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Bewitching October: How You Should Experience Autumn Around The World

By: Jennifer K. Velez, TWIP

There’s no greater place for a traveller to gain a better understanding of a culture then to experience a festival where people come together to celebrate and appreciate food, listen and dance to live music, and much more. The changing colors and cooler days in October draws out locals and travelers to some of the world’s most famous events.

Oktoberfest, September 19-October 4

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Autumn in Germany symbolizes the beginning of a 16-day folk festival where six million people from around the world gather together in Munich to celebrate Bavarian culture and the start of fall. The original Oktoberfest was created to celebrate the royal wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese where guests indulged in food, drinks and horse races. Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback, Oktoberfest has become one of the most popular yearly festivals celebrated worldwide. Today, festival goers can enjoy a variety of traditional beers ranging from pale gold to deep amber lagers and meats such as Scheinsbraten and Würstel. If these traditional German flavors don’t suit your taste, you can indulge in more malty flavored German and American influenced beers. If you cannot make it to Munich, fortunately there are smaller Oktoberfests held all over the world where one can enjoy the delectable delicacies of Germany.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, October 3-11

If you find yourself in Albuquerque around the start of fall, you may catch the annual ascension of hot air balloons. The fiesta is enchanting to new Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta visitors, as over 500 balloons take to the sky. You can see hundreds of colorful balloons floating up and over the city. For nine days a variety of events are held. In the evening, Balloon Glow allows enthusiasts to enjoy the sight of these magnificently lit balloons. Special Shape Rodeo allows for non-traditional balloons, such as animals, covered wagons, and everything else in between, to launch at the same time. Many have said that the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival is the most photographed event in the world. You don’t need to fly in a balloon to enjoy the fiesta. You can simply walk around, eat delicious food, and watch in awe as the sun sets over the Sandia Mountains.

Masskara, October 16-18

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Every year 450,000 residents join together in the street exhibiting a multitude of vibrant masks in Bacolod, Philippines, “city of smiles.” Due to the depressed sugar cane prices in Negros Occidental, the government and local artists collaborated to lift the city’s spirits and created the Masskara Festival. Locals get together to exhibit gorgeous masks with plumes of feathers, exotic flowers, glitter, beads, sequins, and more. This is a sensory experience, with its bold colors, joyous music, and vibrancy. The festival is a reminder to the people of Bacolod to remain optimistic through times of misfortune and to always remember to smile. Don’t have a mask? No problem. Just put a smile on your face and you will fit right in.

Travel Tips: Where to View The Most Vibrant Fall Foliage in the Northeast

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By: Lauren Durden

Where to see the best of falls colors throughout upstate New York and New England.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, was the first official day of fall, meaning that sweater weather, all things pumpkin spice and vibrant fall foliage will soon be sprouting up throughout the United States. As the temperatures drop, and the leaves on trees gradually shift from their summer greens to spectacular shades of burning oranges, yellows, fiery reds and deep maroons, the Northeast comes alive with some of the most beautiful displays of fall colors in the United States. Throughout the month of September and through October, these are the best towns to visit to view nature’s dramatic autumn showcase.

New York

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Whether you choose to stay in New York City, or venture further north into the Adirondack Mountains, New York has plenty of fall colors to go around. While Central Park is an easy train ride from almost anywhere in the city, other parks throughout the city are worth a bit of a trek to see some fantastic fall foliage. Fort Tyron Park in Washington Heights boasts one of the highest points in the city, with picturesque views across the water to Hudson River Palisades. Outside of the Big Apple, the Adirondack Mountains host some of the state’s most beautiful changing leaves near Lake Placid. Take in the mountain’s sights on a scenic drive, hike or on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

When to Visit:

Peak times for the city tend to be later in October, while the Adirondacks reach peak in early to mid-October.

Vermont

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A state well known for it’s maple syrup and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream also plays host to some of the country’s most vivid fall displays. The maple trees change in color in Stowe conveniently coincide with Stowe’s Oktoberfest. You can continue the fall foliage viewing throughout Vermont’s Green Mountains in ludlow, where travelers can take in 360-degree views of blazing autumn leaves.

When to Visit:

The best viewing times in Vermont tend to be at the end of September through mid-October.

Connecticut

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Seek out the Berkshire Mountains for oak, beech, aspen and birch trees exploding with color by way of Route 7 which runs along the Housatonic River in Connecticut. Along with foliage viewing, visitors will take in quintessential New England sights, including two covered bridges.

For a little more adventure than a simple drive through the spectacular colors of fall, board the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat in Connecticut’s River Valley. The trip on the train and riverboat only takes visitors 2 1/2 hours to complete, but allows travelers to sit back and relax while taking in the views.

When to Visit:

Connecticut’s fall foliage viewing generally lasts a bit longer than the surrounding states, but visit in mid-to late October for the season’s peak viewing.

New Hampshire

Autumn sunrise on the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, NH, USA

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North Conway in New Hampshire is a nature lover’s dream with endless trails fit for hiking, biking and even some rock climbing, set in the White Mountain National Forest. Quaint bed and breakfasts and larger ski resorts make it easy for travelers of all types to find exactly what they’re looking for during a fall visit.

For history buffs, Portsmouth is the place to visit in New Hampshire. With museums, historic homes from the 1600s, and a beautiful waterfront, this New England town has plenty to offer, in addition to stellar foliage.

When to Visit:

Best to visit New Hampshire in early to mid-October.

Feeling Venturesome? Test Your Limits at Bear Mountain State Park

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Manhattan, the city that never sleeps, the concrete jungle, the city of opportunity. Commuting back and forth to work for the typical nine to five every day can exhaust anyone. This Fall, be inspired to do something out of your daily routine. Hop on a boat with TWIP and cruise North to Bear Mountain State Park to celebrate Oktoberfest!

Situated on the west bank of the Hudson River in Bear Mountain, NY are the most epic, serene and beautiful views of Mother Nature. You can hike up the rugged mountains or drive on the only two-way street that runs throughout the vicinity. In the summertime, amenities available are camping, biking, boat rentals, fishing in the lake, open grounds for picnics, playgrounds, a swimming pool and nature trails. During the winter, you can do cross-country skiing, ice skating and enjoy a hot cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace. This is an ideal location for anyone who wants to get away from reality and escape to serenity.

Oktoberfest originated on October 12, 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Five days after the wedding, a large festival was held in Munich, Germany which involved horse races, drinking at beer pubs, and performances. Specialty beers commonly consumed on Oktoberfest are Lowenbrau, Spaten, and Hofbrauhaus, to name a few.

Instead of traveling to Munich, Bear Mountain State Park celebrates their own version of Oktoberfest. Join TWIP on Sunday, October 19 as they cruise along the Hudson River, consume German food and beer, enjoy live entertainment and the beautiful views the park has to offer. Book your tickets at www.twip.co/events to confirm your RSVP. Don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes to go hiking as well!

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