The literal heart of Watkins Glen State Park is the 1.5-mile long Gorge Trail that winds alongside, over, and under dozens of waterfalls and cascades for a breathtaking outdoor adventure.

I almost didn’t pull into the parking lot. I almost didn’t walk up those stairs. I almost didn’t see one of the most stunning overlooks on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. But fortunately I did pull into the parking lot, walk up the short flight of stairs, and spent two hours one morning just admiring […]

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 […]

On my first morning in Chattanooga I just couldn’t sleep in. I left my hotel before sunrise. The air outside was cool and crisp. In fact it was downright chilly. I wanted to go someplace I could watch the sunrise but I didn’t want to hike far from my car. I really wasn’t sure where […]

If you happen to be driving through Cherokee into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just before sunset chances are good you’ll spot an elk. Or several elk. Sometimes as many as two dozen will leave the dense forest behind in favor of feeding in the large field at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. But before […]

Spend a weekend in Roanoke and you’ll learn one thing very quickly: this city has a lot of scenic overlooks. The Roanoke Star is probably the most iconic thing you’ll notice about the city as you first arrive but did you know you can drive up there and stand at a scenic overlook just below […]

Last autumn I was finally able to check something off my travel bucket list: drive the entire Blue Ridge Parkway end to end in a single trip. The falls colors were just starting to peak, the weather was beautifully perfect, and I had nothing but time. I started in Waynesboro, Virginia. Seven days and 469 […]

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited national park in the country for a good reason: there are countless things to do spread across two states and thousands of acres. But sometimes it can be difficult to pick just one thing to do in the park. Other times you may find yourself in […]

My name is not Bond, James Bond. But that didn’t mean I couldn’t learn how to be a spy at the International Spy Museum. From real world cameras hidden in brief cases and a German enigma machine to one of Bond’s famous cars and Jaws’ metal teeth, the museum was ready to educate and entertain. […]

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, […]

It’s easy to miss the Elkmont Historic District even if you’re an avid traveler through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But after the first time you stroll through Daisy Town or hike along the river you’ll want to come back again and again. That’s exactly how it happened to me and I haven’t been […]

Everyone loves a good sunset photo. A splash of color across a partly cloudy sky over a breathtaking landscape can brighten the worst of days. But it takes a lot more work than you might think to capture one of those amazing sunset photos. In fact I usually begin that daily ritual two hours before […]