Great Smoky Mountains, The Most Visited National Park

Great Smoky Mountains: The most popular National Park in the US

Water and the exudation of trees create that kind of fog that gives its name to the most popular mountains in the United States. The Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited in the country, with eleven million tourists. The large forest located between North Carolina and Tennesse was once an ancient hunting place for Native Cherokee Indians. Today is a home of over a thousand Black Bear

Black Bears on Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Bear pepper spray
Black Bears on Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Appalachian Mountains are part of the amazing views of this park. You can also see some of the houses, farms and barns that the locals occupied in these mountains in the 19th century. A territory with more than 500.00 acres where to learn more about nature and American history.

And what to see in the park?

The park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and an International Biosphere Reserve. The Great Smoky Mountains have more than one hundred different tree species. There are different trekking sentences to explore some of the most famous sections of the park. You can see waterfalls, deer, and settlements from centuries ago. Also the amazing panoramic views of the mountains.

Views in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Clingsman Dome Observatory is the highest point from which you can enjoy the most amazing images of the place. It is reached by car, on foot or by bike through one of the enabled routes. Through one of the paths that run through this great forest, Cades Cove is reached, a valley where there are still wooden cabins and churches that populated this place in the 19th century.

Bear pepper spray

Beware of Bears

One of the main attractions is the presence of around 1,500 black bears that live free in these mountains. The ratio is one bear every 494 acres, so they can be observed relatively easily from the viewpoints. Or in the same paths.

The national park is admitted that you can carry pepper spray for bears. This is to repel any bear attack.
For more information check here on the official website of the park how a meeting with bears should be handled.

Encounters With Bears – Bear Pepper Spray

See Official Web Great Smoky Mountains NPS : 

Bears in the park are wild and their behavior is unpredictable. Although extremely rare, attacks on humans have occurred, inflicting serious injuries and death. Treat bear encounters with extreme caution! Watch the video Day Hiking & Wildlife to learn how to handle bear encounters.

Black Bears on Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Bear pepper spray
Black Bears on Great Smoky Mountains National Park 2019-2020

Bear Pepper Spray

Bear pepper spray may be carried by hikers within Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the strict purpose of protection against bodily harm from aggressive wildlife. It should not be applied to people, tents, packs, other equipment or surrounding area as a repellent. Bear pepper spray is a chemical formula designed specifically to deter aggressive or attacking bears. It must be commercially manufactured and labeled as “Bear Pepper Spray” and be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and individual states. Bear spray must contain between 1% to 2% of the active ingredients capsaicin and related capsaicinoids.

Best Hiking trails

Mont Cammerer

Hard. Round trip length of 11.9 miles. You pass the path that leads to the Appalachian Trail Once at the top there are amazing views.

Gregory Bald

Round trip length of 11.6 miles. The views of the mountain range are amazing, especially in the fall when you will see yellows, reds and oranges in the mountains. See NPS Gregory Bald  Alerts

Andrews Bald

Round trip length of 3.5 miles. Moderate. There are stone stairs to make the hiking route safer and easier. See NPS Andrews Bald  Alerts

Meigs Creek Trail

This hike has a round trip length of 7 miles. Start at The Sinks, which is a popular waterfall located on the road. It’s a hike through the woods and you can see the Meigs Creek waterfalls 18 feet down.

Baskins Creek Falls

At the end of the hike, you will see the two-level waterfall 40 feet high. the length of this 3 mile round trip trail

Alum Cave

They are 4.4 miles round trip in length. Water lines intersect on log bridges. A narrow tunnel is also traversed through Arch Rock.

Trails on Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Trails on Great Smoky Mountains National Park 2019-2020 – Apalachian Trail

Best Hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains – With Wikiloc

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The 5 Most Visited National Parks in the United States

 

NameVisitors 2018Area Location
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Great Smoky Mountains 11,421,200
  • 522,426.88 acres
  • (2,114.2 km2)
Tennessee, North Carolina

 

35.68°N 83.53°W
Grand Canyon 6,380,495
  • 1,201,647.03 acres
  • (4,862.9 km2)
Arizona

36.06°N 112.14°W
Rocky Mountain 4,590,493
  • 265,807.25 acres
  • (1,075.7 km2)
Colorado

40.40°N 105.58°W
Zion4,320,033
  • 147,242.66 acres
  • (595.9 km2)
Utah37.30°N 113.05°W
Yellowstone4,115,000
  • 2,219,790.71 acres
  • (8,983.2 km2)
Wyoming, Montana,  Idaho

44.60°N 110.50°W

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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AAA Travel Benefits 2019

AAA Travel 2019

There are two versions of AAA Travel: One free and one with membership. To find out if it is convenient or not to be a AAA Travel member, first see the prices. Then compare prices.

