A Summer Day Itinerary in the Smokies

If you haven’t experienced summer in the Great Smoky Mountains you’re really missing out. The weather is warm, the trees and flowers are in full bloom, the kids are out of school and it’s the perfect time for a family getaway. 


Today, we’ll be sharing our favorite places, hikes, and activities to do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during summertime. If you’re looking for the perfect summer day itinerary in the Smokies, look no further, we’ve got you covered!


To Start…

To start your day of adventures off you will definitely need some fuel! Everybody loves pancakes, so your first stop should be at none other than one of the famous pancake houses. You can’t go wrong with any of the pancake houses in town. Some of our favorites include Pancake Pantry, Smoky Mountain Pancake House and Log Cabin Pancake House. 


Your Mid-Day Adventures…


Summer is a wonderful time to hit the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park is beautiful, the wildlife is out and the trails are lined with beautiful wildflowers that you won’t be able to take your eyes off of. A few of our favorite hikes are: 

  • Gregory Bald 
  • Schoolhouse Gap Trail
  • Big Creek Trail


If you’re not nature or hiking type, you can still pack the car and head to the Smokies for a scenic drive and picnic later on for lunchtime. The best scenic drive in the Smokies is through Cades Cove. An 11-mile loop that will completely take your breath away. When you get hungry, there are plenty of places to park and take your family on shorter hikes for a mid-day picnic! 


Finish Your Day Off In Your Cozy Cabin Rental 

There’s no other way to finish the perfect day in the Smokies than heading back to your Alpine Mountain Chalets Cabin rental! Our cabin rentals offer many different amenities for guests such as fully equipped kitchens for homemade meals, hot tubs, pools, game rooms, outdoor patios and decks, and big living spaces so your family can relax together.