Last November I decided to spend a couple of nights in Asheville, NC to explore more of the Blue Ridge Parkway and hopefully catch a glimpse of some of the fading fall foliage. Unfortunately I was a bit late to catch a lot of color in Asheville and many of the southern stretches of the parkway were closed.
Hopeful that I would still be able to catch some great scenery, I decided to take a brief drive down I-40, hopped onto US-19, and enjoyed a beautiful journey up US-441 between Cherokee, NC, and Gatlinburg, TN. It was time well spent!
Here are some photos of the gorgeous fall color that I captured along the way:
I also snapped a photo of this tunnel...
... and laughed a bit when I saw this tiny snow couple along the side of the road:
For all of you other travel enthusiasts out there who also want to plan a road trip in Eastern Tennessee or Western North Carolina to view the changing foliage, these photos were taken on November 3rd. The timing seemed to be ideal for a trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, but if you want to see some fall color in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, I would recommend that you plan your trip a week or 2 earlier than I did.
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