Mountain getaway: Bryson City offers relaxation & fun

By Corinna Workman
Times-News correspondent 


View from “Mountain Muse” Cabin in Bryson City. [Corinna Workman / Times-News correspondent

Bustling downtown shops, breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains, pleasant train rides and exhilarating white water rafting are all wonderful potential components of a vacation in Bryson City.
One of the city’s most popular attractions is the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, which allows visitors to tour the scenic countryside of western North Carolina in relaxation from the comfort of a train car.
The railroad is best known for its “Polar Express” train ride during the holiday season. Guests are served hot cocoa while the soundtrack from the motion picture plays. The train takes a 75-minute journey from Bryson City all they way to the North Pole, where Santa Claus waits for its arrival. This year, the excursion begins Nov. 8 and runs until Dec. 31.
It also hosts an array of other special events, ranging from “BBQ & Brew” on varying dates throughout the year to “PEANUTS: The Great Pumpkin Patch Express” in October.
The Nantahala River flows through the downtown area, offering many family friendly activities.
Strolls and picnics along the river, boating, white water rafting, zip lining, even mountain biking by the water are just several outings for families or friends.
At the end of the day, lounge above the treetops in one of the many cabins available for rent in the Great Smoky Mountains. With remote locations, these cabins are the perfect opportunity for a getaway from the rest of the world.
There’s no better way to relax than with a hot cup of coffee and fresh mountain air.

Corinna Workman is a sophomore at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.


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