Top 10 Places to Visit in Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province. The range is sometimes called the Smoky Mountains and the name is commonly shortened to the Smokies. The Great Smokies are best known as the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which protects most of the range. The park was established in 1934, and, with over 9 million visits per year, it is the most-visited national park in the United States
WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN CHEROKEE, NC?
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Video clips of nearly all of Cherokee, NC’s activities
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rafting, fishing, fish tournaments, golfing, swimming, hiking, waterfalls, tubing,gocarts,
Santa’s Land, gold panning,, skate boarding, river rafting, Mingo Falls Cherokee bonfire and horseback riding
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
Oconaluftee Indian Village
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc
Onto these hills, an outdoor drama!
Museum Of The Cherokee Indian
The Museum Store
Blue Ridge Parkway,
Sequoyah National Golf Club
Elk Is At Cataloochee, North Of Waynesville. NC
Onconaluftee Visitors Center
Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill
Cherokee, North Carolina
Why do families who experience a Cherokee area vacation never venture anywhere else? Because Cherokee is at the heart of a four state mountain paradise with thousands of attractions. More than you can see and do in a week, a month or a year, but a lifetime of fascinating natural splendors wrapped in the three most treasured brands of hospitality on Earth … Native American hospitality, Southern hospitality and Mountain hospitality.
The beautiful town of Cherokee is anchored by the world-class accommodations and games of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, but beyond the tables, suites and eclectic cuisine are three thousand waterfalls and hundreds of historic sites wrapped in mountains more than a million years old.
These are the same tourist videos that are being seen by tens of thousands of hotel guests daily from the Visitors' Information Channels TV shows. VIC provides visitors with interesting facts about each area in an entertaining fashion and offer a glimpse into some of the best tourist destinations in the Mountain south.
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10 New Smoky Mountain Attractions
The Smoky Mountain area has tons of things to do in addition to exploring nature, and in the past year the area has become home to plenty of new museums, rides, shopping, and dining. Let's look at the best of all the newest Smoky Mountain attractions!
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Scenic Drive - Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Tennessee & North Carolina USA
Starting Point - Gatlinburg Tennessee. End Point - Cherokee North Carolina.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain.
It is the most visited national park in the United States. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline of the park. On its route from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail also passes through the center of the park. The park was chartered by the United States Congress in 1934 and officially dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940.
It encompasses 522,419 acres (816.28 sq mi; 211,415.47 ha; 2,114.15 km2), making it one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States. The main park entrances are located along U.S. Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road) at the towns of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Cherokee, North Carolina. It was the first national park whose land and other costs were paid for in part with federal funds; previous parks were funded wholly with state money or private funds.
Waterfalls of the Smokies - Great Smoky Mountains
This is a video shows the many Waterfalls of the Great Smoky Mountains. Those that are alongside the roadways and those that are reached by hiking trips.
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Baskins Creek Fall
Rainbow Falls Cave
Spruce Flats Falls
Mouse Creek Falls
Chasteen Creek Cascade
Misc cascade on Noland Creek near Fontana Lake
Tom Branch Falls
Indian Creek Falls
Juney Whank Falls
various waterfalls and cascades along Road Prong Trail
Little Creek Falls
Huskey Branch Falls
Hen Wallow Falls
Hazel Creek Cascades
Sweat Heifer Creek Cascades
Indian Flats Falls
Gunter Fork Cascades
Gunter Fork Falls
Upper Forney Creek Cascades
Upper Meigs Falls
Crooked Arm Cascades
Jakes Creek Falls
Fern Branch Falls
various waterfalls and cascades along Rhododendron Creek
The Best Places to Visit in North Carolina
The Best Places to Visit in North Carolina
North Carolina is also known as Old North State and Tar Heel State and has a lot of places and sights that are worthy of a visit. It is a state blessed with beautiful beaches, stunning mountain scenery and plenty of Old South charm. Visitors can enjoy outdoor activities from hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing, along with a taste of Appalachian culture in the Blue Ridge and Smokey mountains. Sun and sand await visitors to the state’s coastal region with secluded barrier islands in the Outer Banks and the bustling beach-side city of Wilmington. Have a look at the most beautiful places, not only cities, to visit in North Carolina.
#3.Chimney Rock State Park
#5.Bald Head Island
#7.Great Smoky Mountains National Park
#8.Linville Gorge and Falls
10 Best Places to Visit in North Carolina
10 Best Places to Visit in North Carolina: Asheville, Bald Head Island, Blue Ridge Parkway, Charlotte, Chimney Rock State Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hanging Rock State Park, Old Salem, Outer Banks,
Fun in the Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee
Short weekend; hiking and whitewater rafting, exploring Cataloochee Valley, Gatlinburg, Cherokee, and the road to nowhere.
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Instead of going to the beach or keeping it local and recently losing a weekend job, I decided to that I wanted to spend my 26th birthday in the mountains. My from Greenville, Sc, my girlfriend and I as well as two other friends venture out to the Smoky Mountains with a pit stop at Cataloochee Valley. Here we saw a few preserved buildings such as a home, barn, and school as well as a nice creek and a great view of the mountains surrounding us. Next stop right passed the state border into Tennessee, I crossed off another item off the bucket list: whitewater rafting. We did some whitewater rafting on the Pigeon river for a bout two hours before we made our way to our place of stay, our timeshare, Wyndham Smoky Mountains. That evening we grabbed dinner, grabs a few beers, and rode some Go-Karts in Gatlinburg.
