Fall in the Smokies
Day 1: We are on our way to experience the Great Smoky and Cumberland Mountains in their fall grandeur. After an enjoyable drive, we overnight in St. Peters, MO.
2: We travel through southern Illinois and eastern Kentucky before entering the Volunteer State of Tennessee. Night in Lebanon.
3: As we travel east we stop to tour in Oak Ridge. Oak Ridge became known as the “Secret City” during World War II because of the work done there on the Manhattan Project. Later we continue on to Pigeon Forge at the edge of the Smoky Mountains. This evening dinner is in a local church followed by music and storytelling. Next two nights in Pigeon Forge.
4: A local guide joins us for our East Tennessee Heritage Tour with visits to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg and the small towns in the area. Lunch and dinner are included today. This evening we attend one of the music shows in Pigeon Forge.
5: Today we travel from Pigeon Forge to Asheville, NC. Built by the grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the Biltmore Estate has 250 rooms and is surrounded by 8,000 acres of land. We visit the mansion with an audio guide to enjoy and understand this 19th-century treasure. Night in Asheville
6: Our drive this morning takes us just North of Knoxville to the Museum of Appalachia near Clinton, TN. The village-farm complex of the museum includes structures from the Civil War and Native American artifacts. The Appalachian Hall of Fame on the grounds pays tribute to the people of Appalachia and includes artifacts and examples of early folk art. Lunch is included at the museum. This afternoon we travel north into Kentucky to take in the natural beauty of Cumberland Falls State Park before continuing to Bowling Green for the night.
7: This morning we visit the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, home to the Chevrolet Corvette assembly plant. Lunch today is at the famous Moonlite Bar-B-Q in Owensboro. This afternoon we’ll drive through southern Indiana and across Illinois for night in Fairview Heights.
8: Nine states in fall color in eight days is a delight you will not soon forget. A pleasant ride brings us to central Kansas.