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17 Best Places to Visit in October

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Autumn vineyards in the Piedmont region of Italy

Autumn vineyards in the Piedmont region of Italy

October can be the perfect time of year to uncover the wonders of the world with these 17 destinations that demonstrate the variety of alluring experiences for your ideal trip. Whether interested in snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef or eager to lounge on a tropical island, fascinated by ancient civilizations or interested in exploring a new wine region, October offers a fresh perspective on the ecosystems and heritages across the hemispheres. From glacier walks to tea ceremonies, our following suggestions provide some of October’s best places to visit with any trip personalized to your preferences.

1. Italy

Autumn colors on Lake Como, Italy

Autumn colors on Lake Como, Italy

Temperatures: Low 50°F | High 70°F

Highlights: Culture, ancient ruins, villages, museums, wine, cuisine, scenery

Other recommended travel times: February | March | May | June | September | December

Italy is a Renaissance for your senses in October. The crowds have thinned, the weather has cooled, and the landscape changes colors from north to south, revealing the endless beauty of the scenery and timeless allure of the culture. History reveals itself in ruins and catacombs, museum galleries, and artistic grandeur. Style radiates from antique arcades to the mastery of culinary feasts found in the central markets. From canals to volcanic slopes, artistic masters to mouthwatering wines, Italy in October shares the simple pleasures and exceptional wonders of life with you.

Learn more: Italy Tours & Vacations | Italy Travel Guide

2. Greece

Beautiful bay near Paleokastritsa village, Corfu Island, Greece

Corfu Island, Greece

Temperatures: Low 60.6°F | High 74°F

Highlights: Warm weather, culture, beaches, museums, cuisine, ancient ruins

Other recommended travel times:  May | June | July | September

History feels alive and inviting when visiting Greece in October. The natural wilds of the mountains to the coastline reveal white sands and pine-tree forests, Byzantine footpaths, and leaping dolphins. Pleasant weather and smaller crowds can create an unforgettable experience along the famous cliffs of Santorini to the renowned pillars of the Parthenon and introduce you to the authentic mountain towns of Crete or the hanging monasteries of Meteora. October brims with local spirit, authentic flavors, and limitless cultural treasures that can feel unobtainable in other months of the year.

Learn more: Greece Tours & Vacations | Greece Travel Guide

3. Croatia

Temperatures: Low 54°F | High 66°F

Highlights: Culture, beaches, museums, cuisine, hiking

Other recommended travel times: February | May

Croatia in October can bring to light the edge of empires and the balmy waters of the Adriatic. Croatia can feel like a fantasy at any time of year, but with the sapphire sea still warm enough to enjoy and the cool evenings offering a hint of the coming winter, October is a majestic time in which the scenery and culture sing. Wander along ancient Roman ruins, sample endless feasts of truffles and wine, and embrace the natural splendor that can take you from limestone karsts to the enchanting coastline. Each new moment will capture a different perspective of Croatia’s majesty.

Learn more: Croatia Tours & Vacations | Croatia Travel Guide

4. Spain

Blooming gardens and fountains of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba, Spain

Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba, Spain

Temperatures: Low 58°F | High 63°F

Highlights: Culture, beaches, museums, cuisine

Other recommended travel times: January | March | May | June | September

The October sunshine in Spain carries from the mountains to the coastline as a remaining feeling of summer across the country absent of the crowds. With an epic landscape that has inspired artists and embraces legends, Spain can feel like a fairytale brought to life. Preserved medieval towns, authentic markets that promote typical local dishes, and the joys of flamenco that transcend language, October in Spain can take you beyond the most famous points of the country to reveal the true wonder of the local, regions, and national spirit.

Learn more: Spain Tours & Vacations | Spain Travel Guide

5. Japan

Toji Temple with pagoda, autumn gardens and pond, in Kyoto, Japan

Toji Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Temperatures: Low 57°F | High 73°F

Highlights: Cherry blossoms, culture, temples, villages, cuisine

Other recommended travel times: March | May | April | November

Japan in October is authentic and inviting. With temperate weather and fewer crowds, a true experience of Japan feels inevitable as you uncover the immersive timelessness. Ancient traditions collide with a vision of the future while the natural world towers over the hidden allure of contemporary industrial progress. Tradition travels into the mountains and carries into tea ceremonies, speaks to outdoor shrines, and underpins daily life. Whether watching a sumo match or sampling customary cuisine, Japan is a marvel of regional variation that celebrates its past while looking into the future.

Learn more: Japan Tours & Vacations | Japan Travel Guide

6. Australia

King George River gorge in Northern Kimberly, Australia

King George River gorge in Northern Kimberly, Australia

Temperatures: Low 57°F | High 66°F

Highlights: Hot weather, culture, water sports, scenery, Great Barrier Reef, Beaches

Other recommended travel times: January | February | March | April | November | December

October unlocks the treasures of Australia. As one of the best months of the year to visit the whole of the country, October offers access to the most remote and the most famous corners of Australia, with temperate weather along the southern beaches, inland desert, and tropical north. Whether cruising through Sydney Harbour or diving to view the Great Barrier Reef, witnessing Uluru or exploring the wilderness outside of Darwin, meeting with ancient heritage to winding through the vintage arcades of Melbourne, October can give you the best of Australia.

