Challenging New England’s fall color reign, Tennessee tallies 300 types of trees. And Chattanooga is foliage central for leaf-peeping trips that run the transportation gamut. You can ply the Tennessee River Gorge by riverboat, past banks of flame-colored hardwoods (423-266-4488, www.chattanoogariverboat.com
). Or ride a steam train through the blushing hillsides and into rural Georgia (423-894-8028, www.tvrail.com
). You can also catch a bus that will take you 25 miles out of town to the Fall Color Cruise and Folk Festival (423-892-0223, www.alhambrashrine.com
). Plan now for peak color in late October and early November.
— ELAINE GLUSAC