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6 Tips on How to Have the Best Family Vacation in the Smoky Mountains

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July 23, 2018

Family vacations are all about having the opportunity to spend quality time with the ones you love in a place you love. That’s why the Smoky Mountains is the perfect destination. There are plenty of memories to be made and adventures to be had. To guarantee you have a great time with your family, follow these 6 tips on how to have the best family vacation in the Smoky Mountains:

1. Choose the Perfect Cabin

The family room in one of our Pigeon Forge cabins near Dollywood.

The first step in planning an amazing vacation in the Smoky Mountains is finding a place to stay. At Timber Tops Cabin Rentals, we have a variety of beautiful cabin rentals that have everything you need for a great stay. Our cabins come with all the comforts of home, like fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, and cable TV. But they also come with extra amenities that make your stay even more special, like hot tubs, games, fire pits, and so much more! You will find everything from cabins with home theaters so you can watch a family movie on the big screen, to cabins with indoor pools so you and your kids can splash around any time! There is no doubt that one of our Smoky Mountain cabins is the best place to stay for your family’s vacation.

2. Find the Best Family-Friendly Attractions

One of the main reasons to have your family vacation in the Smoky Mountains is because the area is full of family-friendly attractions! Finding what to do on your vacation is one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make. We recommend letting your kids have a say in what activities to try — after all, when they are happy, so are you! There is everything from mini golf, to go karts, to theme parks. Some of the best family-friendly attractions in the area include Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, WonderWorks, Dollywood and Crave Golf Club. For more kid-friendly attractions in the Smoky Mountains, check out these fun things to do in Sevierville!

3. Set a Vacation Budget

family cooking in kitchen

One thing you should definitely do before your trip is set a vacation budget. You will have a much more enjoyable time knowing that you aren’t breaking the bank while you are here. A good thing about this is that staying in our cabins helps you save! You can spend less by cooking family meals inside your cabin and enjoying the entertainment your cabin provides. Many of our cabins have access to a resort pool, so you will love not having to buy tickets to a water park just to splash around! We also offer cabin specials that provide discounts on your stay, and a luxury pass that gives you free admission to some of the best attractions in town! Sticking with your budget is easy when you stay with Timber Tops Cabin Rentals, and it will help guarantee you have a stress-free vacation in the Smoky Mountains.

4. Don’t Overpack

Packing for vacation might just be the most challenging part of it all, especially when you have kids to pack for as well! The key is not to overpack and to pack smart. It helps having an idea of what you want to do during vacation so you can plan what outfits you want to wear. We recommend comfortable clothes and shoes so you can enjoy all that the area has to offer, whether it’s strolling through Dollywood or hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park . Always make sure to check the weather when you pack as well, and be prepared for both rain and shine. Packing less means less to carry on your trip and less laundry to do when you get back!

5. Expect the Unexpected

Family enjoying view from Gatlinburg cabin with arcade games

Another important tip to having the best family vacation in the Smoky Mountains is to expect the unexpected. Unpredictable things, like the weather, may interfere with your plans, but you can’t let it interfere with having fun! You can take comfort in knowing that there is always something exciting to do in the area. Sometimes the best adventures are the ones that aren’t planned at all, so keep an open mind if things work out differently than you expected!

6. Take Lots of Pictures

Our final tip is to take a lot of pictures while you’re on vacation! Not only are there beautiful sights all around you, but pictures help you cherish the memories you make forever. There are so many opportunities for family photos — and the more the better! Whether it’s on the deck of your cabin with the Smoky Mountains in the background or dressed up in costumes for an old time photo, you will love being able to look back on your trip through all the pictures you take.

You’re guaranteed to have the best family vacation in the Smoky Mountains if you follow these tips! Browse all of our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals to find the perfect one for your family, then start planning your vacation.

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