Fall in love with the USA in October

With mild weather and stunning autumn foliage taking over the landscapes, October is an awesome time to get active in the great outdoors. Discover geysers and wildlife in Yellowstone, slot canyons in Zion or giant sequoias in Yosemite. Prefer cowboy boots over hiking shoes, or neon lights over night skies? Embark on a toe-tapping, barbeque-filled adventure from Tenessee to New Orleans. Or perhaps discover the culture, history and stories of the Gullah Geechee people on an enlightening tour from Charleston to Savannah.

Top 10 United States tours in October 2024

Departing Days From NZD
1 Oct 2024
Hiking and Backpacking Utah's Coyote Gulch
4 2880
1 Oct 2024
Hiking and Camping in Grand Canyon - South Rim
4 3065
1 Oct 2024
Hiking in the Grand Canyon: North & South Rims
5 5150
2 Oct 2024
Hiking in Sedona and the Grand Canyon
4 3975
2 Oct 2024
Western USA National Parks Loop
5 3545
2 Oct 2024
Best of Western USA
10 6995
3 Oct 2024
Best of the South: Atlanta to New Orleans
14 10425
3 Oct 2024
Zion Glamping Adventure
4 3630
3 Oct 2024
Georgia History Trail to Nashville
8 5500
4 Oct 2024
Hiking and Backpacking North Carolina's Appalachian Trail
3 1770
4 Oct 2024
Hiking and Camping in Zion
3 2585
4 Oct 2024
Hiking Sedona's Red Rock Country
4 3915
5 Oct 2024
Hiking Utah's National Parks
9 6050
6 Oct 2024
Real San Francisco to LA
Ages 18 to 29
13 4165
6 Oct 2024
Best of California's National Parks
6 3670
6 Oct 2024
Real Big Apple to Big Easy
Ages 18 to 29
10 4100
6 Oct 2024
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons Adventure
6 5025
6 Oct 2024
Hiking the Best of the Grand Canyon
3 3055
6 Oct 2024
Hiking in Yosemite National Park
5 3820
6 Oct 2024
Hiking and Camping in Utah
6 3905
7 Oct 2024
Hike Vermont: Fall Foliage
5 5440
7 Oct 2024
Hiking the Best of Moab: Arches and Canyonlands
5 5040
7 Oct 2024
Hiking the Best of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
5 5685
8 Oct 2024
Las Vegas to San Fran: Parks, Canyons, Valleys
8 6140
8 Oct 2024
Hiking and Backpacking Utah's Boulder Mail Trail
5 2995
10 Oct 2024
Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans
7 5240
13 Oct 2024
LA to San Fran: Ultimate National Parks
17 13445
13 Oct 2024
LA to Vegas: Grand National Parks
10 7190
16 Oct 2024
Hike the Great Smoky Mountains: Fall Foliage
4 5225
27 Oct 2024
Hiking the best of Death Valley & Joshua Tree
6 6360
29 Oct 2024
Hiking and Camping in Death Valley
4 2990

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Getting to California is relatively easy as there are a variety of options available including flying, driving, and taking public transport. You can fly into both big airports, such as LAX (Los Angeles), or small airports like Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) depending on which part of California you're traveling in. You can also drive to California if you're from a neighboring state (or want to go on an epic road trip) or you can take a bus or a train with several routes to all the popular destinations. 

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Driving is the most time-efficient and popular way of getting around Los Angeles due to the city's size. While there is public transportation in the form of a bus network and the local metro, it's sometimes unreliable and can be quite time-consuming. Los Angeles is known for its crazy traffic situations, especially during peak periods of the day, so make sure you give yourself enough time to get around. 

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The time it takes to travel from California to Utah depends on how you're traveling and where in California you're traveling from. Flying is by far the quickest way to travel to Utah with a flight between LAX and SLC (Salt Lake City Airport) taking just under 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive between the two states for an epic road trip that's 12 hours long. If you were to take public transport between the two states it would be longer still but is a relatively cheap option. 

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Yes, it does snow during winter in Salt Lake City. Snow is expected to fall between November and March but it's not unheard of to experience snowfall as early as October or as late as April. Salt Lake City is a great place to participate in winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and bobsledding, with neighboring mountains close to the city itself. 

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Due to New Orleans' geographical location, the weather can vary significantly during the year. Being near large bodies of water, such as the Mississippi River, the weather in New Orleans is often wet in the colder months and humid in spring and summer. There are lots of sunny days during June, July, and August with the average temperature being a warm 78°F. However, the weather can be quite unpredictable at times so make sure you're checking weather forecasts before you travel so you're prepared for what to expect. 

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You'll want to make sure you're as comfortable as possible while walking the many amazing hikes and trails in Yellowstone National Park so packing clothes, including hiking boots and socks, that you're familiar with is a must. Regardless of the season you're traveling in, the weather can be quite cold at nighttime so ensure you're packing a heavier jacket or coat to keep you warm. You should also pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and other items that will protect you from the sun during the day. 

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It's hard to pinpoint the best time to visit Denali National Park as the landscapes are beautiful all year round. When to visit Denali largely depends on what kind of vacation you're looking for. If you really want to see snow on the surrounding mountains and explore the ultimate winter wonderland then winter would be the best time to go, however, spring and summer see the flowers and vegetation bloom in an array of colors.

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There are heaps of fun and exciting things to do in Zion National Park, so much so, that you could spend days there and still not see it all. Promising a uniquely unforgettable experience, Zion National Park is full of expansive landscapes just waiting to be explored. Some of the activities you can participate in include cycling, hiking, river tubing, and rock climbing. You can also camp at the park and do a little stargazing to make the most of your time in the great outdoors. 

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