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Many families take advantage scheduled school holidays when they make their plans for their family vacation. Planning a vacation to the Smoky Mountains during the typical one week time period most schools allow for winter break or spring break means the vacation destinations will have higher crowds. It also means that room rentals and attractions may have very low vacancies and is a good idea to plan ahead since waiting on your reservations is not likely to result in a better price but you may miss out on your top choice. A particularly attractive area for family vacations located near the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg with many choices for family centered activities during every season of the year. Many families join with other family members to rent a cabin or chalet that is large enough to accommodate everyone under one roof. This helps both families to come closer together and also save on rental expenses and is also convenient for preparing cost saving meals together.
There are many sights and activities in the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area that appeal to the entire family. Some of the most popular regional attractions within driving distance are Dollywood, the Biltmore Estate and the Bristol Motor Speedway. In nearby Pigeon Forge, vacationers can choose from a dozen or so theaters that present shows daily. Whether entertainment preferences lean toward comedy, music or magic, an outstanding show at one or more of the theaters is sure to satisfy everyone.
A getaway to the Smoky Mountains would not be complete unless the vacationing family spends some time enjoying the awesome natural beauty of the region. With over 800 miles of hiking trails, Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides a beautiful backdrop for a day of hiking with the entire family. Beautiful picnic areas along the way make an ideal rest stop to enjoy a leisurely lunch. Whitewater rafting, ziplining, horseback riding and bicycling is also available for those adventureous members of the family. Families will be pleased to know that outdoor sports are available for their enjoyment during the winter, and kids of all ages enjoy snowboarding, skiing, snow tubing and ice skating at Tennessee’s only ski resort, Ober Gatlinburg.
Many families have discovered that vacationing in the Smoky Mountains area during school holidays is a welcome break for children and adults alike, and they return to the area year after year.