TRAVEL GUIDE TO BRYSON CITY AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
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Bryson City's attractions, activities and businesses are frequently featured in the media. Here are a few examples of what journalists are saying.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 2013. Bryson City: Family fun within a day's drive. ""So I busted out a U.S. map and my grade-school compass and drew a circle, representing 600 miles, around St. Louis. I wanted natural beauty. I wanted adventure. And I wanted cheap. What I got was Bryson City, N.C. — in the Smoky Mountains...Unlike the touristy Smoky Mountain towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in Tennessee, Bryson City is free of kitsch, crowds and country-music themed amusement parks. But don’t call Bryson City sleepy. It is a top destination for daredevils who are drawn to the region’s outfitters." Read more
VisitSouth.com. December 2012. Smoky Mountain Spotlight: Bryson City — Everything you need for a great getaway can be found in this picturesque mountain town," writes journalist Elizabeth Genovise. She continues, "Vacationers seeking small-town atmosphere blended with the beauty of the wilderness will find refuge in Bryson City, NC, a gorgeous mountain town tucked away in the Smoky Mountains. Couples in search of a romantic getaway, families on an adventure, and hikers looking for a great base will all find what they need in this relatively unsung destination. The town features plenty of dining and shopping opportunities, lovely inns, and outdoor activities to choose from." Read more
Ballantyne Magazine Charlotte) devoted 6 pages to Bryson City in their Summer 2012 issues as a "one tank trip." "Bryson City is the epicenter of all things "great outdoors" – from whitewater rafting and kayaking, to mountain biking, high country golf, zip-line canopy tours, freshwater fishing and communing with Mother Nature on backwoods hikes." Read more (click on Smoky Mountains High on the cover, page 86).
The Knoxville Sun has featured the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and our beautiful landscapes, saying "With 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will take you on a memorable journey through a remote and beautiful corner of North Carolina. Ride into river gorges, across valleys, and through tunnels carved out of majestic mountains." Read more
Charlotte magazine. June 2012 - Fontana Lake is one of "7 Great Lakes to Visit - all less than 4 hours away from Charlotte." The article covers all the great activities in and around the lake. And mentions Lakeview at Fontana, Folkestone Inn, Fontana Village, Cork & Bean, Pizza by the River, The Pourover Pub and Nantahala Brewing Company. Also NOC, Endless River Adventures and Wildwater for exhiliarating white water rafting trips. Read more
Richmond Times-Dispatch. May 13, 2012 - Correspondent Jerry Uhlman enjoyed a Fall ride on The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Nantahala Gorge excursion, noting "Along the way, we watched the scenic mountains roll by and were treated to some of the most eye-catching fall foliage in the Appalachians." Read more
WNC magazine, May 2012 - "Go West. Explore Bryson City's fun mix of old and new. Without question, the natural playground of forests, rivers, and trails surrounding Bryson City, and even the Tuckasegee River that cuts through the center of town, maintain a strong pull, but the town holds its own charm—all two square miles of it." Read more
Men's Journal magazine featured Bryson City as a "Top Ten Best Summer Mountain Town" in it's Annual Adventure 2012 issue (May 2012). Keeping company with Taos, NM; Crested Butte, CO; Ketchum, ID and Park City, UT – Bryson was the only Southeastern town on the list. Nice mentions of Soda Pops, Freight Hoppers, NOC, and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
Fodors.com says "On a hot summers day there's nothing like hitting the water. On the North Carolina side (of the Great Smoky Mtns. National Park) you can swim on go tubing on Deep Creek near Bryson City. Several of our member outfitters are mentioned. May, 2012. Read more
The American Motorcyclist Association named 3 roads in WNC among the top 15 best in America to ride. AMA members ranked The Blue Ridge Parkway # 2, US 129 The Dragon #3, and The Cherohala Skyway #7. Nearly 100 roads in the US were on the ballot. "When it comes to the best places in the country to ride motorcycles, no group of riders is more knowledgeable than AMA members," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. Read more in AMA magazine - April 2011 issue.
