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12 of October's Must-See Destinations

Ready for the seasonal change? Looking to celebrate fall in nature? Or want to explore festivals around the world? These 12 destinations will help you experience October to the fullest. This month's guide not only has wine valley experiences, desert getaways and urban sophistication, it's also jam-packed with seasonal activities you won't want to miss. Let's not forget the spookiness of October. Watch your back! Some of these cities take October quite seriously...

Haunted houses aside, fall's beauty is worth traveling for and these cities don't disappoint.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming​ | Stay at: Amangani

Jackson Hole's expansive landscape can be enjoyed in October with slightly cooler temperatures, minimal crowds and autumn foliage. With October being one of the best times to visit Jackson Hole, stay at Amangani for the full nature-meets-luxury experience. Spectacular views with a modern yet minimalistic design allows you to experience the nature of Jackson Hole inside of your room. Venture out of this grand, in-the-middle-of-nature hotel to enjoy October's Wildlife Film Festival.
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Ensenada, Mexico | Dine at: Corazon de Tierra

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Secret's out: Baja California is the new Napa. Visit Corazon de Tierra and experience wine country the authentic Mexican way this October. With Mid-Century Modern and bohemian flair, this vineyard and restaurant will have you soaking up the West Coast sun while enjoying fresh ingredients and quality wine. 
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New York, New York | Stay at: The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel

NYC's humid summer is finally over and people are hailing back from the Hamptons to soak in Manhattan's crisp fall air. Enjoy perfect walking weather in Central Park–beautiful fall foliage included. Make your way downtown and stay at the architectural beauty, The Beekman Hotel. In between the hustle and bustle, you can be sure to retreat to sophistication and urban artistry all in the spirit of New York City.
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Napa Valley | Stay at: Las Alcobas Napa Valley

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To take full advantage of the wine-making experience, Napa in October is the best time. View the vineyards in absolute luxury at Las Alcobas. Situated on 4 acres, watch the peak of Napa Valley's harvesting season unfold while tucked away in this Italian-inspired retreat. Allow the rolling hills of vines to put you in a state of relaxation.
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Dublin, Ireland | Stay at: The Westbury Dublin

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Explore autumn in Ireland with their plethora of jazz, art and film festivals. Looking to be in the center of Dublin? Stay at The Westbury to enjoy the neighborhood with The Gaitey Theater and St. Stephen's Green. After exploring the city of Dublin, dine at one of The Westbury's two restaurants, grab an espresso at their coffee shop or a beer at the bar.
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Savannah, Georgia​ | Stay at: The Brice

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October in Savannah is festival month! As the weather cools down, this city bustles with events such as the free outdoor philharmonic concert in Forsyth Park and the Savannah Film Festival. Halloween is one of Savannah's specialties as it's known for being one of the most haunted cities in the country. Ready to get spooked? Enjoy everything the city has to offer by staying in the middle of it all at The Brice, a tradition meets modernity hotel. The antebellum flair will be sure to give you the entire Southern experience. 
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Chicago, Illinois | Stay at: LondonHouse

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Chicago's cooler weather and smaller crowds make for a cultural and crisp October destination. With festivals galore, including film and jazz festivals, the cherry on top is the Halloween spirit in the air. End each night with some modern British flair at the LondonHouse. With their rooftop bar, you'll be able to view the cityscape during one of its best months of the year.
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San Francisco, California | Stay at: Hotel Vitale

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The Golden City lives up to its name in October. Fall brings warmer weather to this hilly city and minimal crowds. Throw in the Castro Street Fair and you've got yourself a NorCal vacation. Experience the views of the city at Hotel Vitale, including the Bay Bridge and San Francisco's waterfront. Retreat to luxury but never stop experiencing the laid-back pulse of the city.
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Stockton Springs, Maine | Stay at: French's Point

Discover Maine's picture-perfect fall season at French's Point, a historic state with coastal views on a private peninsula. Get further into the fall spirit with Maine's Fall Foliage Festival, Harvest on the Harbor, whale watching, and beautiful hiking trails. Listed as one of the best times to visit Maine, explore the outdoors for that much anticipated sweater-weather.
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South Africa | Stay at: Morukuru River House

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High season in South Africa, anyone? The rains are coming to an end and the scenery has a fresh shade of green. The Morukuru River House puts you right in the middle of South Africa's scenery with the romantic perks of luxury. Located on the banks of the Marico River, book an open private safari vehicle to experience South Africa's nature up front and personal.
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​Queenstown, ​New Zealand | Stay at: Matakauri Lodge

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Set against the Southern Alps, Queenstown, New Zealand is enjoying Spring come October. Known for its breathtaking views of lakes and mountains, the Matakauri Lodge lets you capture it all. This on-the-water boutique hotel has luxury suites and villas for you to hideaway in nature seamlessly.
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​Moab, Utah | Stay at: Sorrel River Ranch

If you are looking to enjoy the panoramic views of America's Southwest, Sorrel River Ranch in October is your go-to. You don't have to say goodbye to summer temperatures in Moab, Utah. Enjoy the mid-seventies weather while retreating to your cabin desert oasis at the ranch. 
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