Great smoky mountains, America's most popular national park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is free to enter and offers exceptional recreational opportunities. 

 The Cherokee called this misty, forested region of East Tennessee "the land of the blue smoke.

It's a place where you can take a break from the screen and go on an active, outdoor adventure or do little but relax

 The back country beckons the bustling Loop Road from the relatively quiet Cataloochee Valley and you can hear it calling.

The number of flower species here is more than other national parks. 

Every June, Elkmont hosts a firefly viewing event that's such a hit with visitors that you can only participate if you're selected by lottery

Southern Appalachian Synchronous Fireflies put on a magical bioluminescence display

 and demonstrate why nature is the ultimate inspiration.

 Between late March and May, you can expect to see an assortment of colors from deep pinks and purples to yellows.