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Free event scheduled at the outdoor 17th century Cherokee Homestead Exhibit. more

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Programs highlight activities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park more

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Colorful quilts, intricate woodcarvings, jewelry made with local gemstones, woven baskets, metalwork crafted by blacksmiths, furniture, and pottery vessels in all shapes and sizes fill the booths along Main Street in Burnsville, North Carolina. more

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Schedule announced for Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville. more

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We sit by the Chattahoochee River and take in the scene. After the Chattahoochee is done meandering through Georgia, it is a slow southern river, broad, but here, it is nimble, bright and clear. more

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Biltmore Estate puts out the welcome mat

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The historic Asheville chateau came in at No. 9 on the TripAdvisor top 25 landmarks in the nation. more

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Memorial Day Weekend signals the beginning of the summer visitor season on the Blue Ridge Parkway. more

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Mabry-Hazen House

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Cultural heritage sites in Knoxville to offer events, free tours more

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Viaduct closed in March for a comprehensive road maintenance project. more

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The college is most often remembered for attracting many of America’s leading visual artists, composers, poets, and designers like Buckminster Fuller, Josef and Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage. more

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This celebration of the arts is the largest community outreach event of Knoxville Opera’s season. more

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When folks think of the Smoky Mountains, visions of glorious mountain peaks tucked in low-hanging clouds emerge. But when romance is out of the question and it’s time for family fun, the valleys of Tennessee offer their own exciting destinations. more

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Situated along the banks of the Little River, the picturesque village of Townsend, Tennessee, is laid back but never boring. The town slogan—The Peaceful Side of the Smokies—isn’t just a brand created to attract visitors; it is reality. more

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The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park top lists for popularity, according to the National Park System. more

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You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to identify the booklovers at the Biltmore Estate. Simply stand near the library at the Biltmore House and observe the queue of visitors passing by. more

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Bristol sings a new tune

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Bristol is complex and effervescent, from the roar of NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway—the world’s eighth largest sports venue—to vivacious State Street, the downtown boulevard that anchors a resurgent arts and entertainment community. more

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One hundred years ago, the prime mode of transportation from the Great Smoky Mountains to the big cities was a steam locomotive. Today, riding historical and tourist lines in the area is a connection to that past. more

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Forty-Dollar Rembrandts

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At its zenith, this ingenious form of outdoor advertising urging motorists to visit Rock City, could be viewed on the sides and rooftops of around 900 barns spread along 12,000 miles of highways in 19 states. more

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Banner Elk, N.C.

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Sandwiched between Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain along the Elk River in North Carolina’s High Country, the tiny burg of Banner Elk rises as a destination for all seasons. more

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My wife, Lori, and I have always loved camping. From the time we met as students at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, we have been known to just throw our camping stuff in a vehicle or on our back and take to the woods. more

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I have joked that if my journalism got someone in the region angry enough to spit, a DNA swab could prove beyond any doubt that we were cousins. That's the way it is when you count eight generations tying you to these mountains. more

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