With school back in full swing and the holidays just around the corner, it may be hard to justify taking a vacation this fall in the Smoky Mountains. However, we at Alpine Mountain Chalets really want to encourage families to reconsider staying home this season, so we have put together our top four reasons we love spending fall in the Smoky Mountains.
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One of the best aspects of the Smoky Mountains is that they are located within a day’s drive of nearly two-thirds of the country’s population. What this means for families is that you don’t have to travel far to enjoy a relaxing weekend with your loved ones in the heart of our beloved mountains.
This also means that you won’t have to take a lot of time off of work or school to enjoy spending time in the Smoky Mountains. Therefore, even families with a busy schedule can sneak in a little time to getaway this season.
An example of the drive time to the Smoky Mountains include:
- Atlanta, GA: 3.75 hours
- Birmingham, AL: 5 hours
- Charlotte, NC: 3.75 hours
- Cincinnati, OH: 4.5 hours
- Indianapolis, IN: 6.25 hours
- Lexington, KY: 3.5 hours
- Mobile, AL: 8.5 hours
Fall in the Smoky Mountains is by far one of the prettiest times of year that this area experiences. Not is this the time where the temperatures outside begin to cool off, but it is also when the leaves in the mountains transition in color from deep greens to vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange.
This is also the last time visitors will be able to get a glimpse of the playful wildlife that call the Great Smoky Mountains home before they begin their wintertime nap.
On top of being such a close drive from home, the Smoky Mountains are also just a short drive away from a ton of fun and exciting attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Though these attractions are fun all year long for family vacations, there are a few that are particularly fun during the fall in the Smoky Mountains.
Our favorite fall attractions in the Smoky Mountains include:
Legacy Mountain Zip Lines
You and your family will love zipping through the treetops on all seven of the lines at Legacy Zip Lines in Pigeon Forge. Not only does this attraction offer the longest zip lines in the Smoky Mountains, but it also offers some of the most incredible views.
To learn more about Legacy Mountain Zip Lines, visit their website: http://www.adventureziplinesofpigeonforge.com/
If you love the fall colors in the Smoky Mountains, then you will love seeing them from 800 feet above the trees from the comfort of one of the many scenic helicopter tours of the Smoky Mountains. Starting as low as $27.44 per person, a scenic helicopter tour is both a fun and affordable way to see the Smoky Mountains this season.
To begin planning your helicopter tour, visit our friends at Scenic Helicopter Tours. You can find their website here: http://scenichelicoptertours.com/
With over 2 million visitors every year, Cades Cove is by far one of the most popular areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you have ever visited this peaceful mountain hideaway, this should come as no surprise to you. In addition to the abundance of playful wildlife that calls Cades Cove home, guests to this area will also find several historic home sites and buildings, including the only working grist mill remaining in the national park.
Not to mention, Cades Cove also offers a full-panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains. Therefore, guests visiting this area during the fall in the Smoky Mountains will feel as if they are surrounded by the beautiful scenery this time of year is known for.
You can explore Cades Cove either by car or by foot along the 11-mile loop road. When you are there, don’t forget to stop by the Cades Cove Visitor Center at the midway point of the road to pick up a unique souvenir from your fall vacation in the Smoky Mountains.
You can learn more about Cades Cove here: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/cadescove.htm
Last but not least, rounding out our top four reasons to spend fall in the Smoky Mountains is the ability to spend that time relaxing inside a peaceful Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin rental. Whether you choose to stay in a cabin that is in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg or you want something a little more off the beaten path, guests traveling to the area this season are sure to find a cabin or chalet they fall in love with.
To begin planning your family’s fall vacation in the Smoky Mountains, start by picking which of our relaxing Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabins is right for you. All of our rentals offer fantastic views of the Smoky Mountains fall foliage, and are available for a very affordable price.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at the number on the top of the page, or you can fill out our Smoky Mountain Vacation Information request form on our website, and one of our vacation experts will be sure to get back to you.