Greetings from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Standing at the top of Clingman’s Dome, being enveloped in one of the endless clouds, I was at the halfway point of my trip from childhood to adulthood. In August of 2021, my mother and I took the final drive away from my birthplace and home of central PA to take the 1500 mile voyage to College Station, Texas for my first year of college. A beautiful slice of America, one of the last, was the perfect resting point before continuing the journey.

Sincerely,
Akku

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the country's most popular national park sites. It offers postcard-perfect views and plentiful wildlife.

State(s): North Carolina Tennessee,

Established: 1926

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