Summertime for many of us means a break from school and career demands, to take advantage of the fruits of labor by our family. Vacation planning is often a time for which we plan throughout the year. One special destination place for the family getaway is the Smoky Mountain region.
The incomparable beauty of the Smoky Mountains can be a preliminary draw for families. Nature unfolds in abundance and splendor in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The 800 square miles of wilderness provides opportunities for day trips to picnic sites and family gatherings of all types. You will also find cozy camp sites that can become a wilderness home away from home.
But outdoor immersion and the wilderness may not be for everyone. You can also choose from sophisticated destination spots. Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge specially tailor their environs for the enjoyment of people looking to experience the local uniquities.
Several family friendly attractions in the area include:
- Art galleries and craft galleries abound, and are diverse as the interests of people. Included but not limited to, are Smoky Mountain Art Gallery, Oconoluftee Indian Village, and Arrowmont School of Arts And Crafts.
- Museums that share the culture of the local flavor, along with more worldly topics.
- The Gatlinburg Space Needle offers a 400 foot high observation deck for a full view of the Great Smoky Mountains.
- Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country, where you can cool off in the summer heat, or enjoy the many rides and attractions with the family.
Families looking for an upscale experience among the grandeur of the Smoky Mountains will be enchanted as much by the delightful lodging choices, as they are by the local destinations. There are many styles and sizes of cabins and condos available to choose from. Many of them are conveniently located near family friendly activities and entertainment.
Families can choose a wide variety of experiences from worldly and educational attractions to the incomparable beauty of the wilderness.