18. Maryville, TNGet More Info
Why go: Explore the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee from the foothill town of Maryville, 25 minutes outside of Knoxville and just 15 minutes from McGhee Tyson Airport. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the country’s most popular national park in 2018. During the summer months, visitors come for the waterfalls, wildflowers, and wildlife.
Where to stay: The RT Lodge is all about showcasing local farmers and purveyors, and crafting dishes inspired by the region (the executive chef previously worked at the famous nearby Blackberry Farm). The staff are happy to help you plan trail hikes, fishing excursions, river activities, and more.
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