Learn more: Australia Tours & Vacations | Australia Travel Guide

7. Tahiti / French Polynesia

Ocean front resort bungalows at the jungle's edge in Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea, French Polynesia

Temperatures: Low 67°F | High 80°F

Highlights: Warm weather, culture, beaches, water sports, cuisine

Other recommended travel times: May | July

Tahiti and French Polynesia in October edge into the summer months with a serenity that emanates from the crystalline turquoise waters. The large crowds of the Southern Hemisphere winter have returned home, and you can feel the secluded ambiance of the white-sand beaches, emerald jungle terrain, and sheltered blue lagoons. Whether snorkeling in search of tropical marine life, cycling around the islands, lounging on the pristine coastline, or venturing into the mountains on a 4WD excursion, Tahiti and French Polynesia in October can be as relaxing or as adventurous as you prefer.

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8. Tanzania

Lioness playing with her cubs in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Lioness playing with her cubs in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Temperatures: Low 52°F | High 81°F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, scenery

Other recommended travel times: January | March | July | August | November

October in Tanzania is still part of the dry season for exceptional access to the wildlife, wilderness, culture, and coastline across the country. Little vegetation makes it easier to spot lions and grazing herds from the forests to the Serengeti, while the snow-white sands of Zanzibar’s coastline feel warm and inviting. The weather along the rising slopes of Kilimanjaro remains pleasant for climbers, and the local markets become a thrilling ambiance of banter and bartering. Whether looking for rhinos or snorkeling, adventure or relaxation, Tanzania in October embraces diversity for every occasion.

Learn more: Tanzania Tours & Vacations | African Safari Travel Guide

9. Chile

Flamingos at Chaxa Lagoon in the Atacama Salt Flats of Chile

Chaxa Lagoon in the Atacama Salt Flats, Chile

Temperatures: Low 49°F | High 76°F

Highlights: Scenery, culture, museums, wine, hiking

Other recommended travel times: February | March | November | December

Chile in October offers endless opportunities as a masterpiece of the open night sky, the crashing Pacific waves, rolling vineyards, and shimmering Patagonian glaciers. Chile emerges from the cold of the Southern Hemisphere winter in October, giving access to the remote wonders of Patagonia’s wilderness and wildlife or the salt plains of the Atacama Desert. Chile can feel like an artistic discovery from Santiago to Valparaiso or a picture of nature’s grand scale, from glacial lakes to erupting geysers.

Learn more: Chile Tours & Vacations

10. Galapagos Islands / Ecuador

Giron waterfall hike near Cuenca, Ecuador

Giron waterfall hike near Cuenca, Ecuador

Temperatures: Low 48°F | High 65°F

Highlights: Warm weather, culture, cuisine, hiking, scenery, wildlife

Other recommended travel times: January | March | May | August | September | November

October in the Galapagos and Ecuador is active and exciting. Along the islands, the wildlife embraces the cooler weather bringing vibrant action from sunrise to sunset while the smaller crowds make it easier to explore the authentic beauty of the archipelago and preserved Andean towns. Dazzling and daunting, Ecuador can show you cultural charm and mountain adventure, the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest or the renowned splendors of the Galapagos wildlife.

Learn more: Italy Tours & Vacations | Galapagos and Ecuador Travel Guide

11. Colombia

Brightly colored colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia

Colonial architecture in Cartagena, Colombia

Temperatures: Low 47°F | High 65°F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, history, villages

Other recommended travel times: February | July | November

Colombia is a breath of fresh air in October. From the Andes to the jungle terrain, the landscape becomes a treasure of nature with better wildlife and more to explore away from the final days of rain along the Caribbean coast. With pre-Columbian architecture and Amazon majesty, Spanish colonial towns, and vibrant Andean cities, Colombia is an extraordinary destination that can give you endless chances for adventure. Whether trekking in search of a forgotten citadel or looking for signs of wildlife, eager to visit a coffee plantation or interested in ancient monuments, Colombia is variety and wonder.

Learn more: Colombia Tours & Vacations

12. Egypt

Egyptian statue in the Karnak Temple Complex, near Luxor in Egypt

Karnak Temple Complex, near Luxor in Egypt

Temperatures: Low 64°F | High 82°F

Highlights: Cool weather, culture, historical towns, museums, scenery

Other recommended travel times: January | November

October in Egypt unveils the magnitudes of history and the crossroads of Mediterranean culture. The weather remains warm deep into the month, which keeps the crowds small, especially in the south. The desert shines with beguiling layers of color and thousands of years of history emerge in the form of pyramids, temples, tombs, and displayed artifacts. Whether participating in daily life in the Grand Bazaar, sailing down the oases of the Nile’s riverbanks, or embracing the surprising beaches and exceptional scuba diving along the Red Sea, Egypt in October will enchant you.

