Blue Ridge Beauty: Smoky Mountains & Cherokee

With 252 miles of breathtaking scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you may need at a second trip this fall to take in the sights. Countless outdoor adventures are just a short drive away.  Check out these things to see and do in the Blue Ridge:


To see the most intense leaf color, plan your visit when the days are still bright and crisp, but the nights are not below freezing. Keep in mind that type of tree, weather, and genetics work together to make a brilliant fall display. 


The Nantahala River is located in Western North Carolina within Nantahala National Forest. Nantahala River rafting offers beginners and thrill seekers alike the perfect opportunity to experience rafting in a beautiful national forest. Let the Nantahala Outdoor Center help you plan your adventure with rafting, ziplining, mountain biking, and many other activities. AAA members save $5 per person on each activity.


If you are looking for a more relaxed way to enjoy the Nantahala forest, take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Nantahala Gorge Excursion. This excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala Gorge and back again. AAA members save 10% on upgrades for Crown and First Class seating. 


Located in the historic Edwards Inn and Spa, the AAA Four-Diamond awarded Madison's Restaurant and Wine Garden hand crafts some of the best locally sourced food in Western North Carolina. Using their very own sustainable ingredients, Madison's offers delicious food in a relaxed outdoor atmosphere overlooking a lovely wine garden. 


Extend your mountain trip with a stay at the Hampton Inn Cherokee, conveniently located in downtown Cherokee and five miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  This beautiful Hampton Inn's 67 rooms come with coffee makers, flat-panel TVs, premium cable channels, and luxurious plush beds. Enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast before heading out to enjoy the day. AAA members save up to 10% at participating Hampton Inn Hotels. 

Let AAA help you prepare for your mountain getaway. Visit your local AAA Car Care location for all of your car maintenance needs, or rent a car for your trip with your 10-20% AAA discount from Hertz. Visit your local AAA travel agent to make your trip planning easy with hotel discounts, reservations and TripTiks, AAA's exclusive travel planner. 


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