By Arielle Patterson | Photos by David Uhrin
Imagine a destination where beautiful landscapes, outdoor adventure and top-notch entertainment combine to create the ultimate getaway. You’ll find all this and so much more year-round in the Tennessee Smokies.
It won’t take long for you to realize that you are in the presence of natural beauty when you arrive in the Smokies. The Great Smoky Mountains are among the oldest mountains in the world. A trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park offers panoramic vistas of rushing rivers and majestic mountain ranges. This picture-perfect destination boasts a wide variety of outdoor experiences to make lifelong memories.
Walk in the footsteps of the earlier settlers as you explore the Smoky Mountain trails. Whether you want to hike the Appalachian Trail or simply stroll on a beautiful wildflower walk, the Smoky Mountains have over 800 miles of pristine trails. Wildlife, waterfalls and rustic vistas await.
When you need a break from the great outdoors, plan an entire day of fun that the whole family will enjoy. Rollercoasters, exciting shows and mouthwatering restaurants abound in the Smokies.
Dollywood, owned by legendary country singer and Tennessee-native Dolly Parton, is a world-class theme park. Dollywood offers more than just thrilling rollercoasters. The live entertainment, music, crafts and food showcase the heritage of the Smokies.
With a great variety of shops, outlets stores, specialty stores and galleries, it’s tempting to trade hiking the mountains for some retail therapy. Find that unique Smoky Mountain product, souvenir or memorable item by visiting one of the many shopping destinations scattered throughout the area.
With so much fun and excitement, there’s never a bad time to visit the Smokies. Plan your trip around some of the area’s biggest events.
Nothing says summer like a street festival. In the heart of downtown Gatlinburg from June to August, enjoy musical performances, storytellers and more during Tunes & Tales. Amble through the streets as entertainers provide a captivating experience for all ages.
The autumnal season welcomes amber hues across the mountain ranges, along with the Smoky Mountain Winterfest, a magical celebration that extends from late fall to early March. Nearby towns and local businesses team up to bring you the most festive Christmas and winter season lighting displays in East Tennessee.
Whether you’re on a vacation with family, friends or a loved one, get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience in the Tennessee Smokies.