Tori Peglar

Tori Peglar

Tori is the co-brand and content director of National Park Trips Media. She specializes in writing inspiring national park travelogues, foodie adventures and personal, heartfelt stories of people who shape our culture.

In 2018, Tori was recognized for her work with National Park Journal, winning three first-place awards for the Grand Canyon edition of the magazine. Later the same year, Tori was honored as a Folio: 100, a list of the top innovators, entrepreneurial thinkers, and industry-disruptors in magazine media.

Before joining National Park Trips Media, Tori worked for her alma mater as director of marketing for the CU-Boulder Alumni Association, developing and executing campaigns for national and local events and programs. She led an award-winning creative team of six and served as editor of the Coloradan magazine, which won two first-place national awards in 2011 and 2014 for magazine excellence, as well as two regional first-place awards and a second-place award in 2011-14.

Tori's travels have taken her across the globe and she has lived in Hong Kong, Kenya, Ecuador and Nepal. Some of her favorite national park experiences are hiking the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon, taking the trail down to the Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point, snowshoeing to Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone and doing Rocky Mountain's East Inlet Trail with her family. When she's not in search of a story, she loves spending time with her family and skiing, running, biking, backpacking and traveling.

View of Maggie Valley from Soco Crafts and Tower

Maggie Valley is your Smokies Basecamp

Stay close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, avoid the crowds and experience the best of the Smokies.

Dolly Parton's 1973 performance in Carthage, Tennessee. USACE Photo

Dollywood’s Roots in the Great Smokies

The contrast between her childhood home and her sprawling Dollywood complex is a reminder that the biggest thrills are when we take large leaps to follow our dreams, no matter how long the road.

The Ober Gatlinburg tram ascending from Gatlinburg, Tennessee in autumn next to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Ride the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

From one of America’s largest aerial tramways, you’ll see the Smokies rolling in every direction, a view that is especially spectacular in the fall.

Woman wearing face mask in the woods

5 Things to Know About Great Smoky Mountains Travel Amid COVID-19

In light of the spread of COVID-19, trying to find out what is open and closed in our national parks is a moving target these days. Here are updates.

Visitors walking down Thanksgiving Hall in Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park, a Half-Day Drive from Great Smoky

Steer away from the crowds at America’s most visited national park by going underground in nearby Kentucky.

GyPSy Guide Audio Driving Tour App for Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Narrated Driving Tour App by GyPSy Guide

Wish you had a guide while touring Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove and Clingmans Dome? Download the GyPSy Guide App.

Under Canvas near Great Smoky Mountains

Why Glamping is Great for Families

Elevate your national park vacation when you and your family spend the night at a glamping camp.

Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains Camp

Why Glamping is Great for Non-Campers

Want to sleep under the stars but skip sleeping bags, dirt and pit toilets? Try glamping near Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

An aerial view of Lake Fontana in North Carolina

Which Trail Should I Hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

Options for trails and what to expect on the hike, from a moderate walk to a waterfall to a strenuous hike to the top of a mountain.

Tent lobby at Under Canvas near Great Smoky Mountains National Park

5 Reasons Why You Should Glamp at Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains

Short for “glamorous camping,” stay here to experience nature in tents equipped with the creature comforts of home near Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Woman hiking next to a cascade in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

What to Pack for a Great Smoky Mountains Park Vacation

How do you pack for the nation’s most visited park? Here are the top 14 items to bring to the park.

Using EcoVessel's Boulder bottle in the park

Why Reusable Water Bottles Are Important

Here are 5 tips from EcoVessel on why drinking water from a reusable water bottle is so essential both on and off the trail.

Misty sunset over the mountains in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

8 Ways to Live in the Moment, Smoky Mountains-Style

Here are exceptional ways to have fun and be present, Great Smoky Mountains National Park-style, even if you can't visit the park in person.

Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Reach New Heights on Clingmans Dome

A short, steep half-mile hike will bring you to the top of Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s highest peak.

Yellow sunset in the misty mountains of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park Virtually

You don’t have to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park in person to experience its spectacular mountains, valleys and waterfalls.

Mural in Maryville, Tenn, celebrating Smoky Mountain music.

Top 4 Cultural Destinations in Blount County, Tennessee

From art galleries to theater performances, plan on spending time on the quiet Tennessee side of the park including the towns of Maryville and Townsend.

Misty Morning at Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Chicago to Nashville and Great Smoky Mountains Road Trip

Explore Chicago's architecture, Louisville's underground, and Nashville's music before making base camp at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cades Cove Campground

Where to Camp in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Personalized guide to help you decide where to spend the night, from car camping paradise and remote backcountry sites to a slice of RV heaven.

The Tremont River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Water Safety in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Water is everywhere in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although the waterfalls and streams are beautiful, these waters can also be dangerous.

Sunset over the Smoky Mountains in autumn

10 Best Things to Do on a Great Smoky Mountains Vacation

Don’t leave the park without ticking off at least one of these top ten Smokies to-dos including historic sites, grand overlooks, wildlife, and waterfalls.

RV in forest campground courtesy of Outdoorsy

Rent an RV and Get Outdoorsy

Explore the country’s best national parks in style in a camper van, trailer or RV.