Blog for Zip line Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on May 1, 2018
We can all agree that vacations are fun. Whether you're traveling with your kids, heading out on a romantic getaway with your significant other or just exploring the mountains on your own, spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is an experience you'll remember for the rest of your life.
The reality is, of course, that all that fun comes at a price. Vacations cost money, and if you and your family plan to spend multiple days at any destination, the bill can add up quickly. Of course, that just goes with the territory, and it's not something you should let spoil your fun. But this week, we will offer you some tips for saving a little dough on your next trip to the Smokies – all with goal of easing some of the sticker shock that goes with any road trip.
1. Save up!
You see fewer and fewer people doing that these days, but saving up for your trip in advance – even just some of the costs – can save you money in the long run. How? If you put your entire trip on a credit card, it might take you months and months to pay it off, and those payments will include interest, which will continue to grow over time. Plus we all know there's no fun in paying for an experience long after it's passed. If you have the cash flow to do so, start a vacation fund or earmark a portion of your savings for your trip. You'll find that paying for those motel rooms, attractions and meals is a lot less stressful when you know that the bill for it won't be waiting for you when you get back home.
2. Look for discounts!
Coupons can knock lots of dollars off vacation-related expenses in the Smokies, especially when it comes to admissions to attractions and discounts on food at area restaurants. You can find coupons for attractions, restaurants and shops in lots of different places, including brochures and rack cards, local guide publications and on individual business websites. At Smoky Mountain Ziplines, for example, we run money-saving coupons in our brochure, and we also offer $15 off for guests who book their Pigeon Forge canopy tours with us via our website.
3. Travel during non-peak times
If you plan to come to the Smokies in June or October (peak season months), you may have a tougher time saving money than if you traveled in, say, February or September. Businesses offer more attractive rates during the off-season to encourage people to travel. This is most readily apparent in the lodging industry, which traditionally lowers its rates on hotels, motels and overnight rentals during the less-traveled months.
4. Stay in a cabin and cook
One of the biggest budget killers on any vacation is food. The tough part, though, is that people have to eat, usually three times a day. One way to minimize those costs is to stay in a hotel/motel or overnight rental property that has a kitchen. With a refrigerator, oven and microwave on hand, you can shop for food for a lot of your meals at a local supermarket and prepare it where you're staying. Of course, you should definitely plan some fun meals out while you're here, but your restaurant tab doesn't have to break the bank.
5. Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park
It's one of the few national parks in the country that doesn't charge admission, and the vast majority of what you can do in the park is absolutely free. The campgrounds do charge nominal fees, and there's a handful of ranger-led programs that charge a reasonable fee, but for the most part, you can hike, fish, picnic, bike and sightsee to your heart's content in the national park at no cost. Not to mention the fact that the mountains are the very reason there's a tourism industry here in the first place. It would be a shame to travel all the way to East Tennessee and not spend some time in the mountains.