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Vacationing in the Appalachian Mountains is an exciting experience. There is so much to do and many paces to explore. From the Bavarian architecture of Helen, Georgia, to the quaint streets of Highlands, North Carolina, there is something for everyone.


Vacation and Explore the Appalachian Mountains

Living and vacationing in the Appalachian Mountains is a unique experience. There is an abundance of history, culture, adventure, places to see, and many things to do.

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Atlanta to Gatlinburg Wildlife Road Trip

by Kelley Ross

Taking a road trip is one of the oldest and most celebrated traditions America has to offer. The open road offers travelers adventure and a path to do some soul searching. Coming of age trips during the summer after high school graduation are one way to do this, but nowadays even bachelorette parties have begun to mobilize. Yet still, there are others who use road trips as a way to explore the world around them. Wildlife spotting is one particular way to feel connected with the land when traveling.

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The Differences Between Resorts and Cabins

by Kelley Ross

The differences between resorts and cabin hotels may seem obvious, but the truth is that both types can offer relaxation in a unique way. Cost, service, and preferred amount of privacy can differ wildly between cabins and resorts. To catch the best deals, travelers should research ahead of time and book the kind of leisure lodging best for them.

Special City Highlight

by Kelley Ross

From towns that seem to celebrate Oktoberfest year round, to a fort that served as a major landmark on the Trail of Tears, a short road trip in the Appalachia region could lead almost anywhere.

Known as the “gem capital of the world,” this little town boasts scenic hiking trails and four different waterfalls scattered throughout the Nantahala National Forest. Because it is rich in gems and minerals, the town hosts a large, bi-annual event called the Macon County Gemboree.

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Explore Contemporary Mountain Life

Living and vacationing in the Appalachian Mountains is a unique experience. There is much history, culture, adventure, places to see, and many things to do.

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The Crossroad of Past and Present II

by Melissa Detto

"Wow!" Jenna ran her hands through her long, blonde hair. She blew out a breath of air and looked down at the churning water, which was tinged with purple hues from the sun’s climb down the sky.

“I feel nauseous.” Jenna turned her head, her eyes taking in the crowded balcony of the restaurant that overlooked the river below. She smiled at a girl who was begging her parents to take her tubing. A second later, her lips turned down when she thought about her aunt’s revelation only moments before, a revelation that had changed her life.