Latest Posts
The view of Chatuge Lake from Bell Mountain high above Hiawassee, GA on Friday, June 16, 2017. Copyright 2017 Jason Barnette

It was the most terrifying road I’d ever driven, but once I reached the summit of Bell Mountain in Georgia it was also one of the most spectacular views I’d ever seen.

Gorgeous mountain top views, charming little towns, and waterfalls around every bend in the road made Northeast Georgia an exciting and beautiful place to spend a little bit of time.

Amazing sunset view from the Turkey Creek Overlook on the Cherohala Skyway in North Carolina on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Copyright 2017 Jason Barnette

The Cherohala Skyway is a beautiful and hidden drive through the mountains with lots of scenic overlooks, but which are the best for the mountain views and sunsets?

With three days on the Cherohala Skyway I discovered just why it’s called the “Skyway”, hiked a few trails, saw a stunning sunset, and spent some cozy nights camping by a lake.

After skipping over a national park with just a two hour visit I finally decided I needed to end drive by tourism on my trips, and I found the result absolutely wonderful.

The problem with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park being the most-visited in the country is that people tend to do the same thing year after year. How about something different?

Latest Photography
20 Favorite Photos From Northeast Georgia

Gorgeous mountain top views, charming little towns, and waterfalls around every bend in the road made Northeast Georgia an exciting and beautiful place to spend a little bit of time.

A warm sunset along the Tennessee River as the Southern Belle Riverboat and a private boat pass under the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, TN on Monday, July 20, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette

The beauty of Chattanooga becomes apparent on the first evening and that is exactly why I have been going back ever since with my camera in hand. Here are some of my favorite photos.

My long weekend in Pigeon Forge was over but I wasn’t about to leave Tennessee without a scenic drive first. I zipped through Gatlinburg and hopped on Newfound Gap Road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What a beautiful scenic drive it was. In no time at all I was surrounded by vibrant yellow […]

From New York to Georgia the Appalachian Mountains feature some of the most beautiful vistas in the country and it only gets better in the fall. As deciduous trees begin their annual show of color people get out of the house for long drives on scenic routes, exciting hiking trails, and gorgeous scenic overlooks. After […]

I only had three days to spend in Columbia so I didn’t waste any time getting to the good stuff. The South Carolina capital had always remained an intersection of interstates for me but this time I took the scenic route in, and out, as I explore the city. I found an exciting zoo, chased […]

I’ve spent a lot of time in Charleston over the last few years. Every time I try to visit a different area around the greater Charleston area and capture the essence of the Low Country through my photography. It seems that no matter how many times I visit this friendly southern city I always find […]

Capturing some photos of a hot air balloon festival has been on my bucket list almost as long as I’ve been capturing photos. Every once in awhile I’d make plans to track one down but something else (aka a paid assignment) would come up and pull me away. But finally, after years of waiting, I […]

36 Hours
36 Hours in Knoxville, Tennessee

You can always tell when the football team has a home game as thousands of fans flood the streets in vibrant orange, but Knoxville is so much more than just the home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers. The birthplace of the Tennessee River is also known as the Red Panda Capital of the World, […]

I didn’t know how much I wanted to visit Columbia until the first time I visited. South Carolina’s capital city features block after block of fine dining and dive bars, museums and entertainment venues, outdoor recreation and unique shopping. The city has a little bit for everybody and a lot for anybody, and it certainly […]

Shopping in the historic City Market, enjoying a sunset dinner cruise on Charleston Harbor, and touring one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the country are just a few of the reasons why you need to visit Charleston, South Carolina for a weekend getaway. It’s difficult to whittle down the gargantuan list of options […]

Marion was once one of Virginia‚Äôs most underrated and overlooked small towns, but thanks to a boom in local entrepreneurs such as a moonshine distillery, renovations of a National Historic Landmark hotel and theatre, and rise of the local food scene, this Southwest Virginia town now boasts one of the best Main Streets for tourism […]

Wytheville is one of those sleepy little hidden gems along the Interstate 81 corridor in Southwest Virginia you could almost miss. And if you missed it, you would really miss it. This town has several hidden features for shopping, eating, and entertaining that makes it unique among most towns in the region. It’s a fun […]

Pancakes, moonshine, and the Great Smoky Mountains all have one thing in common: Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This bustling center for mountain tourism features loads of locally owned restaurants, exciting attractions, interesting shopping, and sits at the foot of the most-visited national park in the country. So what do you do when you only have 36 hours […]

WHERE AM I NOW?

I am currently enjoying my Southeast Eclipse Tour road trip across the Southeastern United States. You can see where I've been, currently am, and plan to go on the map below, and then read more about the trip here.