Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee
Fall foliage here is just transcendent, especially early in the month. On November 6, Smoky Mountain Winterfest officially kicks off across the region, and everything is draped in gazillions of lights. The following day, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, hosts its annual Winter Magic Kickoff (more light-lighting) as well as its Chili Cook-off. And from November 20 through the first couple of days in December, you can pick up unique, locally made handicrafts at the Great Smoky Mountains Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show.