Early next morning we drove through Gatlinburg and into Great Smokies National Park to the motor trail to hike up to Grotto Falls. Besides seeing the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, the rest of the day was spent relaxing.
Our final day, we left Wyndham and set off for Cades Cove, a picturesque valley west of Gatlinburg driving higher into the mountains to Clingmans Dome, the highest point of the Smoky Mountains. After a 15 minute heavy rainfall, we decended back into North Carolina into Cherokee Indian territory to check out another waterfall, Mingo Falls. Driving south into and out of Bryson City we reached out final stop, the road to nowhere, an unfinished government project that leaves an long abandoned tunnel and incomplete road to nothing.
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Sourwood Mountain Cover
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Visit the North Carolina Mountain Towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva
Mountain lovers love Jackson County, North Carolina. Surround yourself in the natural beauty of the Balsam Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Challenge yourself on the most scenic golf courses that North Carolina has to offer. Enjoy the thrill of whitewater rafting and kayaking. Escape for a vacation or just for the weekend. Shopping, museums, historic downtowns, and scenic drives are just a few of your vacation options. A year round calendar of festivals and special events are available for the whole family. Stroll leisurely through our charming villages. Explore mountain arts and craft galleries. Spend a day learning about the Cherokee Indian experience.
America's Most Visited National Park! - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
USA's Most Visited National Park! - Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Tennessee & North Carolina
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline of the park. It is the most visited national park in the United States.
Attractions and Activities
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a major tourist attraction in the region. Over 9 million tourists and 11 million non-recreational visitors traveled to the park in 2010, more than twice as many visitors as the Grand Canyon, the second most visited national park. Surrounding towns, notably Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Townsend, Tennessee, and Cherokee, Sylva, Maggie Valley, and Bryson City, North Carolina receive a significant portion of their income from tourism associated with the park.
The two main visitors' centers inside the park are Sugarlands Visitors' Center near the Gatlinburg entrance to the park and Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, North Carolina at the eastern entrance to the park. These ranger stations provide exhibits on wildlife, geology, and the history of the park. They also sell books, maps, and souvenirs. Unlike most other national parks, there is no entry fee to the park.
The park has a number of historical attractions. The most well-preserved of these (and most popular) is Cades Cove, a valley with a number of preserved historic buildings including log cabins, barns, and churches. Cades Cove is the single most frequented destination in the national park. Self-guided automobile and bicycle tours offer the many sightseers a glimpse into the way of life of old-time southern Appalachia. Other historical areas within the park include Roaring Fork, Cataloochee, Elkmont, and the Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill at Oconaluftee.
• Cades Cove Historic District
• Elkmont Historic District
• Oconaluftee Archaeological District
• Noah Ogle Place
• Roaring Fork Historic District
Hannah Cabin in Little Cataloochee, was built in the mid-1800s by John Jackson Hannah, the son of early pioneer Evan Hannah. The cabin's brick chimney is one of only three in theSmoky Mountains.
• Alex Cole Cabin
• Clingmans Dome Observation Tower
• Hall Cabin (in Hazel Creek area)
• John Messer Barn
• John Ownby Cabin
• Oconaluftee Baptist Church (also called Smokemont Baptist Church)
• Tyson McCarter Place
• Mayna Treanor Avent Studio
• Little Greenbrier School
• Walker Sisters Place
Gatlinburg is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 3,944 at the 2010 Census, and 4,047 according to the 2012 Census estimate. The city is a popular vacation resort, as it rests on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along U.S. Route 441, which connects Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina through the national park..
Gatlinburg is an important tourism destination in Tennessee, with many man-made attractions, and it borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ober Gatlinburg is the onlyski resort in Tennessee. It has eight ski trails, three chair lifts, a wildlife encounter area, and is accessible via roads and a gondola from the city strip. The Gatlinburg Trolley, a privately funded public transit system, caters to area tourists.
Another popular attraction is Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies which also features special exhibits covering subjects such as the Titanic, pirates and more recently the planet Mars.Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country, which are both named for Dolly Parton, are amusement parks located in nearby Pigeon Forge.
During the Christmas season the entire downtown area is decorated with lights for the Winterfest Celebration. This celebration takes place from November thru February.  Visitors during the Winterfest Celebration can also take a Trolly Ride of the Lights from Nov 12, 2014 to Jan 25, 2015 for only $5.00.
Cherokee (ᏣᎳᎩ in Cherokee language) /ˈtʃɛrɵkiː/  is a census-designated place (CDP) in Swain and Jackson counties in western North Carolina, United States, within the Qualla Boundary land trust. It is located in the Oconaluftee River Valley around the intersection of U.S. Route 19 and U.S. Route 441. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 2,138.
Harrah's Cherokee Casino opened in 1995 and dramatically changed everything from jobs to education to health care for Cherokee tribe members.