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Whether your family has a fall break from school or you’re simply dreaming about a cozy fall destination for the weekend, I’ve got the best places to travel in October, friend! Admit it, you’ve been dreaming about colorful fall leaves in the crisp autumn air and then settling down with hot apple cider in front of a cozy fireplace at one of the best October vacation destinations! Me too. Oh, do I have some fall family vacation ideas for you…..
Best places to travel in October
You want ideal travel spots for fall where the entire family can enjoy foliage and autumn activities together. I get it, so that’s why I’m showing you the best places to travel in October in the South. Whether you are hunting a cabin in the woods, foliage, comfort food, or pumpkins in the patch, this fall travel list is extraordinary.
Hike part of the 80 miles of the Appalachian Trail before settling into your Blairsville, Georgia cabin in the woods with a view of the amazing North Georgia Mountains! Be sure to catch the Blairsville Sorghum Festival if you are visiting during the 2nd and 3rd weekends in October. Drive just 20 minutes westward and visit another quaint Georgia town full of fall family activities and shopping, Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Want to truly immerse yourself and your family into the “big” things to do in Texas this fall? Oh sure, you’ll want to visit Magnolia Farms, but there’s also no better time to visit the State Fair of Texas and the Pumpkin Village at Autumn at the Arboretum in nearby Dallas. Small families can stay for a while in this Bed & Breakfast for under $100 a night. If you need a whole house and want to splurge, you can stay at Magnolia House for $695 a night.
CREEPY TRAILS & TOURS
From October 9th through November 4th, experience 5,000 carved pumpkins that line an illuminated trail stretching one-fourth of a mile. The Louisville Kentucky Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is delighting families with this “art show” fall activity as one of the newest and best places to travel in October and November! Hang around as Downtown Louisville as it’s taken over by the Belknap Fall Festival.
I’ve mentioned Wormsloe Historic Site to you before because of the beauty of this Savannah, Georgia plantation with the oldest tabby ruins in the city and 400 huge oak trees that canopy over the driveway. But did you know that this year Wormsloe is hosting a Colonial Haunted Trail Tour?! Yep, a park ranger will guide your family back to the old home site of colonist Nobel Jones on the Wormsloe Colonial Haunted Trail tour and who knows who may visit you on the trail under the Spanish moss looming over you!
Don’t miss the chance to walk the breathtaking city squares of Savannah, Georgia while the weather is mild. Savannah is known for its legends and lore, so check out the Spooky Savannah tours mentioned HERE. Also, don’t miss the Wag O Ween fun in Downtown Savannah where there will be costume contests and treats for you and your pup or head to nearby Skidaway Island for the Fall Family Fun Festival.
(SAVANNAH BED & BREAKFAST INN)
There’s nothing like the Smoky Mountains in the fall. Visit Great Pumpkin Luminights at Dollywood (thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns, as well as sculptures, whimsical scenes, entertainment, and pumpkin-themed food) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. While you are near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, visit the 407-foot view of the Smoky Mountains on The Gatlinburg Space Needle.
FALL FOLIAGE SCENIC DRIVES
For some of the most beautiful scenery this fall, take a drive along North Carolina’s winding roads, but don’t forget your camera! Along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway, you’ll see iconic places like Pisgah National Forest, Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls, and Looking Glass Rock. Stick close to Asheville, North Carolina and take a super-scenic view of the Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy shopping, jaw-dropping mountains, and waterfalls. Visit Downtown Ashville, North Carolina and ride the Ghost Train or experience Oktoberfest.
When you want to be blown away with amazing scenic views, The Cherohala Skyway is one of the best places to travel in October because it crosses through the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee into the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina. This byway is a two-lane road that connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina, and stretches along forty miles from one end the other.
(HOTELS NEAR GATLINBURG SPACE NEEDLE TOWER)
FALL HOME & GARDEN TOURS
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to see how other people decorate their homes during the holidays. I also love the historical home of South Carolina. If you do too, check out Charleston’s Annual Fall House and Garden Tours and the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens in Beaufort, South Carolina. Both of these tours allow you to stroll around the grounds of the these city’s oldest homes and spectacular gardens at your leisure.
Many of the best places to travel in October for fun carnivals in the South have been listed HERE, you also don’t want to miss the traditional Greater Gulf State Fair that has a midway, entertainment, animals, games, and “The Chomping Grounds,” where you’ll find more fair food than you can shake a stick at!
Can you imagine how excited the fam would be to show up to the after-dark special event in Magic Kingdom Park at Disney World, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?! It’s a Halloween celebration – Disney-style in Orlando, Florida. Get those costumes ready and trick or treat throughout the park with special treats and entertainment. No dull moments allowed during this fall party in the South!
(DISNEY’S VALUE RESORT)
- Disney Packing List & what I wish I’d known
- You won’t believe what you can do at this family attraction
- The campground where I thought we were going to die!
There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in October in the South this year.