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Top 4 Ways to Avoid the Crowds On Your Smoky Mountain Vacation

It is no secret the Smokies are one of the most popular vacation destinations in America as more than 10 million people come each year to visit the national park! Of course, there are tons of other fun things to do in the area too, including amusement parks, miniature golf courses, fascinating museums, award-winning shows, and more. There are several things you can do to avoid the crowds while you are in the area! Here are the top 4 ways to avoid the crowds when you take a Smoky Mountain vacation:

1. Stay in a Cabin Rental

inside of emerald city lightsOne of the best ways to avoid the crowds during a Smoky Mountain vacation is to stay in a cabin rental from Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals! Our cabin rentals are in peaceful locations among the mountains but are still just minutes away from the excitement in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! While staying with us, you can enjoy a variety of wonderful cabin amenities including fully equipped kitchens, private decks with scenic views, hot tubs, fireplaces, and game rooms. This sure beats staying in a hotel along the Parkway with all of the crowds, traffic, and noise!

2. Use the Wears Valley Entrance Into the Park

While most folks tend to drive through Gatlinburg to access Great Smoky Mountains National Park, avoid the traffic by using the “secret entrance” in Wears Valley! During the peak seasons, this entrance is especially helpful for providing quick and easy access into the park so you can beat the crowds! The Wears Valley entrance connects to the Little River Gorge, where you can access some of the most popular areas in the park including sites like Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, Newfound Gap, and Tremont.

3. Start Your Day Early

Dream Maker couples cabins in Gatlinburg TN bedroomIf you have ever heard the phrase “the early bird gets the worm,” this is definitely true when taking a Smoky Mountain vacation! Many folks on vacation tend to sleep in a bit, giving you the perfect opportunity to get a jump start on the day! Whether you are heading to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, you can be one of the first visitors to the most popular attractions. When the attractions are busy during the peak daytime hours, take this time to do some souvenir shopping or head back to your cabin for an afternoon nap!

4. Adjust Your Meal Times

One of the best things to do during a Smoky Mountain vacation is to discover all of the wonderful local places to eat. If you love Southern barbeque and family-style dining, there are plenty of tempting restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg that are calling your name! Rather than waiting in long lines for a table, adjust your meal times to arrive for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at off-peak times.

Check out all of our cabins in the Smokies today to plan your Smoky Mountain vacation and enjoy a fabulous getaway without the crowds! We look forward to welcoming you to Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals!