If you are from the Carolinas, you're familiar with the yearly tradition of "leaf peeping" road trips. It's almost time to head to the mountains as the weather turns cooler to witness nature's dazzling color display. Make the most of Blue Ridge fall foliage with these tips:
According to the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, the best time to enjoy leaf season is in mid-to-late October. However, the higher your elevation, the earlier the leaves will change. The BRPA suggest driving some distance on the Parkway to change your elevation and get the best fall color.
One of the best places to see leaf color is at Grandfather Mountain, the highest peak on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Grandfather offers over 12 miles of the south's best alpine trails, the mile high swinging bridge, and many opportunities to learn about native wildlife. AAA members save $2.00 off adult admission and $1.00 off for children.
Summer visits are a no-brainer, but did you know that Tweetsie Railroad stays open on weekends through October 30th? Daytime visitors can still enjoy Tweetsie's Wild West, but if you stay into the evening, be sure to check out Tweetsie's Ghost Train Ride Halloween Festival, Friday and Saturday nights from September 25th through Halloween night. AAA members save $3.00 off general admission.
Have dinner at the Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar, one of the first farm-to-table restaurants in the Blue Ridge mountains. The Gamekeeper is known for unique and innovative interpretations of classic Southern dishes and has received the AAA 4-Diamond award for 9 consecutive years.
After a long day of sightseeing, enjoy a restful evening at the Courtyard by Marriott in Boone. Enjoy spacious rooms, a fitness center, and an indoor pool. AAA members save 5% or more on Marriott Hotels.
Let AAA plan your fall trip for you. 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. Make sure your AAA membership is up to date online or call 1-866- 593-8626 to find out more.