A Smoky Mountain Summer Vacation- Plan for Fun
The Smokies are a popular summer destination for families and for outdoor adventurers.
One of the questions we often answer is “where should I stay?” To answer this question, you need to know what activities you want close by. Are you someone who wants to be close to shopping and restaurants? Or are you someone who prefers relaxing on a comfy porch after a day of adventure.
The Smokies are many things. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville are known for attractions like Dollywood, the Island, Anakeesta, and the Tanger Outlets. The Park is known for its trails and scenic overlooks. What most don’t know is that the Smokies bisects the Cherokee National Forest and both the east and west side of the Smokies offer visitors fun, vacation experience.
Adventure to the East- Horses, Whitewater, Appalachian Trail, Douglas Lake
To the east, you find adventure pursuits like whitewater rafting, Douglas Lake, a dude ranch, and miles of uncrowded trails. On the west side, Townsend anchors a region known for peaceful activities.
One thing you will need to plan for is lodging. There is no shortage of options ranging from hotels to resorts, from cabins to campgrounds. Finding that perfect basecamp for your group depends on your group’s interests.
A best bet for larger groups looking to visit a lot of attractions is the Visit My Smokies website. On this site you will find cabins and discounted tickets to attractions.
If you prefer being close by to the Appalachian trail, white water rafting, horseback riding, or some of the best trout fishing in the Smokies, check out these options.
Peaceful and Historic West- Townsend, Cades Cove., Scenic Overlooks and Caves,
Or if Townsend and Cades Cove is your preferred destination, click here
Nearby is Loudon, along the shores of Tellico Lake. Nearby are Tuckalechee and the Lost Sea Caverns. Paddle the blueway at Tellico.
Make your Smokies vacation memorable by finding the perfect location.