How to Spend Autumn in Tennessee

Autumn is almost upon us with its colorful leaves, cool breezes and the endless craving of pumpkin spice everything. Tennessee is simply magical in the fall with its mountains and rolling hills beckoning travelers from around the world to experience a memorable fall getaway Made in Tennessee. Here are a few ways to experience the season to its fullest:

Scenic Fall Drives

Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway – Tellico Plains

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Take a scenic autumn drive. Tennessee Vacation

It’s time to fill up the gas tank, crank up the tunes, and follow the map to Tennessee’s hidden gems landscaped by autumn leaves, mountains and rolling hills. Before embarking on your journey, stop in the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains for maps, souvenirs and gifts. The more than 40-mile stretches through the Cherokee National Forest. Stop off and stretch your legs on a hike. See foliage by waterway in a kayak or canoe.

Americana Music Triangle – Memphis, Brownsville, Nashville

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The Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School is on the Americana Music Triangle Tennessee Vacation

Learn some music history while enjoying fall color along the Americana Music Triangle or “Gold Record Road,” which includes Brownsville, Franklin, Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee. The Triangle is a collaboration of cultural attractions across the South, a culmination of work by a multi-state team of historians, musicians, tourism professionals and digital media experts.

U.S. Civil Rights Trail – Memphis, Nashville, Clinton

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Learn about the movers and shakers of the Civil Rights Movement. Tennessee Vacation

Tennessee has 10 stops along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail that tell the stories of the brave men and women who brought words to action through peaceful protests and legal actions to secure their American civil rights. You can follow their footsteps through Memphis, to Nashville and end in the quiet but historically significant town of Clinton in East Tennessee.

Tennessee’s Autumnal Symphony

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion – Bristol

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Listen to your music live at a Tennessee music festival. Adam Martin

Bristol TN/VA is known for its deep-rooted music history as it was the site where the “Big Bang of Country Music” took place. Celebrate this history Sept. 21-23, 2018 with a slew of artists like Old Crow Medicine Show, Taj Mahal Trio, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The SteelDrivers, Asleep at the Wheel, Barns Courtney, Sierra Hull and many more. Weekend passes range from $90-$135, with individual tickets ranging from $40-$60.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival – Franklin

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Hear the music of chart-climbers and legends. Steve Wrubel

Amp up your autumn at Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Sept. 22-23, 2018 with Chris Stapleton, Lionel Richie, Jack White, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Brandi Carlile, Hozier, Elle King, Lord Huron, Valerie June and more at this year’s festival. Happening at The Park at Harlinsdale, a century-old horse farm, the rolling hills and natural amphitheaters of this property enhance fall vibes at the festival. Get ready for the mix of artists, genres and sounds that will rise from Franklin.

Gonerfest – Memphis

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An international celebration of music at Gonerfest. Tennessee Vacation

Bands from as far as Australia will come to Gonerfest, Goner Records’ annual music festival Sept. 27-30, 2018. Hear bands like Lydia Lunch Retrovirus from New York; Carbonas from Atlanta, Georgia; The Oblivians from Memphis, Tennessee; Gino and the Goons from Tampa, Florida; David Nance from Great Island, Nebraska and more. Tickets are available for shows ranging from $10 to $75 with some activities offered for free.

Everything Pumpkin

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Take a pumpkin-flavored roadtrip through Tennessee. Tennessee Vacation

A pumpkin-flavored pilgrimage through Tennessee can start in Memphis at Bluff City Coffee where the shop serves pumpkin duffins, a cross-over pastry of a cake, donut, and muffin; spice up fall at Corsair Distillery in Nashville with their pumpkin spice moonshine. Ellie’s Old Fashioned Doughnuts in Franklin and Ralph’s Donut Shop in Cookeville serve seasonal pumpkin donuts. Have some autumn in a shot glass with Ole Smoky Moonshine‘s pumpkin pie moonshine that tastes like a dessert in Gatlinburg and at the Island at Pigeon Forge.

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Have a pumpkin-infused treatment at Oak Haven Spa. Tennessee Vacation

Finally, relax and rejuvenate at Oak Haven Spa in Sevierville where guests can take advantage of fall-inspired packages like the pumpkin spice facial with warm stones, or a pumpkin latte manicure and pedicure.

Tennessee Fall Style

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Get Tennessee-made threads for your fall wardrobe. L.C. King/Pointer Brand

For more than 100 years, L.C. King Manufacturing Co. has been producing fashions for men and women since 1913 in Bristol, TN/VA. The makers of Pointer Brand Workwear have also made coats, womenswear ranging from jeans to skirts, and accessories like wallets and aprons. Find comfortable, affordable clothing that will last for many autumn seasons ahead.

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Find fine leather goods at Colonel Littleton. Journal Communications

For the finest fall accessory you could ever tote around this season, head to Colonel Littleton’s shops in Lynnville, Tennessee. Inside, you’ll find handcrafted leather goods like luggage bags, purses, briefcases, pouches and more. For the office, buy a leather journal, iPad cover, phone case, leather coasters and more.

Written by Amanda Stravinsky for VMLY&R on behalf of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

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