One of the most popular destinations for vacations during the month of October is famous Salem, Massachusetts. The small city is rich in history, the well-known and supposed infamous location of the Salem witch trials of the 17th Century. It is an exciting time to vacation here, but if you choose to book a place to stay here, there are some things you should know.

Hotels and Bread and Breakfasts Book Fast

Halloween celebrations here are a month long celebration. They typically begin on October first and peak on Halloween. If you truly want to stay in Salem during the month of October, then book early as accommodations do book up pretty fast. It is a good idea to book your accommodation in early summer to get the most choices of hotels or B&Bs. The prices are usually higher during the fall season here and this includes renting via AirBnB properties.

Fewer Crowds on Weekdays

Most people head to Salem on weekends and toward the end of the month of October, and the streets and activities here can get pretty busy. If you would like to experience Salem without the hoard of people, then head to the numerous museums and historical places during the early part of the month and during the weekdays. There are walking tours and ghost hunting tours during most of the month so you won't miss out unless there is something that you really want to see on the weekend. Then it is most likely a good idea to book your hotel outside the city and prepare for crowds at the festivals.

Visit Historical Sites

Salem in October begins to get a bit of a festival vibe similar to that of New Orleans at Mardi Gras. While this does provide a fun and exciting visit to the city, don't miss out on the historical aspects of the city too. One of the best museums you can visit here is the Salem Witch Museum. Here, you will learn about the history of witchcraft, how midwives and healers were once considered witches, and how the hysteria of the Salem witch trials took over this once quaint and peaceful town.

There are other places to visit here too with strong ties to the city's very storied past, for example, the House of the Seven Gables, New England's oldest wooden house. It was built in 1668 and was made famous in the novel.