Reasons to visit the Smoky Mountains:
- The National Park is FREE
- Can be extremely budget friendly
- Beautiful scenery
- An easy trip for all ages
- Can be a healthy trip if you hike
- 31/2 hours from Nashville
Things to do in the smoky mountains
- Cave adventuring
- Hiking, Camping, Fishing
- Tons of Ripley’s Attractions
- River rafting
- Try out Tennessee Moonshine
- Horse Riding
Top Spots to go in the National Park: Cades Cove and Clingmans Dome
Best spot 1 hour outside of the park: The Lost Sea Caverns is an underground lake and cave system. It is the largest in the USA. You can go in for an hour tour OR you can spend the night in the cave on their wild tour group. You need a group or you can have just a couple people but you still have to pay the group fee. The group fee is a couple hundred dollars for the wild cave tour. Other than that a day tour is around $30 per person. You get to take a boat ride on the lake and the cave writing in the photos is that of Confederates (it was carbon dated).Photos Below:
Best time to visit: Summer, Early Fall and Spring. If you go in late Fall or the Winter, the best parts of the park will be closed off.
Where to Stay:
Stay in the city of Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge because there is a lot to do and it is close to the National Park. My favorite place I have stayed in the Smokies is a cabin in the mountains in Pigeon Forge. My boyfriend and I went for Thanksgiving and he rented from cabinsforyou.com. I recommend staying in a cabin, but there is a ton of resorts and hotels downtown where you can walk to all the city attractions.
My outfit is a two piece that was under $30 from Forever 21. The shoes are Minelli and extremely comfortable. Sunglasses are Steve Madden and the Bandeau is from Victoria’s Secret.