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4 Fun Things to Do in the Smokies with Your Family and Friends

Father and son at the top of a rockly ledge in the Smokies.

It’s time to start planning your next vacation, and whether you’re treating your family to a fun getaway or you’re heading out of town with a group of friends, there’s no question that the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee are the ideal vacation spot for you! From shopping in Pigeon Forge TN and eating out in Gatlinburg TN to hiking all the beautiful trails or simply hanging out in your cabin, there are hundreds of fun things to do in the Smokies. Here are 4 of our favorites!

1. Hike the Trails and Explore Cades Cove

If you’re looking for an up close and personal experience of the mountains, there’s no better way to explore nature and see the sights than by hiking the trails! Hiking is one of the fun things to do in the Smokies that everyone in your group will enjoy because you can take it easy on a short trail, taking time to observe all the beautiful sights, or you can get your blood pumping on a fast-paced trail leading straight up the mountain!

If you want to experience the beautiful views without all the walking, you will love the 11 mile driving loop at Cades Cove. This is the best way to experience the Smokies from the comfort of your car. You’ll see bears, deer, many types of birds and maybe even some wild mountain cats!

2. Enjoy City LifeThe mountains and ferris wheel in Pigeon Forge TN.

If you love the hustle and bustle of city life, a couple fun things to do in the Smokies are to spend your day exploring Pigeon Forge TN and Gatlinburg TN! Pigeon Forge TN is home to many family friendly attractions like the Titanic Museum, the Comedy Barn, Dollywood and the Dixie Stampede. You could easily spend a whole day or weekend enjoying everything this quaint town has to offer.

Gatlinburg TN is also full of fun attractions, one of the most popular being Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, where you can learn all about life under the sea! Gatlinburg TN also has lots of delicious restaurants to keep you fueled for your day of exploring! Three miles east of Gatlinburg TN is the Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Community. This 8 mile loop boasts the largest group of independent crafters and artisans in all of North America! In this community, you’ll find all sorts of handmade items including soaps, jewelry, paintings, pottery, baskets, quilts and fine photography! This is a historic spot that you won’t want to miss!

3. Hang Out in Your Cabin

One of the most fun things to do in the Smokies is to spend a whole day or maybe even an entire weekend simply enjoying your Smoky Mountain cabin! Vacations are meant to be relaxing, and our beautiful and cozy mountain homes have everything you’ll need to stay relaxed and comfortable all vacation long. From bubbling hot tubs, large outdoor living spaces, game and theater rooms and breathtaking views, we bet you’ll want to stay forever!

To help you get the most out of your Smoky Mountain vacation, we always have a variety of specials and savings that will stretch your budget even further!

A bride and groom staring into each other's eyes in nature.4. Have a Dream Wedding

Have you been trying to figure out the perfect spot for your big day? Out of all the fun things to do in the Smokies, there’s nothing better than getting married with the gorgeous mountains as your backdrop! The Great Smoky Mountains are the ideal place to say ‘I Do’ for several reasons including beautiful scenery, convenient location, inexpensive accommodations and so much more! Check out our Smoky Mountain wedding information to learn more!

Now that you know all about the fun things to do in the Smokies with your friends and family, book your Smoky Mountain cabin today!