Where to stay, eat and play in "America's Best Mountain Towns" featured Bryson City as one of ten great mountain towns. Stay: Watershed Cabins. Eat: Fryemont Inn. Play: Nantahala Outdoor Center. Men'sJournal.com, April 2012.
Our State magazine. Oct 2011. Why is Keith Bruce known as Batman of Swain County? He works as a canopy ranger at the Nantahala Gorge Adventure Center, where zip liners can travel up to 25 miles per hour at heights up to 80 feet – getting a bird's eye view of the forest. Read more
LivePretty.com's feature: Pretty Awesome Weekends: Summer Travel Edition highlighted Bryson City with the accolade — "But, most of all, skip the nearby over-developed region that is Gatlinburg and visit Bryson City on the North Carolina side of the park. It is a beautiful small American town with great road-side inns, shops and family entertainment that takes you back to the America of the past, something you can not get much of these days." (2011)
Our State magazine features Jimmy Mac's Restaurant, declaring, "
A menu with 20 different burgers is reason enough to top by the popular Bryson City restaurant. Locted in what was once the old post office, Jimmy Mac's continue a family tradition of serving award-winning burgers." A customer says, "Better be hungry if you think you can eat one by yourself!!" Read more, June 2011
NC Wine Press Magazine. September/October 2010. The magazine celebrates the relaxed, go-with-the-flow spirit that is a way of life in Bryson City; and recommends a stay at Lakeview at Fontana for a true mountaintop experience.
Charlotte Observer picked Bryson City as a Great Town to Walk. "Here's a picture-perfect place...Main Street is impeccably groomed, a flat and easy walk - and the horizon holds breathtaking mountain views."
The book "101 Best Outdoor Towns" named Bryson City the nation's third best whitewater paddling town. "If you can't find something exciting to do in Bryson City, you're not breathing," it says.
Paddler Magazine named Bryson City one of the "best paddling towns" in the US. Along with the multiple spots for great paddling, they focus on Tsali mountain bike trails, area adventure races and canoe camping on Fontana Lake.
Southern Living picked The Great Smoky Mountains National Park as its Number One Weekend Getaway in the Mountains for 2010; and Bryson City as the place to stay and dine while you are visiting the Park.
USA Today™ has named The Great Smoky Mountains National Park among their "Top Ten Great Places To See Spring Wildflowers" (spring 2012). Noting with more than 1,600 flowering species, some have called this Appalachian area Wildflower National Park. The list was based on a list of favorite spots offered by Bob Gibbons, author of "Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World."
The November 2009 "Weekend Adventure" segment on "Good Morning America" featured the Deals Gap "Dragon," a section of Western North Carolina highway that's popular with motorcycle riders. The section of U.S. Hwy. 129 has more than 30 turns per mile. Host Bill Weir drove a North Carolina-made Indian Motorcycle along the famed highway, and interviewed Dale Walksler, curator of the Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum in Maggie Valley, about what makes the mountains such a great place to ride motorcycles. View the segment.
"The Nation's Best Place to Cool Off With a Splash" — National Geographic Adventure and ABC's Good Morning America's "Vacationland" series named the Nantahala River the number one place to spend a wet and wild vacation in the US. (June 29, 2006 GMA) Story Video
USA Today™ has named The Great Smoky Mountains National Park one of 10 great places in North America to explore geologic wonders. According to the April 2010 article, "the Appalachians top out at less than 7,000 feet, but they once towered as high as the Himalayas. The East Coast range, formed when Africa collided with North America, has been steadily eroding, 'but the rocks there show this great geologic violence.'" — Larry Blelberg, USA Today™ interview with Garry Hayes, Geotripper blog.
The Great Smoky Mountains have been named by Yahoo Travel as one of the Ten Best Spots for Fall Leaf Color in the USA. And how better to see the leaves than on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, chosen by CNN as a great fall foliage train ride.
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