Ready for a taste of fall after our scorching summer?

We’ve scouted four high-altitude getaways—small-town Clayton, Georgia; family-friendly Chattanooga, Tennessee; historic Charlottesville, Virginia; and arts-filled Spruce Pine, North Carolina—that will satisfy your yearning for charming places to stay, interesting things to do, delicious regional dining, gorgeous autumn scenery and a bit of soft outdoor adventure—all against the backdrop of refreshing cooler climes. Most importantly, none of them is farther than a day-and-a-half road trip away.

So pull those sweaters out from the back of your closet. We’re going leafing.

In This Feature:

Small-Town Clayton, Georgia, Offers Big Fun for Travelers

Step into historic Appalachia at the best time of year.

09/28/2016 By Kay Kipling

Head to Chattanooga for an Urban Escape

The former dirtiest city in America has come a long way, folks.

09/28/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Get Crafty in Spruce Pine, North Carolina

There's world-class food and amazing vistas, too.

09/28/2016 By Megan McDonald

History Buffs Will Savor a Trip to Charlottesville, Virginia

Visit Monticello, stay in a historic inn, pick apples, see the leaves change--you can go full fall in Charlottesville.

09/28/2016 By Kay Kipling