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5 Ways to Bond With Family This Vacation in the Smokies

The best part of any family vacation in the Smokies is all the wonderful opportunities to bond with your loved ones! It’s part of the reason why the area is one of the most popular vacation destinations in America. Not to mention, the gorgeous scenery doesn’t hurt either! But what activities should your family plan to make the most of your quality time together? Check out 5 of the best ways to bond with family this vacation in the Smokies:

1. Stay Together in a Cabin

star dancerThere are certain perks of staying in a cabin that you simply won’t find in other lodging options. At the top of that list is all the fun that awaits for families! Whether it’s relaxing together on the back porch as you watch the sun set over the peaceful mountains, competing against one another in exciting games, taking a dip in the pool or cooking family dinner together, cabins come in clutch for families! We offer the largest collection of cabin rentals in the Smokies so you can easily find the perfect option for your family to enjoy.

2. Stroll Downtown Gatlinburg

Exploring downtown Gatlinburg is an absolute must! The streets are lined with an eclectic mix of shops, attractions, restaurants and more, so you never know what fun you may run into. Strolling the Gatlinburg Strip is a great way to experience the culture of the Smokies while checking out some of the area’s top places. Along your journey you and your family can have a blast at attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the Gatlinburg Space Needle and many others.

3. Explore the National Park

tremont waterfallGreat Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s most visited national park and it’s easy to see why. The beauty here is unmatched and something that attracts adventurers from all corners of the globe! As far as things to do in the park, you’ll have plenty of options that your family can decide on. Whether it’s hiking to soak up panoramic views, moseying to a stunning waterfall, learning about the area’s culture at historical sites, fishing in serene streams or even horseback riding, there’s something fun for every family.

4. Visit a Family-Friendly Adventure Park

The Smokies are home to many adventure parks full of fun for families! Dollywood in Pigeon Forge offers roller coasters, seasonal festivals and events, plus a water park perfect for the warmer months. Anakeesta in Gatlinburg features chondolas and a chairlift, ziplining adventures, a mountain coaster and a one-of-a-kind treetop experience. Ober Mountain in Gatlinburg has a number of snowsport activities as well as year-round activities while The Island in Pigeon Forge has rides, shops, restaurants and more.

5. Share a Delicious Meal

calhouns pigeon forgeBreak bread with family at one of numerous delicious restaurants throughout the Smokies! As you enjoy tasty cuisine, recap all your adventures in the Smokies or talk about all the fun that’s still to come. Whether you want to start your morning with fluffy pancakes for breakfast, enjoy a mouth-watering steak or seafood meal for dinner, or break up your adventures with lunch, you’ll have no problem finding a delicious restaurant to enjoy together!

You’ll feel closer than ever when you spend time bonding with your family this vacation in the Smokies! Check out our ultimate guide to planning a Smoky Mountain family vacation for more tips before your visit!