The Great Smoky Mountains comprise America's most popular national park in terms of visitation and justifiably so. Part of the reason for this popularity is the proximity of the Park to major population centers along the East Coast and in Appalachia, but that is only a very small part of the story. The Smokies are a beacon for nature lovers across the world and a refuge where visitors can immerse themselves in a world of history, biodiversity, natural beauty, pristine wilderness and fantastic hiking, camping, rafting, fishing, canoeing, cycling, backpacking and more.
The first reason to make a trip to the Smokies is because it is one of America's major national parks, up there with Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Denali, Zion...etc. Second, if you enjoy outdoor adventure, the Smokies is full of it and has options for almost every type of adventure you could want. Third, the fall colors are some of the best in the world and are not to be missed. Fourth and final on our abbreviated list is the tremendous beauty the Smokies offer, with phenomenal Appalachian views, stunning biodiversity, unique wildlife and more.