Ten National Parks to See Before You Die

By CNTraveler.com - 2014-07-21T17:46:04Z

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

North Carolina / Tennessee

Now 80 years old, Great Smoky is a tribute to natural grandeur, and to the pioneers of our first frontier.

Size 814 square miles.

Crowds About 9 million per year, one of the most popular parks in the country.

On Foot Charlie's Bunion, nine miles round-trip from Newfound Gap, is a cliff with sweeping panoramas.

On Two Wheels Cades Cove Loop Road prohibits cars on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in the summer.

On Four Wheels Drink in the views from atop Clingmans Dome, at 6,643 feet the highest point.

Etc. outreach.utk.edu/smoky

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