Into the Great Smoky Mountains
2-Day Great Smoky Mountains Experience – USA
The Great Smoky Mountains is America's most visited National Park and it is time to find out why. On this trip you’ll stay in a traditional lodge in Cherokee, so that you can drive through the Great Smokey’s National Park via the Newfound Gap Road. The area is named after the Cherokee Indians and some of this tribe's history can be seen in the village of Oconaluftee.
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Arrival in Cherokee
Today you arrive in the Great Smoky Mountains, spending the night next to the Blue Ridge Parkway in the town of Cherokee. It is a convenient spot to drive to the Visitor Centre, which is located at the beginning of the Newfound Gap Road, where you’ll collect a map of the park with all the viewpoints and activities. In the afternoon, drive to the Indian village of Oconaluftee, where you can learn more about the life and culture of the Cherokee Indians.
Exploring and Departing
The next day you’ll wake up on the edge of The Smokies and you can get a nice breakfast at the local bakery, before hitting the Newfound Gap Road. The road itself takes about 1 hour to drive but it’s worth starting early to avoid the crowds and because there are plenty of stops to make along the way. If you are a real early bird, you can even watch the sunrise at Clingman’s Dome and see the mist hanging between the mountains. A little further on the Newfound Gap Road you find the trailhead of the Alum Cave Trail an easy to navigate route with scenic beauty everywhere you look.
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