We know that planning your trip to the Smoky Mountains can be fun and challenging all at the same time. We want to help make your trip planning a little easier so that when you come to the Smokies you know how to get around and enjoy yourself while you’re in town. If you are planning a trip for a few days or for a full week or more, there are some key tips that can help ensure that your travel experience is the best you’ve ever had. Read on to find out what our best advice is for new and veteran travelers to the Smokies.
- Create a trip itinerary (but leave some room for flexibility!)
The easiest way to enjoy an easy and smooth trip is to go in with a clear but flexible plan. This will ensure that you can stay on track without constantly having to field the question, “what are we going to do next?” as you quickly surf through potential options. Take some time to really research and explore all the options so that you can get the most out of your trip to the Smokies.
- Plan around peak traffic times
Depending on the time of year you decide to visit, there are different traffic patterns and peak traffic times. If you can plan your trip around getting in early (before 10 a.m.) or late (after 8 p.m.) you can minimize the amount of time that you may have to sit in traffic.
- Find your preferred viewing spot to get the best glimpse of the Smokies
In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are so many viewing spots for you to really sit back and take it all in once you get into town. Depending on where you want to go and how you want to travel through the Smokies (on foot hiking, auto-touring in the car, etc.), there will be different viewing spots that are right for you. The Gatlinburg Bypass is a popular place to view the Smokies, if you want to just go to a quick viewing spot. If you are looking for something a little more off the beaten path, find a hiking trail with a spectacular view at the end. Often, your Sevierville cabin can have an exceptional view of the Smokies for you to enjoy.