@Scrbblehick -- Yes, exactly. I have hiked in the Rockies and along portions of the Appalachian Trail, and that's so true. When I was hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park, I was always stunned by the grandeur of the mountains.
The Appalachian Trail is no less arduous in places, and the beauty is all around also, but there's a definite feeling of being "taken in" somehow, by the Appalachians. I love those mountains!