Cades Cove: A Pioneer Paradise

Straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in the ancient Southern Appalachians, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is almost as renowned for its well-preserved pioneer settlements as for its natural beauty. More than 90 historic structures—homes, barns, churches, and gristmills—have been preserved here, including the largest collection of log structures in the eastern United […]

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Mysterious Abandonment Of Hovenweep

In the high desert country which straddles the border between southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado, the Hovenweep ruins with their mysterious towers induce a strange silence, something you cannot quite explain. At the famed Mesa Verde ruins, forty or fifty miles to the east of Hovenweep, you hear the shouts of excited children, the scoldings of […]

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Discover the Wines of Calaveras

Mark Twain gave Calaveras County its claim to fame with his bestselling story “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this famous Gold Rush location still maintains its 19th-century charm, including Murphy’s Historic Hotel, in operation since 1856. Twain was just one of its famous guests. The […]

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in the ancient Southern Appalachians, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is almost as renowned for its well-preserved pioneer settlements as for its natural beauty. More than 90 historic structures—homes, barns, churches, and gristmills—have been preserved here, including the largest collection of log structures in the eastern United […]

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Blue Ridge Parkway Mountain Majesty

One of the most scenic roads in America, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile road that winds along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains providing an unique view of picturesque landscape and history. The Parkway connects Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park at the north end with North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the south […]

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Bourbon Curious: A Shot or Two of History

Where it all began (maybe). Did a Baptist minister invent Bourbon whiskey? Maybe, maybe not, but it sure does make for a great story. In Georgetown, you can see Royal Spring Park, where the Rev. Elijah Craig―described as an “argumentative,” “worldly,” and “cantankerous” preacher―reputedly mixed up the first batch of bourbon in the 1780s. While […]

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Hauntingly Beautiful: Picturesque Beaufort

Hauntingly beautiful is perhaps the best way to describe the South Carolina Lowcountry. Charming homes and churches grace this old town on Port Royal Island. Picturesque Beaufort (pronounced byoo-fort) charms visitors with historic Southern mansions, tree-lined boulevards, and an ocean-side location. Not to be confused with its North Carolina namesake, Beaufort has everything you would […]

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Celebrate Kentucky Crafts At Berea

Kentucky’s rich heritage of locally made art is as old as the Appalachians―and it’s still being practiced. Think Kentucky and visions of finally honed crafts can’t be far behind. Born of necessity, Kentucky’s crafts tradition began in the hills where Appalachian families stitched quilts, wove fabric, and handcrafted furniture. With the rise of emporiums and […]

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