The Blue Ridge Parkway links the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountain National Parks. Following this (in parts, its very long) we spent a couple of days exploring the most visited park in the US. Further south than Shenandoah sections of the Great Smoky park held more vibrant autumn colours.
Elk, Deer and Bears, oh my! The Smoky Mountains were where we had our first Elk sighting and got up close to some more roadside bears. We were very excited.