If lines make you anxious, bumper-to-bumper traffic isn’t your game, and crowds make you cringe, then you might be a Crowd Avoider. Some people may say you’re too uptight, can’t let loose, or just need to chill, but we get it. Why wait in line forever to enjoy a ride for a few fleeting moments? Why take hours to reach a destination that’s only minutes away? And why let people you don’t even know into your personal bubble? Any of this ringing a bell? Yep, that’s why we’ve put together a list of 10 reasons you’re a crowd avoider and why it’s perfectly okay to travel in low seasons, avoid crowds altogether, and make your Smoky Mountain trip truly worthwhile.
You Might Be a Crowd Avoider If…
- You prefer to get up before the crack of dawn to show up before the gate opens to enter attractions before everyone else.
- Your happiness peaks when there’s no line…even for a restroom (oh, what a relief it is).
- You choose restaurants based on the time of day (and possibly planetary alignments) instead of normal meal times or food quality.
- Your excitement for a fun event dwindles and drifts away as soon as you approach crowded areas.
- You get a thrill from people-less spaces in amusement parks, large buildings, restaurants, your house…literally everywhere!
- You prefer to sit on the end of a row or pew to have “extra space.”
- You’d rather watch a concert or special event from home than attend in person for fear of strangers poking your personal bubble.
- You chant mantras or count to 10 whenever hundreds of red lights appear on the highway…
- Your vacations evade school breaks, major (and minor) holidays, and other prime vacation times.
- You actively seek uncrowded areas — always.
I’m a Crowd Avoider!
If you answered yes or blurted out “That’s so me!” to any of the options above, then a crowd avoider you just might be, and there’s absolutely no shame in that! People may grind your nerves and try to pressure you into vacationing during peak seasons, but you know the game and how to play it. Let’s look at the facts — aka the benefits of vacationing during low seasons!
For one, low seasons typically offer more specials as well as reduced rates overall to fill in the gaps, so saving money is more than possible; it’s practically expected. This leaves you with more cash in your pocket for souvenirs and fun attractions. Better yet, you can save that dough for your next vacation!
Furthermore, who likes to sit on the road in the middle of nowhere for a few hours? Certainly not us, and we don’t think you do either. Traveling in low seasons means grooving to road tunes with a smile as you cruise the highway and making it to your vacation rental in record time. In fact, you can even check out the local area and take in the sights before even checking in, which means you can start your vacation early!
And don’t even get us started on long lines… Peak seasons bring overwhelming crowds and lines out the door, and of course, they’re always longest for top attractions and restaurants, which is the opposite of what you want on vacation. Plus, overexcited folks can get a bit pushy, and no one likes that, especially crowd avoiders! That’s why low seasons are just oh so great. Not only can you avoid pesky people, but you can also enjoy more local experiences because you will actually have the time to do so!
Avoid Crowds in the Smokies
At Cabins for YOU, we’re totally on board with avoiding crowds, which is why we’re going to let you in on a few Smoky Mountain secrets of crowd avoiding like a pro! Wave goodbye to high-traffic seasons and long waiting times — and say hello to smooth travels and memorable experiences. Not to mention, vacationing in low seasons means better cabin deals!
Best Times to Travel
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, are quite popular areas as they are next door to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — the most visited national park in the country. Plus, they are filled to the brim with exciting attractions, unique cuisine, shopping centers, and outdoor activities. You know what that means…heavy traffic. So, when are the best times to travel to the Smokies? Glad you asked! Visit not only during low seasons (early fall, late winter, and early spring) but also during the week to steer clear of traffic jams and stop-and-go driving games.
The Early Bird…Waits Not in Line
Now that you’ve made it to the Smokies without a hitch, stick to your early-bird schedule when it comes to large attractions and touristy spots, like Dollywood, The Island, Ober Gatlinburg, and Cades Cove. Since they tend to attract more visitors no matter the season, arriving early is your best bet to have it all…without the lines.
Okay, but what about the rest of the day? Right, that’s what makes the Smokies such a fantastic vacation destination — there’s so much to do and even more to see! After taking on the big attractions in the morning hours, plan for less popular activities throughout the day, such as horseback riding, fishing, skydiving, and cruising the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.
Steal of a Deal!
Perhaps best of all, as a crowd avoider, you get to enjoy the benefits of low cabin rates during low seasons! Who knows? There may even be a special offer waiting for you as well. Is that all? Certainly not! When you stay at a Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin, you’ll have an entire house all to yourself with a fully equipped kitchen, indoor and outdoor amenities, and in-cabin bonuses. You know what that means — no waiting for the hotel elevator, no sharing the swimming pool with strangers, no noisy neighbors through the walls, and no need to check in or out. Wait, what?! Awesome, right? At Cabins for YOU, you don’t have to waste time finding an office and collecting keys. Simply pull up to your cabin rental and enjoy your relaxing vacation with flatscreen TVs, an outdoor hot tub, private indoor pool, arcade games, spacious decks, breathtaking mountain views, king-size beds, indoor jetted tubs, and more — crowd-free! Ready to avoid crowds in the Smokies and enjoy a relaxing cabin stay? Fill out our Options for YOU form or give us a call at 1.800.684.7865 to get the ball rolling.
Dodge heavy traffic, elude long lines, avoid crowded attractions, and grab awesome cabin deals when YOU visit the Smokies during low seasons — a Crowd Avoider paradise!