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
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