The Great Smoky Mountains, one of a few of the National Parks in the United States that span across two different states. The Great Smoky Mountains, nicknamed the Smokies, span across eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina and is definitely one of my favorite parks! I personally visited the Tennessee side where we got to explore Gatlinburg as well as the park itself. I went in the Spring, and while it was hot, the views were spectacular, and the greenery was so beautiful!
Address: 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (Although, as I mentioned this park spans two states, and there are several different entrances, this was the physical address provided on nps.org)
Hours: Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays!
Weather: Due to the fact that the smokies have such a large difference in elevation at points from mountain base to peak, weather can change 10-20 degrees depending which point you are at. Overall, the Smokies experience pretty standard southeastern United States weather, hot and muggy in the late spring/summer and cooler in the late fall/winter. I personally went mid-May and it was pretty warm and humid, but certainly not unbearable. Everything was fully bloomed and made for an amazing landscape of greens and various other colors.
The Smokies are one of the only free U.S. National Parks, so there is no entrance fee! While there is no entrance fee to either part of this national park, below are some options for national park passes that can be used multiple times throughout the year.
America the Beautiful Annual Pass: $80.00 (Good for all National Parks)
Military Pass: Free Annual Pass to all National Parks for Active Duty Military, US Military Veterans, and Gold Star Family Members
4th Grade Pass: Free pass for 4th Graders for duration of school year