By TMoM Team Member Suzy Fielders

While many people think of summer as the time to take day or weekend trips, Fall is actually a great time to do so as well. The weather is nicer, and most places are less crowded. Plus, most of the state offers prime views of the changing leaves. It is always fun comparing how fall looks in the three major sections of North Carolina!

Below are five of my favorite destinations that are perfect for visiting in the fall. Plus, I included a few others at the end of this blog. Let us know in the comments your favorite destination to visit in the fall!

1. Asheville

If you know anything about the mountains of North Carolina, then it’s probably no surprise Asheville made this list. It provides beautiful views, tons of culture, and a whole lot of family – and couples – fun! Some must see spots include:

  • Biltmore House – Easily the best architecture in the state, plus the grounds have beautiful gardens and a winery.
  • The Omni Grove Park Inn – The views from the porch alone are a reason to stop in here. But it also has elegant dining, a spa, and a really fun dueling pianos bar.
  • WNC Nature Center – This might be a smaller nature park, but it is full of impressive animals.
  • Asheville Museum of Science – Learning really is fun at this interactive museum, you can even forecast the weather!
  • Early Girl Eatery – The food and drinks at any of their three Asheville locations are always amazing. P.S. it’s the only place I’ve ever found gluten-free fish and chips, which are delicious.

These are only a few of the fun things to do in this bustling N.C. Mountain city.

2. Carolina Renaissance Festival

Considering the Carolina Renaissance Festival is only in October and November, that means Fall is not only the perfect time to go but the only time! This is such a fun family-friendly event. It really puts you back to a completely different time and state of mind. Check out this past blog on the festival.

NOTE: Some vendors only take cash and while ATM’s are on-site bank fees are usually really high, so recommend bringing cash.

3. Boone

If you are looking for a quaint mountain town with plenty to do, then Boone might be the place for your family this fall. Of course the views are stunning, especially with the leaves changing colors. It might be known for App State, but it is so much more than just a college town. Learn more about things to do here with this past blog on Boone.

4. Tweetsie Railroad

Fall is a great time to visit amusement parks since it is not too hot and usually less crowded than the summer. Instead of heading south to Carowinds though, head west to Tweetsie Railroad. It is a fun spot for all ages. There is a great mix of rides, entertainment, and food.

5. Gatlinburg, TN

While out of state, this is a mostly straight shoot drive from the Triad down I-40. There are hotel options, but I highly recommend renting a cabin if you can. It’s a great way to relax and there are so many options nearby. A few fun places to check out in Gatlinburg include:

To find out more details about this destination check out this past blog.

Other Notable Fall Trips to Consider

While I’ve only listed five ideas above, there are plenty more places to consider. A few are:

  • Cherokee
  • Wilmington
  • Raleigh
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Sparta
  • Morganton
  • Concord (lots of indoor options – so good for those too chilly fall days or weekend)

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