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5 Reasons To Visit The Smokies This Week

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on August 13, 2019

When we say we're going to give you five reasons to visit the Smokies this week, we literally mean on a weekday, not a weekend. Now that most everybody's school systems are back in session for the school year, weekdays offer a lot of travel potential, especially while we're still blanketed by warm summer weather. So read on to discover a few of the benefits that await the August weekday traveler.

1. Less traffic

It's basic math. With all those families with school-age children most likely NOT taking their vacations right now, that means a significant drop-off in the number of folks in general visiting the Smokies during the week. That translates into less traffic coming into town and getting around between Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is something to consider if you're a younger couple without kids or a retired couple with grown children. In fact, this is roughly the beginning of a lull in area visitation that lasts until October, when more people start taking fall breaks and heading to the mountains to see the fall colors.

2. Shorter lines

Whether you're waiting in line for a ride at Dollywood or you're queued up to get into that popular dinner show, weekdays are great right now for visiting Dollywood theme park and all the attractions in the Smokies. Expect somewhat smaller crowds and shorter lines, which puts more time back into your vacation schedule to do even more things you love. (Keep in mind, however, that on weekends, Dollywood and all the other fun spots in the Smokies are as busy as ever.)

3. Pack lighter

Traveling for summer makes for easier packing. A bathing suit, some shorts and T-shirts, and you've already got a lot of the task covered. No need to worry about all those long pants, sweaters and heavy coats right now. And one of the great things about visiting the Smokies any time of year is that the dress code is always casual.

4. Lower rates on lodging

This will vary depending on the location and type of property (hotel, motel, overnight rental, B&B, etc.), but this time of year, you can often find better rates on accommodations on weeknights. Technically summer is still a peak season, but you have a better chance of getting a deal on a hotel or motel between now and October, when peak-season rates will definitely kick back in.

5. You can still do summer stuff

We're actually having a bit of a heat wave here in the Smokies this week, so you can still do all those fun outdoor things that you can only do in the summertime. Dollywood Splash Country is open through Labor Day Weekend, so you can go and play on all the water slides for several more weeks. Of course, your hotel or motel probably has a swimming pool you can still take advantage of. Great Smoky Mountains National Park has plenty to offer on a weekday, including hiking, picnicking, biking, fishing, camping and more.

Here at Smoky Mountain Ziplines, our heavily wooded setting offers lots of friendly shade, and once you've experienced our ziplines, Pigeon Forge is just two miles away, with even more fun in store. Give us a call this week and book a morning or afternoon tour with us. You're in for hours of fast ziplines, beautiful scenery and one of the most exciting outdoor experiences in the Great Smoky Mountains.


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