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The Great Smoky Mountains – From Dawn 'Til Dusk

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on May 2, 2017

Planning a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee can be a daunting task. After all, the traveler has almost infinite options when it comes to planning a vacation day, so trying to narrow down all those choices and fit a select few into a finite span of time can be quite challenging. Hopefully, this week's post will get you started with at least a few suggestions for how to spend a day in the Smokies and get the most out of it. In this scenario, we try to touch on as many different aspects of Smoky Mountain life as we can. The rest is up to you.

1. (optional) Get up early and watch the sunrise from a scenic viewpoint. One suggestion would be to take a drive out on the Gatlinburg Bypass, which connects The Spur to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's easily accessible but offers fantastic views of the mountains, and whether you are staying in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville, you can get there in less than a half-hour.

2. Have breakfast at a pancake house. No matter what city you're staying in, chances are you're only a short walk or drive from a breakfast restaurant. Smoky Mountain visitors love their pancakes, and they're available in no short supply around here. Of course, morning favorites like bacon, eggs and hash browns are usually on the menu too. Just make sure you fuel up for a big day.

3. Go ziplining. Obviously, we recommend visiting us at Smoky Mountain Ziplines in Pigeon Forge. Our Smoky Mountain zipline attraction is a great way to get the blood pumping on a beautiful day in the great outdoors. There's nothing like a high-altitude, high-speed trek through the treetops to get your adrenaline surging and face smiling. Block out two to three hours of your morning for this activity, and be sure to read our clothing recommendations on the website before arriving.

4. Picnic lunch in the national park. You can kill two birds with one stone with this idea. Pack some sandwiches, drinks and snacks and make your way to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where several different picnic areas will make a shady and scenic setting for the ultimate in al fresco dining. You might try destinations like the picnic areas at Chimney Tops, Metcalf Bottoms or Cades Cove. Just make sure you dispose of your trash properly when you're finished, and don't forget to spend some time enjoying the scenery. Some of these picnic areas are convenient to popular hiking trails, so consider packing sturdy footwear and extra water for this outing.

5. Shop 'til you drop. Well, not literally… But you might carve out an hour or two in the afternoon to head indoors as the days get warmer. Whether you tour the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community in Gatlinburg or roam the outlet mall stores of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you'll find just about anything you might be looking for – from arts and crafts to souvenirs to name-brand goods offered at steeply discounted prices.

6. Visit an attraction. This is another good way to stay cool in the afternoons while having some fun and, in some cases, learning a little something. What's your preference? One of the nation's top aquariums? A spin on the go-carts? An interactive museum? Just trying to choose which attractions you want to visit can be a task in itself!

7. See a show. At night, you can wrap up your day with professional entertainment. No walking, no hiking, no problem. Just kick back in the air-conditioned comfort of one of the area's many theater venues and relax as world-class performers take the stage. From music and comedy to on-stage competitions and dinner shows, there's something for all ages and all preferences.


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