The Great Smoky Mountains are always a gorgeous vacation destination, but there are few sights as spectacular as the mountains in autumn. It is a common misconception that fall colors peak in mid-October in the Smoky Mountains, which would limit travel dates to a couple of short weeks. Because of the differences in elevation, the peak season for fall colors actually lasts for seven weeks or more, beginning around September 14, 2012 and continuing through November 7, 2012. From fiery red to amber gold, the full range of fall colors begin to peak at the highest elevations and cascade downward until the foothills are in peak season. Cabins in the Smoky Mountains are available in many size options and with varying amenities. Visitors are sure to find an option that provides a comfortable environment that fits their needs as they enjoy the romance and beauty of the changing leaves. With cabins in Gatlinburg and cabins in Pigeon Forge, visitors can experience the full range of fall colors in their choice of location. A cabin setting is ideal for viewing fall foliage, making it a perfect choice for lodging in Gatlinburg, TN. With many lodging options and unparalleled natural variety, the Smoky Mountains are the perfect vacation destination for those looking to escape into a golden color palette this autumn.