Where to go in October

Travelling in October? Consider one of these destinations from the experts at Lonely Planet Magazine:

New England

There are few better ways to see the season in its full glory than a leaf-peeping road trip through New England. Head for Maine's Acadia National Park, taking in the fishing village of Bar Harbor en route, for an unforgettable palette of natural splendour.

Further reading: More how-to with our guide to New England foliage trips; a perfect one-day itinerary for Boston; and more.


Carrying on with the foliage theme, autumn in Japan is a good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing colours; the autumn foliage pattern reverses that of the sakura (cherry blossoms), starting in the north sometime in October and peaking across most of Honshū around November.

Further reading: Tokyo doesn't have to be expensive if you follow these budget tips; or check out this guide to Japanese etiquette, and more.


A place with such unique appeal as Venice will always be busy, but October nicely strikes the balance between mild-ish weather and a lapse in the tourist flood. To really beat the crowds, try a walk around the Piazza San Marco at dawn.

Further reading: An author recommends what to do for a perfect day in Venice; we've got a mini-guide to Guidecca (just across the canal);  the city's best back alley bars; and more.

West Country, England

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It's apple-picking season in Somerset and Herefordshire - time for tranquil orchards, snuffling pigs and lashings of cider. Head for Burrow Hill farm in Martock for a great introduction to the traditions of this most ancient of drinks (ciderbrandy.co.uk).

Further reading: Plan a holiday with our mini-guide to Somerset; how to follow the Somerset cider trail; and more.


The temperatures in North Africa begin to slide down the thermometer to 'bearable' this month, making the evocative narrow streets and medinas of Fès or Marrakesh a great option.

Further reading: Our author shares some essential tips for first-time visitors; a guide to Marrakesh with children; and more.

Where to avoid: Thailand

Imagine how fantastic Thailand can be - turquoise seas, white sands, cocktails on the beach. In October, flip-reverse that image - raging, black waters, gluey mud, torrential rain. Not so much fun now, eh? Wait a couple of months for the end of the monsoon.