Learn more: Egypt Tours & Vacations | Egypt Travel Guide

13. Jordan

The facade of Al Khazna, carved into the sandstone rock in Petra, Jordan

Al Khazna in Petra, Jordan

Temperatures: Low 57°F | High 81°F

Highlights: Culture, cuisine, hiking, scenery, museums, beaches, ancient ruins

Other recommended travel times:

A world of wonder and delight, hospitality, and desert beauty, Jordan in October balances between the summer warmth and winter chill with pockets of greenery scattered across the mountains layered with red and the arid sands that glow golden. Follow the legendary King’s Highway that dates back to the ancient spice trade, witness the masterful architecture of historic Petra or uncover placid salt waters of the Dead Sea. October in Jordan makes even the most remote wonders reachable, from Roman ruins to crusader castles, colorful mosaics to exceptional scuba diving.

Learn more: Jordan Tours & Vacations 

14. Morocco

Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou in Morocco

Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou in Morocco

Temperatures: Low 57°F | High 78°F

Highlights: Culture, architecture, cuisine, villages, hiking

Other recommended travel times: March | September | November

Morocco in October is perfection. The weather has cooled across the country, from the mountains to the sea, while the coastal waters remain warm enough to enjoy the charms of beach life. The mountains cool considerably for an epic contrast to the sand dunes that once more become an accessible focal point of an adventure into the desert landscape. Whether exploring the labyrinth of lanes in the medinas of the imperial cities, learning how to craft a traditional tagine, or trekking from a panoramic terrace to an Atlas foothill, Morocco in October is spirited, colorful, and enduring.

Learn more: Morocco Tours & Vacations | Morocco Travel Guide

15. Nepal

Hikers trekking to Everest base camp valley with Ama Dablam view in  Nepal

Hikers trekking to Everest base camp valley with Ama Dablam view in Nepal

Temperatures: Low 52°F | High 76°F

Highlights: Culture, temples, cuisine, villages, hiking, wildlife

Other recommended travel times: April | September

Nepal is considered Shangri-La in October. The remote country in the Himalayas glows with natural beauty and daily life with ideal weather for trekking along the secluded trails or discovering the ancient temples hidden in the mountains. From charming villages to alluring jungles, captivating stupas to peaceful escapes, in October, you can indulge in the celebrated cuisine, search for the surprising wildlife from tigers to crocodiles, or trek the exciting Everest Base Camp to experience the true splendor of Nepal.

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16. Laos

Striking limestone mountains in Vang Vieng along the Nam Song River in Laos

Vang Vieng, Laos

Temperatures: Low 83°F | High 92°F

Highlights: Warm weather, culture, scenery, temples, villages

Other recommended travel times: March | November

Laos in October shines like an emerald. The weather across the country is dry and sunny, which showcases the natural wonders of the mountainous and jungle terrain and the glistening waters around the river islands in the southern provinces. With vivid nature, an energetic culture, and adventurous scenery, Laos creates a kaleidoscope of forests and rice fields, tea leaves, and mountain views. Authentic heritage prevails in the villages, and an eclectic culture combines the influences of the surrounding countries, layered histories, and dramatic natural beauty.

Learn more: Laos Tours & Vacations | Best Southeast Asia Tours & Vacations

17. India

Amber Fort with reflection in Maoto Lake, Rajasthan, India

Amber Fort in Rajasthan, India

Temperatures: Low 66°F | High 80.6°F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, history, art

Other recommended travel times: January | February | March | April | May | September

The staggering colors of India return in October. As the monsoons retreat across the country, the weather turns pleasant and comfortable, with migratory birds carrying with them the vibrancy of autumn. The sumptuous combination of tradition and spirit, architectural history, and contrasting landscapes is once more accessible. Whether looking for golden fortresses in Rajasthan or meandering canals in Kerala, the Himalayan snow in Himachal Pradesh or the display of vibrant shades on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India is a majestic taste of the unexpected in October.

Learn more: India Tours & Vacations

Plan your trip for October

Roman theater ruins in Amman, Jordan

Roman theater ruins in Amman, Jordan

October embodies grandeur and grace as the heart of autumn and spring across the world. Discover grazing herds or sample delectable wines with rolling-hill views. Learn to cook authentic local dishes or embrace the colors of the marketplace. October can immerse you in the world’s wonders as you travel on a custom-tailored vacation. Discover inspiration for your next trip with our Trips of a Lifetime sample itineraries  or visit Zicasso’s Travel Blog to indulge in your best destination. Ready to start planning? Speak with our team for free by filling out a Trip Request or by calling 1-888-265-9707.

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