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Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Smokies in the Winter

Smoky Mountains covered in snow in the winterOne of the best parts about the Smoky Mountains is that they are a perfect place for families to come and enjoy all year round. There is never a shortage of entertaining things to do, shows to see, restaurants to try, and more. However, for families on the fence of trying to decide whether or not they want to visit the mountains this winter, Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals has put together a list of the top five reasons to visit the Smokies in the winter.

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Breathtaking Views From Clingman’s Dome

Clingman’s Dome is the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with an elevation of 6,643 feet. It ranks as the highest mountain point in the state of Tennessee. There are only two other mountain peaks east of the Mississippi, both of which are located in Mt. Mitchell State Park in North Carolina, that boast a taller point. As one of the best tourist attractions in the region, Clingman’s Dome offers an incredible 360 degrees view of the Smoky Mountains.

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3 Community Centers to Visit on Your Next Smoky Mountain Vacation

Are you looking to have an awesome Smoky Mountain vacation without breaking the bank? Community centers are a cost effective and fun place to spend part of your family vacation. With pools, bowling alleys and other activities, the community centers in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville have something for everyone. Here are 3 community centers to visit on your next Smoky Mountain vacation:

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Elvis Lives On In The Smoky Mountains

Elvis Presley died 36 years ago on August 16, 1977. As the first global rock and roll star, Elvis was one of the biggest cultural icons of the 20th century. This month is the perfect time to learn about the King’s legacy at the Elvis Museum in Pigeon Forge.

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Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini Golf in Gatlinburg
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Ways to Entertain Kids in a Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge Cabin

Overview of downtown GatlinburgKeeping kids busy on vacation can be difficult, but not when you vacation to the Smoky Mountains! After a day in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, we understand that you want to sit back and relax for a few hours. Kids are anxious and want to play, even after a long day of exploring the area! That’s why we decided on some fun things to do to entertain kids, so you can relax in your Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabin!

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Ole Smoky Moonshine: The First Legal Moonshine Distillery in East Tennessee

Three clear moonshine jarsOne of the neatest attractions in Gatlinburg, TN, is the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery. This is a wonderful spot to visit for anyone who is a fan of moonshine, tasty liquor or history. The distillery is run by families that have been crafting the finest moonshine in this area of Tennessee for more than 200 years. Over the centuries, they have perfected their craft, and now they are sharing their amazing products with the rest of the world.

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Unique Shops in Pigeon Forge

The Old MilThree Bears General Store

Serving visitors to the Smokies for nearly 35 years, Three Bears General Store shop in Pigeon Forge has a gift idea for everyone in your family. Starting with their Make-UR-Bear Factory equipped with clothes and accessories, down to homemade fudge and an Ol’ Tyme Photo studio, no member of your family will leave empty handed.

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View of Mount LeContet in the Smoky Mountains
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Mount Leconte (Smoky Mountain Peak Viewed from Gatlinburg, Tennessee)

GatlinburgMounte Leconte is one of the most picturesque mountain tops in the United States.  It is definitely one of the landmark viewpoints in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  The two-day hike to the top of the third-highest peak in the Smokies is really four walks in one.  On the 1st day you walk 7.7 miles to the summit of LeConte, traveling first on the Smokies crest, then on the Boulevard, a nearly level, mile high ridge with all-but-continuous views on both sides.  After visiting LeConte Lodge, which can only be visited by foot and has a long-term wait for overnight reservations, you can walk to Cliff Top and view the sunset behind Sugarland Mountain.  You can then walk almost a mile in the morning to Myrtle Point, where you can see the sunrise over the Smokies crest.  Then, you can walk down the 5.5 miles long Alum Cave Trail which has monsterous mountain & grand river views.
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Also, please note, you have a choice of five different trails that go to the top of LeConte.  Three of them–the Bullhead, Rainbow Falls and Trillium Gap–are long, hard climbs with only occasional views.  Alum Cave, which is steep in some places, is a very scenic 4th option.  The fifth trail includes the Appalachian & Boulevard trails and offers a longer, but less steep option to Alum Cave.  Both sets have unbelievable mountain views.  They say the Boulevard Trail offers the best chance of viewing wildlife.  We recommend you park at the Newfound Gap before your hike for best access to the trail(s) to LeConte.  Good luck on your hike! Stay at a vacation cabin rental in Gatlinburg, then go hike during the day for adventure and outdoor fitness.  Bring your camera to take scenic photos of your adventurous hike up to LeConte!  You’re sure to enjoy them in the future and they will provide daily inspiration.
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All You Need to Know About the Smoky Mountain Casino near Gatlinburg TN

The Smoky Mountains have so much to offer in beautiful cabin rentals, breathtaking scenery, fun-filled activities for the entire family, and historical landmarks from Tennessee to North Carolina.  If you get a chance while staying in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge and are feeling lucky, take a drive over to Cherokee for a day or night to visit their Harrah’s Cherokee Casino! To help you learn more about this Smoky Mountain casino near Gatlinburg TN, we’ve gathered all the important information you need to know!

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