As summer approaches, with the snow melting and the grass starts to green, there is no better time to start planning your summer getaway. There are so many places you can choose to go that it can often be difficult to decide. However, one of the best, yet most underrated places to visit is the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Whether you’ve never been to the Smoky Mountains, or make it an annual trip, the Smoky Mountains are always a great option for you, your friends, or your family. Here are four of the many reasons to spend your summer in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Time in Nature
Most people don’t spend enough time outdoors. If you work inside everyday, perhaps without even a window to look out of, you are likely in need of a burst of fresh air. Bank some valuable time in nature by vacationing in one of the most beautiful places in the country, the Smoky Mountains. This area is rich with outdoor activities, like hiking on the many trails in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, rafting down the gorgeous river, or stopping to see some of the most stunning scenic views. Whether you rent a cabin in the mountains or book hotels in Gatlinburg, you are never too far away from the healing and relaxing comfort of nature.
So Much to Do
Besides the many nature activities you can do in the Smoky Mountains, there are tons of additional activities in the area that will complete your itinerary. One of the most loved destinations in the Smoky Mountains is Gatlinburg, a resort town that offers a ton of activities from horse back riding, to sky lifts, to some of the best shopping in the state. Not too far of a drive is Dollywood, which is an amusement park owned by Dolly Parton that has rides, live entertainment, and tasty food. Zip lining, biking, and hot air balloons are also available in the Smoky Mountains. No matter if you are traveling by yourself, a group of friends, or your family, you will easily find activities to fill up your schedule.
Tennessee isn’t known for their food, but they should be. The Smoky Mountains has some tasty treats that are unique to the area. Some local favorites include tasty and mouthwatering desserts, like homemade fudge, ice cream, and donuts. There are also some of the tastiest freshly made apple fritters you will ever try, and great choices for fried chicken, corndogs, and other southern cooking favorites. Though these foods are not known for being healthy, they are great to indulge in on vacation.
The best part about a vacation to the Smoky Mountains is the low cost compared to many other vacation destinations. A lot of the best activities you can do are either free or fairly cheap. Hiking, sights seeing, biking, and attending some festivals, are all fun and affordable options. There are also many options for lodging, from beautiful and roomy cabins to the best hotels in Gatlinburg, that are all affordable and accommodating to your party size and budget. Many locations even offer summer rates and packages.