All membership plans include the AAA Travel roadside assistance benefit. this gives rights to free towing, replacement of spare tires, depleted battery start and delivery of fuel for your vehicles.

The levels of benefits increase with the hiring of higher price plans. For example, a high plan has a free 100-mile trailer.

AAA Travel Benefits 2019

Other Benefits

The benefits of the AAA not only cover roadside assistance but also have additional benefits

Renew the driver’s license and Avoid the DMV

Many of the AAA branches also have driver’s license renewal services. This saves time and money and avoids doing the process in the DMV

Passport photos with discount
Discounts for those who have basic membership. And also free for higher memberships. You can also obtain a passport application. The AAA does not process passports.

International Driver’s License

You can get an international driver’s license (IDP) at any AAA location. You can also send a request by mail. An IDP is an identification document for the driver abroad. It is legal in more than 150 countries and is printed in several languages.
Requirements: valid EE license. UU, two passport size photos on white background and pay the corresponding fee

Rent-a-Car Plans

Offers coupons with discounts through Hertz. It has its own car search engine for rent

Travel insurance

The AAA has several types of travel insurance available, depending on the region of destination. They also offer according to the region insurance for cancellation or interruption of trips

AAA Travel Benefits 2019

Other discounts

Discounts on tickets to theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal studios and special holiday packages in some regions and also on cruises. Also in trips to Europe you can get benefits in the purchase of train tickets (Rail Europe).

Travel planning

The AAA website also includes reservations for hotels, flights, vacation planning, car rentals. If you contact the AAA branches, they will assist you in booking services for members and also in planning group trips.

Road trips and planning

The traditional benefits of AAA on the road include towing, assistance with flat tires, vehicle lockout service, fuel delivery and more, but there are other AAA travel benefits when it comes to hitting the road.

AAA Travel Benefits 2019
AAA Travel Benefits 2019

Hotels and accommodations with discounts

Using the search engine of AAA and also points are recognized in loyalty programs. The discount hotels are among others: Best Western, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and MGM Resorts

Is the AAA Travel membership profitable?

Only If you need a full-service vacation planner and also travel discounts. An agency like AAA Travel can save you time, money and effort. But you should compare if the membership fee is lower than the money savings in the first place. And if apart it saves time and effort, which are also money.

Global Discounts Program

Many mobility clubs around the world are active in AAA’s global discounts program. This means that they have partnerships throughout their countries where you can obtain discounts (attractions, museums, hotels, retail locations, and some restaurants). Follow this link to search for discounts when traveling to European countries. Please note that you will be required to present a valid AAA membership in order to be eligible to receive services from mobility clubs in other countries.

Check with your local AAA branch office about upgrading to a Premier membership to explore enhanced benefits when traveling overseas.

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Jacques Louis David: Travel to Louvre & The MET

Jacques Louis David: Visit to Louvre & The MET

Jacques-Louis David, French painter born in Paris and died in Brussels (1748-1825). He is the painter who best embodies the spirit of neoclassicism and French neoclassicist painting. He was a disciple of Vien, entered the Royal Academy and got in 1774, the pension of Rome, where he remained five years. Returned to Paris and was admitted as a number scholar in 1783. Since 1789 he took an active part in the revolutionary movement, expressing in his paintings the main public events.

