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Betsy and I make it to the Smokies several times each year, since we only live a couple of hours away. We both think the Smokies make a wonderful day trip, although we do try to avoid the times and places that have the most tourists.
However the Smokies always call our names in October, so we venture out a time or two each year to take in the colors. The pictures in this post come from a day trip we made several years ago. On that trip we traveled along the Foothills Parkway, which offers wonderful views of the mountains from just outside the park itself.
The panorama above shows the Smokies from one of the first overlooks we came across. From this vantage point it’s easy to see why Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the nation’s most visited park.
A closer look brings out the vibrant colors that bring so many people to this part of Tennessee each year.
A single branch can be a riot of color.
Looking even closer, we can see the beauty of a single leaf. Is it any wonder we keep going back year after year?