A:Mount Mitchell, North Carolina
The tallest vantage point east of the Mississippi is the 6,684-foot summit of Mount Mitchell. Its top is bare except for a nifty observation tower that affords views of the rounded 6,000-plus-foot peaks of the Black Mountains and the surrounding Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. You can drive to the top, off the Blue Ridge Parkway, or take the 5.6-mile (one-way) Mount Mitchell Trail from the Black Mountain Campground. Bring your wide-angle lens.
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