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Don’t Just Take Our Word For It…

Bryson City’s attractions, activities and businesses are frequently featured in the media. Here are a few examples of what journalists are saying.

If you see something in the news that we don’t have noted here, we’d love to hear from you at

Media Reviews of Bryson City

World Atlas logoWorld Atlas – “12 of the Most Hospitable Small Towns in North Carolina” features Bryson City as a tranquil all-season town and much-loved holiday retreat. (April 2024) Read the article

Travel & Leisure logoTravel and Leisure includes Bryson City experts on visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – America’s most-visited Park. (March 2024) Read the article

Explore More NC – “35+ Things To Do In Bryson City” including breweries, holiday season actiities, lodging, outdoor activities, annual events and restaurants. (August, 2023) Read the article

Mens Journal – “The Best Mountain Towns in America and Beyond” (November, 2022) Read the article

Money Inc – “The 20 Best Places to Visit in July in the US” – Bryson City is a beautiful place to visit in July. The weather is warm but not too hot, and the wildflowers bloom. (October, 2022) Read the article

USA Today – “10 Best – SE Mountain Towns Getaways” (September, 2022) Read the article

Southern Living – “It’s Time to Visit Bryson City” (July, 2022) Read the article

Yahoo & AOL.Com – “10 Affordable and Remote Locations in the US That Could Be Worth a Visit This Summer – Bryson City Ranked #1.” (May, 2021) Read the article – “15 Things to do in Bryson City, NC” (May, 2021) Read the article

NC Tripping – “Things to do in Bryson City NC.” (October, 2020) Read the article – “Unforgettable Places to Visit in North Carolina” (October, 2020) Read the article

Mens Journal – “5 American Road Trips That Will Restore Your Sense of Wonder.” (August, 2020)

Road Trippers – “An Insider’s Guide to Hidden Gems in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.” (June, 2020) Read the article

iExplore – “The Smoky Mountains Best-Kept Secret is Bryson City…If you’re looking for more of a quiet mountain town with a big personality, chances are Bryson City, NC needs to be on your radar.” (July, 2020) Read the article

Far And Wide – “America’s 35 Best Small Towns in the Mountains.” (July, 2020) Read the article

Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide – Top 20 Blue Ridge Mountain Towns.” (June, 2020)

Trips With Pets logoTrips With Pets – “Top 5 Dog Friendly Mountain Getaways in North Carolina” (January, 2020. “For those looking for a truly dog friendly vacation, Bryson City welcomes pet parents and their pups.” Read the article

Parents magazine logoParents Magazine & – “Spooktacular Places to Visit for Halloween.” Highlights the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch, Cherokee storytelling the train museum, and hiking in Deep Creek as well as a stay at Watershed Resort. (September, 2019) Read the article – To truly appreciate the beauty of North Carolina, lace up your hiking boots and hit one of the state’s many trails. The Deep Creek Loop Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains is one of our favorites. (September, 2019) Read the article

Travel Channel – “10 Great Places to Go Leaf Peeping Down South”, includes Bryson City and great fall activities on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and hiking in the National Park. (September, 2019) Read the article

AAA logoAAA Go Magazine (print and online) – Carolina Road Trip Planner 2 items: Freedom Fest listing and Freedom Train listing with photo. NC & SC members, (June, 2019)

Reader's Digest – “The 15 Best Small-Town July Fourth Fireworks” in the USA features Bryson City’s FreedomFest day. (June, 2019) Also picked up by MSN. Read the article

New York Times logoThe New York Times featured the Nantahala Outdoor Center  in an article in both online and print. NOC was one of only four locations chosen for an article entitled “Camp Getaways for the Whole Family.” (June, 2019) Read the article

WFMY News logoWFMY News / CBS Greensboro  feature: “Yes, There Is A Real ‘Road To Nowhere’ In North Carolina And Its History Is A Real Saga.” (May, 2019) Read the article

Atlanta Magazine logoAtlanta Magazine & Southbound magazine. A great article about a road trip through Western North Carolina featuring Bryson City, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, and the Everett Hotel. (April, 2019) Read the article

Oprah Magazine logoOprah Magazine – “12 Most Scenic Train Rides in the US.” That’s well-deserved high praise. featured Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. (April, 2019) Read the article

Reader's Digest logoReaders Digest – “The Most Magical Christmas Train Rides In America”! The travels through the Smoky Mountains to the North Pole and back to the Bryson City, NC depot.(December, 2018) Read the article

Travel & Leisure logoTravel and Leisure named GSMR one of ten top fall foliage train trips. Board the train in Bryson, North Carolina, which is not too far from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read the article

Charlotte Parent magazine logoCarolina Parent and Charlotte Parent magazines. “Three Must-Visit North Carolina Mountain Towns” includes Bryson City. (July 2018) Read the article

Fodor's Travel chose Bryson City as one of “America’s 15 Best Small Town Fourth of July Celebrations” (July, 2018). Read the article

USA Today logoUSA Today – Feature story of 10 surprising, spooky and inspiring American road trips (taken from The Road Trip Book: 1001 Drives of a Lifetime.) In this collection of 10, USA Today names The Dragon as ‘the best ride in North America.’ (March 2018) Read the article

BRO logoBlue Ridge Outdoors March 2018 issue features 8 favorite trout towns. Of Bryson City, the writer says, “In all of my wanderings throughout Western North Carolina, I’ve yet to find a community that more genuinely deserves the moniker of ‘Trout Town’ than Bryson City.” Read the article

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