Fall-ing in Love with Johnson City


Fall-ing in Love with Johnson City

By on Oct 30 2023

October 30, 2023

Johnson City, Tennessee, is your gateway to the Mountain South this fall. From scenic drives and exhilarating motorcycle rides to cozy coffee houses and small art galleries, Johnson City welcomes you to the mountains this autumn.

The Southern Dozen

Photo Credit: SouthernDozen.com

Nestled amidst the Appalachian Mountains, Johnson City, Tennessee stands as the ultimate hub for motorcycle adventures and scenic mountain drives during this fall season. The Southern Dozen is a collection of thirteen exhilarating motorcycle routes in and around Johnson City. Each route offers a unique blend of scenery, thrilling twists and turns, and the freedom to explore at your own pace. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a wanderlust road-tripper, the Southern Dozen offers an unforgettable adventure through lush forests, charming towns, and long range vistas.

Mountain Scenery

Take a drive through the Appalachian Mountains, and witness the leaves alive with fall colors. The air is crisp, and the roads are endless avenues to creating memories during your visit. You’ll find open-ended scenery and mountain views in every direction from Johnson City, but here are a few favorites:

  • Roan Mountain
  • The Beauty Spot
  • The “Snake” Ride

Arts & Culture

Explore downtown coffee shops and local art studios to gain a true sense of regional Appalachian culture. From seasonal exhibits at Tipton Gallery to cultural treasures found at Reece Museum, these local galleries showcase the talents of Appalachian artists capturing the heart of Northeast Tennessee.

Here are a few of our favorite coffee and art pairings for a fun autumn afternoon:

  • Dos Gatos Coffee Bar and Nelson Fine Art & Frames
  • Open Doors Coffeehouse and Fishman Gallery
  • Blue’s Brews Co. and Warrior’s Canvas

For our tea lovers, you won’t want to miss a visit to The Philosopher’s House for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. They serve tea as a tradition, and we recommend trying the “gong fu style.”

Murals & Parks

Take a stroll through downtown and the surrounding Founders Park to see beautiful murals that decorate the streets. The view from King Commons offers picturesque views of Buffalo Mountain in the fall-time. Be sure to check out our events calendar for an upcoming seasonal brew release by your friends at Johnson City Brewing and a list of fall-themed events.

Mural Scavenger Hunt:

  • Wildabout
  • We’ll Always Be Together
  • Dream
  • Wagon Wheel
  • Commerce Street

Find more information on murals here.


For more fun trip ideas, experience live music at The Down Home~ a legendary gem of Johnson City.

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