Southeast U.S. National Park Tour
U.S. National Park Eco Adventures Tour
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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?1 of 1
Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.1 of 1
Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.1 of 1
A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?1 of 1
Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!1 of 1
Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.1 of 1
As you arrive in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you’ll get to know your guide. This evening, you’ll visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle. This 407-foot observation tower offers stunning 360-degree views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Today’s adventure is in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can hike through wooded trails and visit the historic buildings, barns and houses in Cades Cove. Learn about the native animals, trees and plants that make this park their home. Watch for birds, animals and rushing waterfalls as you experience this scenic park.
Today, you’ll get a unique perspective as you soar 1,800 feet to the top of the mountain on a chairlift. At the top, the Gatlinburg SkyBridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge, crosses 680 feet across the valley below. It’s 140 feet high at its highest point and has a glass bottom at this spot.
Next, you’ll take on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, which travels through forested areas on a specially designed track.
This morning, you’ll travel about 1.5 hours to Asheville through the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The parkway spans a total of 469 miles as it connects Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park with the North Carolina portion of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Along the way, you’ll stop off at the Folk Art Center and Mount Pisgah. Enjoy the scenery. You’ll end up in Eastover (near Columbia, SC) for the remainder of the trip.
Today’s agenda takes you to the hardwood forests of Congaree National Park, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. You’ll spend the day hiking along the boardwalk trails through forests of black tupelo, bald cypress, sweetgum and loblolly pine.
Next, you’ll check out the Robert Mills House and Gardens. This National Historic Landmark was built in 1823 and designed by Washington Monument designer Robert Mills. The Robert Mills Historic District also includes the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens, the Mann-Simons Site, the Woodrow Wilson Family Home and the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House.
Today, you’ll head to Congaree’s Cedar Creek for a kayaking excursion. Watch for birds as you paddle peacefully along. Afterward, you’ll visit the art, history and science exhibits at the South Carolina State Museum.
Spend your last morning in South Carolina enjoying a cup of coffee or taking some final photos of the great outdoors.
Your national park tour takes you from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee to the scenic overlooks of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the eco adventures of the Congaree National Park. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an environmental advocate or a biology student, you’ll spend the week developing a new or renewed appreciation for the natural world.
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