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sun is setting on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Waynesville

Beautiful sun setting over the Blue Ridge Parkway.

When you're looking to get away and enjoy the great outdoors, you will fall in love with each of these Smoky Mountain towns. Traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina is a favorite vacation for many families, friends and groups on the east coast of the United States. Believe it or not, three quarters of the population of the USA is within a day's drive of the Great Smoky Mountains.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was created in 1934 and dedicated by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. Since that creation, many of the Smoky Mountain towns surrounding the mountain area have become popular tourist destinations, filled with dozens of great accommodations, fun attractions and local restaurants.

The most visited Smoky Mountain towns in Tennessee include Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Townsend and Sevierville, and in North Carolina, Cherokee, Bryson City and Asheville. Throughout these cities, you can find numerous lodging establishments and many exciting, thrilling, or relaxing activities to do. Outdoor activities available in these areas include fishing, white water rafting, hiking and biking.

When you travel to Tennessee, you'll discover a region that's rich in history, beautiful in all seasons, with friendly and inviting people all over town. For more details about each Smoky Mountain town bordering the national park, browse through them below.