Weekend Getaways in the Appalachian Mountains

Author: Lauren Ross

Best cities for Fall

If you are in need of a quick and affordable weekend getaway, then these mountain cities may be right for you! Nestled among the big and beautiful Appalachian Mountains, these cities capture the beauty and wonder of the fall season. You can find exquisite dining, unique shopping, and family fun right at your fingertips. There are many options of lodging including cabin rentals, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and camping sites. Be amazed by the colors and charm of these mountain towns and enjoy the great outdoors! You never know, you may fall so in love – you may be looking to stay permanently in a new apartment!

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg, Tennessee is nestled right at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is definitely a sight to see – especially in the fall! With the leaves changing, rolling foothills, and the crisp mountain air, Gatlinburg has all you could ever want while vacationing this time of year! According to the Gatlinburg visitors’ page, the town attracts more than 11 million visitors a year and can grow to a population of 40,000 on any given day. Families can take in the beauty of the Great Smokies by hiking one of their 150 trailheads: leisurely walk or multi day backpacking trip? – It’s up to you! Enjoy the views while horseback riding or take in miles of panoramic beauty from the Aerial Tramway lift. Don’t forget your day trip to Dolly Parton’s stomping grounds, Dollywood located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! Besides the rides, you can experience Christmas in the Smokies with their festive holiday events.

Other attractions to visit in Gatlinburg:

  • Gatlinburg Ropes Course
  • Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park
  • Space Needle

Asheville, North Carolina

asheville 1The awe-inspiring colors of the rolling Appalachians are just one of many perks of Asheville, North Carolina. With its unique history and rich neoclassical architecture, Asheville has become a retro-urban city of art-deco influence. Visitors will get to experience live music from Pritchard Park, fabulous culinary cuisine, and the beauty of the Appalachians that surround the city. During your stay, take a mid-morning hike through National Pisgah Forest. This national park has some of the best trails lined with wildflowers and ending with spectacular waterfalls. The home of George Vanderbilt should also be on your itinerary. The Biltmore Estate is a prominent example of the Gilded Age and a must-see for visitors. Take a tour of the immaculate and historic home where you can walk among the gardens and explore the winery with wine tasting at the Antler Hill Village!

Image credit: RomanticAsheville.com

Image credit: RomanticAsheville.com

Other attractions to visit in Asheville:

  • Basilica of St. Lawrence
  • Botanical Gardens of Asheville
  • The Biltmore Village
  • Blue Ridge Parkway – for epic panoramic views

Blue Ridge, Georgia

Image credit: Rainbowcabins.com

Image credit: Rainbowcabins.com

The bluish hue you see coming from the mountain range is not any ol’ coincidence. In fact, the blue color is what gives the famous mountain range its name! The city of Blue Ridge attracts visitors at all times of the year with key water features such as Lake Blue Ridge and the Toccoa River, but autumn takes the cake in beauty! The fall is the most scenic of seasons with the vibrant colors of the leaves and elegant winter shrubbery. This city offers fun for the whole family with activities like apple picking at the famous Mercier Orchards- they make some yummy apple fritters! The outdoor enthusiasts will be elated by a day of hiking on Springer Mountain and ending with a glide across the treetops in a canopy tour. Downtown Blue Ridge has lots to offer its visitors as well with antique shopping, local art galleries, fine restaurants, and a farmers market every Saturday morning. “Choo Choo! All aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. This railway is described by Southern Living magazine as one of the top 5 attractions to experience in the fall season. The four hour round-trip excursion gives passengers the opportunity to explore the quaint towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee- perfect for lunch and a photo-op moment.

Other attractions to visit in Blue Ridge:

  • Swan Drive-In movies
  • Trout Adventure Trail

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