For a Family Vacation Head to Gatlinburg

For a one-of-a-kind family vacation, head to Gatlinburg, nestled beside the Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee. Snug timeshares are available for rent at beautiful resorts starting as low as $70/night. Most have decks or patios where you can relax in the fresh mountain air, or enjoy a cozy fireplace on a cool autumn night.

Gatlinburg and the surrounding area is a hidden treasure with a mind-boggling number of things to do all year round. For example explore Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies which exhibits over 350 different species of sea creatures. A 340-foot glidepath takes you through the Shark Lagoon's acrylic tunnel. Or visit Stingray Bay where the family can experience the touch of several different gentle species of rays.

Take advantage of the chance to enjoy a nostalgic "Old Fashioned Wagon Ride" that winds through Gatlinburg providing views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From November through January your wagon ride will also take you past the renowned "Gatlinburg Winter Magic" experience. Gatlinburg's entire downtown area is transformed into winter enchantment with a spectacular $1.5 million LED lights display.

Gatlinburg is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which was established in 1934 and covers 814 square miles. The park offers over 800 miles of hiking trails that range from easy walks to more strenuous backpacking treks. Part of the famed Appalachian Trail passes through the center of the park.

Anglers will enjoy the park's 700 miles of trout streams. History buffs will find plenty to explore in the 80 historic structures preserved in the park, including homes, barns, churches, and schools. There are cross-country ski trails open in the winter. In the spring the park is known as the "Wildflower National Park" when it is covered in a spectacular display of colorful blooms.

Just 6 miles from Gatlinburg in Pigeon Forge is Dolly Parton's popular "Dollywood." This Smoky Mountain amusement park offers everything from the award-winning wooden roller coaster "Thunderhead" to live entertainment of country, bluegrass and mountain music. Dollywood also presents four seasons of festivals. October is the National Gospel and Harvest Celebration with autumn activities and free gospel concerts. During November and December the family can cuddle up to a Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Spring brings the Festival of Nations with international music and dance performed amidst tulips and blooming dogwood trees. And in the summer Kid's Fest is great fun for the entire family, including 40 exciting rides, and a thrilling version of PBS's Zaboomafoos series "Creature Adventures."

Rent a timeshare in either Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge for a budget-friendly vacation that quite simply has something for everyone.
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(Photo shown is the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort at Gatlinburg)
3 Responses
  1. Alice Says:

    This falls under "Who Knew?"!! Just goes to show you that there are a lot of hidden vacation treasures all over the place. I've been in the Blue Ridge mountains outside of Ashville, NC,in the spring and have never seen wildflowers so gorgeous. I think renting a timeshare through in Gatlinburg and visiting the "Wildflower National Park" sounds like just the ticket!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    We enjoyed Dollywood so much a couple of years ago in the summer (the area around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg is so beautiful) that we have rented a timeshare and will be going back for their "Smoky Mountain Christmas" - the kids are really excited.

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