Grab the pumpkin spice and unpack your scarves – fall is on the way. In order to prepare, 10Best is looking for the best fall activities, fall destinations and haunted hotels and attractions. We invited a panel of family and travel experts to select 20 nominees in each category, and now we need your help to select the 10 best.
Vote for your favorite in each category once per day until voting ends on Monday, September 12 at noon ET. Winners will be announced on Friday, September 23.
Click on each category below to vote.
Best Apple Orchard
The United States’ first apple orchard was planted in 1625 near Boston’s Beacon Hill. Today, there are over 5,000 growers producing apples across the country, according to the U.S. Apple Association. That’s 240 million bushels of apples each year! To help with the harvest, many orchards open their gates for visitors to come and pick their own, often with added autumn entertainment. Which of these nominated apple orchards is your favorite?
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Best Corn Maze
Each autumn, farms across the country transform their cornfields into interactive mazes, perfect for a fall family outing. There are more than 500 of these mazes across the nation, but 10Best editors, along with a panel of experts, have narrowed it down to 20 of the most exemplary, both for the quality of the maze itself and for the wealth of other activities that are offered.
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Best Destination for Fall Foliage
For many of us, the only thing that takes the sting away from the end of summer is the anticipation of the beautiful fall colors. The leaf-peeping season is not far off and we’re in search of the best destinations for fall foliage. Our editors partnered with a panel of experts to help us select 20 of the best destinations for fall foliage and now we need your help narrowing it down to the 10 best.
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Best Ghost Tour
Who doesn’t love to learn and get spooked at the same time? Ghost tours offer thrills and chills but also a unique insight into the history of a destination and the famous people who’ve lived there (and maybe still do). With the help of a panel of experts, we’ve picked out 20 tours from coast to coast as nominees for Best Ghost Tour, and now we need your help naming a winner!
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Best Haunted Attraction
Halloween is about fun costumes, scary movies, haunted houses and celebrating all things spooky. So, we’re searching for the best haunted attractions across the country. These haunted houses offer the best actors, set designs, special effects, and value for money. Help us select the 10 best by voting for your favorite.
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Best Haunted Destination
The United States is filled with purportedly haunted locations, each with its own ghost stories and paranormal occurrences, ready for visitors to experience and come back with their own stories! Which one gets your vote?
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Best Haunted Hotel
Ghostly apparitions, flickering lights and eerie sounds are just a few of the things you may encounter at one of these hotels, where it’s thought that certain guests have checked in but never checked out.
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Best Pumpkin Patch
Whether it’s for carving out spooky jack-o’-lanterns, making yummy desserts or just autumnal decorations, everyone loves going out to the field to pick the best pumpkin. Which of these nominated pumpkin patches is your favorite?
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Best Theme Park Halloween Event
Looking for a more friendly scare this Halloween? Theme parks across the country host ghoulish events to celebrate the season, and the whole family is invited. We asked a panel of experts to pick their favorite Halloween events, and now we need your help selecting the 10 best.
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Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, September 23.
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