50. New Orleans, LA
Why go: Minus its unbearable humidity, NOLA’s weather from late September until late November is like summer everywhere else (minus the threat of hurricane season). The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival takes over the city Oct. 18–20, followed by the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience from Oct. 25-27.
Where to stay: The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery is a former warehouse turned boutique hotel a quick walk from the French Quarter. And the bar at Compere Lapin by Chef Nina Compton was just voted the best American hotel bar by the Spirited Awards—high praise in a city that loves its cocktails.
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