For those interested in classic paintings, we present the place where the works of this painter are exhibited. In this case The MET (NYC-USA) and The Louvre (Paris – France)

The MET – New York City – USA

The Death of Socrates, 1787

Jacques-Louis David, french, 1748–1825

Jacques Louis David: The Death of Socrates, 1787 - The MET

 

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1931: The MET

  • Artist:Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels)
  • Date:1787
  • Medium:Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:51 x 77 1/4 in. (129.5 x 196.2 cm)
  • Classification:Paintings
  • Credit Line:Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1931

Antoine Laurent Lavoisier and His Wife – 1788

Jacques Louis David: - Antoine Laurent Lavoisier and His Wife - 1788 The MET

Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743–1794) and His Wife (Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze, 1758–1836),

  • Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels)
  • Date:1788
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:102 1/4 x 76 5/8 in. (259.7 x 194.6 cm)
  • Classification: Paintings
  • Credit Line:Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, in honor of Everett Fahy, 1977


The Louvre – Paris  – France

Oath of the Horatii – 1784

Oath of the Horatii (in French Le Serment des Horaces) is a work made in 1784, before the French Revolution. The painting has a dimension of 330 x 425 cm and is preserved in the Louvre Museum. It is considered the paradigm of neoclassical painting.

Jacques Louis David: - Oath of the Horatii - 1784 The Louvre

 

  • Date:1784
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 130 x 167 3/8 in. (330 x 425 cm)
  • Classification: Paintings

Belisario Asking for Alms – 1781

When the painter Jacques-Louis David returned from Italy he exhibited this work in the Salon of 1781 in Paris. It is an oil on canvas of large format (312 × 288 cm) that is part of the history painting, a genre revitalized after the death of Louis XIV.

Jacques Louis David: - Belisario Asking for Alms - 1781 The Louvre

 

  • Date:1781
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 122 x 113 3/8 in. (312 x 288 cm)
  • Classification: Paintings

 

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Travel Power Bank 2019 – 2020

Travel Power Bank

This is a selection of the best Travel Power Banks to charge any electronic device during a trip. Smatphone, eReaders or any accessory that can be charged by USB port. There are available from 1,000 mAH to 85,000 mAH. 

To provide power to your travel devices, up to 89800 mAH

9000 mAh

Waterproof Charger- with Emergency LED Flashlight for Outdoor Activities

travel gadget: Water/Shock/Dust Proof
Travel gadget-power bank 8900mah
89800 mAh

Car Jump Starter Pack Booster Charger Battery Power Bank

Car Jump Starter Pack Booster Charger Battery Power Bank

Car Jump Starter Pack Booster Charger Battery Power Bank

Vovomay - Travel Gadget
Travel gadget-power bank 8900mah
5000 mAh

Power Bank LCD LED 4 USB Battery Charger for Mobile Phone

Power Bank LCD LED 4 USB Battery Charger for Mobile Phone

Power Bank LCD LED 4 USB Battery Charger for Mobile Phone

Power Bank - Travel Gadget
Travel gadget-power bank 8900mah
50000 mAh

Power Bank LCD LED 4 USB Battery Charger for Mobile Phone

Power Bank LCD LED 4 USB Battery Charger for Mobile Phone

Power Bank LCD LED 4 USB Battery Charger for Mobile Phone

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Tips (7) to choose a Travel Power Bank 2019-2020

Price

We can find external batteries of great quality from US $ 20 to no more than 50-60 euros. Cheaper batteries usually have a capacity of 10,000 mAh, enough to charge an iPhone up to 3 times. While the most powerful batteries have up to 85,000 mAh load.

Capacity

All the models in our list have a minimum capacity of 10,000 mAh to be able to charge the mobile phone at least 3 times. The most powerful batteries, + – 26,000 mAh allow to charge our mobile at least 8 times

Weight and size

Again, the weight and size are linked to the load capacity of the external battery. lighter batteries can weigh less than 10 oz (250 grams) with very small dimensions that make us not realize that we are carrying them. The most powerful external batteries usually have a weight of around 20 Oz (500 grams)

Security 

Verify that the models have the latest advances in security:

  • Protection against overheating
  • Overcurrent protection
  • Overvoltage protection
  • Protection against short circuits

Departure ports

Most of the best Trip Power bank have at least 2 output ports to be able to charge two devices at the same time. Some chargers have up to 5 output ports between USB, lightning, micro USB …

Ports of entry

The vast majority of chargers have a single input port to charge the external battery from the electric current. However, there are chargers that have 2 input ports reducing by half the charging time of the external battery if you have 2 cables.

Warranty time

All models have at least 1 year warranty by the manufacturer. The vast majority have 18 months and some of them have a lifetime guarantee!

