April 29, 2024

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Plan Your Great Smoky Mountains Getaway

Spanning the border of the states of Tennessee and North Carolina lies a natural wonderland known as the Great Smoky Mountains. With its rolling hills, lush forests, and iconic mist, the Smokies offer an unparalleled escape into the heart of nature. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a history buff, or simply seeking serenity, a getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains promises an unforgettable experience.

Some of Unwind’s most breathtaking properties are nestled among the hills and dales of this majestic national park. Whether you’re visiting as a small family or meeting up with 50 of your closest friends, Unwind has a luxury vacation home waiting to enhance your Great Smoky Mountains experience.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore everything you need to plan the perfect Smoky Mountains adventure.

Getting There

By Car

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is easily accessible by car. From the north, Interstate 40 will lead you into the park from Tennessee, while from the south, Interstate 26 and Interstate 40 provide convenient access from North Carolina. Be sure to check road conditions and closures, especially during winter months, as mountain weather can be unpredictable.

By Air

For those traveling from afar, the closest major airports are McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Asheville Regional Airport in Asheville, North Carolina. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to the park.

Where to Stay

If you book through Unwind, you can take your pick of over 20 incredible luxury homes throughout the Pigeon Forge area. Each home has the signature Unwind appeal with immaculate architecture, modern decor, and amenities galore! Many also come with concierge services, and every home has a dedicated property manager on-call for the duration of your stay.

Things to Do

Hiking

With over 800 miles of maintained trails, hiking is one of the main attractions of the Great Smoky Mountains. From leisurely strolls to challenging treks, there’s a trail for every skill level. Don’t miss iconic hikes like Clingmans Dome, Alum Cave Trail, and the Appalachian Trail.

Wildlife Viewing

The Smokies are home to a diverse array of wildlife, including black bears, deer, elk, and more. Keep your eyes peeled as you explore the park, and remember to maintain a safe distance from any animals you encounter.

Scenic Drives

For those who prefer to take in the sights from the comfort of their car, the Great Smoky Mountains offer several scenic drives. The Newfound Gap Road and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail are two popular routes that showcase the park’s natural beauty.

Historic Sites

Learn about the rich history of the Smokies by visiting historic sites such as Cades Cove, Cataloochee Valley, and the Mountain Farm Museum. These preserved homesteads and settlements offer a glimpse into the lives of early Appalachian settlers.

When to Go

The Great Smoky Mountains are beautiful year-round, but each season offers its own unique charms. Spring brings blooming wildflowers and rushing waterfalls, while summer offers long days for hiking and outdoor activities. As the warm summer months approach, consider escaping to the beauty and grandeur of the Great Smoky Mountains, and let Unwind ensure your lodging is the highlight of your trip.

Plan Your Getaway!

A getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains is more than just a vacation—it’s an opportunity to reconnect with nature, explore new trails, and create lasting memories. Whether you’re admiring the sunrise from Clingmans Dome or picnicking by a cascading waterfall, the beauty of the Smokies is sure to leave a lasting impression. So start planning your adventure today, and get ready to experience the magic of the Great Smoky Mountains firsthand.

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