Here are a few pictures from my recent trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mrs. Lite and I stayed in nearby Gatlinburg at the Hampton Inn right smack in the middle of town which was a great location within convenient walking distance to several attractions, restaurants, and bars. From there, it was also a short 5 minute drive to the north entrance of the park.
With over 11 million annual visitors, the Smokies is by far the most visited national park in the United States and is a great place to explore if you’re into hiking, camping, fishing, or numerous other outdoor activities. A unique feature of the park is that it is completely free to visit with no entrance fee; there are some convoluted legal reasons for this which can be googled if you want to know the details.
The following photos were taken with a Ricoh GR unless otherwise indicated.
The above shows what I packed for this vacation. My usual pack list, plus some sunscreen, bug spray, hat, water bottle, and a pair of trail shoes (not shown in the photo). All of it fit nicely in my backpack with plenty of room to spare. We ended up buying a big bottle of water for our hike, so next time the Nalgene will stay at home.