North Carolina
The Great Smoky Mountains Through the Photographer's Lens
Capture the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains through the lens of your camera as a professional photographer lends his expertise on sunrise and wildlife photography and more.
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Program No. 22927RJ
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5B 5L 5D
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At a Glance

Join a national park expert and a professional photographer and instructor to practice and improve your photography skills with the Great Smoky Mountains as your subject. Learn about the national park’s past, present and future at evening lectures, and capture its beauty by day as you explore the most famous nooks and crannies of the park, from Purchase Knob to the Newfound Gap. Get daily insights from your personal photographer on composition and techniques that will help you get the frame-worthy shots of the Smoky Mountain’s wildlife and landscapes.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Light hiking on varied terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Armed with sunrise photography techniques from your instructor, capture daybreak from 5,000 feet at Appalachian Highland Science Learning Center, followed by picnic breakfast delivered to the mountaintop
  • Learn about Cataloochee Valley’s Elk Preservation Project, then take a field trip into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to photograph these majestic animals.
  • Walk along the Ocanaluftee River and photograph scenic mountain streams.
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Wilma Durpo
Wilma Durpo's passion for nature and hiking led her to the Smoky Mountains to explore its trails and legends. She has led hiking adventures and presented slide shows at mountain resorts and the University of North Carolina at Asheville's College for Seniors.She is an educator, naturalist and speaker.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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