Although the area is well-known for its many attractions, restaurants, and shops, the Smokies has received its fame through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are 800+ miles of trails to explore in the park, so lace up your boots and get ready for your hiker’s getaway in the Smokies!
Outdoor Fun in the Smokies
Soaring mountain vistas, dipping valleys, fields of wildflowers, families of playful (from a distance!) black bears, the largest diversity of salamanders in the world, beautiful trees and flowering bushes, bright blue skies, and quiet mountain streams are just a few of the natural features that make the Great Smoky Mountains great. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park – one of the most popular reasons to visit the area – is the most visited national park in the country. Millions of people make the trip to the Smokies each year, finding tons of opportunities for outdoor fun – even beyond the national park.
We never promote boredom. Having a lazy day drinking a glass of lemonade in a rocking chair, lounging in front of your cabin’s big screen TV, or soaking in the hot tub? Yes. But being bored in the Smokies? Not on our watch. With a community calendar jam packed with arts and crafts shows, fishing tournaments, car shows, food and wine festivals, 4th of July celebrations, holiday parades, kids’ events, outdoor excursions, and more PLUS dozens of attractions, restaurants, and shops for kids and adults, there is always something to do.
Did you know that Parents’ Day is July 23? This year, consider showing your appreciation by treating your parents to one of our ideas for a Smoky Mountain getaway. What better way to thank Mom and Dad than sending them to a place where they can enjoy beautiful scenery, amazing restaurants, great shopping, and endless memorable experiences? You might consider booking a cabin just for them or taking them with you to enjoy a weekend of family fun. Regardless of which you choose, there are plenty of special ideas for ways to treat your parents.
If you’ve ever been to the Smoky Mountains in fall, you know why it’s one of the most popular times to visit. Warm days with cool mountain breezes and nights that are crisp and cool. Gorgeous fall colors on the leaves. Delicious seasonal foods and drinks. Inviting fires in cozy cabins. Fun fall events. Beautiful days for hikes in the national park. If you haven’t been to the Smokies in fall, you don’t want to miss this time of year.
Gatlinburg is a vacation go-to for many reasons. Wineries, distilleries, charming wedding chapels, and cozy cabins make it perfect for romantic getaways, honeymoons, and wedding weekends. Large group lodges, a variety of restaurants, and places like Rocky Top Sports World, the Gatlinburg Convention Center, and the community centers in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg provide amenities for retreats, reunions, tournaments, and more. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – the most visited national park in the U.S. – for horseback riding, fishing, biking, and hiking on the 800+ miles of trails found there.
40 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer in Gatlinburg
Summer in Tennessee is hot and humid, with lots of sunny days for outdoor fun. But when it gets a little too warm and you want a break from the heat, you’ll want some great ways to cool off this summer. Thankfully, Gatlinburg has plenty of great options for cooling off, from indoor attractions and community pools to private indoor pools at cabins and arcades. If you need a few ideas for staying cool on your summer getaway to the Smokies, read on. We have plenty of great cool-as-a-cucumber picks! Continue reading
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have their staples. Attractions, restaurants, activities that have stood the test of time and are at the top of many vacationers’ must-do lists. Skiing at Ober Gatlinburg. Exploring underseas at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Breakfast at the Pancake Pantry. Outdoor fun in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Shows at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. Old-time photos and airbrush t-shirts. Creamy fudge and fresh-pulled taffy. The annual Great Smoky Arts & Crafts shows. Fun days at Dollywood. Dinner shows on the Parkway. All come to mind when we think of the Smoky Mountains.
One of the most popular drives in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail, a six-mile paved road that gives visitors a chance to view 100-year-old cabins, barns, and homesteads in the Smokies. One of these homesteads—the Noah “Bud” Ogle Place—consists of a cabin, barn, and tub mill built by a mountain farmer named Noah “Bud” Ogle (1863¬–1913) in the late 19th century. His tub mill continues to grind, using water from the LeConte Creek. It is one of only a few left in existence.
If you’ve ever been to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge in the Great Smoky Mountains, you probably have your favorite things. From restaurants and attractions to desserts and picnic spots, there are plenty of things to love about the area. There are many things I love about the Smokies, but I have my favorites, too – with maybe a dessert (or two or three) on the list. Whether you’re looking for something new to try, need some ideas for a surprise trip for someone, or just want to see if someone else loves your favorites in the Smokies just as much, read on.