Here are a few of our favorite autumn destinations to check out.
In the autumn, eastern Tennessee becomes a wonderland full of vibrant fall foliage, but up in the Appalachian mountains, late November starts to look like winter. If you’re looking for a not-too-hot but not-too-cold destination, Gatlinburg is ideal.
Situated at the foot of
, Gatlinburg remains fairly warm in November, while providing the option to drive up into the mountains for some possible ice or snow at the summit.
During Thanksgiving weekend, the main stretch in Gatlinburg starts to light up with Christmas decorations and holiday spirit. Speaking of spirits, don’t forget to stop in for a free moonshine tasting at one of Gatlinburg’s many shineries, like Ole Smoky, Doc Collier or Sugarlands.
If you get tired of the bustling downtown, escape into the mountains and cross the Tennessee-North Carolina border to explore the town of Cherokee. It will be low season there, but it’s a good chance to learn about Cherokee nation and its deep roots in the Smoky…
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