Past Places

New Smyrna Beach: Art & Artist Enclave (Fall 2016)

Charleston's Most Unique Low Country Dishes (Fall 2016)

Grab a Life Vest, Helmet, and a Paddle (Fall 2016)

Upcoming Exhibitions at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Fall 2016)

The Ultimate Staycay? A Homegrown Mediterranean Get-Away (Fall 2015)

Eight Uniquely Charlotte Experiences (Fall 2015)

Hitting the High Notes of Macon's Music Scene (Fall 2015)

Florida's North Peninsula (Fall 2015)

12 Reasons to Visit Huntsville, Alabama (Fall 2015)

Alabama's Captivating Capital (Fall 2014)

Exploring South Carolina Old 96 District (Spring 2014)

Weekend Getaway to Lake Charles, La. (Spring 2014)

Exploring Northwest Florida's Natural Side (Spring 2014)

Discovering the Lake Oconee Area (Fall 2013)

Cumberland Island National Seashore (Fall 2013)

The Best of Today's Waterpark Rides (Summer 2013)


Have a Southern Houseboat House Party (Spring 2013)

Take Flight: Yes, You CAN Get a Pilot’s License (Spring 2013)

Discovering Hollywood's Backlot (Fall 2012)

Color-Fall Tennessee (Fall 2012)

NASCAR 2012: Upcoming Events Around the South (Summer 2012)

RVacations (Summer 2012)

People Go Wild for Glamping (Summer 2012)

Best Beaches for Beach Bums (Summer 2012)

Heirloom Gardens (Spring 2012)

Unforgettable Experiences Await You at Select Registry Inns in the South (Winter 2011)

Golf with a Southern Drawl (Fall 2011)

Bring Rover on Over - Hotels That Want to Pamper Your Pooch (Fall 2011)

Cabana Mania! (Summer 2011)

Time to Plan for Summer Sleepaway Camps (Spring 2011)

He Said Golf, She Said Spa (Spring 2011)

Edu-Vacation Destination: Charleston, S.C. (Spring 2011)

Getting Your Adventure on in the Mountains (Spring 2011)

Freeze Action (Winter 2010)

No Ordinary Love (Winter 2010)

Spa Spectacular: The Natural Choice (Winter 2010)

Freestyle Mountain Adventures (Winter 2010)

Color-Fall Tennessee


Who says the South has no change of seasons?  When nights turn cold, leaves turn butternut yellow and raging red. In fields and woodlands sumac turns to ruby, sourwood burns bright crimson and wild dogwoods produce clusters of scarlet drupes.

When it comes to autumn color, Tennessee shines.  In the Smoky Mountains, rustic rental cabins make for fireside evenings. By day, sunny porches look out over technicolor trees.  You might also cruise the Tennessee River Gorge, known by some as the Grand Canyon of the Tennessee. Steep, forested river banks turn to jewel boxes of color by mid-September.

Here are just some of the ways to toast Tennessee in autumn.

Take a train trip with Vacations by Rail. Packages include overnight stays in Atlanta, Asheville, the Great Smoky Mountains and Nashville. The trip can also be extended to Chicago, with two nights at the Conrad Hilton hotel.

From Chattanooga, cruise the Tennessee River in a sightseeing, dinner or nature cruise. Excursion boats that make the trip out of Chattanooga include the Southern Belle Riverboat, the Blue Moon and the Tennessee Aquarium's River Gorge Explorer.  From the city you can also take 40-mile train trip on the Autumn Leaf Special. Lunch is served in the dining car.

The curvy roads of the Chattanooga area are also popular with motorcycle riders, mountain bikers and other highway sightseers. Find 13 detailed routes with maps at

Fall is festival time throughout the Volunteer State. Gatlinburg's Taste of Autumn food festival is September 27. The Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival is held in Townsend October 6 and 7 and the Museum of Appalachia celebrates Fall Homecoming in Clinton the weekend of October 12-14. That's just sample of the dozens of harvest festivals, hayrides and homecomings held when autumn colors are at their best.

Dollywood in Pigeon Forge is one of the liveliest theme parks in the nation, alive with music, song, foods, rides and wholesome hospitality. Joyous, foot-stomping fun reigns there this fall at the National Southern Gospel and Heritage Festival to be held October 3 to November 3.  _

Tennessee insiders reveal that one of the best spots for leaf peeping in the Smokies is the observation deck atop the new Hollywood Wax Museum on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  Inside the museum see lifelike wax figures of countless celebrities including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and John Wayne.

About the Author

Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition (McGraw-Hill.)

Photos by Gatlinburg CVB