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Family Vacation on a Budget in the Smoky Mountains

Family resting from hike on fenceFamily Vacation on a Budget in the Smoky Mountains

If you want to have a budget friendly family vacation, if you are looking for alternatives to the costly attractions that can quickly add up in breaking your budget guidelines you might want to think about a family getaway to the mountains. Visiting the Smoky Mountain area on a budget may mean passing up many of the flashy attractions and make it a point to focus on the natural elements of the mountains; check out these 5 tips for ideas.  Yes it is still possible for kids and a family to take a break from the everyday electronics that are relied on for constant entertainment and social interactions.   Sometimes a mountain getaway is just what is needed for true quality time with your family to bond and connect.  It can be the simplicity of nature and quietness that is the perfect backdrop to let your family conversations take center stage without interruptions.

  1. Stay in a cabin for your lodging.  Many cabins are available for nearly the same cost that you would have in a hotel room yet giving you much more space and amenities to have with a more private setting.
  2. Plan a scavenger hunt for your group.  The Great Smoky Mountain outdoors makes a great settings to host the scavenger hunt.
  3. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day in nature.  Go to a local grocery and/or winery to get everything to fill your picnic basket. And take a drive to Cades Cove Park which offers many picnic areas that have tables set up in picturesque settings allowing you to enjoy nature and often a variety of wildlife sightings nearby.
  4. Plan an evening to star gaze from the Smoky Mountains that seem to be a perfect viewing spot just a little closer to the twinkling evening lights.  Just sitting in rocking chairs on the back deck of a cabin nestled on the mountain side or maybe from the hot tub on a cool evening.
  5. Enjoy as many nature trails in the Great Smoky Mountains as possible both hiking and driving.