4 of the Best Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in the Summer

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April 19, 2017

Summer vacation season will be here before you know it! From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Great Smoky Mountains become one of the most popular family getaway destinations in the country. Blessed with beautiful scenery and a variety of fun attractions and events, the Smokies truly offer something for everyone. To help you make the most of your trip, Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to four of the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the summer.

1. Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

No visit to Gatlinburg, TN would be complete without a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! There are so many options for families and groups in the park, from hiking and biking to picnicking and auto-touring. The warm, but not oppressively hot summer weather in the Smokies is ideal for enjoying everything the park has to offer.

For personalized recommendations for things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the summer, stop in at one of the park's visitor centers, where you can speak to park rangers and other National Park Service employees.

(See Also: Everything You Need to Know About Cades Cove)

2. Enjoy Free Music and Entertainment

A band with musicians playing the banjo and guitar.

From mid-June through the end of July, the city of Gatlinburg hosts nightly free entertainment on The Strip as part of the Smoky Mountains Tunes and Tales celebration. During this beloved summertime tradition, the downtown area is filled with musicians, dancers, storytellers, craftspeople, and children's entertainers. The festivities take place each evening from 6 p.m. until around 11 p.m. If you're hoping to hear some of the Smoky Mountains' signature bluegrass music, you'll definitely want to attend this event!

3. View Wildlife

Summer is one of the best time to see all of the beautiful critters that make their home in the Smoky Mountains. Some of the most popular animals in the region include black bears, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and salamanders. With its wide open fields, the Cades Cove section of the national park is a fantastic place for wildlife viewing. The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is also a great spot to spy animals while you drive past some of the area’s most breathtaking natural beauty.

4. Relax at Your Cabin

One of our favorite things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the summer is relaxing on the deck of a cabin with beautiful views. What could be better than kicking back in a hot tub and soaking up the scenery while you soak in the water? Located in the foothills of the mountains, our cabins are immersed in nature, yet they are just minutes away from all of the great attractions in town.

Looking for more fun things to do while you’re in town? Check out these axe throwing attractions in the Smoky Mountains!

Breathtaking photo taken on the deck of onoe of our Gatlinburg cabins with a mountain view.

Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals offers wonderful properties with your choice of luxurious amenities, including game rooms, home theaters, high-speed internet, and swimming pool access. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 9 bedroom cabins, we are sure to have the perfect accommodations for your vacation. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of cabin rentals in the Smoky Mountains!