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6 Ways to Recharge Your Batteries on a Vacation to the Smoky Mountains

A vacation to the Smoky Mountains is just what you need to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Smoky Mountains are the perfect place for a vacation, offering a long list of fun for folks of all ages alongside breathtaking views you won’t find anywhere else! Some quality peace and quiet can be hard to find; luckily there’s plenty of it to be enjoyed in the Smoky Mountains! Here are 6 ways to recharge your batteries on a vacation to the Smoky Mountains:

1. Enjoy Nature With a Hike

The best way to enjoy the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains is to immerse yourself in it! A trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park makes for an exciting day full of adventure while being surrounded by the flora, fauna and wildlife of the Smokies. Numerous hikes in the Smoky Mountains come complete with picturesque mountain views for you to enjoy with family and friends, or choose to take some time for yourself with a solo hike on your vacation to the Smoky Mountains.

2. Sips on a Wine Trail

Bootleggers Winery in the Smoky MountainsThese trails are a little more laid back than the ones you’ll enjoy exploring in the national park! The Rocky Top Wine Trail is Tennessee’s first and most visited wine trail, allowing you to try specialty wines made by 5 different local wineries all while exploring Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Choose to go for a self-guided tour of the wineries at your own pace or sign up for a VIP guided tour. The Gatlinburg Wine Trail is a similar experience that features some of the top wineries in Gatlinburg.

3. Take in Views From High Above

You can’t leave the Smoky Mountains without first taking some time to enjoy the marvelous mountain views! The best way to do that on your vacation to the Smoky Mountains is by visiting one of several attractions that offer scenic views of the area from high above. Gatlinburg SkyPark, the Gatlinburg Space Needle, the scenic chair lift at Ober Mountain and the gondolas and chondolas at Anakeesta serve up some of the very best bird’s-eye views around.

4. Explore Old Mill Square & Patriot Park

old mill pigeon forgeOld Mill Square and Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge make for a fun day of exploring! Old Mill Square is home to The Old Mill, a collection of delectable restaurants and specialty shops worth exploring at this historical mill site. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal, grab some souvenirs at the General Store, watch pottery being made or grab some ice cream from the Creamery. Patriot Park is next door to Old Mill Square and features a walking path along the Little Pigeon River as well as plenty of opportunities for fishing, recreation, relaxation and more.

5. A Scenic Drive

Scenic drives are a must on your next vacation to the Smoky Mountains! Scenic drives serve up spectacular views of some of the most naturally gorgeous areas in the Smokies. Scenic drives are perfect for folks who want to enjoy nature but may have mobility issues or aren’t interested in hiking. From the comfort of your own car, you’ll get to enjoy the beauty that makes the Smoky Mountains such a special place.

6. Relax at a Cabin

deck of a Smoky Mountain cabin in SeviervilleHaving your own private space that you can retreat to for peace and quiet at any time is one of the best ways to recharge your batteries on a vacation to the Smoky Mountains! We suggest staying in one of these Smoky Mountain cabin rentals to make the most of your trip to the Smokies. Have all the amenities your family needs all while being tucked away in your private nature haven!

You’ll be back to 100% when you recharge your batteries by enjoying these relaxing things to do in the Smoky Mountains! If the whole family is coming along, make sure to explore our guide to planning a Smoky Mountain family vacation!