The Great Smoky Mountains, which lie within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the population of the United States, have evolved into one of the world’s most popular family vacation getaways. Nestled in East Tennessee and stretching into Western North Carolina, the Smoky Mountains are a lush, abundant mountain range full of history, diversity, wildlife and abundant recreational opportunities. The Cherokees referred to the Smokies as the “Land of the Blue Mist” and they are today often referred to as the “Crown Jewels of the Appalachian Mountains.”
More than 10 million people a year visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the largest national park East of the Rocky Mountains.
The park, which has been designated an International Biosphere Reserve, boasts more than 850 miles of hiking trails, great fishing opportunities, horseback riding, camping, waterfalls, scenic overlooks, picnic areas, historic sites and more.
In addition to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Smokies boast a variety of family-friendly attractions, including theme parks such as Dollywood and Splash Country Water Adventure Park, zoos, museums, fun parks, gem mines, outdoor dramas, gardens, sky lifts, miniature golf courses, ski resorts, caverns and helicopter tours spread throughout Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, Tennessee, as well as Cherokee, North Carolina.