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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Smoky Mountain Vacation

Everyone who plans a vacation wants to make the most of it, right? At Amazing Views Cabin Rentals, we are excited to help you make the most of your Smoky Mountain vacation with just a few easy things. Make these changes on your next vacation and you’ll fall in love with the Smoky Mountains all over again.

  • Arrive earlier in the day.

This is one of the simplest ways to make your vacation even better. Since most people drive to their cabin in the Smoky Mountains, it’s easy to leave a little earlier than normal. Go ahead and leave your house in the morning, then make the drive to the mountains. Here’s why:

Less Traffic

Of course, when you travel earlier in the day or late in the evening, you will encounter less traffic in the Smoky Mountains. October through the holiday season is a very busy time in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and we would hate for you to spend the first hour of your vacation sitting in any kind of traffic.

More Time to See the Area

When you arrive in the Smoky Mountains earlier in the day, you can spend some time exploring the area before checking in to your cabin rental. Whether you want to take a relaxing drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or you want to stop by one of the attractions along the Parkway, you’ll have time to do anything you want. This is a great way to see one extra attraction while you’re in town. If you wait and check in later in the day, you may get tired, grab a bite to eat then head back to your cabin and start your vacation the next day. So, we recommend arriving a little early.

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  • Cook meals in your cabin rental.Trail in the Smoky Mountains covered in fall leaves

To save money on your vacation, it’s a great idea to cook meals right in your cabin rental. All of the cabins are equipped with everything you need in the kitchen. All you need to bring with you (or buy when you arrive) is the food. Go ahead and plan your meals before your vacation and know exactly what you need to pack in your luggage or buy when you arrive.

  • Plan a picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

When you don’t feel like cooking a heavy lunch in your cabin, go ahead and pack up a small picnic for your family and head into the mountains. There’s a few picnic spots in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that are perfect for families who are looking to take a short hike and enjoy the cooler weather in the Smokies.

You can learn about all of the picnic areas by chceking out the National Park Service’s website here: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm.

  • Split the rent between friends and family.

Another great way to save money on your vacation is to split the rent between friends and family members. When you split the cost, you can rent a larger cabin with more amenities and still have a cheaper cost for your Smoky Mountain vacation.

If you aren’t planning to rent a cabin with more than your immediate family, take a look at Amazing Views’ Cabin Rentals’ affordable cabins in the Smoky Mountains. There are a variety of cabin rentals that are extremely affordable.

  • Fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkTake time to rest.

To make the most of your vacation, it really helps to spend a little time resting. Sit back and relax for a while! Schedule a time for a little stress relief–take time to relax in the bubbling hot tub or enjoy a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate on the porch as you take in the fresh Smoky Mountain air. Maybe you want to watch a movie and rest on the sofa, or maybe you prefer to sleep in a little later one morning. Whatever it may be, take some time for yourself.

For more vacation planning information as well as excellent travel tips, take a look at our Smoky Mountain information blog. There, you can find everything from national park news to information about our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals.