Are you making your summer vacation plans? Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are perfect for summer family vacation ideas! You're sure to find lots of money saving options!
With the national park, the Smoky Mountains are a great inexpensive family vacation idea!
Don't forget the fun at Dollywood, where each summer night is ended with a fantastic display of fireworks!
Many local businesses have summer deals and use social media marketing to reach out to tourists coming into the area.
Not sure where to stay or what to do? Contact us! We have plenty of local businesses we recommend for your summer vacation plans.
Smokey Mountain Wedding and Party Barn's Alicia came onto my show Smoky Magic Media LIVE to talk about their barn venue in the Smokies. Check out this Smoky Mountain wedding venue: https://barnweddingsinthesmokies.com/ You'll love visiting the Smokey Mountain Wedding and Party Barn!
Rainbow Falls waterfall is located in the Smoky Mountains. This amazing waterfall gets its name from rainbows produced by mist from this 80-foot high waterfall. On sunny afternoons, this amazing sight can be seen! I stole this photo from pinterest... click on it for more info! It is a stunning image! Now, this hike is considered moderate difficulty. The terrain, duration and climb can be difficult for some. Rainbow Falls Trail gains about 1,500 feet in elevation as you climb upward. It's 5.4 miles round-trip and the Rainbow Falls Trail continues for approximately 4 miles beyond the falls all the way to the summit of Mount Le Conte. Please plan accordingly and factor in the amount of daylight you will have! This is NOT a hike to start later in the afternoon. As always, this is your friendly reminder to bring a flashlight... cell phone batteries run low and you'll be without light. Carry drinking water with you - you will need it! I don't know why people hike without water. Wear sturdy shoes. Portions of this trail are very rocky.
~ Elizabeth Azpurua
I must say, these mountains are magic. It is part of why I named my company "Smoky Magic Media" because if I've learned anything at all living here in East Tennessee it's that there's nothing like driving through them at sunset and watching the sky burst into colors of oranges and pinks, fading in dusky purples as twilight settles across the Smokies and the first stars begin to twinkle in the night sky. These mountains are magical and you'll stand in awe to feel so small as you look up into the night sky seeing the universe stretched out before you, the small pin pricks of light so clear and bright in the clean mountain air. Have you been inspired looking into the night sky, or while taking a hike and pausing at sunset to take it all in? Have you ever been mesmerized as the setting sun cascaded light across these Smoky Mountains? I can't get enough of them. It's hard to imagine going very long without Smokey Mountain sunsets.
~ Elizabeth Azpurua
Have you visited Abrams Falls in Cades Cove, yet? Abrams Falls may only be 20 feet high, but the volume of water rushing over the falls and thunderous sound will make up for the lack of height! It's absolutely beautiful, and a favorite hike for many people at all times of the year. Located on the Abrams Falls Trail in Cades Cove, this waterfall is a round-trip distance of 5 miles and the hike is generally considered moderate in difficulty. (There's roots to climb over, some steep areas, but nothing to strenuous for most people - some may have difficulty with the length of the hike and the terrain, especially if conditions are wet). Wear sturdy shoes for sure - it made a difference for me! I've hiked there in tennis shoes, vibram five finger shoes and hiking boots... boots worked best for me.
It takes about 3-4 hours to hike to the waterfall and back. Also, a helpful note - if you begin your hike late in the afternoon, you may have to return in the dark! Which, isn't fun when you forget your flashlight!
Swimming at the base of the falls is dangerous due to strong currents... but further out from the falls is a great spot to swim, relax and enjoy yourself!
As always, pay attention to children near the water. Rocks can be VERY slippery. When I was there I saw lots of people climbing on the rocks dangerously - including young kids! So, please be cautious!
Cades Cove is one of my favorite places to visit in the Smoky Mountains. I love being able to take a picnic lunch, see the old cabins, go for hikes, take photos and enjoy the wildlife. I've been going to Cades Cove since I was 3 years old and each time I see something new, or I see it in a way I hadn't before. There's something special about this portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
I love the Smoky Mountains. I know there are many areas in this beautiful world with stunning mountain vistas and forests that transport you back in time, but there is something different about the Smoky Mountains.
They may not be the highest peaks, or the largest mountain range, but they're magic.
I grew up in the mountains, playing in the woods, picking berries, watching sunsets and enjoying the changing seasons.
I love hiking and seeing the views, appreciating the way the mountains transform in each season and marveling at how spectacular they are no matter what time of year it is.
I think that's why I use the Smokies as a huge part of marketing here locally because anyone who comes to this area is coming to see them.
It's hard not to love these mountains.
I think local businesses should capitalize on their location and share photos of the Smokey Mountains as often as possible.
Even those in Seymour or Sevierville, because it's not just Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge that have great mountain views.
Depending on where you are in the area, you can see stunning views even out in Kodak.
So, if you love the Smoky Mountains I think it's important to share your love for them by enjoying them, capturing them in photos and spreading the love around!
Of course, that's just my opinion.
Elizabeth Azpurua has worked with many different industries and offers over 10 years of social media marketing experience. Elizabeth is a published author and avid nature lover who truly appreciates the Smoky Mountains.
This website uses marketing and tracking technologies. Opting out of this will opt you out of all cookies, except for those needed to run the website. Note that some products may not work as well without tracking cookies.Opt Out of Cookies