Sure, New England is pretty darn perfect when it comes to all things fall. But don’t count out Tennessee. There is plenty of fun and interesting ways to celebrate the season in the Volunteer State.
Visit a pumpkin farm
Nothing says fall like a pumpkin farm, and you have your pick (no pun intended) in Tennessee. Some of the most popular ones include Lucky Ladd in Eagleville, Boyd’s in Clarksville, and Cedarwood in McMinnville.
Then, try some pumpkin spirits
Go to Oktoberfest
Speaking of booze…in non-pandemic times, Nashville’s annual Oktoberfest celebration has it all: dancing, music, food, and—of course—beer. Lots and lots of beer. Plus a full-on block party and parade. And to work it all off, there’s even a 5K run,
Make your way through a corn maze
There are a number of corn mazes in the state, but Shuckle’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at Fiddle Dee Farms in Greenbrier is one of the most popular. It’s a fun and challenging activity that’s perfect for the whole family!
See a drive-in movie
The Stardust Drive-in Theatre in Watertown is a longtime favorite, with plenty of old-school charm, double features of both new and classic titles, and the all-important ability to social distance in these pandemic times.
Take a trip to Cades Cove
For some of the best views of the Great Smoky Mountains, visit Cades Cove, a beautiful valley that’s full of wildlife. In the fall, the gorgeous foliage makes it the ideal leaf-peeping destination. There are many hiking trails if you’re feeling outdoorsy, but the 11-mile loop road is another great way to sightsee by car on a fall afternoon.