Travel Stories

Did you know it’s possible to drive 621 miles from Front Royal, Virginia to Townsend, Tennessee without ever leaving a national park property? The Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are connected in a way just begging for the ultimate road trip through the southern Appalachian Mountains. Autumn is one […]

7 Days of Fall Colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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 […]

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, […]

Behind the Scenes: How I Capture Photos of Amazing Sunsets

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 […]

36 Hours in Columbia, South Carolina

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 […]

Experiencing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Cades Cove

With just three days until the total solar eclipse was set to sweep across the country I still hadn’t really decided where I wanted to plant my feet for the event. I had discovered so many amazing places between South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. But after months of traveling and pondering I […]

A bolt of lightning streaked over our heads and the thunder boomed almost immediately. Rain was coming down as if from a giant shower head in the sky. Amanda was worried about getting struck by lighting but I couldn’t stop smiling. It was a pretty messed up situation but we survived and it became one […]

36 Hours in Charleston, South Carolina

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 […]

16 Favorite Moments From 2016

Standing on a beach surrounded by lightning, struggling against gusting winds on the Mile High Swinging Bridge, watching epic sunsets and battling elk, almost getting stranded on a tiny island for the night, and embarking on the most amazing road trip I’ve taken yet. 2016 was a great year for travel. And it just so […]

That Time I Was Almost Stranded Atop a Dam in a Snow Storm

One very cold February day a winter storm rolled across the Appalachian Mountain of Northeast Tennessee. At first a light flurry drifted across the landscape, but quickly developed into a furious snow storm. A few hours later the snowfall slackened, and a few minutes after that I was out the door with my camera gear […]

That Time I Ran Out of Gas on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Ever see that cutesy meme floating around the Internet comparing the two types of drivers in the world: each see the gas needle almost at “E” and one says “I need to get gas immediately” while the other says “I can go a bit longer.” I’m the one who is always trying to pump just […]

10 Places to Visit in October in the Southeastern United States

That cool, brisk, humid-free fall air is finally upon us. The days are getting shorter, and the green is fading from the leaves. People are talking about pumpkin spice everything and Halloween is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but this time of year I’m ready for a little trip somewhere.