Before you visit a destination for the first time, you will have tons of questions that you’ll certainly need answered. Some you’ll figure out through your research, but with some, a little insider information regarding things to do in the Smoky Mountains can surely be helpful. Let us help you out a bit with some of the most common questions we can answer for you!
1. What Are the Best Restaurants?
The first question here is a bit tricky. People have varying opinions on what are the very best restaurants in the area. We can tell you that there has to be room for homestyle Southern comfort foods on your visit. A long-time favorite of guests has to be The Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge, and another long-standing tradition in Gatlinburg is Pancake Pantry. If you start with these two, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what to choose for the rest of your trip.
2. What Are the Best Attractions for Kids?
While we think both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg will be great for kids, one clearly has an edge on the sheer amount of activities. Pigeon Forge is a kids’ fantasyland with The Track offering go-karts and much more; Crave Golf Club is a dazzling new attraction that the kids will love as well. Maybe the crown jewel of attractions for kids is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg. With the amount of things to do in the Smoky Mountains for kids, they shouldn’t be bored for one minute of your vacation!
3. What Are the Best Hiking Trails?
If you are a beginner to hiking, it’s best to start at Sugarlands Visitors Center where they have a few easy ones. The Cataract Falls Trail is an easy one mile hike that’s rewarded with a nice little falls. Fighting Creek Nature Trail is a loop trail about the same distance, where you can see a few old cabins. In other areas nearby, the Trillium Gap Trail to Grotto Falls and Laurel Falls Trail are beautiful as well, but you might want to start your day early, because their scenic waterfalls make them both heavily visited.
4. Where Can I Get the Best Mountain Views?
When you’re looking for things to do in the Smoky Mountains, it’s best to actually visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to get the most stunning mountain views. Admission to the park is free so hop in the car and head onto Newfound Gap Road to see a wonderful display of nature. Stop at the many pull-offs, go up to Clingmans Dome, or take an incredible journey through time and visit Cades Cove with its majestic mountain views in an amazing setting!
Those are our answers to your questions about things to do in the Smoky Mountains. This is by no means everything, so it’s up to you to discover more to love about your vacation here. If you want to know whether a cabin is the way to go for your accommodations, let Alpine Chalet Rentals show you the way to your vacation home! Book your cabin for wonderful Smoky Mountain memories!