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  • Summer travel destination: Great Smoky Mountains

    Filed Under: Blogging
    Author: Anupama

Great Smoky Mountains at the border of Tennessee and North Carolina are one of the most attractive outdoor holiday destinations in the eastern US. With all the scenic mountain landscapes, rivers, streams, forests and rich diversity of plant and animal life found in the area, the Great Smoky Mountains are close to being a natural paradise. You can find an amazing network of hiking routes in the area, including the ever popular Appalachian Trail.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the top destinations of USA for a nature-based adventure holiday. High mountain landscapes covered in the green gold, with snowy mountaintops adding something white into the landscape, the Great Smoky Mountains offer scenic surroundings for an outdoor holiday. Your might want to trek and discover the spectacular valley of Cades Cove or to Clingmans Dome, the highest peak of the area. Mountain biking in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great pleasure, as is fishing, kayaking, rafting and horse riding.

In spite of being a wilderness area suitable to the purposes of nature-based tourism, the Great Smoky Mountains host also other kind of attractions in close surroundings of the park. The small towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Cherokee host good visitor facilities as well as attractions of their own. You could visit the town of Cherokee just south of the park to get an introduction to the culture of the Eastern Cherokee Indians, test the facilities of the Christmas-themed amusement park in Cherokee, or the Dollywood theme park of Dolly Parton in Pigeon Forge. Courses for golf near Great Smoky Mountains are another popular thing you find in close surroundings of the park.

Access to the national park is either from north, through Gatlinburg in Tennessee, or from south, through Cherokee in North Carolina. The park has two main visitor centers, Sugarlands in Tennessee and Oconaluftee in North Carolina.

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