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Tennessee for the leaves. Virginia for the history. Florida for the weather. Texas for the culture.
Looking for an amazing fall experience? Set your destination for one of these four locations.
Tennessee for the Leaves
Starting in early October, the lustrous green leaves of the Great Smoky Mountains transform into a spectacular view of yellow, orange, and red. The Great Smoky Mountains are in east Tennessee but the foliage throughout the entire state bursts with fall colors. You can experience the beautiful fall colors even from the big cities of Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.
Come to Tennessee in September and be there for the Nashville Pumpkin Festival. This festival is packed full of fall activities such as corn mazes, apple cider, pumpkins, and more. Pumpkin festivals like this are scattered throughout Tennessee during this time of year.
If your favorite time of year involves comfy sweatshirts and jeans, pumpkin spice, or apple cider, then you will want to put Tennessee on your destination list for this fall.
Other fall activities in Tennessee:
- Music: Tennessee is home to several genres of music: blues, bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, country, gospel, and soul. Listen to the next great music at any of the music cafes scattered throughout the state, like Listening Room Café in Pigeon Forge, The Bluebird Café in Nashville, Rum Boogie Café in Memphis, or Open Chord Stage in Knoxville.
Virginia for the History
Virginia is a state filled with history dating back to the 1600s. The soil witnessed battles not only in the American Revolution but in the Civil War as well. Along with the incredible history, there are haunting ghost stories. According to the National Register of Haunted Locations, Virginia has almost 170 sites with paranormal activity. From the mountains of Virginia down to Virginia Beach, there are ghost sightings to discover.
One such tale is in Alexandria, Virginia, at the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. It is said two young travelers, husband and wife, stopped at this tavern in 1816 to rest for the night. While staying there, the woman’s health deteriorated and she died. Her last departing wish was that no one should reveal her true identity. To this day no one knows who she was, and her grave site is marked “Female Stranger.” Room 8, the room they stayed in is supposedly haunted by this young spirit.
If fall screams spooky tales and haunting sites for you, Virginia is the perfect place to go.
Other fall activities in Virginia:
- Leaves: Virginia also has an impressive display of fall foliage in late October and early November. Mabry Mill is a historical town, known for its beautiful fall leaves, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County, Virginia. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic drive that takes you through the Virginia Mountains. During the fall, this parkway will be blanketed in reds, yellows, and oranges.
Florida for the Weather
It is well known that Florida is the Sunshine State with warm sunny weather all year long. The great part about traveling to Florida in the fall is capturing the sunny skies without the 100-degree heat. The average temperature for Florida in the fall is 70 to 91 degrees.
Looking for milder weather? Travel to these northern beach locations: Panama Beach, Daytona Beach, or Jacksonville, FL. At Cocoa Beach on the east coast and Clearwater on the west coast, Central Florida heats up a little more. Further south, Miami down to the Florida Keys have the hottest locations.
If you are a beach bum that loves to spend days off next to the ocean with a cocktail in your hand, then Florida is the place to be.
Other fall activities in Florida:
- Camping: As the weather starts to cool down, Florida has some amazing camping sites to explore. St. Augustine, a historical town south of Jacksonville, has several beachside campsites that provide a fun night of camping under the stars with a great beach experience during the day. There are also several other activities such as canoeing, hiking, and biking to experience.
Texas for the Culture
In the fall, Texas is filled with festivals celebrating the great Texas culture. Starting Labor Day weekend, West, Texas celebrates Westfest which pays tribute to the area’s Czech heritage. In late September, head to Plano, Texas for their Balloon Festival. In early October, Fredericksburg, Texas raises a beer to salute the German heritage with Oktoberfest. Cuero, Texas (between San Antonio and Houston) celebrates Turkeyfest, which is a festival dedicated to their favorite bird, the turkey. Then conclude your fall with the Dia De Los Muertos festival in Port Isabel, Texas. This Day of the Dead celebration will meet all your Halloween needs with skeletons, a costume contest, and more.
Other fall activities in Texas:
- Leaves, sun, and more: Due to the vastness of the Texas landscape, you can experience the fall foliage in the north, the sunny beaches on the Gulf Coast, and everything in between.
No matter what your favorite fall activities are, one of these four states has what you are looking for.
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About the author: Leslie Catalano
Leslie earned her nursing degree from Illinois State University in 2005. She was raised in the Midwest, and after 10 years of traveling, she is now back in her hometown of Springfield, IL. She is married to a wonderful guy and is the mother of 3 boys. She is an avid reader, loves the outdoors, and uses writing to distress and regain her spirit. Leslie had more articles on self-care for nurses on her website ThePositiveNurse.com