Five Of My Favorite Places To Visit During Autumn!
Welcome back y’all! Whew, this week has been a toughy! Baby H is definitely growing and making his presence in my body KNOWN! I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope you are all having a wonderful Friday and gearing up for an even better weekend!
Today, I want to talk with y’all a bit about some of my favorite places to visit during autumn. These attractions offer family fun, absolutely beautiful scenic drives, and plenty of ways to build up some memories for you and those you love. Many of these places I remember visiting as a kid with my parents and those are honestly some of the best memories I have. More recently, I remember visiting these places with my hubby and I know (God willing) that I will visit these places many more times with my little ones in the future.
Sometimes, I find that we take the time we have with our loved ones for granted. The saying,
“You never know what you have until it’s gone” Is So True. Take the time with your significant other, with your kids, or even with your parents and visit one or two of these places. Even if it’s just putting some gas in the car and taking a drive. You never know what you will see or experience together. Put some memories in the bank and have a blast this season!
With that being said, here are five of my favorite places to visit during Fall!
P.S.- Sometimes I say Autumn, sometimes I say Fall. Do you have a preference? Let me know in the comments!
Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC
This is one of my favorite things to do during the season! It is definitely worth the extra planning and budgeting! In my opinion, you have never seen Biltmore if you haven’t seen it all decked out for Christmas! My favorite time to go is just after Thanksgiving! You still get to see all the beautiful scenery that Asheville, NC has to offer and the décor at the estate is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit!
I usually pick one day, Mon – Fri, following Thanksgiving. If you can swing going during the week, it’s cheaper and probably going to be much less crowded!
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee
Mid – Late October is my absolute favorite time to simply drive through the beautiful Great Smokey Mountains. This, in my opinion, is the perfect chance to visit Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee. Some of my favorite overlooks/roads are Newfound Gap Road, Heintooga Ridge Road, Foothills Parkway, and Rich Mountain Road in Cades Cove. These scenic routes all have some of the most beautiful fall foliage I’ve ever seen. Cades Cove is one of the best little drives in the area!
I remember when I was growing up, my parents, sister and I would often stay in Sevierville, TN and spend a whole week just driving through the mountains. It never ever gets old and is still one of my absolute favorite things to do in the fall. I can’t wait to do this with my little man!
Blue Ridge Parkway – Long Drive
Be prepared for a pretty long drive if you choose this one. Probably the best drive of your life, but still… long. The Blue Ridge Parkway starts in Cherokee, NC and goes all the way up to the top side of Virginia with off and on points accessing the interstate and other nearby towns.
I have never personally followed the entire Parkway. However, I definitely have a few favorite spots along the Parkway. The views/overlooks and the little country stores along the way make it an experience to remember!
Cherokee, North Carolina
Cherokee is one of my absolute favorite little towns and the scenery during the fall is simply breathtaking!
If you happen to go during the summer months, they have a drama at the outdoor Mountainside Theater called “Unto These Hills” that tells the tribal story of Cherokee. I remember seeing this as a kid (maybe 9/10) and it is truly epic.
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is always a great attraction to visit as well. I remember visiting this museum multiple times throughout my childhood and into my adult years. I would definitely recommend it to anyone passing through Cherokee!
A Must See. Cross the bridge and don’t look down! As a 5/6 year old, I remember when this bridge looked like the longest thing in the world! Honestly, I think I’d be a little more nervous to cross it now than I was back then!
Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak on the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While you’re here be sure to take in at least one of the beautiful trails. The fall foliage will not disappoint! There is also a nature museum, wildlife habitats, and a fudge shop you certainly won’t want to miss!
There you have it! Five of my absolute favorite places to visit to see amazing fall foliage. Most of these attractions will surprise you with extras. Maybe you will pass an apple farm or a arts and crafts festival going on. Every time I’ve been to any one of these places I’ve walked away with nothing but amazing memories. I hope you will give these places a try. Let me know how it goes!
Lots Of Love,