Let's quickly get this out of the way. Yes, you should plan a trip to the Appalachian mountains this year.
"Millions of people from across the globe visit the Appalachian Mountains each year," Sandra Marra, president and CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, shared with Travel + Leisure. "These ancient mountains contain some of the world's best recreational experiences and awe-inspiring conservation areas, including the 2,194-mile Appalachian Trail we are so fortunate to manage and protect. Hundreds of historic towns and destinations are found throughout the region, providing gateways for people to explore these landscapes for just a day or even months on end — and to help protect them for a lifetime."