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.

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Here’s What Media Writes About Bryson City

Expedia.com “Americans pick their favorite destinations.” Bryson City lands a spot in Expedia’s top 20 vacation spots as a result of a recent travel survey,of 1,000 Americans to determine their favorite medium and small towns to visit in the US.(March, 2018) Read

USA Today – “20 best places to buy a vacation rental.” Report of information from Rented.com, which ranked markets using criteria such as housing prices, popularity of the rental market, cost of insurance and real estate taxes and more. Read

Blue 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

OnlyInYourState.com – The Tiny Town In North Carolina That’s In The Middle Of Everything. “If you’re seeking to have a big vacation in a small town, then North Carolina’s Bryson City is a superb location to make it happen. This small town of approximately 1,500 people is full of irresistible charm and gracious hospitality.” (Feb 2018) Read

Blue Ridge Outdoors has chosen Bryson City as one of 3 “Multi-Sport Adventure ‘Capital Cities’: The Top Adventure Hubs in Appalachia” (Nov. 2017) Read

CarRentals.com (an Expedia Company) has named Bryson City on of 21 “Magical Mountain Towns in America.” (Nov. 2017) Read

Our State magazine feature “When The Water Comes” tells the story of Decoration Days at cemetaries on the North Shore of Fontana in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (November 2017) Read

Our State magazine named Bryson City one of 10 Great Mountain Towns in it’s “Ultimate Guide to Mountain Travel” (October 2017).

Trip Advisor named Bryson City one of “8 Top Honeymoon Spots in America You Never Knew Were So Romantic (Nov. 2017). Based on TripAdviser reviews. Read

Three AAA magazines featured “Fall in the Smokies” and our area including the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad — Midwest Traveler, Southern Traveler & Go Carolinas.

Southern Living recommends Bryson City as one of “10 Budget-Friendly Girlfriend Getaways for Fall.” (2017) Read

Fly Fish America magazine article by Beau Beasley featured brown and rainbow trout fishing on the Nantahala River – “Noonday Every Day.” ( 2017, Vol 3). Read

Blue Ridge Digest features Deep Creek tubing in its Summer 2017 issue. “Mountain Tubing Can Be an Easy Float or a Wild, Whitewater Ride.” Read

CBS Sunday Morning presented a beautiful segment on Decoration Day in Swain County. Filmed last year, journalist Conor Knighton attended one celebration across Fontana Lake and visited Bryson City. (May 28, 2017) Watch the segment

Men’s Journal has named Bryson City one of The 20 Best Mountain Towns in America. (May 2017) Read

US News & World Report’s Travel.USNews.com named us one of “8 Affordable Family-Friendly Memorial Day Weekend Getaways.” (May 2017) Read

Bryson City named one of “12 Small Towns Rich in Americana” by Where Magazine. Author Jennifer McKee writes: “An easygoing town oozing with charm, plentiful recreation opportunities and special events that bring the community together, Bryson City sits on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.” (Spring 2017) Read

Trip Advisor named Bryson City to its list of 15 Affordable Summer Cabin Getaways Across America. TA says, “There’s no denying the allure of Bryson City when it comes to great outdoorsy destinations. There’s rafting and kayaking on the Nantahala River, boating and fishing on Fontana Lake, and mountain biking on the popular Tsali trails. All of this and more just steps from your Bryson City summer cabin home.” (May 2017) Read full article

OnlyInYourState.comThere’s Nothing Better Than North Carolina’s Natural Lazy River On A Summer’s Day. “One particular tubing spot not only offers fresh, cool mountain water but also stunning mountain views and even a few waterfalls. Deep Creek near Bryson City winds you through gorgeous Smoky Mountain scenery while also allowing you to kick back and relax while floating down the river.” (writer, Emory Rakestraw – May, 2017) Read

Piedmont Parent Magazine has named Bryson City one of 15 Must-Visit Small Towns in North Carolina. Myra Wright says “Surrounded by mountains, historic Bryson City serves as a depot for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad that delights families with its scenic rail excursions, such as the Polar Express.” (Spring 2017) Read

TheOdysseyOnline.com just featured Bryson City as The Ideal Mountain Town Getaway. Contributor Laura McNiff writes, “The quaint downtown feel of Bryson City, North Carolina makes the city a family favorite. There are so many attractions in and near Bryson City, this article cannot do them all justice.” (Spring 2017) Read

Flipkey / Trip Advisor has named Bryson City, one of “8 Beautiful Lake Towns Across America.” Focusing on Bryson City’s proximity to Fontana Lake, the writer says, “The town’s laid-back vibe is guaranteed to please everyone, whoever you’re sharing your vacation with. With so many Bryson City rentals to choose from, you’re sure to find a place that ticks all your boxes.” (Spring 2017) Read

SmithsonianMag.com: “In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the Smithsonian has named Bryson City as one of the “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016.” The top picks this year are all towns under 20,000 population that are close to National Parks. Highlights of the Bryson City feature include the “Road to Nowhere,” the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours, the Nantahala National Forest, whitewater rafting, tubing, hiking, horseback riding, beautiful waterfalls, the Fryemont Inn, and the Heritage Museum (May 2016). Read

