Fall in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina

Carolina Calling

photo by Bill Russ, courtesy VisitNC.com

The Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina provide the backdrop of our Carolina Calling outing, 18-29 October, 2017.  Our journey begins in Atlanta, Georgia, travels north into the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains in northeastern Georgia and southeast Tennessee.  Entering North Carolina through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we will follow the Blue Ridge Parkway north, through North Carolina and into Virginia, sampling historical sites, Appalachian music venues, and local cuisine along the way.  Our travels on the Parkway conclude in Roanoke, Virginia with a stay at the Hotel Roanoke, a Gilded Age hotel built by the Norfolk and Western Railway in 1888. From Roanoke, Amtrak takes us to Washington, D.C. where our journey concludes.


• Travel during the peak of the fall foliage season in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina

• Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including Cades Cove and the often overlooked Cataloochee Valley

• Five train rides, including 2 with steam power on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

• Enjoy 2 live Appalachian music programs

• Travel most of the scenic olue Ridge Parkway, America’s longest linear park

• Private tour of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.

• Andy Griffith’s hometown and inspiration for the town of Mayberry in his 1960’s television series

• Tannenberg organ recital at Old Salem historical village in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Autumn colors by train.
Courtesy GSMR.com


Fare, per person $3095. Single occupancy lodging, add $495

Fare includes all transportation from Atlanta to Washington, D.C. by train and charter motor coach; 11 nights lodging, 18 meals, admission fees at all locations visited as a group, local guides at selected locations, and a Tour Manager accompanying the group throughout.

Optional rail travel arrangements are available for travel to Atlanta, and home from Washington, D.C. 

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Biltmore Estate at dusk. Courtesy VisitNC.com