Great Smoky Mountain National Park- itinerary

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Great Smoky Mountain National Park- itinerary


One of the best ways to experience the Smokies is to hike a few of its many trails. This local’s guide offers a selection of the best family hikes and other fun activities found in the Townsend, TN side of the park (“the peaceful side of the Smokies”). It also offers lodging and dining recommendations, a 5 day daily itinerary, and everything you need to know for a fantastic family vacation.

Too busy to read through a million blogs and guidebooks to maximize your time in the Smokies? Simplify your life with this 5-day itinerary. Everything you need to know: where to sleep, eat, and play! All organized into day-by-day plans.

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Easy but beautiful hikes, waterfalls, swimming holes, river tubing, caves, biking, rainy day activities, and more “can’t miss” jewels of this beautiful park are described in detail. Your vacation will be one Instagram-worthy photo after another!

This 47 page itinerary includes all you need to know about where to stay, eat, and play:

Where To Stay

  • Recommended lodging including specific cabins and hotels located in the nearby town of Townsend, TN

  • 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 Eat

  • Terrific places to eat as well as the closest places to eat depending upon where you are in the park

  • Local dining establishments are highlighted. The kind 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.

Where To Play

  • Hikes selected with kids in mind, meaning that the hikes are fun, relatively easy, short, and most have no significant elevation gain. You can even take a jog stroller on several of these hikes!

  • Wildlife viewing tips

  • Rainy day activities

  • Labeled maps detailing locations of activities and restaurants

  • More “can’t miss” jewels of this beautiful park are described in detail

  • An optional side trip to nearby Dollywood and other fun activities located near the park

  • All organized into day-by-day plans that try to fit in the most amount of activities without over-scheduling

  • 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. We cover the most worthwhile activities to do in a destination (based on our own family’s reviews) without forgetting that vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, not a list to be checked off while hauling around whining children.

    You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities for the family as well as cultural and historical sites unique to the destination. Many itineraries include easy hikes, bike rides, and float trips that have been selected for their kid-friendly length and ease of difficulty as well as their scenic beauty. (Always worth it!) We are all about getting families outdoors so we include as much fresh air as we can in our itineraries, whether it is a day-long trek in a national park or just the location of a fantastic playground perfect for a break from sightseeing.

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