Before it’s too late, take a little time to make plans for spring break! Give you 3 guesses where the majority of spring breakers will be heading this year, but you’ll only need 1… So, why not change things up a bit in 2019? After all, you have a limited amount of spring breaks in your life, and frankly, it can be quite boring to visit the same place year after year. Avoid crowded beaches, featuring limited real estate, noisy chatter overpowering the waves, and high risk for sunburn. Instead, head to the Great Smoky Mountains — where local attractions are aplenty, bluegrass beats fill the air, and early wildflower blooms dot the most-visited national park in the country!
While there are tons of attractions unique to the Smokies, there are a few that come top of the must-see list. From daredevil rides and ice-rink pirouettes to incredible mountain views and underwater critters, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have it all — and then some!
Home to The Escape Game, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, and The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, The Island in Pigeon Forge is worth a full day’s exploration. Browse 35+ boutiques and quaint shops, snack and dine to your heart’s content with 18 restaurants and small eateries, and enjoy 21 possible activities — from climbing a ropes course to snapping an old-time photo to solving cases at the Alcatraz East Museum.
Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area pretty much speaks for itself. With a plethora of exciting activities plus shops and restaurants, Ober Gatlinburg is a one-stop play place. Snow tube down the powdery slopes, snake through the Amaze’n Maze, beat the highest arcade scores, climb the rock wall at super speed, twirl on the ice rink, shove your gal pals (with love) on the Ice Bumper Cars, meet wondrous wildlife up close, and more!
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Who says you can’t play under the sea in the mountains? Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is more than just a hall of tanks with intriguing underwater life. Walk beneath the bellies of countless sharks, stroke the tops of jellyfish, watch penguins paint a masterpiece, attempt to find all the poisonous dart frogs (in their tank, of course), crawl into a crowd of clownfish, and discover wrecks of ships past.
A magical place in the Smokies, Gatlinburg’s Anakeesta is a mountaintop (literally) of adventure! Journey to the tippy top of Anakeesta Mountain aboard the innovative chondola (chairlift + gondola), then explore Firefly Village, featuring shops, eateries, and stunning views of the Mt. LeConte range. Race your bestie on the dueling ziplines, zoom downhill on the mountain coaster, and stroll through the treetops 40-60 feet in the air.
Classic to the Smokies, Dollywood is a must-see for sure! Jam to live musical performances, savor traditional Southern flavors round every corner, pick out special souvenirs from one-of-a-kind shops, watch master craftsmen in their element, take a VIP tour of the park, visit an interactive museum, ride the Dollywood Express, greet bald eagles at the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, and scream at the top of your lungs on wild rollercoasters!
Looking for more Smoky Mountain fun? Check out these ace attractions!
• Parrot Mountain and Garden of Eden
• Crave Golf Club
• Scenic Helicopter Tours
• Flyaway Indoor Skydiving
• Hollywood Wax Museum
• Nantahala Outdoor Center
• Gatlinburg Space Needle
• Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park
• Pigeon Forge Snow
• Rowdy Bear Mountain
Cades Cove | Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Perhaps the #1 place to visit in the Smokies, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park begins to come alive in spring. Waterfalls cascade, wildlife stirs, leaves sprout, and wildflowers bloom…photos never do them justice. In person is the best way to view the mountains, and while there are plenty of spots to get beautiful shots, we highly recommend Cades Cove.
Located in a stunning Smoky Mountain valley, drive this scenic 11-mile loop at a leisurely pace and soak in the breathtaking forest and mountain views. Stop to take a closer look at historic churches, cabins, and a working grist mill or go for a nature hike, where you may just find a hidden waterfall. Horseback and carriage rides are also available at Cades Cove Stables, providing an extra special experience you won’t soon forget.
Keep the party going at your private Smoky Mountain cabin — with a wide variety of amenity options. Play pool, foosball, and arcade games in the rec room. Watch comedy, action, and horror flicks in the home theater. Soak in the bubbly hot tub under the stars and splash around in the private indoor pool. Whip up hot breakfasts, lunchtime spreads, and hearty dinners or simply store restaurant leftovers and party-time pizzas in the fully equipped kitchen. And head to dreamland in a plump, king-size bed every evening, right after your spa bath in the indoor jetted tub. With 320+ cabin options ranging from 1-14 bedrooms, Cabins for YOU has the perfect Smoky Mountain abode for your 2019 spring break! Book online or dial 1.800.684.7865 to get the ball rolling — hassle-free.
Gather your best pals and make this spring break one to remember at top-notch attractions, the most-visited national park, and your very own private cabin — in the Smokies!