The way the cold has continued to linger this year, it makes you wonder if Summer is ever going to arrive. With that in mind, and with school year ending soon, our thoughts turn to where we might go for summer vacation.
That’s the thing about summer, it always invokes daydreams of places you would like to travel, the things you want to see, along with the whole experience of Summer in and of itself. Sometimes we look for places nearby where we can jump in the car and be there in a couple of hours, spend the day, or a short weekend, and head back home. Then, there are other times we look at places where we want to spend an entire week, or more, exploring the area.
Here in the Smoky Mountain area, we have several places where families can go and have the time of their lives, like Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It’s located near the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, which, by the way, is the only national park in the U.S. that does not charge an entrance fee. It’s a place you can take the entire family, no matter what their ages, so bring the kids and grandparents too! There is so much to do in Gatlinburg, even if you stay a week, you won’t see everything. In March of this year, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies was voted Best U.S. Aquarium by USA Today. As a side note, last year’s fire did not destroy Gatlinburg, it’s still there and it is going strong!
If you love camping, there are a huge number of campgrounds in and around the Smoky Mountains, from rustic, no frills tent camping, all the way to modern ‘glamping’, you’ll find the perfect place here in the Smokies. If renting a home for a few days is more your style, you won’t have any problem locating the perfect vacation home for your trip.
Keep your eye out and check your emails for our newsletter, we’ll be featuring a few places here in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee in the next few weeks. We’ll also give you a heads up on any special offers we find, which will help while planning your trip to the area.