When we think of summer, we think of enjoying the sunshine and getting away. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a family vacation, and if you’re looking for the perfect family destination, look no further than Gatlinburg, Tennessee!
How to have a budget-friendly Gatlinburg vacation
There are so many things to do, see, and taste in the Smokies. And unlike some vacation destinations, the city is not known for being overpriced. When you travel to some cities, you know beforehand that you will be paying an arm and a leg for food, getting around town, souvenirs, and attractions. But in Gatlinburg, there are tons of attractions, shops, and restaurants that will be easy on any wallet. Travel is also budget friendly, with a city trolley that costs just a few dollars for an entire day! If you’re headed to the Smokies for vacation, read our 10 ways to save. You’ll have fun and go home with a little extra cash in your pocket. Continue reading
What is something we all look forward to when it comes to vacations? Swimming! Unfortunately, that usually means bobbing around a tiny hotel pool. But when you come to the Smokies, it’s a whole different ball game. You’ll have the chance to swim in some of the cleanest and prettiest swimming spots around—right here in the Great Smoky Mountains!
Did you know that on August 25, 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) will celebrate its centennial? That’s 100 years of serving Americans and visitors to America by maintaining its national parks and engaging communities in a variety of conservation and preservation efforts throughout the past 10 decades.
If you live in the South or have ever visited, you know that summers in the South can be hot. A Tennessee summer day is full of lush green trees, birds singing, blue skies, and nice breezes – but it also comes with a hot summer sun. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are no exception; thankfully, there are tons of fun things to do when the weather warms up in the Smokies. Whether you want to enjoy the warm weather outside or keep cool inside, you’ll find that there are endless opportunities for summer fun on a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains. Below we’ve listed 15 great ways to beat the heat (or embrace it!) in Gatlinburg this summer. Continue reading
The DIY craze has certainly caught on over the past few years. People are spending less time at the store and more time online, searching for ways to do-it-themselves when it comes to decorating their home, finding gifts for friends, or buying specialty items for their little ones. Nothing is quite as special or as memorable as those beautiful items your own two hands have made!
Every year, millions of people flock to the Great Smoky Mountains. They travel for family-friendly attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, cabins with an awesome Smoky Mountain setting, and the outdoor activities in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For years the area has been a huge tourist draw, and the long list of attractions, restaurants, and shops – along with the beautiful mountain scenery – explains why. In Pigeon Forge, step back in time at the Titanic Museum Attraction, “meet celebrities” at the Hollywood Wax Museum, ride roller coasters and play at Dollywood (and Dollywood’s Splash Country in summer), enjoy a hearty meal and some history at The Old Mill, tour a local winery, or take a scenic helicopter tour. In Gatlinburg, ski and snowboard at Ober Gatlinburg, check out 360-degree views atop the Gatlinburg Space Needle, take in scenic views along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, listen to live music in the Ole Smoky Moonshine holler, play miniature golf, play arcade games at Fannie Farkle’s, or do some shopping along the Parkway before grabbing some cheese, candy, or coffee in The Village shops. Of course, you can always head over to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – the most visited in the U.S. – to go hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, fishing, and more outdoor fun. On top of all that, the community calendar is jam-packed with events year-round for everyone. The city hosts holiday celebrations, music and food festivals, races, parades, and beyond that both kids and adults will love.
Grandparents have a special place in our hearts. They’re always going out of their way to treat us right—to buy us special gifts and take us on special trips. Well, this year, why can’t we return the favor? Our grandparents deserve a big “thank you” from the grandkids they’ve loved and spoiled for all those years!
2016 Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show
With the help of websites like Etsy and Pinterest and the increase of DIY shows and even the addition of a DIY Network, our love for all things handmade is making a strong comeback. We’ve come to realize the hard work that goes into handcrafted gifts and homemade recipes, and we’ve come to appreciate the care and originality poured into these off-the-assembly-line products. Now we’re looking for places where we can get more.
Make your family vacation something to remember this year with these Gatlinburg attractions. Some you’ve probably heard of, but others might be brand new. Check them out while you’re in town for a vacation that’s fun for the whole family! Continue reading