Planning a Family Getaway this Summer?
The Great Smoky Mountains are an excellent vacation destination for families all year round. With over nine million visitors each year, the Great Smoky Mountains are the most visited national park in America. From flowers and baby animals in the Spring to the changing leaves in the Fall, the Smokies offer a bounty of activities for families to enjoy. In Great Smoky National Park you will never struggle to find things to do; in fact, the struggle may be in finding time to do all the activities that you want to do! Take a look at some of our favorite reasons to consider a summer getaway in the Smoky Mountains.
One of the many reasons to visit the Smokies is that it is very affordable. From cabins and campgrounds to luxury resorts and spas, there are affordable options to fit every vacation style. Each of us has our own way of relaxing and unwinding. For some of us, it is backpacking to a remote camping site and getting away from the noise and the distractions of technology. And for others, it is getting a hot stone massage in a five-star resort. However you choose to relax, the Smokies have something for you.
Do you enjoy having tons of amazing food options available to you? I do, too. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are home to some of the best food in the South. A variety of options await you, from down-home southern BBQ to authentic Italian cuisine. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge combine to offer visitors more than 238 unique dining options. Think you’ll be stuck eating run-of-the-mill tourist food? Think again. A few of the most highly rated restaurants in the Smokies include Cuban, Mexican, Italian, Japanese and Spanish options. Combine those with some of the best pit BBQ and freshly-caught trout, and you may experience some of the most eclectic dining anywhere.
Tons of Exciting Family Activities
If you’re like me, one of the first things you do when planning a vacation is to look up fun activities that you can do with your family. This is what makes the Smoky Mountains so exciting. Sure, there are plenty of fun indoor activities to do like the Ripley’s Museum, but what sets the Smokies apart from other vacation destinations is the plethora of outdoor activities. Hiking, fishing, zip lining, tubing and whitewater rafting are just a few of the many activities that are fun and affordable for families with children of all ages. The tubing and whitewater rafting opportunities in the Smokies are extraordinary experiences because of the many mountain streams and rivers that flow from high altitudes. The result is high-class rapids that provide hours of entertainment for the whole family.
If you’re in the area this summer, come check out some of our amazing combos to check a few amazing outdoor activities off your bucket list.