Something about crisp, fall air just makes you want to pack up the kids and hit the road. If you are looking for an easy trip to enjoy the season, try trucking over to Chattanooga. It’s a mere 100 miles from Atlanta—meaning you can probably make it to the outskirts of the Scenic City before you even have to put on another movie in the DVD player or any massive meltdowns ensue. The area has lots to offer: beautiful scenery, yummy eats, and attractions to intrigue all ages. Check out our hot spots for a cool, fall weekend in Chattanooga.

Lula Lake Land Trust

Outdoorsy types will want to time their visit during one of the open gate days of this 8,000-acre land trust (usually the first and last Saturdays of the month) bordering Cloudland Canyon State Park. Strap your bikes on the back of your SUV - there is a wide variety of trails for mountain cyclists of all abilities. But of course, hiking on foot is always a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the lake, the waterfalls, and the foliage.
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—Jessica Harlan

Photos courtesy of Tasty Daylight Donuts via Facebook, Tennessee Aquarium via Facebook, Creative Discovery Museum via Facebook, The Blue Plate via Facebook, Good Dog via Facebook, Raccoon Mountain Caverns via Facebook, the Chattanooga Choo Choo via Facebook and Creative Commons via Flickr