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Oct 01, 2013

I’m going out on a limb and declaring October the best month for a road trip. Do I have meteorological data, research, or a Gallup® poll to back me up? No, I’m just basing it on my experiences.

Here’s what October has going for it:

The color! Summer may have temperatures and spring may have flowers, but nothing (believe me) beats a good fall color tour. A landscape painted with vibrant orange, red, and yellow leaves is something that needs to be experienced to be believed. It’s beautiful.

The temperatures! For me, the perfect weather forecast includes two things: moderately warm days and crisp nights. Cool enough to wear jeans, warm enough to not worry about a coat. (OK, maybe just a windbreaker.) For a lot of our country, October usually has both.

The prices! Unless you’re leaf peeping, odds are you’re heading to your destination during its shoulder season, meaning you’ll pay less and probably be surrounded by fewer people. I’ve praised traveling during the spring shoulder season already — transfer that sentiment to the fall.

What else do you have to do? October is our last hurrah before the big holiday season and winter blows in. So put off the yard work, hop in a car, and do some spontaneous or not-so-spontaneous road-tripping. Just make sure your car is ready for the trip.

Where should you go? There are so many choices.

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