Called the “Forgotten Founder”, this national historic site is almost a forgotten part of the Charleston Lowcountry. Tucked away in a small corner of nearby Mt. Pleasant, the historic site is centered around Charles Pinckney’s coastal plantation. But who exactly was Charles Pinckney, and what can you do at this historic site?

This little waterfall along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina is a nice detour, a short hike, and the stone observation deck is directly beside the roaring waterfall.

Mt. Jefferson is a 1,600′ towering mountain looming over the beautiful country town of West Jefferson, North Carolina. Just a few miles down Highway 16 is the Blue Ridge Parkway, and just a few miles down the parkway is this overlook. It provides a stunning look at the towering mountain, which also plays host to […]

The Lump, as it is called locally, is a grassy knoll with a stunning view at Milepost 261 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

This is my tale of how I spent three hours chasing a storm and only captured a single photo.

I love zoos. Maybe it’s because they somehow remind me of home, or maybe it’s just because I enjoy the little escape from local reality they can provide. While surrounded by the urban jungle of Knoxville, Tennessee, it was nice to be whisked away on an African safari for just a little while. The Knoxville […]

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park is just that: a state park dedicated to the birth of Davy Crockett, the “King of the Wild Frontier”. While the park features a campground, short hiking trail, fishing and water access to the Nolichucky River, the heart of the park is a small wooden cabin that is part re-creation, […]

A horse drawn carriage trots along the cobblestone street while a tour leader tells us about the 1886 Earthquake that leveled half the city and resulted in the popular (and photogenic) earthquake bolts on historic buildings. The carriage returns us to the City Market where we have to take the obligatory walk through, which is […]

A Cherokee war party appears suddenly out of the thick foliage of the surrounding trees. A group of women standing outside the fort take notice. The first scream pierces the air. A moment later the first rifle is fired, sending a billow of smoke into the air as a shot echoes. The Siege of Fort […]

Roaring Fork is a bit of a misleading title for this amazing destination just minutes from downtown Gatlinburg. That is until you pass the Grotto Falls parking area where the road meets the creek and suddenly the roaring sound of dozens of cascades echoes through the forest. Welcome to the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail […]

Looking for a place to enjoy a fantastic breakfast or lunch in Big Stone Gap, Virginia? This story is for you.

In the thriving 1930’s tourists driving from the Great Lakes to Florida for a warm vacation would take Highway 21 through Wytheville, Virginia. The vital transportation corridor helped the small country town grow, including the old Esso gas station. In 2011 the gas station was renovated and opened as a museum, giving visitors a look […]