26. Cincinnati, OH
Why go: At the end of September, Cincinnati hosts Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the second-largest Oktoberfest celebration in the world—dwarfed only by the OG festival in Munich, Germany. It’s not the only fest to come to the city this fall, though. You can catch BLINK—an immersive walk-through light and art event—from Oct. 10–13. There are murals by international artists and interactive light sculptures and displays.
Where to stay: The 100-year-old Metropole Hotel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was reimagined as the 21c Museum Hotel, a contemporary art museum meets boutique hotel. It’s adjacent to the Contemporary Art Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts, making it perfect for visiting art fans.
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