30000 mAh

Power Bank LCD LED 4 USB Battery Charger for Mobile Phone

Power Bank LCD LED 4 USB Battery Charger for Mobile Phone

Solar Chargers 30,000mAh, Dualpow Portable Dual USB Solar Battery Charger

Solar Battery Charger External Battery Pack Phone Charger Power Bank with Flashlight for Smartphones Tablet Camera (Baby Blue)
Travel gadget-power bank 8900mah
26800 mAh

Zendure A8PD 26800mAh - 5-Port Quick Charge External Battery for iPhone X, Nintendo Switch, Samsung S9 and More

Travel gadget Power Bank
Travel gadget-power bank 8900mah
20000 mAh

Car Jump Starter Pack Booster Charger Battery Power Bank

Car Jump Starter Pack Booster Charger Battery Power Bank

Zendure X6 USB-C Hub Portable Charger 20000mAh, 45W PD & QC 3.0 Power Bank with LED Display, 5 USB Ports

External Battery Pack for MacBook, iPhone, Galaxy, Smartwatches
Travel gadget-power bank 8900mah
30000 mAh

Power Bank LCD LED 4 USB Battery Charger for Mobile Phone

Power Bank LCD LED 4 USB Battery Charger for Mobile Phone

Solar Chargers 30,000mAh, Dualpow Portable Dual USB Solar Battery Charger

Dual USB output charging ports and Charge Fast: allow you to charge 2 digital devices simultaneously, also, it charges your phone very fast with the 2.1 usb port
Travel gadget-power bank 8900mah
20100 mAh

Power Bank LCD LED 4 USB Battery Charger for Mobile Phone

Power Bank LCD LED 4 USB Battery Charger for Mobile Phone

AC Outlet Power Bank RAVPower 20100mAh External Battery Pack 65W

Built in 2-Prong AC Plug Travel Charger Compatible for MacBook, Surface Pro, Dell XPS 13, iPhone Xs, Galaxy S9, Note 8
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Check if an external battery is suitable for air travel

The regulation specifies that the nominal capacity must be less than 100 Wh (Watt-Hour). That is to say: any power bank with a capacity lower than 27000 mAh (at 3.7V) is apt to be carried on an airplane as carry-on luggage.  – See the TSA regulations

How is the nominal capacity calculated in Wh?

Normally, the Travel power bank specification sheet usually indicates its nominal capacity in Ah and Wh but, if you can not find it, you can calculate it for yourself:

As you already know, a power bank consists of a set of lithium-ion batteries of a certain capacity and a voltage between 3.6 Volts 3.8 Volts.

To know the nominal capacity in Watt-hour (Wh) you must multiply the total capacity of the power bank indicated in mAh by this voltage and divide by 1000:

Rated capacity (Wh) = (mAh x V) / 1000

For example: An external battery with a capacity of 20000 mAh and a voltage of 3.7V, the nominal capacity will be:

Rated capacity = (20000 mAh x 3.7V) / 1000 = 74 Wh <100 Wh

 

Laptop & Smartphone Travel Power Bank

185Wh/50000mAh(Max.130W) Portable Laptop Charger External Battery Pack for Laptop-Dell HP Lenovo Surface pro Sony Samsung Acer Toshiba iPad Phone Notebook – MAXOAK  on Amazon.com

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Travel Power Bank 2019-2020

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How Many People Travel Vacations?: The tourism specialist company Oyster.com noted that US employees leave an average of 658 million vacation days unused each year. For this reason I investigate which countries are the ones that use their vacations the most to travel.

Number of trips per year: 7.5

Finland tops the list of the most well-traveled citizens in the world. Per capita, the average Finnish Travel:

  • Domestic Trips 5.8 Per capita / year
  • Foreign Trips    1.7 Per capita / year

Finns enjoy warmer destinations such as the Canary Islands and Turkey, as well as Las Palmas, Tenerife, (Spain),  Antalya (Turkey) and Chania (Greece), according to Finavia, a company that operates the country’s airports and navigation systems.

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#2  Unites States of America

Number of trips per year: 6.7

There are no laws that grant U.S. citizens the right to an assigned number of vacation days. But the Americans occupy the second place in the ranking of travelers and tourists.

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  • Domestic Trips 6.5 Per capita / year
  • Foreign Trips    0.2 Per capita / year

Most Americans prefer to stay close to home. Most of the Americans who traveled abroad in 2016 visited Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, South America and Central America, according to the statistical report of the air passengers of the National Office of Travel and Tourism.

