These are the top five fall experiences you don't want to miss, from scenic drives to pumpkin patches!
1. VISIT THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tennessee, and for a good reason. The park offers stunning views of the Appalachian Mountains, hiking trails, waterfalls, and wildlife. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit as the leaves change color.
2. TAKE A SCENIC DRIVE
One of the best ways to experience the beauty of Tennessee's fall foliage is to take a scenic drive. There are several routes to choose from, but some of the most popular include the Cades Cove Loop Road, Newfound Gap Road, and the Foothills Parkway.
3. STOP BY THE CRAFT FAIR
The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is a one-stop shop for all your handmade needs. You can find exceptional pottery pieces, painted artwork, and even copper art at this event hosted by skilled craftspeople from across the nation! With 200 booths filled with one-of-a-kind products, you won't be disappointed in what they've got on offer.
4. VISIT THE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Dollywood's Harvest Festival is back for another year of crafting a beautiful autumn atmosphere. The forests come alive with vivid color, and the smells of apple and pumpkin treats waft through town while you enjoy thrilling rides on every side! After sundown head over to Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health where an enchanting hideaway awaits- discover Hoot Owl Hollow where larger-than-life glowing owls live alongside their friendly family members in this whimsical warming glow that more than 12 thousand Illuminates pumpkins throughout its grounds.
5. OKTOBERFEST AT OBER GATLINBURG
Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating the beauty of autumn with a fantastic festival featuring traditional German food and drink. The 13th Annual Oktoberfest will be held from September 24th-October 30th, where guests can enjoy live entertainment as well! There's also an authentic bier garten that offers some great specialty drinks alongside their signature dishes all while wearing colorful dress code attire--the perfect way to spend your time in Tennessee during this exciting season
Fall is a beautiful season in the Smoky Mountains and has plenty of activities to keep you busy. If you're looking for an unforgettable experience, check out one (or all!) of these five fall attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.