme Park Halloween Event
Theme parks get into the spooky spirit of the season — Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa
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. We asked a panel of theme park experts to pick their favorite Halloween events, and now we need you to choose a winner.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, October 12.