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Best Places to Visit in October

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Fall is here and in many regions the leaves have changed and are ready for their close-up. While in some destinations you'll still have to contend with foliage-seeking tourists, other top spots to travel to in October offer a bit more breathing room after the departure of summer crowds. Taking into account these factors, as well as expert opinion, traveler sentiment, array of sights and more, U.S. News chose the Best Places to Visit in October in a variety of destinations, from big cities to outdoorsy retreats. Got a favorite? Vote below to influence next year's list. 

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#1 Santorini

#1 in Best Places to Visit in October

By October, Santorini's notoriously packed peak tourist season is officially over, leaving plenty of room to enjoy the island's compact streets, sky-high wineries and picturesque beaches. What's more, the temperatures are still excellent for swimming, with highs hovering in the 70s and 80s during the day. But if you're seeking fall foliage, you won't find it here. Read More »

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#2 Vienna

#2 in Best Places to Visit in October

Vienna's revered cultural sites are best experienced in early October thanks to the Long Night of Museums. This annual event, which takes place throughout Austria, offers access to plenty of museums and galleries both big and small until 1 a.m. Plus, fewer tourists during this time of year means less time spent waiting in lines and more time spent getting to know the locals and their culture. Read More »

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#3 Kyoto

#3 in Best Places to Visit in October

Kyoto's many beautiful shrines, temples and pavilions shine even brighter among the orange- and red-hued trees that dot the city during October. Strolling the tree-lined Philosopher's Walk or taking in the leafy views from the Kiyomizu Temple's verandah atop peaceful Otowa Mountain will leave you with unforgettable memories. Read More »

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#4 Acadia National Park

#4 in Best Places to Visit in October

October is the most beautiful time to visit Acadia National Park, hands down. That's because the park is blanketed by vibrant fall foliage, both along the coast and high atop its many mountains. And starting Oct. 7, Cadillac Mountain (the tallest peak on the North Atlantic seaboard) becomes the first place to view the sunrise in the USA. Read More »

Beehive Trail Overlooking 'The Bowl' View 23 photos
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#5 Charlottesville

#5 in Best Places to Visit in October

Charlottesville is the perfect small town to experience the charms of the season. The town's old timey feel meshes seamlessly with autumn colors, creating a getaway that's simply lovely. Spend  a day touring the area's vineyards or hiking through the nearby Shenandoah National Park. Keep in mind that homecoming events for the University of Virginia occur during late October, so be sure to book a few months in advance if you plan to travel then. Read More »

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