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North American National Park #17: Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee

Posted by on June 18, 2014

North American National Park #17: Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee

North American National Park #17: Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains National Park it the most popular national park in the United States in terms of annual visits. More than 9 million people enter the park every year.

In addition to beautiful views and wildlife, there is also a significant cultural component in the park as well. You can see Civil War era homes, churches and graveyards. People, both Native American and Europeans, have been living in the park since their arrival.

You can also see part of the Appalachian Trail in the park and walk along a small part of it.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is relatively easy to visit and is within driving distance from many major cities in North Carolina and Tennessee. It was also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

View the complete list of US and Canadian National Parks I have visited.

My 2014 North American Summer Road Trip

Posted by on June 18, 2014

Ever since 2009, I try spend in my time in North America to take advantage of the summer months. In 2009 I did a huge road trip through the western United States. In 2010 I went east through Washington DC and up through New England to the northernmost tip of Newfoundland. In 2012 I explored Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. Last year I went island hopping in the Caribbean.

This year, I’m going to focus on visiting national parks in the western US and Canada.
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