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Plan A Romantic Date In The Smokies

Couple looking at Cullasaja Falls' upper section in the NC Smoky Mountains

Many places can be considered romantic destinations, but few of them compare to the adventure and allure of the NC Great Smoky Mountains. Outdoor hot tubs, couple’s massages, candlelit dinners, and sweets for your sweet all add up to one very romantic getaway. Take Your Love To New Heights Start your day with an exhilarating […]

Smoky Mountain Winter Adventures

Blue Ridge Parkway winter vista

One of our favorite times to visit the NC Great Smoky Mountains is in winter! Explore outdoor sports and adventure in the beautiful snowy landscape, hike the trails without the crowds, and relax by a cozy fire in a resort or secluded cabin. Visitors will find plenty of fun activities all season long – both […]

Where to Find Beautiful Fall Color in the Smoky Mountains

family enjoying fall color in nc smoky mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina offers stunning natural beauty year-round, but fall is an extra special time to visit the region to see autumn’s colorful quilt covering the ridge tops. Thanks to the extreme variations in elevation, the Smoky Mountains enjoy one of the longest leaf-peeping seasons in the country. The first […]

Five Fave Hikes for Fall Colors in the NC Smokies

Fall Color in Clay County North Carolina

The brilliant fall foliage of the NC Smoky Mountains rivals the changing leaf colors anywhere in the country. But, because of our steep elevations and lower rolling foothills, the leaf-looking season here lasts longer than most. Beginning in mid-September and continuing through early November, the NC Smokies offer you plenty of weeks to plan your […]

Wehrloom Honey and Meadery

honey dripping from a stick

Deep in the Great Smoky Mountains, almost to the Tennessee border, Wehrloom Honey and Meadery invites you to experience the story of their bees and to sample their honey, honey and beeswax products, and, of course, that magical, golden elixir – mead. In 2012, Aron Wehr gave his wife Jessica 2 honeybee hives as a […]

How to Beat the Summer Heat in the Smoky Mountains

rafting the rapids on the Nantahala

Escape excessive summer heat and instead enjoy cool mountain breezes, and the even cooler waters of the Smokies. Here’s how you can beat the heat on your next summer vacation. Discover the Highest Peaks From the Smoky Mountains to the Blue Ridge, Western North Carolina has the highest mountain peaks east of the Mississippi River. […]

Drive the Smoky Mountain Scenic Byway

Every year, thousands of visitors trek to Western North Carolina to enjoy cool summers, take in stunning mountain views, and explore numerous outdoor adventures. One way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Smokies is by taking a scenic drive along the Smoky Mountain Scenic Byway in Swain County. Also known as Newfound Gap Road, […]

Top 5 Adventures in the Pisgah National Forest

Looking glass rock

Explore 512,000 acres of outdoor playground in the Pisgah National Forest, one of the first national forests established in the eastern US. Located in the southern section of the Appalachian Mountain range, Pisgah includes parts of the Great Balsam range, the Smokies, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. A primarily hardwood forest, Pisgah National Forest includes […]

Smoky Mountain Visitor Center – Your Travel Resource in the Smokies

Smoky Mountain Host visitor center

The sprawling North Carolina Smoky Mountains cover seven of the westernmost counties in the state, and to anyone unfamiliar with the region it may be a challenge to know where to go and what to do. For that reason it’s helpful to get guidance from one of the local experts at the Smoky Mountain Visitor […]

Traveling the Appalachian Folkways

Mingus Mill

Adjacent to the Oconaluftee Village in Cherokee N.C., you can step back in time to learn the history of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, and the early settlers of the Smoky Mountains. Places like the Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill offer a glimpse into early Appalachian life. Early Scotch-Irish, German, and English […]

Top 25 Things To Do in the NC Smoky Mountains

Collage of images showcasing top things to do in the Smoky Mountains of NC

Planning a vacation that delivers on thrills, romance, family fun, and relaxation while exploring unfamiliar cultures and unparalleled adventures? The NC Great Smoky Mountains is your one-stop destination to it all. Here are the Top 25 ideas for your Vacation Bucket List! Outdoor Adventure 1. Discover serious Fly Fishing There is no end to the […]

Cozy Winter Escapes in the Smoky Mountains

Blue Ridge Parkway winter vista

With winter views that go on for miles, cozy cabin rentals, and plenty of indoor activities to pass the time, winter is a beautiful time of year to visit the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina! Sure the temperatures may be cooler, but get outside anyway! Enjoy hiking through the woods (and possibly through the snow!) […]

Drive the Indian Lakes Scenic Byway

A sweeping view from Newfound Gap Road

The Great Smoky Mountains are synonymous with adventure, even when your plan for the day is a serene drive along the Indian Lakes Scenic Byway in Western North Carolina. Close to the Tennessee border, this 75-mile trip takes about 2 hours to complete, not including stops. The Byway creates a partial loop, running from Almond […]

Exploring the Waterfall ByWay

Dry Falls in the nc smoky mountains

The Waterfall Byway begins just north of Brevard, NC, famous for its music center and white squirrels and nicknamed the “Land of Waterfalls.” The 98-mile drive follows Rte. 64 from Rosman to Murphy, NC, with more than 200 waterfalls along the byway. Here’s what to expect as you take this journey to see some of […]

Family Fun for the End of Summer

family hiking in the smoky mountains

Make the most of the last days of summer! From hiking and biking to ziplining and rafting, there are plenty of ways to take advantage of the beautiful mountain weather during the final weeks of the warmest season. Below you’ll find some of the top ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Looking for more travel […]

Can’t Miss Adventures in the Smokies

The Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are a dream destination for lovers of the great outdoors. With stunning year-round views that stretch for miles, thrilling whitewater adventure, Southern Appalachian culture and live entertainment, it can difficult to squeeze everything in to only one weekend. Here are some ideas to help you maximize your time while […]

Best Motorcycle Routes to Explore in the Smokies

motorcyling in the nc smoky mountains

The stunning mountain views and twisting scenic byways of the North Carolina Smoky Mountains and surrounding area offer one of the best places in the world for a motorcycle adventure. Whether you prefer to travel with your own bike or rent one when you arrive, local shops, dealerships and guides are ready to help make […]

Our Five Favorite Spring Hikes in the NC Smokies

Mountain ridges of the Smokies

Spring is the perfect season to get out on the trails and immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of the Smoky Mountains. Wildflowers are in bloom, wildlife is emerging from winter dens, birds are singing from the tree branches, and waterfalls are gushing with the spring rains. Here are five of our favorite hiking trails […]

Top 8 Spring Adventures in the Smoky Mountains

elk in the great smoky mountain national park

Spring is the perfect time of year to emerge from your winter hibernation and take a trip to the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. As the weather warms, wildflowers begin to peek out from the forest floor, and clear views of the Appalachian Mountains stretch on for miles. Plan your Smoky Mountain escape—be it […]

Exploring Cherokee, NC – Things To See & Do.

Sunset in Cherokee NC

Home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, North Carolina, offers visitors a wide breadth of experiences. It’s a small town in the Great Smoky Mountains that is big on outdoor adventure, cultural experiences, and natural beauty. Here you can taste local cuisine (read: fry bread), learn the rich history of the tribe, shop […]