Great Smoky Mountains

Fall Events in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

Autumn in the Smokies has always been a special place to visit for families across the World.  If you haven’t been to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park during the Fall, I highly recommend taking in the amazing displays of color.  You will be awed by the fantastic assortments of leaf change, as well as mountain viewsGatlinburg & Pigeon Forge serve as great hosts to this amazing seasonal change.  You can book a cabin rental for your family or friends.  Enjoy a day of hiking, a grilled-out meal, or college football game on your cabin’s tube.

September features several impressive car shows such as Shades of the Past Rod Run XXIX at Dollywood & the Grand Fall Rod Run.  October features the peak of Autumn color, Gatlinburg’s Craftsmen Fair, & the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. November features the Winterfest Magic Festival & Chili Cook-off, Festival of Trees, and the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Thanksgiving in the Smokies is an amazing tradition for families throughout the United States that look to visit Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.  Families select vacation cabin rentals to host their traditional Thanksgiving meal.  No matter what month you choose to visit the Smoky Mountains this Fall, you’ll definitely create the memories of a lifetime!

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Should I Stay or Getaway? (Gatlinburg Family Vacations)

USA Today/Gallup poll recently found that more than 6 out of 10 Americans say it’s important that they get away from home this year, even if it means finding ways around high gas prices, airfares and hotel rooms to do it.  The poll indicated that Americans are prepared to pay more to get away this summer.
While some people find themselves too busy or putting off vacations, also known as “Vacation Procrastination,” this helps energy recharge and decreases stress levels of your routine life.  There are new ways to plan for vacations like doing a reverse vacation.  A reverse vacation is trying the opposite strategy of how you would normally plan or spend a vacation.  If you normally do a beach trip, why not try the mountains (ie Smoky Mountains) this year.  If you normally do a Summer vacation, why not try a winter trip to celebrate the holidays or take in the winter sports.
You may think about doing a Stay-cation, but will this help you fully release all the stress that has built up through the Season or allow the family to have the fun they deserve?  We recommend taking a weekend getaway or taking advantage of last minute specials, if you are trying to curb your financial expenses for this year’s vacation.  Furthermore, by choosing accommodations like vacation homes (ie cabin rentals or condos), you can curb “dining out” expenses by cooking your own meals at your vacation rental home.  These are all ideas to enjoy a unique vacation, while still keeping your travel budget-friendly.  Keep in mind the destination, also, when considering the most budget-friendly spots (ie Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg).
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park (Gatlinburg, Tennessee)

I was surprised to hear the original land, including buyout of all property owners & commercial businesses that were bought out, cost the government just $12 million dollars to account for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.   With ten to twelve million visitors per year, we could acquire that in a year just by charging each visitor one dollar.  However, it is important to say that the attendance to the Park is free to all travellers.  Did you know the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited National Park in the nation?

The park was chartered by the United States Congress in 1934 and officially dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940. It encompasses 814 square miles, making it one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States. The main park entrances are located along U.S. Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road) at the towns of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Cherokee, North Carolina.