Obviously much of what we talk about here on the blog centers around the West and our surrounding area. I write about it because it is what I know and love. However, I am ever open to traveling and exploring and learning about other parts of the country (that quite honestly I so easily write off as incomparable to this area.) Today’s guest post is about an area of the country that fascinates me because of the music that was born in those mountains. While I don’t think I could handle the summer heat, I would love to visit in the fall. One of these days…. I am sharing because I am intrigued and hope you are too! Any readers from this area/have a special love for it?
The Smoky Mountains is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains – a southern range in the great Appalachians – and is located along the North Carolina/Tennessee border. This region was once the major settlement area of the Native American Cherokee tribe. Today, the Smoky Mountains is an enormous national park that spans many cities along the mountain range. This national park is the perfect year-round vacation spot for families as it features plenty of outdoor activities and local attractions for everyone.
Considering its frontier history, the Great Smoky Mountains is a park known for its historical sites like those in Cataloochee and Oconaluftee. There are a number of old cabins, churches, mills, and barns that have been preserved for sightseeing. Also, the region boasts many museums and other information centers that provide a great learning experience for the whole family.
The great outdoors is an important component of the Smoky Mountains, and outdoor activities are perfect for family bonding time. Tourists travel to the these mountains year-round to enjoy over 800 miles of hiking trails, and many visitors choose to go camping along the trails. Wildlife can easily be seen on hiking trails, such as elk and deer. In the summer, river rafting, tubing, and fly fishing are major attractions for families looking to spend quality time outdoors. While much of the park closes down for the winter, some areas stay open for a brief ski season.
If these traditional outdoor activities are unappealing, many other attractions are offered throughout the Smoky Mountains national park. Some lodges, resorts, and hotels provide guests with amenities like cable television and Wi-Fi access in order to appease their tech-savvy visitors. Also, many of these vacation spots offer attractions like mini-golf, horseback rides, zoos, bonfires, skate parks, and even shopping centers.
Outside of the countless fun activities to do with the family, a Smoky Mountain vacation provides just the right change of pace one looks for in a vacation. The great outdoors can be very relaxing and provide a great escape from busy, sometimes stressful, city life. Families are inspired by and amazed by the brilliant nature scenes they find at the Smoky Mountain national park, especially since so few places have four distinct and beautiful seasons.
The Smoky Mountains is a great, unforgettable destination to spend time with the whole family in the beautiful outdoors. Everyone is sure to appreciate and treasure this unique, fun-filled experience.
This post is sponsored by Amber Ranches, a community of homesites in the heart of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. For more than 40 years, Amber Ranches has been selling North Carolina mountain property and developing communities. Amber Ranches is more than just property, it is a combination of modern living and natural beauty. You can find them at the following address:
1336 Broad Branch Rd
Bakersville, North Carolina 28705 United States
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