One of the Gatlinburgs’ biggest draws is the beauty of the nature that surrounds the area. This majesty is captured in all its glory within one of the area’s main attractions – the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. With the connection the Smokies possess to the concept of the National Park, it is obvious that they should have a hand in celebrating these Parks as a staple of the American landscape. In 2009, this celebration has taken the form of a special documentary showcasing the glory of America’s National Parks that is being previewed right in the heart of Gatlinburg TN!
The documentary is entitled The National Parks: America’s Best Idea and is directed by famous documentarian Ken Burns. It is done in the style of a six-part mini-series, with each segment lasting two hours a piece, and will showcase the United States National Park system, as well as its history. While the documentary isn’t set to debut on PBS until Sunday, September 27, you can see what all the hype is about by taking in the preview of this highly anticipated piece during your 2009 trip to the Smoky Mountains. The preview lasts around 26 minutes and is a sneak peek at the beginning segments of the first episode of the mini-series. It is being held in the lobby of the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies until September 26, and is shown during normal operating hours.
Ken Burns is a widely acknowledged director and producer, having won seven Emmys and been nominated for two Academy Awards. His previous works include famous documentaries like The Civil War, Jazz, and The Statue of Liberty. His work with The National Parks has lasted over the course of six years, and now he is ready to show the fruits of his labor to the public, including Gatlinburg visitors! So join the other visitors and residents of the are that are flocking to this must-see event, and learn just why National Parks such as the Great Smoky are such important pieces of America.