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How Visiting the Smoky Mountains Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

For many people, the start of a new year means setting goals for self-improvement. There are a lot of different goals people set for the new year, from getting in shape to being more adventurous. A trip to the Smoky Mountains may be able to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions for 2024. Keep reading to find out how visiting the Smoky Mountains can help you keep the following New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s Resolution #1: Travel More

View of Wears Valley Road that leads to Wears ValleyA common New Year’s resolution is to travel more. Many of us get caught up in our daily lives and at the end of the year realize we never went anywhere besides our home and work. Travel can help you learn more about the world, yourself, and those around you. If your New Year’s resolution is to travel more, then you should start planning a trip to the Smoky Mountains! The Smoky Mountains offer lots of fun things to do and see, providing plenty of opportunities for you to experience something new and get out of your regular routine.

New Year’s Resolution #2: Get In Shape

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get in better shape. A lot of people join a gym at the start of a new year to help them achieve this goal. While working out in a gym can be effective, there are other ways to get in shape as well. The Smoky Mountains offer numerous ways to exercise while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Hiking in the mountains is a great way to work out while getting to see gorgeous mountain vistas or waterfalls. Other fun physical activities include skiing or ice skating at Ober Mountain, jumping at a trampoline park, whitewater rafting, biking, and more!

New Year’s Resolution #3: Spend More Time with Family

family in the woodsIs your New Year’s resolution to spend more time with your family? Visiting the Smoky Mountains is the perfect way to do just that! Your family can all stay in one place in a Smoky Mountain cabin where you can spend quality time together playing games, cooking, watching movies, and chatting. There are a number of family-friendly activities nearby, including Dollywood, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, mini golf courses, mountain coasters, hiking, and much more. A trip to the Smokies is sure to bring your family closer together this year!

New Year’s Resolution #4: Unplug from Social Media

Many people are deciding that this is the year they are going to unplug from social media and minimize time spent on these platforms. If you’re looking for an easy way to unplug, then you should take a Smoky Mountain vacation. You’ll be so busy with everything there is to do–from exploring the mountains to trying new foods to enjoying various attractions–that you won’t need to spend time scrolling through your feed. Plus, you likely won’t even have a cell phone signal in the mountains, which means you won’t be tempted to pull up social media and instead can simply enjoy being in the moment.

New Year’s Resolution #5: Do Something That Scares You

roller coaster at dollywoodIf you’re trying to become more adventurous, your New Year’s resolution may be to do something that scares you. There are lots of attractions in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville where you can step out of your comfort zone and try something that intimidates you. If you’re afraid of heights, try riding the scenic chairlift to the top of Anakeesta. If roller coasters scare you, visit Dollywood and hop on a roller coaster to face your fears. Forbidden Caverns can help you overcome fears of the dark or small spaces. Other ways to do something that scares you include ziplining, whitewater rafting, escape rooms, hiking, and many more.

New Year, New Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

These are just a few of the ways visiting the Smoky Mountains can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. When you visit the Smokies this year, you’ll be able to engage in all sorts of new experiences. Find out more about new things coming to the Smoky Mountains in 2024 so you can try more new things, spend time with family, and escape from your everyday routine!