I could probably think of 1 million different reasons to visit Tennessee, and it doesn’t matter what time of the year you go, there is going to be something enjoyable to do. It doesn’t matter if you are visiting Dollywood, Graceland or if you are spending time in a honky-tonk in Nashville, it is an enjoyable vacation, regardless of where you are coming from.
One time of year that you will certainly want to visit Tennessee is during the autumn. Although most people tend to focus on the summer time and the warm weather or perhaps the winter and the crisp, cool weather, the autumn has a beauty that is absolutely not to be missed. Not only do you have the colorful leaves to enjoy, you have cool breezes and of course, pumpkin spice is everywhere.
Although there are many different places you could visit in Tennessee to see the autumn colors happen, there are a few scenic fall drives that are going to be well worth your time. One of those is the national scenic biway in Cherohala. The reason why this is being mentioned first is it is one of those hidden gems that most people tend to overlook. To be certain, all you need is a good map, a full tank of gas and some nice music on the radio. You can spend your time winding through the Tennessee backcountry and enjoying every mile as you go.
Gatlinburg is also going to be well worth a visit. Not only do you have the beautiful fall colors of the nearby great Smoky Mountain Park, you also have plenty of to do in downtown Gatlinburg as well. You can go shopping at any time of the year in Gatlinburg, but the autumn is absolutely magical. Grab a spiced pumpkin latte and take some time to do some window shopping. Top it off with a ride through the country and it will be the perfect ending to the perfect day.
Aside from the fact that you have great shopping to do in the state and plenty of fall colors, there are many other things to do in the autumn time of the year as well. From the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival to the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, you will find that you are enjoying every moment that you are in Tennessee. Try it once and you will try it over and over again.