Cincinnati Family Magazine

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May 26, 2024

Fall Family Road Trip

Fall Family Getaways

Looking for a quick get away this fall? Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are two nearby mountain towns situated in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park area. Even better, the drive is roughly five hours away from Cincinnati! Experience shopping, go carting, hiking, scenic fall drives, Christmas-themed hotels, chalets, cozy cabins, theme parks, shows, sky lifts and more! Many places have great fall deals, so book your get away today! Some family-friendly attractions we recommend to check out during your Gatlinburg visit include the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tn, with more than 10,000 exotic sea creatures in 350 individual species. Fun fact: There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg; and you won’t want to miss the Gatilinburg Skylift Park with iconic yellow SkyLift chairs 1,800 feet above sea level to North America’s record-breaking Gatlinburg SkyBridge! This fall, take the skylift to all new heights with their Autumn Adventures –  a series of events loaded with mountain sunrises, music, colorful seasonal decorations and trick-or-treat parties for the kiddos – and of course, the best fall foliage views of the Smokies. On your way out, be sure to swing by the well-known Dollywood, loaded with yearround excitement, plus experience Dollywood’s Harvest Festival September 24 – October 30.

2. Adams County, just a little over an hour from Cincinnati, offers natural beauty and Amish delights. You can hike Buzzards Roost overlooking Ohio’s Brush Creek, canoe, explore corn mazes, taste yummy treats at Miller’s Bakery and Furniture and snuggle up at a romantic Bed and Breakfast. Find great places to stay, things to do, good eats and more at
3.  Great Ohio Lodges has nine spectacular facilities featuring cabins and hotels with indoor pools, quality dining and large group conference rooms. They all are spread out throughout the state, so you  can enjoy the natural beauty of Ohio while enjoying the comfort of these state parks. Hueston Woods lays outside of Oxford, Ohio and Salt Fork is closer to the West Virginia border to name a few!

More Great Fall Getaways:


ACE Whitewater Rafting

Hocking Hills;
Amish Country;
Santa Claus, Indiana;
New River Gorge in West Virginia (rafting and more);
(Be sure to check out the new packages, overnights and seasonal events to ACE ADVENTURE RESORT, from September through November).
Ohio Caverns;


Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Cozy Clover Bottom Bed and Breakfast Getaway


About the Author

Susie Dyson

Susie lives in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati with her husband and four kids. She has a 7-Year-old, 6-year-old, 3-year-old and a new baby! Together, they like to explore new things in Cincinnati as well as favorite places like Summit Park and the Cincinnati Nature Center. Susie is a former high school teacher and now a stay-at-home mom. She also enjoys running, being outside, spending time with family and friends, road tripping, participating in her church's activities and drinking coffee.