For a Spring break that’s alive with activity and scenic wonder, travel to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.
Offering miles of hiking trails and wildlife viewing, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is host to these and more. For those who love the outdoors, the park during Spring months is home to a diverse assortment of wildlife. Containing around 1500 black bears, the best viewing opportunities are in open areas. Inhabiting all elevations, bears are most active during the early morning and late evening. Carry binoculars to observe white-tailed deer, elk and black bears from a distance.
Plan to stay in Gatlinburg to experience a small town atmosphere with big events. Beginning in March, the Smoky Mountain Springfest offers activities for the whole family. Look for live entertainment, flowers in bloom and barbeques along the sidewalks.
In May, the Scottish Highland Games features opportunities where clans meet for bagpipe competitions, highland dancing and whiskey tasting.
Sign the family up for the Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament to take on the challenge to hook the largest trout.
For a chance to see filmmakers from all over the country, the Annual Gatlinburg Filmfest features independent films at River Terrace Resort.
Find a wide range of accommodations from Timber Tops in Gatlinburg to suit each personal taste. Rent a vacation cabin from Timber Tops for a true mountain experience. Recommended for ski vacations, a cabin near Ober Gatlinburg will allow guests a getaway near the slopes for hours of breathtaking views and participation in a fun, challenging sport. Stay in the heart of Gatlinburg and find many choices of cabins. Many cabins haveindoor pools and jacuzzis for relaxation after a day around town.
Spring in Gatlinburg offers many activities to do right in town. For shopping, over 400 stores sell arts and crafts, souvenirs and antiques. At the Mountain Mall, find 36 unique themed shops.
For another experience in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge offers popular and unusual activities. Known as one of the best attractions in the South, Dollywood offers thrilling rides and entertainment. Ride the Thunderhead or Mystery Mine roller coaster for extreme thrills. During Spring, Dollywood’s Festival of Nations includes a showcase of entertainment from around the world. Be captivated by acrobat acts, high wire artists and traditional music from South America.
Besides the wild rides of Dollywood, thrill seekers may want to experience the unique adventures of the Pigeon Forge Sky Scraper. Located at Parkway, this exciting new ride takes guests high above Parkway and then turns them upside down.
Take a ride in a Zorb for a one-of-a-kind roll down a hill. Eleven feet high and eleven feet around, this round, hollow bouncy ball is a cross between a waterfall and a roller coaster.
Additional outdoor activities in Pigeon Forge include white water rafting, kayak rentals and mountain bicycling tours.
Last but not least, the Smoky Mountain things to do list includes interacting with the people there who go out of their way for visitors with old fashioned Souther Hospitality.