Southern Appalachians Itinerary (16 Days)

Our trip to the Southeastern United States in the Southern Appalachian Mountain Range was kind of an odd trip for Julie and I because it was a region that we never really seriously considered visiting. But one thing we learned over the years was that you haven't really lived life until you challenge and test your preconceived notions and beliefs by opening your mind and stepping into new places with new people who think very differently than you do. This was true when we spent nearly three weeks in India a few years back, and so we came into this trip with a similar mindset. Our attitude was, "Let's try to ignore the stereotypes and oversimplifications, and see for ourselves what we think could be the best that this region has to offer." Of course it didn't hurt that we knew this part of the country harbored many impressive waterfalls!

So with that said, we planned out our trip aiming to time it for the peak of the Autumn colors. Then, we aimed to go waterfalling in these natural locales where the visual feast that we were setting ourselves up for would be unlike anything we had done in our waterfalling experiences to this point. It turned out that the timing of our trip was near perfect, because in the nearly two weeks that we covered five of the Southern States, we got all the Fall Colors we were after. But perhaps what was more important and memorable was that we met some very friendly people who were eager and passionate to share the beauty of their homes, and it was only then that we truly appreciated what Southern Hospitality really meant...

Day Overnight Activity
1 Atlanta, GA
Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Downtown
Travel, Car Rental Pickup
2 Toccoa, GA
Simmons Bond Inn
Amicalola Falls, Anna Ruby Falls, Minnehaha Falls, Toccoa Falls
3 Brevard, NC
Deerwoode Resort
Issaqueena Falls, Yellow Branch Falls, King Creek Falls, Upper Whitewater Falls
4 Brevard, NC
Deerwoode Resort
Lower Whitewater Falls, Rainbow Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, Glen Falls
5 Brevard, NC
Deerwoode Resort
Reedy Cove Falls, Raven Cliff Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway, Second Falls, Upper Falls, Looking Glass Rock
6 Asheville, NC
Red Roof Inn Asheville West
Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, High Falls, Looking Glass Falls, Biltmore Estate
7 Asheville, NC
Red Roof Inn Asheville West
Elk River Falls, Linville Falls, Crabtree Falls, Glassmine Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway
8 Asheville, NC
Red Roof Inn Asheville West
Great Smoky Mountains (Oconaluftee) Mingo Falls, Soco Falls, Pearson's Falls, Chimney Rock, Hickory Nut Falls
9 Williamsburg, KY
Cumberland Inn
Cumberland Falls, Natural Arch of Kentucky, Yahoo Falls, Eagle Falls
10 Williamsburg, KY
Cumberland Inn
Slave Falls, Twin Arches
11 Nashville, TN
Best Western Music Row
Seventy-Six Falls, Mammoth Caves National Park, Mammoth Cave Waterfalls, Downtown Nashville
12 Cookeville, TN
La Quinta
Ozone Falls, Upper Piney Falls, Cummins Falls, Burgess Falls
13 McMinnville, TN
Best Western Tree City
Burgess Falls, Falls Creek Falls, Piney Creek Falls, Cane Creek Falls, Rockhouse Creek Falls, Cane Creek Cascade
14 Chattanooga, TN
Residence Inn
Ruby Falls, High Falls (Rock City), Bald River Falls
15 Atlanta, GA
Hotel Indigo Atlanta Airport College Park
Foster Falls, Stone Mountain
16 Home Car Rental Return, Travel

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