Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Straddling North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses over one-half million acres, making it the largest national park in the East. It has more species of plants, animals and insects than anywhere else in the world, rivaling even the rainforests. For panoramic views, tumbling mountain streams, weathered historic buildings and uninterrupted forest stretching to the horizon, just hop in your car and drive through the park. If you need to stretch your legs, park and hike on one of the more than 900 miles of trails in the park. Locals agree that the North Carolina side of the park is considered more pristine, tranquil and is less heavily used than the Tennessee side. So if you’re looking for a more-off-the-beaten-path experience, you’re in the right place.