The Smokies are a great vacation destination year-round, but there is something extra special about summer. The kids are out of school, which means you can spend more time in the mountains enjoying the gorgeous weather, wonderful attractions, and fun special events! Here are 4 reasons to spend your family’s summer vacation in the Smoky Mountains:

1. Beautiful Weather for Outdoor Activities

Rainbow Falls in the Smoky Mountains As you know, one of the biggest draws to the Smoky Mountains is the natural scenery. While you are visiting, you can explore the Smokies in a multitude of ways, including hiking trails, scenic drives, or simply by walking down the Parkway in Gatlinburg. Summer is a great time to be outside in the Smoky Mountains because the temperatures are mild and there is plenty of sunshine to go around! Be sure to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for amazing mountain views and plenty of fascinating historical sites. Also, you won’t want to miss Ober Mountain’s new downhill mountain biking attraction!

2. Special Events

Summer is one of the most popular times to vacation in the Smoky Mountains! Because of this, you can find special events happening all throughout Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. One of the places to go for fun in the Smokies is Dollywood, which has two fantastic festivals during the summer months that you don’t want to miss! The Flower & Food Festival occurs through the middle of June and features larger-than-life flower sculptures, an umbrella sky, and both indoor and outdoor entertainment. Throughout the rest of summer, you can take part in the Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration at Dollywood, which includes a fun bubble show for the kids to go along with unbelievable thrill rides and plenty of delicious food!

3. Unique Vacation

Gatlinburg Trolley outside of the Greystone Lodge hotelInstead of taking another trip to the beach this summer, you can enjoy a truly unique vacation in the Smoky Mountains! There are a ton of activities for all age groups, plus a few attractions you can only find in the Smoky Mountains! The best part is that our downtown Gatlinburg hotel will put you in the heart of the action, and you will be just minutes away from all the fun. If you don’t want to deal with fighting the traffic, the Gatlinburg Trolley will pick you up right outside our hotel entrance and can take you anywhere in town that you want to go.

4. Enjoy Our Hotel Amenities

If you are looking for the perfect place to stay during your trip to the Smokies, we would love to have you come and stay with us. During the summer months, you will have the added bonus of getting to enjoy our outdoor swimming pool which even has a waterslide! Some of the other amenities at our hotel include complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, rooms with private balconies, family suites, and so much more!

Are you ready to start planning your summer vacation in the Smoky Mountains? Explore all our downtown Gatlinburg hotel rooms to find the perfect lodging option for your trip! We look forward to welcoming you to the Smokies!