Smoky Mountains attractions
The Smoky Mountains attractions are many and varied all of which are scattered in the nearby towns such as Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. However, above all, the most famous is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that receives countless millions making it the most visited park. It is so huge that you can spend a week here, but without spotting the same route twice. For the tourists, there are 10 campgrounds, 800 miles of trails for hiking, maintained historic edifices, and copious wildlife. The main attractions in the park include the Appalachian Trail, Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, and Laurel Falls.
Cades Cove refers to a legendary farming valley housing variety of wildlife, while the Clingmans Dome accessible by walking the Appalachian Trail is the park’s as well as the Tennessee’s highest point offering some most breathtaking vistas. From the Sugarlands Visitors Center, walk on the Newfound Gap Road for 13 miles to reach the beautiful Morton Overlook that is the best place for the sunset view. For those who are looking for some easy hike, go for the Laurel waterfall of 2.5 miles including the round trip. This trail is cobbled and even strollers can explore it. Continue driving on the same road featuring tunnels and steep grades through the mountains. If you are camping, just beware of the snakes and bears!
Considering the other Smoky Mountains attractions, do explore the Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens where you will be on a memorable tour of strolling via a Biblical globe as it was before 2000 years. On the way, you will encounter life-size representations of some of the most vital episodes of the Jesus Christ’s life. In addition, you will get a chance to spot a notable carving of Christ, precious gems, and ancient coins. All this is on the level ground accessible even for the handicaps.
Something adventurous is waiting for you at the Bluff Mountain Adventures that offers guided ATV Trail rides in the mountains. Via this ride on 7,000 acres, you can spot the trails, pass through the streams, cascade via the falls, or ascend up for the best scenic vista. However, this is possible only if the weather is permitting.
If you are with your kids, the Dinosaur Walk Museum will be your top getaway leaving behind all the Smoky Mountains attractions. Marvel at the largest collection in the world of over 50 dinosaurs, know about the poisonous snakes in the more than 20 reptile exhibits, and spend time as a researcher by reading the informative text revealing the tale of the dazzling life forms. I recommend this for the entire family for an unforgettable educational trip.
If you are in the Smoky Mountains and are a good skier, the Cataloochee Ski Area cannot be missed. Enjoy the splendid vistas of the flanking peaks while you are in your chairlift that has never been so marvelous, learn the basics and practice the skills of skiing on its smooth slopes if you are a beginner, explore the activities on the Rock Island Run and Lower Omigosh if you are an intermediate skier or snowboarder, and rejoice at the steep Upper Omigosh meant for the seasoned experts. Skiers as well as snowboarders enjoy the thrill at the Cat Cage Terrain Park.
For a golfer, the best pick will be the Davy Crockett Mini Golf in whose backdrop lies the mountains. Explore the two scenically landscaped 18-hole courses. One of the Smoky Mountains attractions that you just cannot miss is the Railroad shrouded in the mystique of the past and offering the guests a scenic train trip in the fertile valleys, over the river gorges, and into tunnels. In short, this North Carolina section of the mountains offers a variety of fantastic landscapes.
At the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, you can spend many hours as you explore the gallery exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs, and festivals while you are on a historic tour for visiting the diverse cultures. You will mostly encounter the 5000-year-old artifacts such as pottery, food ways, games, and medicine.
Prefer to ride on a horseback? Even that is possible via the four horseback riding stables namely, Sugarlands, Cades Cove Riding Stables, Smokemont, and Smoky Mountain Riding Stables inside the park.
Prefer to stay in one of the economic cabins, chalets and mountainside homes for $100 per night in off-season and $135 in peak season excluding tax. Otherwise, stay in Townsend – “Peaceful Side of the Smokies” – where there many resorts as well as campgrounds.