9 Scenic Smoky Mountain Vacations To Add To Your Bucket List

The Clingmans Dome Observation Tower offers 360-degree views of the Smokies. Visitors must hike a steep half-mile trail from the parking area.

Hiking Trip to Clingmans Dome

The Smoky Mountains region hosts numerous fall foliage festivals. The Fall Festival at Ober Mountain, running until October 28, features delicious food, giant pumpkin.

Fall Festival in the Mountains

Morton Overlook is a fantastic spot to watch the sunset, offering views of North Carolina and Tennessee from 5,048 feet above sea level.

Road Trip to Morton Overlook

Gatlinburg is perfect for a relaxing, nature-filled vacation with kids. Visitors can reach the summit of Anakeesta Mountain via a chondola or walk.

Family Retreat in Gatlinburg

Cades Cove offers abundant wildlife, historic structures, and beautiful valleys. The 11-mile, one-way road is perfect for leisurely drives, biking, or hiking.

Camping Trip at Cades Cove Campgrounds

Pigeon Forge is a top tourist destination offering activities like zip lining, horseback riding, fishing, and bird watching. Festivals and events throughout.

Family Mountain Getaway 

Outside the Smoky Mountains, lakes like Douglas Lake offer incredible views and outdoor activities such as boating, swimming, and kayaking.

Mountain Lake Vacation

Anakeesta in Gatlinburg offers panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains and activities like riding a chondola to Firefly Village, walking the Treetop.

Day Trip to Anakeesta

Elkmont Ghost Town, once a logging camp and vacation spot, features abandoned buildings and the Elkmont Nature Trail.

Camping in Elkmont Ghost Town