The United States is lucky in that it has mountain ranges on both coasts, and our ancestors had the foresight to protect these areas from urban development. On the eastern half of the continent, the Great Smoky Mountains are known for their scenic beauty, their smoky haze, 6,500 foot high mountain ranges, waterfalls, and wildlife. Ten million visitors each year come to the Smoky Mountains for family enjoyment or romantic getaways, making it one of the most popular national parks in the country. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park encompasses 800 square miles in Tennessee and North Carolina, and includes 400 miles of roadway, 800 miles of hiking trails, and enough scenery to last a lifetime. Here are some things to consider when narrowing your search for Great Smoky Mountain cabins to rent:
What Type of Experience Do You Want?
You can find every type of cabin in the Smokys, from fabulous deals on rustic cabins to high-end luxury. Do you want to get away from the world, or is having Wi-Fi and cable a necessity? Are you more into hiking and exploring the outdoors, or do you want theme parks and entertainment? Is the entire family coming on the trip or will it be a getaway for two? Are you in search of strenuous activity, such as horseback riding or zip lines, or do you want to connect with nature on a quiet hike, where you may come across some historic buildings? Fortunately, the Smoky Mountains can offer amusements for everyone, but narrowing down the reason for the trip will make it more worthwhile and not so scattered.
What Else to Expect
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN are home to Dolly Parton and the Gatlin Brothers, so if you choose lodging close to these towns, expect to be entertained with some high level country music. In addition, there’s the Dollywood amusement park, the Gatlinburg Space Needle with its observation deck 407 feet above the city where you can see for miles, as well as the Smoky Mountain Opry, comedy clubs, and a lumberjack competition. Shopping and entertainment abound in these cities, offering aquariums, museums, miniature golf, and zoo parks in addition to Dollywood. Food is plentiful, and you can find everything from southern comfort food to award-winning barbecue. With all this, coupled with breathtaking scenery, make it essential that you narrow down how to spend your days and then choose your great smoky mountains cabins accordingly.