Summer travel tips in the Smokies

When planning your summer vacation, you should consider many different factors. Consider the weather, the traffic, the cost of accommodations, and of course, the basic travel plans. Will you fly, drive, or take a bus or road trip with a group? Whatever you decide, there is no need to break the bank when planning a much-needed and well-deserved getaway. Planning in advance will help cut down on cost and stress for the whole family.

With two-thirds of the population within driving distance to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you can bet that wherever you are you will have options for traveling. Pigeon Forge, TN is not far away either! The average cost of filling up your car is $60. Splitting the gas cost by driving with friends or other couples will also help save you a lot of money.

Another way to save money is by cooking in your cabin. You will save even more money if you pack food from home so that you do not have to grocery shop while you are in town for vacation.

Looking for ways to stay cool during your stay in the Smoky Mountains? Rent a cabin with a private pool or one with pool access. For a couple looking to escape reality, they should vacation to the Edge of Paradise! This cabin sleeps two guests and is located in Pigeon Forge. Copper River boasts a beautiful swimming area with a bridge, waterfall, and a saltwater treated pool. Jump’n Inn offers four bedrooms, a home theater, and a washer/dryer. Jump’n Inn also has access to an outdoor community pool, so you can cool off during summer months. For a private cabin that has mountain views, look no further than Sierra Springs.

Another good idea would be to visit the local water parks. Dollywood’s Splash Country is a great place to visit with both adults and kids. This is a fun and interactive way to stay cool during the summer months. It features rides, toddler-friendly areas, and covered areas that can be rented throughout the day.

You could also go hiking to see the natural beauty and to cool off beneath the trees in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cool off as you hike to the various waterfalls and sit as you get misted by the cool, fresh mountain water.

Also remember to be prepared for the warm weather! Pack light clothes that can be layered on cooler nights and bring along tennis shoes for hiking, water shoes for the park, flip flops for heading to the pool, water to stay hydrated, and plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin!

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