4 Awesome Tips on How to Avoid the Crowds in Gatlinburg Memorial Day Weekend

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May 7, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend is an exciting time to visit Gatlinburg, as many folks arrive to celebrate the unofficial start of summer! If you are coming into town on this popular holiday weekend, there are plenty of local attractions, hiking opportunities and other fun activities that you can enjoy without long lines and crowds! Here are 4 awesome tips on how to avoid the crowds in Gatlinburg Memorial Day Weekend:

1. Hike the Greenbrier Section of the National Park

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While the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is sure to be busy on Memorial Day Weekend, you can still enjoy a peaceful hike by exploring the Greenbrier section of the park! The Greenbrier entrance is situated just 6 miles east of Gatlinburg on Route 321 and is considered off the beaten path, so there are fewer visitors to this section of the park. The other awesome news is that the Greenbrier area features some of the best spring wildflower viewing in the park, especially along Porters Creek Trail! You can also view one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Smokies by hiking the Ramsey Cascades Trail.

2. Explore Popular Attractions Early or Late

If you have heard the expression "The early bird gets the worm," this is never more true than when visiting the attractions in Gatlinburg Memorial Day Weekend! Although Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Ober Gatlinburg and other popular local attractions can get busy in the peak afternoon hours, the key to avoiding the crowds is to arrive early or late! The Aerial Tramway to Ober Gatlinburg is one particularly busy attraction where the wait time can be 2 or more hours, so it is best to arrive at opening time to make the most of your day!

3. Use the Gatlinburg Trolley

Another great way to avoid the crowds of Memorial Day Weekend in Gatlinburg is by using the convenient Gatlinburg Trolley to get around the area! This inexpensive and efficient trolley system features a fleet of 20 trolleys that services approximately 50 miles in and around Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas. Riding the trolley allows you to avoid the traffic headaches of driving your own vehicle on unfamiliar roads, as well as the cost and hassle of parking at various attractions. You can pick up the Gatlinburg Trolley at the Mass Transit Center at traffic light #5 in downtown Gatlinburg or at numerous trolley stops throughout town!

4. Relax in Your Cabin

Hot tub on the deck of Perfect Pointe of View, one of our rental cabins in Gatlinburg TN.

The best way to experience the peace and solitude of the Great Smoky Mountains is by relaxing in your cabin from Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals! All of our cabins are situated in a beautiful setting where you can kick back and listen to the delightful sounds of nature. Spend your afternoon in a bubbling hot tub on your cabin’s deck or lounging outside under the warmth of the sun. While staying with us, you can also take advantage of many convenient and fun amenities such as fully equipped kitchens, game rooms, cable televisions and more!

Check out all of our cabins in Gatlinburg TN today to plan your vacation in Gatlinburg Memorial Day Weekend! We look forward to seeing you soon at Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals!