The Clingman's Dome lookout tower at dusk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip: 5-Day Knoxville Loop

With just five days, you can explore Knoxville, traipse into Dollywood, log some quality trail time, explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park, catch an amazing firefly display, ride a steam train…and drive a short, but beautiful, section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Motorcycles along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Brian Patterson/dreamstime.

Driving Tips for the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

If you plan on driving Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive, the trip is made a lot easier—and simpler!—if you know ahead of time about the mile-marker system, when and where you can fuel up, speed limits, and how to effectively pull-off a one-way trip in either your own vehicle or a rental.

An American flag flies at the top of Chimney Rock overlooking Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina.

Discover the Blue Ridge Parkway

Known as “America’s favorite scenic drive,” Blue Ridge Parkway is more than just a drive. It’s nature, serene and awesome by turns, it’s cultured cities, hiking trails, quiet moments, and realizing that the road that led you here will take you home… but you’ll be different for having driven its miles.

Road Trip USA

Now in its seventh edition, Jamie Jensen’s best-selling Road Trip USA is better than ever. Inside, you’ll find cross-country routes and road-tested advice for adventurers who want to see the parts of America that the interstates have left behind. Jensen also includes mile-by-mile highlights celebrating major cities, obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities (if you’re […]

Moon Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip

This full-color guide to road tripping along the Blue Ridge Parkway includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. The Blue Ridge Parkway through Virginia and North Carolina draws visitors from all over the world, taking them from the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina to the splendor of Shenandoah National Park in […]

Moon Savannah

Travel writer and Savannah native Jim Morekis shares the must-see sights and local secrets of Savannah, from the classic charm of River Street to the waters around the Golden Isles—a perfect destination for kayakers. Morekis suggests excursions to the verdant expanse of Forsyth Park and the historic Fort Pulaski National Monument. Including expert advice on […]

Moon Charleston

Travel writer Jim Morekis shares the must-see sights and local secrets of Charleston, from the armaments at the Battery to the delights of the French Quarter. Morekis highlights historic destinations like the Nathaniel Russell and Heyward-Washington Houses while suggesting fun and delicious features of modern Charleston, like the gaslit charm of the Peninsula Grill. Including […]

Black and white photo of author Margaret Mitchell.

Travel Reading List: Novels Set in Georgia and the Carolinas

Gone With the Wind; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; Shoeless Joe (well, sort of) — some of the most classic works of American literature are set in the Carolinas and Georgia. Native Jim Morekis has compiled a list of required reading for literary times looking to enrich their experience while visiting these stalwart southern states.