Knoxville is just an hour drive from the Smoky Mountains, where a summer of record-setting rain means the rivers are full and the trees are expected to have jaw-dropping foliage this fall. A taxi will run you about $80 each way, but A&B Ground Transportation (865-389-0312) offers a $100 round-trip package deal that includes two hours in Gatlinburg, the folksy town at the entrance of the park where you can watch salt-water taffy being made at the Old Smoky Candy Kitchen (744 Parkway).
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Published on Oct 22, 2009 as a web exclusive.