Are you thinking about visiting the Smoky Mountains and Sevierville this winter? If so, we want to help you make a decision! We know that it can be a challenge to know exactly what time of year is best to visit the Smokies. There’s no wrong answer for sure. Each season has its beauty and reasons you should visit, but today, we wanted to share some reasons that a winter trip to the Smokies is a great idea.
- Less Traffic
One of the most frustrating things about visiting the Smokies is the traffic situation. If you are really annoyed by having to wait and sit in traffic for a long period of time, winter is the best time of year to visit the Smokies. The roads are mostly clear and there’s very little foot traffic so you can enjoy a quieter, calmer version of the beautiful Smoky Mountains than you’ll find any other time of year.
- Great prices
The best rates of the year are offered during the winter since it’s the offseason. You will find great prices on everything from lodging to attractions – even restaurants run great specials this time of year. If you want to travel to the Smokies on a budget this year, winter is a great time to visit.
- More availability
The best lodging options are available in the winter months. A lot of times the best spots might get booked up months in advance for other times of year. During the winter, you will find much more selection so that you can find exactly what you are looking for in terms of view and accommodations.
Winterfest is a sight to behold for sure, especially if you love Christmas lights and holiday traditions. You can see the beautiful winterfest lights until February, and they light up the Smokies in a really special way.
- Winter events
Winter is host to several of the best events of the season. Winterfest, Christmas Parade, Santa Hustle 5K & Half Marathon, Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, and much more are super fun family friendly activities you can enjoy with your loved ones while in town.
- Snow-Capped Mountains and Warm Fireplaces
One reason you may want to consider visiting the Smokies during the winter months is because you may be able to catch a glimpse of the snow-capped mountains. Usually, in the higher elevations, the Smokies will be topped with snow and it’s a beautiful sight to behold that you can only see in the winter (well, sometimes in the fall, too). You can pull up a warm blanket and snuggle up by a fireplace with the mountains in the background.
- Great Holiday Tradition
Start a new holiday tradition in the Smoky Mountains. Bring your loved ones and cozy up for a beautiful winter holiday.