WHERE: Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia
Begin in Atlanta and drive 90 minutes north to Helen, Georgia, for a taste of hiking trails and the annual Oktoberfest. Next, head to Greenville, South Carolina, surrounded by lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and the Blue Ridge Mountains–an outdoor paradise perfect for leaf peeping. From a 22+ mile novice-friendly bike trail to five nearby State Parks and numerous hiking trails, visitors can even see the foliage from the treetops on zipline tours. After Greenville, head up to Asheville, North Carolina, which is known for having some of the most spectacular foliage in the country. Spend the night at The Foundry Hotel which offers an “Eco-Friendly Leaf Peeping by Land, Air, and Sea” package to see it firsthand. Next, head toward Bristol, Virginia, and set home base as The Bristol Hotel, to enjoy panoramic views of the nearby Smoky Mountains and autumn leaves on the city’s first and only rooftop to see the sights from above.