Where to Travel in October

Pleasant temperatures, fewer tourists, and shoulder-season deals — sounds like October. Fall is coming, bringing hot summer days, and the throngs of tourists they attract will be over as quickly as your favorite song on the radio. Whether you’re more interested in Madrid or Mexico, read on for the best October travel destinations that will inspire you to amp up your fall travel plans.

Madrid, Spain

The heat is out and culture is in. October is an ideal month to explore Madrid, especially its world-class museums (Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum) all located in the Golden Triangle of Art. Speaking of things that are golden, don’t miss the coveted hour after sunrise or before sunset, when the city’s beautiful parks are illuminated in golden hues.

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Guadalajara, Mexico

Take a culture trip to Mexico’s second-largest city, Guadalajara. In October, you’ll be able to experience how locals celebrate Día de Muertos, the part-Aztec, part-Catholic tradition of honoring the dead. While the events are reverent (it’s not a celebration per se), participating in the warm, colorful, and upbeat way that Mexicans remember those who have passed is an inspiring experience. At the same time, Mexico’s rainy season ends, offering more clear days than any other time of year.

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Vancouver, Canada

Get to Vancouver before the cold winter temperatures set in. Fall days are perfect for walking on the city’s beaches, such as Kitsilano or Point Grey. Most importantly, the city offers red and orange leaves everywhere you look — a cherry on top of the perfect, quintessential fall break.

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Tenerife, Spain

Not all travelers are happy to say goodbye to the long, hot summer days. Chase the sun to the Canary Islands, where daytime temperatures in Tenerife are still perfect for swimming. Added bonus? You won’t be competing with crowds of tourists for a coveted spot on the sand. Make the most of the cooler days by hiking or biking through the island’s interesting landscapes, such as Mount Teide, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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For those who want to get way out of dodge this fall, the Maldives are another destination where you can pretend it’s still summer. The water is perfect for diving and swimming, and our waterfront accommodations — and nearby dining and entertainment — are the best around. Be one of our first guests — Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is opening in September, just in time for October travel.

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