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Fall-leaf watching from the River Gorge Explorer
Two-hour “Awesome Autumn” fall-color cruises are offered at varying times daily aboard the River Gorge Explorer (which continues to offer daily cruises even after the leaves peak in mid-November). $29; ages 3-12, $21.50; under 3, $18 (discounts offered when purchased as part of a combination aquarium ticket). Sailings depart the Chattanooga Pier, at the corner of Riverfront Parkway and Power Alley. (The Explorer is dry-docked for maintenance Dec. 2-25.) 423-265-0698, www.tnaqua.org.
Two three-hour cruises for those who want to experience the entire 26-mile length of “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon” will be offered Nov. 2. Also, special Civil War-themed cruises are planned Oct. 27 and Nov. 23. www.tnaqua.org/Events.aspx.
Tennessee Aquarium Gold Pass
Includes guided Plaza and Aquarium tours and two-hour river cruise. Available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through Oct. 30. Tours begin at 10:15 a.m. and last until 1:15 p.m.; passengers board the cruise at 2:45 p.m. $58.95. www.tnaqua.org/GoldPass.
5 MORE LEAF-PEEPING IDEAS
Georgia State Parks’ Leaf Watch site: www.gastateparks.org/leafwatch
Atlanta Beltline: www.beltline.org
Palisades Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (entrances in Cobb and Fulton counties): www.nps.gov/chat
Big Creek Greenway (Alpharetta, Roswell and Forsyth County): www.bigcreekgreenway.com
Blue Ridge Parkway (North Carolina and Virginia): www.blueridgeparkway.org