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Katherine Jondro | 09.15.2017

If you're one who enjoys hunting for fall colors when the temps begin to dip, then America's Southeastern region is likely on your radar; if not, then let us try to change that. In a country with so many diverse geographies, incredible landscapes, and stunning displays of autumn foliage, the Southeastern states are often overlooked when it comes time to plan that perfect leaf-peeping adventure - to all those who've never been, that is!

Now don't get us wrong - the New England, Colorado, and Pacific Coast fall displays should all be on your bucket list. We just want to ensure that you don't miss out on this equally beautiful season in the Southeast; more specifically, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Southern Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee. 

In true "a picture's worth a thousand words" fashion, allow us to stop talking and show you just what we mean - enjoy!

Tennessee

Sunset from 441 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. Photo by Kristi Parsons.
Autumn on Hyatt in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. Photo by Kristi Parsons.
Little Rivers Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. Photo by Kristi Parsons.
Newfound Gap to Clingmans is a section of the Appalachian Trail that runs right on the Tennessee/North Carolina border. Photo by Kristi Parsons.

North Carolina

Hemphill Bald Hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. Photo by Kristi Parsons.
Hemphill Bald Hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. Photo by Kristi Parsons.
Ferguson Cabin in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. Photo by Kristi Parsons.
Cataloochee Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. Photos by Kristi Parsons.
Cataloochee Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina. Photos by Kristi Parsons.
Craggy Gardens Pinnacle, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina. Photo by Kristi Parsons.

 

For more ideas on where to go to see the incredible fall colors in this region, check these out:

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