Congratulations: You survived the holiday rush and another gathering of the misfit family tribe. Feel like you now need a vacation? You’re not alone, and fortunately, there are plenty of convenient local getaways that provide easy options to get the heck out of town for a weekend (or longer). Leave the pressure of holiday shopping and stresses of work behind in Knoxville and head out to one of these regional gateways to soak up some calm or stoke up some adventure. Another incentive to hit the road? Many people hunker down at home in January, so you just may have these spots all to yourself. 1. SOAK UP THE WINTER…
From Dolly Parton to Ronnie Milsap, some of the greatest country musicians of all time have written songs about the Smokies, and it’s no wonder why. Part of the Appalachian Mountain strand, Great Smoky Mountains National Park spans the Tennessee-North Carolina border, and with a deep history and rich culture, the Smoky Mountains really are a special place.