The height of summer signals the perfect time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. With so many family-friendly things to do in July, you'll have no trouble finding a long list of activities for all ages to fill your vacation wish list. Here are just a handful of ideas to make the most of a Smoky Mountain summer.
When guests first check into one of our Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or Sevierville cabins, one of the first things we're asked for are restaurant recommendations. That's not always an easy task, because there are literally hundreds of eateries in our communities, from national chains to independently owned establishments. But here are a few of the popular places and even best-kept secrets we like to pass along:
p>With another winter behind us, it's finally time to bring out the swimsuits and shorts and head for the great outdoors. And no place on earth offers as much fun in the sun as the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you're the adventurous type or you prefer quiet communing with nature, you'll find exactly what you're looking for in this amazing vacation spot.
If you've had your fill of boring beach vacations, and long, slow days meandering through dusty antique stores doesn't thrill you, then your vacation plans need a shot of adrenalin. Sounds like it's time for a fast and furious adventure attraction in the Great Smoky Mountains, where speed and excitement combine to make your trip a non-stop adventure.
Hiking, horseback riding, and a host of other activities are the norm when you book a trip to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, TN. With hundreds of acres of wilderness and stunning scenery to enjoy, outdoor fun is one reason you return year after year.
Although the Christmas rush is done, there's still lots of fun to be had in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. From skiing to exploring and snuggling close with your honey, you'll find this family-friendly hotspot offers a bit of everything!
Wander along the sidewalks of Pigeon Forge's premier shopping center, Walden's Landing, and you'll find quaint storefronts, sidewalk cafes, and…an Egyptian pyramid? It may seem out of place amid the small-town style architecture, but the newest attraction in family-friendly Pigeon Forge promises lots of excitement for everyone.
Since 1989 Gatlinburg Winter Magic™ has been dazzling visitors with beautiful decorations and sparkling light displays during the winter season. These displays line miles of the city's beautiful downtown Parkway and Highway 321 and can be enjoyed by car, by trolley or on foot every night until February 28. Gatlinburg Winter Magic features a custom designed and fabricated display of snowmen, fountains, Christmas icons, forests and furry mountain friends indigenous to the Great Smoky Mountains, such as rabbits, deer, foxes, and squirrels - all made of lights. For those who have a nostalgic streak for the displays of the last 20 years, don't worry - your favorites are still there.
p>Going away on vacation is an expensive proposition. Airfare, car rental, food, and hotel costs all add up quickly, and you haven't even done anything fun yet! Pile on the price of amusement park tickets, souvenirs, and shopping, and pretty soon you'll be looking for ways to cut your spending.
It's true. Every season in the Great Smoky Mountains is gorgeous in its own way. The breathtaking whiteness of snow-capped mountains against a backdrop of brilliant blue is dazzling. The fresh greens of spring bring to mind rebirth and joyful celebration, while the deeper hues of summer make us want to find a shady spot near a gurgling stream for an afternoon nap.