OnlyInYourState picked Bryson City as one of ” The 10 Towns You Absolutely Need To Visit In North Carolina In 2017″. Read   One of “12 Main Streets in North Carolina That Are Pure Magic at Christmastime.” Read   The site editors also picked Bryson City as one of “10 Places in North Carolina That Are Off The Beaten Path But Worth The Trip.” Read (Author, Emory Rakestraw)

Mobile RVing blogThe Road From Nitroglycerin To Nostalgia: Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Journalist Renee Wright interviewed GSMR Marketing Manager Sarah Pressley and storyteller Tim Hall for a fun article about the history of the train and present day trips and amenities (Fall 2016). As Sarah says, “It’s all about introducing new generations to railroading and the folkways of the Southern Appalachians. We are super passionate about sharing our mountain heritage.” Read

Around Carolina, Time Warner Cable’s Raleigh lifestyle television show, filmed in Bryson City in November, 2016. Producer Richard Green interviewed 18 business owners to give viewers a great portrait of our small town. Read

WhereTraveler.com video – Videographer Zack Daniels was in Bryson City mid-October, 2016 to write an article and shoot a video for WhereTraveler.com, the digital arm of the popular Where family of magazines, maps, guestbooks and guides. WhereTraveler.com has had over 2.6 million users in the past 12 months. View

Southern Living has chosen Bryson City to represent North Carolina as one of The South’s Best Budget-Friendly Getaways in its October, 2016 issue. Of the fifteen state choices, we are one of six with a photo. We are featured as “Carolina with No Crowds.”

Trip Advisor readers have named Bryson City #1 on TA’s list of “24 Beautiful Little Mountain Towns Across America.” When it comes to trendy trip ideas and buzzworthy vacation spots, America’s cities get a lot of love…That’s why we’re featuring 24 scenic communities — each home to less than 10,000 residents — with serious four-season appeal and tons of small-town charm.” (September 2016) Read

Our State Magazine featured Bryson City in an 8-page human interest article in the November 2016 issue. The issue’s theme is Celebrating North Carolina Rivers, so the article focused on the Tuckasegee River that flows through downtown and its role bringing in vibrant new businesses to the community. Read

Southern Living featured Bryson City as “One Of 10 Must Take Fall Trips.” They write, “The Great Smoky Mountains turn vibrant colors as autumn falls across them, and there’s no better place to enjoy them than Bryson City, North Carolina. From there, you can hop on the Appalachian Trail, one of the country’s longest hiking trails, to take in the dusky mountains. Bring a tent, and enjoy the cool weather.” (September 2016) Read

Backpacker Magazine – The September 2016 issue features a dozen “trail towns” in the country, including two from the Southeast – Bryson City and Davis & Thomas WV. When an article starts off “Call it the anti-Gatlinburg,” you know the writer gets what we’re about. Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan calls Bryson City a “sneak route entrance” to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with great spots for breakfast, brews, treats, gear and miles of trails.

Southern Trout Magazine – The June/July 2016 issue names Bryson City “North Carolina’s Top Trout Town.” Editor Don Kirk says, “Long a sleepy mountain hamlet, today Bryson City is ground zero of the fly fishing for trout earthquake today that is ripping through the western region of the Tar Heel State.” View

Orbitz Travel Blog featured Bryson City as one of eight US small towns near stunning nature. Michele Herrmann writes, “Five minutes from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryson City provides many waterside activities, thanks to being linked to lakes, rivers, and trout streams.” The article mentions The Filling Station Deli, Mountain Perks and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Read

USA Today: USA Today’s article on 10 spots to explore in Great Smoky Mountains National Park mentions several spots on the NC side including “Go off the beaten path at Deep Creek.” Writer Arthur Levine hiked to Indian Creek Falls, and calls it “a peaceful and pleasant place to visit.” (August 2016) Read

Grand Strand magazine: Mountain Time: Refresh your fast-paced family life with a slow song in Bryson City, N.C. Writer Ashley Daniels says, “Smoky Mountain music has an all-natural melody that’s heard in the whistle of wind through the oak trees, the white water rushing over the bedrock in Deep Creek or slipping down a waterfall and the giggles from my children as they fly high on a simple tree rope swing.” Print and online. Read

USA Today: Fourth of July: Small town celebrations that bring the bang. Writer Carri Wilbanks reports, “For a small town (pop. 1500), Bryson City (located just one-hour drive west of Asheville) likes to do things in a big way, and Independence Day is no exception.” Read

WNC Magazine: “13 Best Small Towns in Western North Carolina. Writer Jon Elliston says, “Bryson City feels like a place in a pleasant state of perpetual motion.” He goes on to praise the “eminently walkabledown, which is replete with options for day and nighttime fun on foot.” And the “dozens of shops, bakeries, cafes and art galleries.” (2016) Read

OnlyInYourState named Bryson City one of “17 Perfectly Picturesque Small Towns in North Carolina.” Writer Emory Rakestraw says, “Located right on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City is one of those towns you stumble upon and never want to leave.” (2016) Read

HGTV’s Log Cabin Living show episodes follow families as they look for the escape of log cabin living. In the 2015 & 2016 seasons. Bryson City was featured as the getaway chosen by families to purchase their vacation dream home.

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.

 

Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

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P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

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