The Best Places to RV in October

There’s no better month to take in the foliage, food, wine, and adventure of fall before the final warm days of the year draw to a close.

As the warmer days of September transition into the brisk afternoons of October, leaves begin to change and coat the sidewalks, menus swap lemonades for pumpkin spice lattes, and shorts and t-shirts are switched out for sweaters and scarves.

Santa Fe, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Santa Fe, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

October is a beautiful month to travel in your RV, when you can—and should—take advantage of the colors, scents, and sights of harvest season, festival season, and the chance to spend those last few comfortable days outdoors.

Fall foliage peaks in October, especially in the eastern United States. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a favorite for road trippers—leaves here turn vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange and the landscape exudes a golden glow.

October brings festival season to many of America’s beloved towns. Thousands of people gather in New Mexico for Albuquerque’s annual balloon fiesta. Art is a hit year-round in nearby Santa Fe.

Beaufort, South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Beaufort, South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Before winter arrives, consider getting away this October. And be sure to catch up on all our recommendations for the best places to visit in July, August, and September.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

It doesn’t get more American Southwest than Santa Fe, awash in clay-colored adobe homes, boutiques selling pottery and art.

The sweet spot to visit is between September and November, when the temperatures are comfortable, chile harvest season gets underway, and the festival circuit is at an all-time high. October packs a double-whammy: the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, while a quick drive south, thousand of RVers converge on Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta—the largest of its kind.

Beaufort, South Carolina

Hauntingly beautiful is perhaps the best way to describe the South Carolina Lowcountry. A town of barely 13,000 residents, Beaufort has all the historical allure of Charleston at a slower, easy-going pace. Picturesque Beaufort charms visitors with historic Southern mansions, tree-lined boulevards, and an ocean-side location.

Beaufort has everything you would hope for in a small Southern town: antebellum mansions, Spanish-moss-covered trees, and a picturesque seaside location on Port Royal Island.

Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway near Moab, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway near Moab, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Moab, Utah

Moab’s easy access to Arches and Canyonlands national parks, Dead Horse Point State Park, the Colorado River, three scenic byways, and thousands of square miles of amazing red rock landscapes has made it one of the most sought-after destinations in the American Southwest.

Patagonia State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Patagonia State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Patagonia, Arizona

At an elevation of over 4,000 feet between the Santa Rita Mountains and the Patagonia Mountains, lies the small town of Patagonia. Cattle ranches and ghost towns dot the hills. Patagonia is a growing community of artists and crafts people that have decided that this is a very desirable area to live and work.

Artisan Village, Berea, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Artisan Village, Berea, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Berea, Kentucky

In Berea you can celebrate Kentucky crafts by visiting dozens of artist’s studios, galleries, and stores. Nestled between the Bluegrass region and the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains, Berea offers visitors over 40 arts and crafts shops featuring everything from handmade dulcimers and homemade chocolate to jewelry stores, art galleries, quilt-makers, and even glassblowing studios.

The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsman’s Fall Fair is always held the second weekend of October during the height of the autumn color season (October 13-14, in 2018).

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

From the breathtaking views along the Skyline Drive to the thrill of hiking to a mountain summit, it’s hard to leave Shenandoah without being inspired. Whether you’re looking to get in touch with nature, discover a piece of history, or simply relax in a serene environment, Shenandoah offers activities for visitors of all interests.

Worth Pondering…
I love the fall season. I love all the reds, gold, and browns, the slight chill in the air, and watching the geese fly south in a V.

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