With its awe-inspiring mountains, scenic landscapes and abundance of wildlife, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the ideal spot to have a picnic. Whether you're looking for a place to enjoy an outdoor meal with family or perhaps a quiet spot for two, the park's many designated picnic areas are fine choices when it comes to dining in the fresh air of the great outdoors.
It's starting to warm up out there, and with the approach of summer, one thing is certain: Waterpark season is about to crank into high gear in the Great Smoky Mountains. They're the perfect way to combine summer fun with staying cool, and fortunately for visitors to the Smokies, there are more options than ever when it comes to finding a destination where the whole family can splash and swim and slide all day (and evening) long. Continue reading for an overview of our recommendations for vacation waterpark attractions in the mountains.
When you visit the beach, it's only natural to want to dine on the local cuisine. Whether you're sitting down at an upscale restaurant or a folksy crab shack overlooking the ocean, dishes like oysters, lobster, crabs, shrimp and more are the perfect meal for water-loving travelers.
The cold days of winter are fully upon us here in the Great Smoky Mountains. And there's no doubt that the pace of life has slowed up, only if just a little, in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Dollywood and many of the local music theaters are on their annual winter hiatuses, and the lines to get into the attractions that are still open are shorter than they are during their summertime peaks. Other telltale signs, like shorter waits to get into restaurants and lighter traffic on the Parkway, surely indicate that things have slowed down a bit during this off-season.
We Americans are fascinated by cars. In just a little over 100 years, our nation has gone from automobiles being a novelty to the point where most households have two, sometimes three, cars parked in the garage. We like their convenience when it comes to traveling from one place to another, but for a lot of folks, the experience of owning and driving a motor vehicle goes way beyond practicality.
One of the great things about traveling is not having to cook or prepare your own meals. Not that there's anything wrong with that; lots of folks are handy in a kitchen and enjoy cooking, even when on the road. But for those of us who consider dining out to be one of the cornerstones of being on vacation, heading out to a restaurant is always one of the high points of the day.
The Great Smoky Mountains region is best known for its-well, its mountains. Nearly 12 million people from all over the world travel here each year to experience the beauty and the wonder of some of the tallest peaks east of the Mississippi River, not to mention the natural playground that is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For most visitors, it's all about mountains, forests, streams and pasturelands-a natural setting where they can ground themselves in a peaceful place and reconnect with their inner selves or enjoy recreational activities like camping, fishing, hiking and picnicking.
If you're planning a vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee this year, there's a good chance that you'll have children going along for the ride. If that applies to you, and especially if your children are younger than teenagers, then you'll want to read on. This post contains a number of recommendations for things to do in the Smokies that are geared especially toward younger kids, or they're attractions and activities that are designed for the whole family to enjoy together. In the tourism business, we call that a classic win-win situation.
Are you wondering where to travel to next? If you've never thought of planning a smoky mountain cabin trip then you'll want to start!
When most people think about visiting attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains, they're most likely to first think of Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN. After all, these are the two most visited cities in the Smokies and they are, in fact, home to most of the attractions that the area has to offer.
Pigeon Forge cabins offer a great way to find peace, quiet and solitude when you're on vacation. But there may come a time that you want to shake things up a little bit and live on the edge for a few hours. Not to worry. There are several attractions in Pigeon Forge that offer the chance to take a walk on the wild side.
Some folks are the type that like to get out and really explore the area, taking long excursions into the national park or to see the many world-class attractions found in nearby Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.
Many of us who live here in the Great Smoky Mountains tend to look down on Gatlinburg. But that's not because we don't like the city. In fact, it's the opposite. Looking down on Gatlinburg in our neck of the woods means finding a high-altitude vantage point from which you can literally look down on the sights of the town. In that context, looking down is a good thing, and fortunately for visitors coming to town, there are more places than ever that offer tremendous views not only of downtown Gatlinburg but also the nearby Great Smoky Mountains range as well.
In case you haven't heard, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge kicked off its season last week, bringing back its irresistible blend of family fun, entertainment and mountain folkways this year in the Smokies. Throughout the year, Dollywood is a celebration of Smoky Mountain culture, history and music as expressed from the perspective of its namesake, Dolly Parton.
We're just a couple of weeks away from the official arrival of spring in the Great Smoky Mountains. It's starting to gradually warm up around here, and we're seeing the first peeks of spring color and budding vegetation. Spring also means that things start to heat up in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville in anticipation of the arrival of visitors from all over the world.