So many summer vacation destinations involve suffering through abnormally hot days and long exposure to the sun. While this may be attractive to some, there is a way to enjoy warm summer weather without getting fried! Come to Gatlinburg for your summer vacation and beat the heat, instead of letting it beat you!
Find the Cooler Air
The lush beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains offers innumerable ways to enjoy summer in the great outdoor at slightly cooler temperatures. The higher elevations of the mountain destination and the ample shade provided by the forest make for many pleasant, cooler, summer memories!
1. Take a hike!
Summer hikers are often drawn to water and the higher elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Above 5000 feet, the summer temperatures are often 10 to 15 degrees cooler than in the lowlands. There are hikes for everyone. From peaceful walkways to challenging mountain trails, each hike offers many chances to enjoy nature, with beautiful plant life, chances to see our profusion of animal life, as well as waterfalls and creeks galore! And don’t forget the gorgeous mountain views! Some of our related posts you might like to check out:
Easy Summer Hikes
Waterfall Walks and Hikes
Wildflowers by Foot or Car
2. Have a picnic
Summer in Gatlinburg and the Smokies is a mild, beautiful season of warmth and green; and as temperatures rise, I find myself searching for ways to spend more time outdoors (preferably in the shade). What better way to enjoy the spring and summer season than a picnic? Whether homemade or store-bought, picnics offer time with the whole family or maybe just a relaxing romantic day at the Park. Check out our related post The Art of the Picnic.
3. Enjoy a zipline canopy tour
Just imagine… gliding through the shady emerald tree tops, the cool wind brushing across your face, and of course, luscious, verdant views all around! Ziplining has become quite a big deal around here. There are places, right off the main Parkway, where you can enjoy easy access, and still experience the thrill off the wind whipping across your face. If you want to enjoy ziplining in the lush green forest canopy, there are places that offer this as well! Check out our related posts:
Smoky Mountain Adventurous Vacations
Sometimes its better to just get wet! You don’t have to go to the beach to do that. If you’re ok with missing out on saltwater up your nose and seaweed in your bathing suit (and the occasional jellyfish sting), make your way to the Smokies!
1. Mountain creeks and waterfalls
Mountain creeks and waterfalls have always captivated me. I’d say by the number of views we get on our waterfalls posts, many of you are quite smitten too! There’s just something magical about those glistening waters pouring themselves endlessly and unreservedly over beautiful rock formations. The sight and sound of them inspire peace and calm and inner quiet that most of us are missing in our fast-paced culture. You can wade in the creeks, find swimming holes in which to take a dip, or simply lay down on a large rock in the middle of the creek and enjoy the peaceful roar of the water and the cooling mist surrounding you! Check out our related post Waterfall Season.
2. Swimming pools
No matter where you stay, there are always great choices for swimming! Even if your lodging doesn’t provide a swimming pool, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville each have community swimming pools that you can enjoy for just a couple bucks! The great majority of the lodging around here does come with access to a pool, however! ERA In the Smokies offers several cabins with swimming pool access. See our related post Let’s Get Wet!
3. Splash Country
And of course there’s Splash Country! Every time a scorcher of a day hits, my first thought is: “Splash Country!” They offer enough water attractions to keep you busy all summer. Besides a huge wave pool and my husband’s all time favorite- the lazy river, Splash Country boasts more than 23 water slides and thrill rides! See our related post Let’s Get Wet!
Have Fun Inside
I am in love with the great outdoors, but I have to admit, sometimes in the summer it’s nice to duck into an air-conditioned building! The Smokies area is just as much fun inside as it is outside!
Whether you need retail therapy, you actually have a need for a certain item, or you just want to enjoy window shopping in the air conditioned store, the Smokies has plenty of shopping venues to keep you busy! Gatlinburg is packed with quaint shops of all shapes and sizes, and let’s not forget the outlet malls of Pigeon Forge! It’s more than enough to keep any shopaholic happy for days! See our related posts:
Shopping- Fall and All Year Round
Sales Tax Holiday
One of the favorite activities here year-round is the show or dinner show! There are tons to choose from, and it makes for a perfect evening, whether you’re here in the dead of winter or the balmy summer months! See our related post for some of our favorites: Dinner and a Show!
3. Rent a Cabin
The perfect way to enjoy the cool indoors on a hot summer day is in the comfort of your own cabin or chalet! Enjoy all the comforts of home while leaving behind the stresses and adding a few luxuries! Have a soak in the indoor whirlpool tub. Prepare a simple dinner at the cabin for a relaxing evening and quality family time. Sit in the shade of a covered porch, enjoying the rocking chairs and great mountain views or peaceful, shady wooded views. Rent a cabin or chalet with a gameroom, like Black Bear Holler, for hours of entertainment in the cool indoors!
This blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.