6 U.S. National Parks to visit this summer

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

5Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A hiker’s paradise, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has more than 800 miles of well-maintained trails ranging from easy walks to challenging back-country treks. The Smokies are famous for their heritage of southern Appalachian mountain culture and diverse ecosystem. Spanning the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, the Smokies are almost always in wildflower season. Visit in the summer for glimpses of red cardinals, pink turtleheads and wide-leaf sunflowers.

Photo: National Park Service

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