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6 Reasons to Drop Everything and Catch a Flight to the Smoky Mountains

Sunrise over the Great Smoky MountainsAre you trying to decide where to go for your next vacation getaway? Whether you’re in search of warmer weather, less traffic or a fun daytime outing, it doesn’t get better than the Great Smoky Mountains. Here’s the top 6 reasons you should book your flight right now:

1. Warmer Weather

When you’re looking to spend a little time away from the chilly weather, the Smoky Mountains is just a short flight away! Weather in the Smoky Mountains averages in the 60s and 70s throughout most of the year, and it isn’t extremely cold in the winter months either.

Even though summer is the busiest season in the area, that doesn’t mean its the only beautiful time of year. Each of the four seasons bringsRiver through Wears Valley new scenery to the area, from fresh wildflowers in the spring to bright autumn colors in the fall.

2. Free Visits to the National Park

Of all 58 national parks that stretch across the United States, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited, welcoming over 9 million people from around the world each year.

Unlike most national parks, there is no fee to enter the Great Smoky Mountains. This means you can fly to the Smoky Mountains and spend all the time you want hiking, exploring historic areas and picnicking under the 130 types of trees that can be found in the park.

Cades Cove road in the national park3. Less Traffic & Fewer Crowds

Are you ready to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city life for a few days? Choose to step away from the busy streets of the city and start your vacation in the stress-free countryside. With little to no traffic in the area, and an efficient trolley service available to all travelers, no one will have to sit in stop-and-go traffic to get from place to place.

If you’re looking for a private vacation getaway, the Smoky Mountains has plenty of great places to escape the crowds, too:

  • Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Auto tours through historic areas in the national park
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Horseback riding
  • Tubing along the river
  • Ziplining

4. Photo-Ready WildlifeDeer roaming in the national park

The noisy Chicago streets often keep wildlife from roaming around the city. On the other hand, the Great Smoky Mountains are home to over 60 species of mammals that can often be found throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. The American Black Bear is the most well-known symbol of the national park, making daily appearances…you’ll want to have your camera ready! In addition to the black bears, you may also see: elk, deer, raccoons, coyotes and wild turkeys.

Smoky fog hanging over the Great Smoky Mountains5. Endless, Rolling Hills

When you fly to the Smoky Mountains, as soon as you step off the plane, you’ll notice a big change in scenery. Instead of the flat land of Chicago, you’ll be surrounded by the beautiful, rolling hills of East Tennessee.

6. Thrilling Baseball Games

You don’t have to leave everything behind when you take a trip to the Smoky Mountains! If you are a fan of the Chicago Cubs, you’ll definitely enjoy a Tennessee Smokies Baseball game. As the Minor League Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, the Tennessee Smokies have a very active schedule during the spring and early summer months.

If you’re ready to sit back, relax and experience a change of scenery, your journey begins here. To save money on your trip, Visit My Smokies encourages travelers to take advantage of the Smoky Mountain cabin specials and coupons on the website. We can’t wait to see you in the Smokies!