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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Named in Fox News’ List of National Parks to Visit in the Wintertime

If you love the Smoky Mountains as much as we do, you are going to love hearing this great news! Recently, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was recognized for having a record number of visitors in the month of October 2014. Now, the national park has been recognized by Fox News. Here’s how:

Fox News recently released a list of the Top 7 Picturesque National Parks to Visit in the Wintertime. Lucky for us, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park made the list, and Fox News had great things to say about the park. Here’s what they wrote in their article:

“The Smokies are gorgeous in the wintertime, like a scene straight from a movie. The wildlife is abundant with a record number of elks and more.”

The article definitely captures the beauty of the Smokies in just a couple of short sentences. If Deer standing in the snow in the mountainsyou’re like us, you know that the Smoky Mountains are a great place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Of course, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open to visitors daily. There is no charge or toll fee to enter the national park at any time of day; it is absolutely free to visitors.

Helpful Tips for Planning a Winter Vacation to the Smoky Mountains

There’s a few things you should know about planning your vacation to the Smoky Mountains this winter, so make sure to check this out:

Pack enough clothes to dress in layers.

We have mentioned it time and time again, but it’s really important to dress in layers when you visit the Smoky Mountains. Even if you aren’t hiking, it’s nice to have a light jacket and a sweater so you can be as bundled up as you want.

Plan for a movie or game night.

Lots of families like to get together in the winter to play a board game, drink hot chocolate or even watch a movie. Even if you don’t stay in a cabin with a movie theater room, you can pop some popcorn and curl up under a blanket for a relaxing afternoon.

Firewood stacked outside of a cabinBring food for the cabin.

All you really need in the cabin is any sort of food or snacks that you will want throughout your vacation. If you stay in one of our Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabins with an outdoor fire pit, you can set up an evening to roast marshmallows and make s’mores outside, so you may want to pack those things when you are planning your trip! Most importantly, though, just pack your bags. If you decide you need other items when you arrive, there’s plenty of places to stop by and purchase things!

Are you ready to start planning your vacation to the Smokies? First, take a look at all of Aunt Bug’s Gatlinburg cabins near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There’s plenty of great places to stay where you will be only a couple of short minutes from all of the hiking trails in the national park.

If you have any questions about planning your vacation, feel free to give us a call any time! We look forward to helping you plan your visit to the Smokies!