Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Great Smoky Mountain National Park was established in 1940, and it is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protecting more than 500,000 acres of land and thousands of species of plants and animals. The park is located in the eastern part of the United States on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. It is part of the Smoky Mountains contained within the Blue Ridge Mountains, a division of the more extensive Appalachian Mountain range that runs from Newfoundland in Canada to Central Alabama in the US. Initially, the native Cherokee people called the mountains “Shaconage” meaning “Land of Blue Smoke” because of the smoke-like, blue-colored mist that fills the air above the mountain peaks and valleys. The park elevation ranges from 875 to 6,643 feet above sea level, with the Clingmans Dome being the highest point there. Other prominent peaks are Mount Guyot and Mount LeConte. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is considered one of the most picturesque landscapes in the United States, offering beautiful views of the mountains, streams, waterfalls, valleys, and countless opportunities to photograph wildlife, including deer, flying squirrels, and American black bears. In addition, there are over 1,500 species of flowering plans and exquisite colors during the fall season.
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