Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Favorite Vacation Ideas in the Smokies (Gatlinburg, TN)

I have many fantastic memories of Gatlinburg with family, a loved one, or on my own.  Obviously, one of the immediate images that comes up is the Great Smoky Mountains.  I've grown up hiking these mountains, wading in its streams, and taken photos that suit my fancy.

However, there are many great parts to the Smokies that will reward you with outstanding vacation memories here.  These include the experience of staying in a log cabin for your vacation lodging.  Most of these cabins are professionally decorated, have full kitchens, and give you some privacy during your visit.  Also, the newer luxury cabins generally have hot tubs, gamerooms, and mountain views.  There are also other outdoor activities like horseback riding, ziplining, river rafting, tubing, and biking.  All of these activities are great for romantic getaways, friends, or family.

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are also getting to be known for its nightlife.  You can visit many of the fine dining establishments or have a drink with your friends, if desired.  For those that are more daytime activitists, I recommend visiting the Aquarium of the Smokies or Dollywood in Pigeon Forge.  Your family may also want to make a Splash at Splash Country this Summer to combat the heat! 

On vacation, it is important to socialize with friends and family, but also important to relax and cast your worries aside for a short time.  I will always love my vacations to the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas.  We'll see you there sometime!

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