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Tracing the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is famous for the bluish haze that often shrouds the rolling mountains. The smoky coloring is caused by water vapor released from the dense, old growth forests that cover 95 percent of the park.

This is the USA's most visited National Park, the beauty of its ancient mountains and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture drawing travelers from all over the world. You can experience the diverse wildlife and the stunning scenery as you explore the 150 hiking trails found within the park’s boundaries, including a rugged, roughly 115-kilometer stretch of the Appalachian Trail.

Hot Air Balloon over Asheville, North Carolina
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Early 1900s architecture at the McFaddin-Ward House
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Beaumont

Denver Union Station at dusk
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Denver

Sunset over the Mississippi River from the Spirit of Peoria riverboat
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Alton

Stunning skies over Hetch Hetchy Resevoir
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Tuolumne

The Buffalo skyline
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Buffalo

Bustling Beale Street at night
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Memphis