While there is never a bad time to visit Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and the Great Smoky Mountains, there is something different about summertime in eastern Tennessee. From little ones to teens, your trip can be the most memorable one yet.
Of course, no summer vacation list would be complete without Dollywood. From rollercoasters to vendors and music, Dollywood has thrills, sights, and sounds for everyone in your family to enjoy. One of the incredible things about the 150-acre park, too, is that there are calming rooms throughout the site for those who have sensory sensitivity, created with Autism Speaks. What a great way to ensure that your theme-park theatrics don’t cause distress!
If after Dollywood you’re still looking for engaging fun, check out the Upside-Down House at Wonderworks, along with exhibits, interactive displays, a ropes course, earthquake and hurricane replication, and other extreme immersion activities. Kids, teens, and adults all learn a little something and burn some energy at this staple attraction.
The Great Smoky Mountains
Being in the foothills, it’s no surprise that families from near and far travel to the area to explore the Great Smoky Mountains. With dozens of hiking trails of varying difficulty and lengths, sweeping views, and waterfalls to explore, taking the family on a hike through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a wonderful way to connect with nature, each other, and enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains.
All of these activities will surely tire you and your family out- so where to stay during this summer vacation? Being in the Smoky Mountains, the best option is to book one of Alpine Mountain Chalets cabins, chock-full of amenities. From 1 bedroom retreats to cabins with 5+ bedrooms, you can find one that suits your needs. Pools, hot tubs, pool tables, TV’s and views for miles are all at your fingertips. The sunrises and sunsets just don’t get any better.