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All You Need to Know About Taking a Smoky Mountain Vacation for Spring Break

Spring break will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start making plans for what you want to do! With great places to stay and endless things to do, you can’t go wrong spending your spring break in the Smoky Mountains. To help you plan the best trip, we’re sharing all you need to know about taking a Smoky Mountain vacation for spring break.

What to Pack

Woman packing for vacation to the Smoky MountainsOne of the hardest parts of preparing for vacation is figuring out what to pack. One thing is for sure though: You can’t forget to bring your swimsuit! When it comes to packing clothes, we recommend planning out what you want to do each day, then decide what you want to wear for those activities. Pick a few outfits that work well for exploring the outdoors, and some that are meant to be worn when you hit the town. If you can find outfits that work for both, pack those! It’s also important to keep an eye on what the weather conditions will be while you’re there so you know what temperatures to dress for and if it’s supposed to rain. Make sure you bring an umbrella or a rain jacket just in case! You can keep up to date with the weather by watching our forecast videos that are posted every Monday and Friday! If you’re still having trouble deciding on what to pack, check out our ultimate list of Smoky Mountain vacation packing tips.

Where to Stay

The living room in a log cabin rental in Pigeon Forge.One of the most important things you have to decide is where you want to stay! Luckily, the Smoky Mountains have an abundance of lodging options to choose from. If you’re coming with a large group, we recommend staying in one of the many large cabins in the area! There are cabins with indoor pools, hot tubs, theater rooms, game rooms and more. You’ll be able to enjoy all the comforts of home with the luxuries of being on vacation. You’ll also be able to find great deals and savings on cabins for your Smoky Mountain vacation! When you look for the Smoky Mountain cabin you want to stay in, you’ll see that there are so many amazing amenities to choose from. Since it’s spring break, we recommend staying in a cabin with an indoor pool, or one that has swimming pool access!

What to Do

There are so many fantastic things to do in the Smoky Mountains. When you visit in the spring, you’ll have both exciting outdoor and indoor activities to choose from. You can go shopping, visit popular attractions, dine at a local restaurant or just explore the area! Here are some popular things to do during the spring:

Go Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

When the weather is so beautiful, there’s no better way to enjoy it than by going for a hike on one of the many trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You’ll be able to enjoy incredible mountain views, plants, wildlife and more! Hiking is the perfect way to take in the beauty of the Smoky Mountains! You can also go fishing or have a picnic at one of the designated picnic areas in the park!

Dollywood’s Splash Country

If you plan your spring break Smoky Mountain vacation for May and the weather is warm enough, visit Dollywood’s Splash Country. The water park has provided guests with a way to beat the heat for more than 15 years. You can ride thrilling water rides, relax in a cabana or just explore the award-winning water park. Be sure to view Dollywood’s calendar to make sure it’s open on the day you plan to go!

Tropical fish swimming around colorful coral at Ripley's Aquarium of the SmokiesRipley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

If it rains during your trip, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is the perfect indoor attraction! The aquarium is full of exciting activities for people of all ages, from children to adults. You can swim with stingrays, come face-to-face with penguins or touch jellyfish! If you’re looking for a thrill, try the Glass Bottom Boat Adventure. You’ll ride out into the heart of Shark Lagoon with only 3 inches separating you and the 12-foot sharks that call it home! Ripley’s Aquarium is a great indoor attraction for your spring break.

These are just a few of the many exciting things to do in the Smoky Mountains during spring break. Check out all the amazing attractions and decide what you want to do during your Smoky Mountain vacation!

Once you decide what to pack, where to stay and what to do, you’re right on track to having an incredible Smoky Mountain vacation! Browse all the places to stay in the Smoky Mountains and start planning an unforgettable spring break!