The Clingman's Dome lookout tower at dusk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip: 5-Day Knoxville Loop

With just five days, you can explore Knoxville, traipse into Dollywood, log some quality trail time, explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park, catch an amazing firefly display, ride a steam train…and drive a short, but beautiful, section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Trees cluster along the steep sides of Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun-Road.

Going-to-the-Sun Road Driving Tips

Going-to-the-Sun Road isn’t Glacier’s toughest drive by far, but being prepared with snacks and water is key, as is slowing down to respect the terrain and making sure ahead of time your route is clear and open. These tips are for Glacier novices and veteran’s both.

The north fork of the Flathead River flows through the landscape on a sunny day.

Driving Tours of Glacier National Park’s North Fork

Glacier National Park’s North Fork offers two driving tours, Inside North Fork Road and Outside North Fork Road, both of which are rugged and require a certain amount of preparedness and patience—both routes can take two hours or more to travel . Whichever you choose, both are excellent tours of Glacier’s landscapes.

View of Lake McDonald from Apgar Lookout in Glacier National Park.

Discover West Glacier and Apgar

While West Glacier sprouted up outside the park along the Great Northern Railway’s line, early trapper and logger homesteads dug in a foothold at Apgar on Lake McDonald—the port to the park’s wild interior before Going-to-the-Sun Road was built. Learn more about the area’s history, early tourism and present-day amenities.

Volcano Village offers several options for lodging near Volcanos National Park.

Staying in Volcano Village: Hostels and B&Bs

There are a great number of accommodations in and around Volcano Village. Most are bed-and-breakfasts, some are vacation homes where you take care of your own meals, and there is one hostel. These places run from budget and homey to luxurious and elegant, but most are moderate.