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Best places to go from San Fran in October for 1 week?

I've got about 10 days off in early October and am looking for somewhere new to go. As this is shoulder season is most of the world, many places are accessible.

I'd love to find somewhere that has a bit of culture, but is largely active / outdoorsy and the cost of visiting there isn't too expensive (eg. my dollar will go far). 

Any suggestions or thoughts? Some places I'm considering are Greece, Croatia, Peru, but up for options!


6 Answers

answered first by
Maria from Dublin

Hi Bridge,

The dollar is very strong against the euro at the moment so you'll get a lot of bang for your buck in Europe. If you don't mind the weather Ireland could be a great place to visit, especially the west coast. October is a great time for surfing off the coast of Clare or County Donegal You could also climb Ireland's highest mountain in KerryCycle the Great Western Greenway from Westport (Ireland) or drive the Wild Atlantic way. In October the hotels will be heavily discounted, the weather is usually mild but it could rain! Take a look at Ireland's Blue Book for really lovely small but luxurious hotels or Airbnb for budget options.

If you want (almost) guaranteed sunshine and outdoor activities take a look at northern Italy near the Swiss border, in the northern part of Comer See or Lake Constance both beautiful areas with lots of culture nearby and outdoor activity.

Have a great time. 

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answered by
Pawan from Delhi

Try India... Its the most culturally diverse country in the world. And 1 USD is equivalent to 60 Ruppes)) 

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answered by
Gina from Minneapolis

Peru might be a great choice for you, Bridge. Spend a day or two in Lima (maybe as bookends on the front and back of your trip), throw in Cusco and some spots in the Valle Sagrado and/or Arequipa (and the nearby Colca Canyon) and Nasca. Or if you wanted to do Peru and go a little more off the track, you could do the North, with places like TrujilloChachapoyas. Man, there's just a ton to do in Peru, the more I think about it, the more I want to go back.

You could also do Ecuador, which is more compact but still has tons to see, and not need to change your currency. :)

Central America might also be a good option for you—so many ways to be active and have your buck stretch pretty far. Maybe consider Nicaragua, Costa Rica or Panama

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Costa Rica, Tulum, Russia (it's after the peak crowds, but still good weather), China, Japan. perfect weather for all and will be a good combination of active and culture.

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Shannon from Albuquerque

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answered by
Donna from Visalia

How about Sequoia National Park?  October is a great time to go up there.

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