A recent article in Travel+Leisure named Gulf Shores, Alabama, as one of the best places to travel in October.

With temperatures hovering between the high 60s and low 70s, diminished crowds and 32 miles of spectacular quartz sand beaches, Gulf Shores is the perfect fall getaway. Located on the southernmost tip of Alabama, Gulf Shores offers an abundance of water activities including jet skiing, parasailing, kayak and paddleboard rentals, and deep sea fishing.

October kicks off with the Alabama Coastal Bird Festival held from Oct. 2-5, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about birds, alligators, wildflowers, dolphins, and more. The 48th Annual National Shrimp Festival, from October 10-13 features live musical entertainment, unique crafts, fine art, and jewelry. This free festival is a seafood extravaganza starring, but not limited to, delicious fresh caught Gulf Coast shrimp. Experience the beauty of nature at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge as thousands of sea turtle hatchlings make their journey to the ocean.

Gulf Shores is home to enough picturesque public and private golf courses to satisfy even the most enthusiastic players. Dining options abound. The Gulf, located in Orange Beach, offers casual waterfront dining with a fusion of burgers, Mexican fare, and locally caught seafood. LuLu’s, owned by Lucy Buffet, is a family friendly waterfront restaurant with live music and a playground for the kids. In nearby Orange Beach, The Wharf entertainment district is a popular venue for dining, concerts, and shopping.

Accommodations include the moderately priced and recently renovated ONE CLUB resort community.

Read the full article here: Travel+Leisure