10 Best Weekend Getaways
Whether your idea of paradise is exploring an iconic city, taking in mountain scenery, or sunbathing on the beach, we’ve found the ideal spot in the South for you.
The Great Smoky MountainsOld-growth forests give these mountains a sense of wonder worthy of Tolkien’s stories. Footpaths wind through the lush green folds where waterfalls and creeks rush by bus-size rhododendrons. These are our nation’s oldest mountains, and they continue to provide fresh experiences with each visit.
Insider’s Tip: Take a car hike. Our favorite drives include the loop road around Cades Cove, the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail out of Gatlinburg, and Balsam Mountain Road off the Blue Ridge Parkway.