I’m an eternal summer kind of girl. I love being warm, the longer days and the sunshine. But as much as I resist, fall is coming. Tennessee is a landlocked state but it’s so pretty here in the fall when the trees change. When the leaves start to turn, hop in your car and take advantage of it! I’m rounding up top 5 places to visit in the fall in Tennessee.
Top 5 Places to Visit in the Fall in Tennessee
Cheeckwood is a botanical garden outside of Nashville that is fun any time of year. But in the fall it’s extra special because there’s a house made of pumpkins and a full-on harvest. You can look at all the different scarecrows, look at the changing colors in the trees, buy a pumpkin, and more! You’ll find activities and experiences designed to appeal to kids, adults, and families alike, making this six-week celebration the perfect time for a peaceful solo stroll, a crisp fall family day, or an afternoon date. Check out Cheekwood in Harvest from September 18-October 31.
Drive Down the Natchez Trace Parkway
Natchez Trace is a beautiful drive but during the fall it’s downright magical. Go get a pumpkin spice drink, put on some music, stick your phone in the glovebox, roll down the windows and enjoy the drive. Get out along the way and take in the scenic overlooks too!
Get a Cabin with Friends in East Tennessee
East Tennessee is hands down the best place to be to enjoy the fall foliage. The drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg is only four hours and you see some beautiful views. If you really want to enjoy the fall, get some friends and rent a cabin in the mountains! You can enjoy the crisp, mountain air, have a bon fire, jump in a jacuzzi and take in the views. We stayed at Eagles Ridge Cabin on a romantic getaway to Gatlinburg and they were great.
Cookeville is only an hour from Nashville and perfect for a little day trip! I have a full recap on what to do on your day trip here, but grab coffee, shop in the square, go on an easy hike to Bee Rock, and then go to dinner. You’ll have the best time walking around and getting out of the city. There’s also a ton of cool murals to see and take photos with.
Grab your love and take the three hour drive to Chatt. They have hiking, breathtaking vistas, culinary tours, do a brew tour, cruise into the Tennessee River Gorge, or jump aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad or Lookout Mountain Incline Railway for a variety of train rides that take you through the beautiful Tennessee valley or straight up Lookout Mountain. There’s so much to see and do and it’s that much better with the changing leaves around you!
Which of these top 5 things to do during fall in Tennessee would you like to do? Let me know in a comment below!