Smoky Mountains Vacation Life

People have been drawn for thousands of years to the amazing forested vistas and lush valleys of the Smokies. The communities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Townsend invite you to explore the western foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Once you’re here, you’ll discover the timeless charm and tradition of down-home Smoky Mountain hospitality!

Smoky Mountains Area Features

Trip Ideas

Smoky Mountains Hiking

Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountain region is a mixture of destination resort cities, tucked-away cabin resorts, campgrounds, and vacation rentals by owner. Often, activities are dictated by proximity and drive time. Here are some suggested half-day itineraries from a local perspective based on region.

Good food in the Smokies

Eating Good in the Smokies

When you look for somewhere to eat while visiting the Great Smoky Mountains region, you’re gonna notice a few trends.

Smoky Mountains Hiking

Getting ‘Round the Mountains

This region is such a draw for hikers, bicyclists, and others who want to venture out at their own pace.

local cities and towns in the Smoky Mountains

Local Cities And Towns

In both Tennessee and North Carolina, you’ll find bright cities and quaint local towns with tons to see, do, and try!

Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge is a favorite family vacation destination and THE center of fun in the Smokies.

Gatlinburg, TN


You’ll never be closer to family fun, Appalachian heritage, and the mountains than you’ll be in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Local shopping

Serious Shopping in the Smoky Mountains

Step into some of the local shops and find beautiful gifts or cool mementos of a fantastic vacation to take home.

Smoky Mountains Area Features

Waterfalls - A Magical Destination

Make a hike to a waterfall and it’ll be an experience everyone in the family will remember!

Sevierville, TN


Sevierville offers a wealth of attractions unrivaled in the area.

Cades Cove, TN

Cades Cove

Cades Cove is filled with discoveries that will entertain and educate visitors of all ages.

Cherokee, NC


The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians welcomes you to come explore, learn, and enjoy.

Townsend, TN


A quiet mountain oasis offering visitors a well-rounded view of life in the Great Smoky Mountains.

black bear and wildlife

Spotting Wildlife

An abundance of visible plants and animals make the region a top destination for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

a golf course in the Smoky Mountains

Golf in the Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains and the neighboring foothills provide the backdrop for a round of golf.

Smoky Mountains Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A treasure trove of possibilities just waiting to be explored and experienced.

weddings in the Smoky Mountains

How About A Smoky Mountain Wedding?

The Smokies’ stunning vistas serve as the perfect setting for the wedding of your dreams.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Roaring Fork

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a true example of wilderness and frontier life.

Smoky Mountain Outdoor Adventures

Smoky Mountain Outdoor Adventures

Regardless of when you visit the Great Smoky Mountains, we encourage you to be a kid again and go outside and play!

baseball batter

Sports in the Smokies

In the Smokies there are ample opportunities to kick a ball, cheer at a live game, or simply compete.

Landscapes in the Smoky Mountains

Enjoying Nature’s Landscapes

Mother Nature is an artist!

kid on a waterslide

What’s New?

Looking for something new to explore this year? Check out these brand new attractions!

Barbeque ribs in the Smokies

"Smoky" Flavors

The mountains aren’t the only things that come off as smoky when you’re visiting this area.

Smoky Mountain shows and entertainment

Entertainment Ideas for the Whole Family!

From captivating shows to an interactive museum, the Smoky Mountains is a great place for families to play.

The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN

The Island in Pigeon Forge

Shopping, eateries, amusements, and live music to delight visitors of all ages.

Visitor Info

a National Park ranger

Ask a Park Ranger

Insider information about the Great Smoky Mountains from a park ranger.

canoeing in the Smokies

Outdoor Activity Chart

Find the perfect picnic spot, take a scenic drive or discover a new swimming hole.

a beautiful evening photo of the Smokies

Area Services

Phone numbers for the services and information you need.

Advertiser Spotlight

Beyond The Lens in Pigeon Forge, TN

Beyond the Lens!

Pigeon Forge’s newest interactive and immersive experience for all ages.