When my wife's part-time job ends in late Sept/early Oct we have discussed a trip to the southeast, esp. the Smokies from northeast Illinois. We love the back roads, small towns, deep forest, wind-y twist-y roads, streams, lots of nature, and light hiking.
Does anyone have any sources for routes to keep us out of the big towns and touristy areas? We've ordered book and maps from AAA but they won't be here for a week or so.