Bryson City, NC- Weekend Getaway Guide


Bryson City, NC- Weekend Getaway Guide


Bryson City is a fun outdoor town with something for everyone. Its downtown has quaint shops and restaurants, and the Great Smoky Mountain train depot resides right in the heart of it. Within a 20 minute driving radius of town, you have great lakes to swim or canoe, rivers to raft, and hikes to waterfalls. Throw in a brewery, a bookstore, an outdoors store, and good restaurants- you just can’t beat it.

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Too busy to read through a million blogs and guidebooks to plan your family’s weekend getaway? Simplify your life with this fantastic weekend itinerary. Everything you need to know: where to sleep, eat, and play! All organized into day-by-day plans.

In this itinerary, you’ll find all you need for a fun family weekend in Bryson City including:

Where To Stay

  • The lodging choices for each destination have been carefully selected for their ideal location, price point, safety, and proximity to the day’s activities. We tell you the best area to stay so you can minimize driving or walking distances and maximize your moments having fun. Knowing what part of town to stay in is a huge part of making a trip a success, and that’s hard to do when you are not familiar with a destination. We save you time and energy by doing all the research for you.

  • Where to stay including specific cabins and condos for rent through VRBO

  • If you’d rather pitch a tent, we have a couple of campground recommendations as well

Where To Eat

  • Top choices for dining- the kind of local places where children are welcome but isn't necessarily a restaurant geared primarily towards kids. You won't find many restaurant chains in our itineraries, just good local food mirroring the destination's culture. This could mean a food truck, a pizza place, or a nice sit-down restaurant, but always delicious. If there are any local brews, specialty foods, wines, or coffee houses around, we'll mention those too.

  • Favorite places downtown including our favorite lodging and restaurants

Where To Play

  • The organization of each day has been thoughtfully planned in order to group activities together by proximity, ideal time of day to visit, and the best nearby dining choices. It’s all been laid out for you, along with directions, maps, travel tips, links to more info, and more.

  • A train ride through the mountains

  • Mountain biking at Tsali

  • Prefer the water? Go white-water rafter or rent a tube, kayak, or a paddleboard to cool off

  • Rainy day activities in case mother nature isn’t cooperating

  • Favorite outdoor stores, ice cream shops, bookstores, and more!

  • Easy hikes to waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Activities in nearby Cherokee, NC

  • To see more photos from this trip, visit the album on our Facebook page.

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