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And as for domestic travel, Americans continue to go to points like Charleston, New Orleans, Savannah, Santa Fe, Nashville, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

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#3  Sweden

Number of trips per year: 6

Per capita, Swedes plan an average of:

  • Domestic Trips 4.4 Per capita / year
  • Foreign Trips    1.6 Per capita / year

The most common destinations for your vacation are Spain (Mallorca, Barcelona and Malaga) , Italy ( Sardinia, Sicily and Capri) . Outside Europe the most visited destination is New York City

Sweden - 10 Countries with more travelers
Sweden – 10 Countries with more travelers 2019

 

#4  Denmark

Number of trips per year: 5.3

The Denmarkns make a total of 5.3 trips each year :

  • Domestic Trips 3.9 Per capita / year
  • Foreign Trips    1.4 Per capita / year

The winters of Denmark are long and the summer weather is unpredictable. Then Danes travel to places like Spain (Mallorca, Tenerife, Barcelona, Alhambra). Greece (Crete) and Malta for its warmer climate. They also visit these places for outdoor activities such as golf and hiking.

Denmark - 10 Countries with more travelers 2019
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#5  Norway

Number of trips per year: 5.2

Noruegon travel:

  • Domestic Trips 3.2 Per capita / year
  • Foreign Trips    2.0 Per capita / year

Norwegians are in fifth place as the most traveled citizens in the world. Many Norwegians still opt for an active holiday at home. “The Norwegians are improving in traveling around their own country,” says Kristin Krohn Devold, NHO (Confederation of the Norwegian Enterprise). Many have their own cabins in the most remote areas of the country where they go during their free time for long walks or skiing.

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#6  Hong Kong

Number of trips per year: 4.6

  • Domestic Trips 0.3 Per capita / year
  • Foreign Trips    4.3 Per capita / year

Hong Kong is the only Asian country in the top 10 in the Travel & Tourism Intelligence Center study. Residents spend more time on international trips (4.3) than on domestic trips (0.3). Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan are among the few places for those who enjoy traveling outside the country. Somehow, all three places satisfy interests, which include food, wine, shopping. Also enjoy hot springs.

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#7  New Zealand

Number of trips per year: 4.3

  • Domestic Trips 3.8 Per capita / year
  • Foreign Trips    0.5 Per capita / year

New Zealand  Citizens have 3.8 domestic trips and 0.5 trips abroad. With three or four hours flight and distance, Fiji and Australia are the list of international vacation destinations.
The coast of Australia, particularly the Gold Coast and the Coast of the Sun, is usually the main destination of most New Zealanders traveling outside the country.

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#8  Canada

Number of trips per year: 4.1

Canadians travel:

  • Domestic Trips 3.1 Per capita / year
  • Foreign Trips    1.0 Per capita / year

Per capita, Canadians take 3.1 domestic trips and 1 international trip each year. The United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Cuba are some of the best places they visit when traveling abroad. US cities like New York City Las Vegas, Chicago and Seattle are popular options. According to Newspapers Canada, about 45 percent of Canadians travel within the country. The main destinations are in western Canada (Ontario and Quebec).

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#9  Australia

Number of trips per year: 3.8

  • Domestic Trips 3.4 Per capita / year
  • Foreign Trips    0.4 Per capita / year

Australians make a total of 3.8 trips per year, including 3.4 domestic getaways and 0.4 international vacations. Many are trips to local beach destinations (Sydney, Melbourne, and Queensland are favorites). “Australians love to walk in a magnificent natural environment like Tasmania, Victoria and any national park, many of them located along the coast of the country,” says Julie Earle-Levine of Tourism Australia.

Bali, London and India are the most popular destinations when Australians make a trip abroad.

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#10  How Many People Travel Vacations?: France

Number of trips per year: 3.5

How Many People Travel Vacations?: France is one of the most visited countries a year. But the fans travel very little outside their country. The French make 3.1 domestic trips and 0.4 annual international trips. A trip somewhere in the country is more common.

  • Domestic Trips 3.1 Per capita / year
  • Foreign Trips    0.4 Per capita / year

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“In general, it depends on the region of France from which it comes, but the tendency is to visit the coastal cities,” they say from the Tourism Development Agency of France. For example, it is not uncommon for Bordeaux residents to make a trip to Biarritz or for Parisians to plan a short trip to Normandy. Also Corsica is a very popular destination

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