School is out, the temps are rising, and it’s time to plan a getaway! The Smoky Mountain region is a popular summertime vacation destination for guests across the globe. Not only is it a fairly affordable destination with accommodations for the whole family, but there are so many things to do in the area. Forget the beach or the annual pool pass, and shoot for a summer vacation in the Smokies!
While there are many reasons to love this part of the country, outdoor activities are the primary motivator for most guests visiting the area. If you’re looking for some fun, healthy things to do in the Smokies, consider these local favorites.
Tackle Some of the Local Trails
Smoky Mountain National Park is a bucket list item for many people. Tackling the many local trails is a great way to spend your summer vacation in the Smokies. Taking a hike is a great way to see much of the park while also enjoying a little exercise. On many of the trailheads you’ll find educational markers guiding you on your journey. A glimpse of the local wildlife may also be on the horizon, creating an even more enjoyable experience. Either way, hiking is a must-do when in the Smokies.
Blaze Through the Trees with a Zipline Adventure
Zipline tours are one of the most popular things to do in the Smokies. The summertime months are perfect for this type of adventure as the summer foliage is in full bloom creating a shady canopy and aesthetic ride. Additionally, the natural breeze you’ll experience when zipping through the trees is a welcome reprieve from the summer heat. These tours are perfectly reputable and safe, and even though you may have a fear of heights, it’s time to take a risk and enjoy this local activity.
Grab a Pail and Pole
Fishing is another popular pastime in the area. When you envision summer vacation in the Smokies, you probably picture a relaxing, scenic time away, and that’s exactly what you’ll get when fishing in the area. Poplar fishing locations include Herbert Holt Park (great for vacationers with kiddos), LeConte Creek (hotspot for rainbow trout), and Douglas Lake (perfect for all skill levels). Each spot offers a unique glimpse of the Smoky Mountain region. You can relax by the bay while soaking up that luscious mountain air. Now that sounds like vacation!
That Cabin Feel Rounds Out the Experience
The best thing about vacationing in the Smokies is the great accommodations. Known for the rustic, downhome cabin vibe, you’ll get the full experience when staying at one of the cabins offered by Diamond Mountain Rentals . Popular picks include Laurel Manor, with several bedrooms and a sleeper sofa for large groups; or trendy, pet-friendly condos like Honey Bear Hideaway that comes complete with washer and dryer, outdoor hot tub, and access to the condo swimming pool. Regardless, these cabins are located close to all the things to do in the Smokies. A convenient homebase with awesome amenities makes for a great vacation!