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Southern Living Named Gatlinburg Top Spring Break Destination

Gatlinburg was recently put at the top of Southern Living Magazine’s list of “12 Last-Minute Spring Break Trips to Book Right Now.” Gatlinburg comes alive in the spring with gorgeous wildflowers and exciting events! When you’re planning your last-minute spring break trip, there is no better place to choose than Gatlinburg. Read on to find out more about Southern Living’s list and why you should visit Gatlinburg for spring break.

Southern Living Last-Minute Spring Break Destination

Overlook of GatlinburgSouthern Living put together a list of 12 of the best last-minute spring break trips you should book right now. It’s no surprise that the City of Gatlinburg came first on the list. Southern Living suggested starting your spring break with a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or attending one of the popular spring events, like the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage! The article also suggests “catching some thrills” at Ober Gatlinburg or letting the grown-ups sneak off for Wine Weekend. Other places on the list include Greenville, South Carolina and Easton, Maryland.

Things to Do in Gatlinburg for Spring Break

When you visit Gatlinburg for spring break, there will be an endless amount of good times and fun. We’ve made our own guide of the top things to do in Gatlinburg to enjoy the best spring break!

1. Enjoy an Outdoor Adventure

One of the best things to do when you visit Gatlinburg for spring break is try a fun outdoor adventure! Spring brings the perfect temperatures to be outside and have fun. You can go on a zipline tour at CLIMB Works, go white water rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors, or go for a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Peak wildflower season in the Smokies is mid to late April, so if you visit around that time you can plan to see all the gorgeous wildflowers!

2. Take a Walk Along the Parkway

Cars driving through downtown Gatlinburg.Take some time during your spring break to explore downtown Gatlinburg. When you take a walk along the Parkway, you’ll get to see all the incredible attractions, shops, and restaurants up close! Step into a world of strange and unusual at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, or browse the shops in The Village to find the perfect Smoky Mountain souvenir. When you get hungry, visit one of the many delicious Gatlinburg restaurants, like Crockett’s Breakfast Camp or Cherokee Grill!

3. Visit Scenic Attractions

Gatlinburg is beautiful all year round, and one of the best times to see the sights is during the spring! During spring break, visit some of the scenic attractions in town. Ride the scenic Chondola up to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain, where you’ll have breathtaking views of the mountains, or head to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, where you’ll have 360 degree views of the area. You can also go for a scenic drive in the national park! Cades Cove Loop Road is one of the most popular drives. Along the 11-mile loop, you’ll have the chance to see historic sites and structures, mountain views, and wildlife.

4. Stay in a Gatlinburg Cabin Rental

The covered porch of a beautiful log cabin.The best place to stay for your Gatlinburg spring break is in a cabin! There are Gatlinburg cabin rentals for everyone, from couples, to families, to large groups. No matter who you’re spending your spring break with, you’ll be able to find the perfect cabin. Relax on the deck and take in the gorgeous scenery, or gather around the fire pit to roast marshmallows! Cabins come with a variety of fun amenities, from pool tables, to theater rooms, to swimming pools. They also provide an affordable option for groups. To save on your stay, take a look at our Gatlinburg cabin specials.

Now that you know why you should visit Gatlinburg for spring break, it’s time to make your trip official! Browse all our Gatlinburg cabin rentals and book your stay today.