Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Spanning parts of Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses more than a half million scenic acres, including a 70 mile stretch of the historic Appalachian Trail.  And within a short drive for over half of America’s population it is the perfect escape to nature. Whether visitors come for a few hours or several days, the variety of unspoiled scenery is breathtaking. Mountains, meadows, hardwood and evergreen forests, rushing streams, clear pools and cascading waterfalls preserve a vision of America as it once was, and there are numerous lookouts where visitors can pause to enjoy the panoramic vistas. From February through April thousands of wildflowers bloom in profusion, while October and November brings vivid autumn foliage and crisp, cool weather.

The Smokies are a special place, with ancient mountains, a forest that seems to go forever, families who arrive generation after generation, and a rich history. Now, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is run by a man who just made history of his own.As morning arrives in the Great Smoky Mountains, the trees light up like the colors of the sun, into impossible-to-look-away-from oranges, yellows and reds.

In 1934, Tennessee and North Carolina gave the federal government more than 300,000 hectares of land for the park. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established on June 15, 1934. But, the official dedication did not take place until 1940, when President Franklin Roosevelt spoke at a ceremony within the national park. The ceremony took place at the Rockefeller Monument, on the border between the two states that provided the land.

Smoky Mountain Shopping –  The Smokies offers you the best in Gatlinburg, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge shopping, particularly if you’re looking for brand name stores, incredible deals and stunning variety. Need some outdoor gear for your next adventure? A Pigeon Forge keepsake? New books or videos to while away the time? Or how about a new outfit or two? The many malls located in the Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg shopping areas have it all and can service you splendidly. (For the standard mall experience, local shopping centers include Baskins Square Mall, Smoky Mountain Mall, The Village Shops in Gatlinburg and others.)

Gatlinburg TN – You will find many unique shops and lots of art galleries here. Gatlinburg TN has a main road (Parkway) running through it. Along the Parkway, there are craft shops, art galleries, souvenir shops, candy stores where they make candy on the premises, t-shirt stores, and lots more.
Cherokee NC – Cherokee is a unique shopping area. All shops are on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Here you will find a number of craft shops, leather shop, and souvenir shops.
Franklin NC – You will enjoy browsing and shopping in high quality craft shops.

Pigeon Forge TN – There are many novelty and souvenir shops here, some craft shops, and t-shirt shops. The most popular shopping area is The Old Mill Square which features art galleries, pottery stores, a moonshine store, and other fine shops. On Teaster Lane, you will find Old Time Pottery and various other outlet stores.

Sevierville TN – This town is known for its world-class outlet malls.