5 Reasons to Visit the Smoky Mountains this Fall
Let’s be honest. There’s never a “bad” time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. The views are incredible all of the time and seasonal events can be enjoyed all year. But if you are thinking about visiting this Fall season, here are some reasons we think you should.
1: Cooler weather – Lately, the summer months can bring scorching heat. While you can still have a great time in the mountains (especially swimming!), the weather cooling off opens up more outdoor activities. Hiking is more enjoyable when you can stand to be outside longer and even a nice picnic would be a fun adventure.
2: Trees – When I was little, I always remember around September it would be time to go to Gatlinburg “to see the leaves”. The tall, beautiful trees of the Smokies turn brilliant colors of orange, red, and yellow and the sight is gorgeous. I looked forward to it every year. Still today, millions visit the area in the Fall season to enjoy the view.
3: Festivals – There are events year-round to look forward to and the Fall season does not disappoint. The Sugarlands Mountainfest will be September 28 – October 1 for four days of live music, competitive races, and outdoor competitions. Visitors will also enjoy craft cocktails as well as award-winning spirits and brews during the event. Oktoberfest at Ober is a popular festival that will be held September 22 – October 29. Guests will enjoy Bavarian-style food, drink and live music by the Bavarian Fun Makers Band.
4: Holiday shopping – We know the last few months of the year have people hustling to pick out the perfect holiday gifts. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have a variety of shops where you can find a unique gift. Original arts and crafts, one-of-a-kind jewelry, Smoky Mountain mementos, and upscale boutiques will give you tons of options for someone special.
5: Animals – While none of us are interested in coming across a black bear out in the wild, it is exciting to catch sight of them on your trip to the mountains. Cades Cove is a great place for seeing the wildlife and you’ll likely see plenty of bears looking for food before they hibernate for winter. Sometimes you’ll see bear cubs right off the trails. But always remember to keep your distance for yours and their safety. Along with bears, you’ll see your share of deer scattered and sometimes foxes or coyotes.
So now that we have convinced you to come, where will you stay? Cabin Fever Vacations has a vast selection of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge cabin rentals that can get you close to the action but with enough privacy for a relaxing vacation. See you soon!
Thursday, August 10, 2017