We can't do the "best of" reel from our Southern Foodie Road Trip without mentioning our visit to Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
About a 60-minute drive from Knoxville, we weren't about to miss the opportunity to check another NP off the list. Here'a snippet from our travelogue over on Expedia:
We made the trip from Knoxville to America’s most visited National Park in just about an hour, reluctantly bypassing Dollywood on the way. As fanatics of the U.S. National Park System, we’ve got a firm handle on what makes many of them special. And Great Smoky Mountains isn’t about wowing visitors with spectacular sights. Instead, this park gradually lulls you in with its rolling mountains and seemingly blue haze that envelops the area. Our hike to Alum Cave Bluffs had us traveling up, up, up a trail that paralleled a babbling creek in a dense, verdant forest. It was pure bliss.