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4 New Year’s Resolutions That Are Easy to Accomplish When You Visit The Smoky Mountains

We all try to come up with the perfect New Year’s resolution to help us accomplish a specific goal and improve our lives in the new year. Sometimes sticking with your resolution can be hard, but visiting the Smoky Mountains makes it simple! At Visit My Smokies, we’ve made a list of some common New Year’s resolutions and things to do in the Smoky Mountains that will make sticking with your resolution easy!

1. Exercise more

Friends hiking in the Smoky MountainsExercising more is one of the top New Year’s resolutions, but it’s one the hardest to keep up with. After long days at work, the last thing you want to do is go to the gym. There are plenty of fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains to exercise and stay healthy! Hiking is a great way to exercise while having fun. There are a variety of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from trails for beginner-level hikers, to advanced hikers, so you can pick the one that fits best for you. Not only will you get a great workout, but you’ll be able to see picture-perfect views of waterfalls, mountains and more. It’ll make your New Year’s resolution easy to keep up with.

2. Eat healthy

In addition to exercising, many people make eating healthy their New Year’s resolution. With the hundreds of dining options in the Smoky Mountains, you don’t have to give up your resolution while you’re on vacation. There are plenty of healthy food options that offer both nutritious and delicious meals. If you want to cook your own healthy meal in your Smoky Mountain cabin, visit the Gatlinburg Farmers Market. You’ll love the fresh local produce you can enjoy from May to October! If you want to go out to eat, try Gatlinburg’s Wild Plum Tea Room. The restaurant serves fresh, homemade lunch, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options! Eating healthy on vacation can be both easy and delicious!

3. Reduce stress & be happy

Family enjoying the views from their cabin's deck.The new year is the perfect time to get rid of all the stress from the past year, let go and be happy. The Smoky Mountains are the best place to go to do just that. Take a weekend getaway to a Smoky Mountain cabin and leave your stress and worries behind. You’ll be able to unwind in your own private hot tub while taking in gorgeous views of the Smoky Mountains, or curl up in front of the fire while you drink hot chocolate and watch your favorite shows on TV. There are secluded cabins that let you sit back and enjoy the peacefulness of the mountains with no distractions, but you’ll also be close to all the excitement in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Spend a night out on the town with friends, laughing and making memories that’ll last forever. A weekend in the Smoky Mountains is just what you need to reduce stress.

4. Improve your concentration

For years, people have been trying to find ways to improve their focus and way of thinking. If your New Year’s resolution is to improve your concentration and learn faster, there are a number of things to do in the Smoky Mountains that can help you. WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge is one of the top attractions. It’s a combination of education and entertainment and features more than 100 hands-on exhibits that will challenge your mind. You’ll learn new things and strengthen your ability to focus. Another way to work on your concentration is by participating in the Trapped Escape Game. You’ll have 60 minutes to solve puzzles, crack codes and more to find a 4-digit code to escape the room. It’s a fun way to improve your concentration!

Sticking with your New Year’s resolution is easy when you visit the Smokies! There are so many incredible things to do in the Smoky Mountains that help you accomplish all your resolutions. Check out all the attractions in the Smoky Mountains and have an unforgettable 2018!