Now that fall has ended, the most magical time of the year has arrived, winter. Winter is full of amazing holidays and reasons to get together with loved ones. This winter, you are looking for a great holiday or weekend getaway destination for you and your family. There are many amazing places to visit throughout the United States, however, there is something very special about the Smoky Mountains. The Smoky Mountains are one of the most visited destinations in the entire country and the wonders of this region don’t end just because the busy tourist season of the year did. Here are a few of the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains this winter, to help make your trip to the region one to be remembered.
1. Admiring the Mountains
One of the main reasons people come from all over the world to visit the Smoky Mountains are the spectacular mountain views. The Smoky Mountains are full of rolling mountains one after the other creating unbelievable views. Then in the winter, these mountains are covered in a beautiful layer of white snow, making for picture-perfect backdrop!
Hiking is one of the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains. The Smoky Mountains are full of over 100 hiking trails and what is great about the Smoky Mountains is that you can go hiking in this amazing park all 365 days of the year, that’s right even during the winter this outstanding location is open. Many of these trails also display hidden wonders that you would not normally see during the warmer months of the year.
To learn more about all of the hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains, click HERE.
3. Winter Drive
This winter you want a warmer activity, one of the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains is to take a winter drive through the mountains. During the winter, some of the roads close due to weather, however, many of the roads do remain open year round, making for a great winter drive. One must see location this winter is Cades Cove. Cades Cove is one of the most popular sites in the entire park and once you are there, there are many things for you and your family to check out. You can view wildlife, take in the local history, and just enjoy the sights of winter. The drive through the Cades Cove Loop take about 2 to 4 hours, but if you plan on stopping and checking out the hiking trails in this part of the park you need to allow for more time.
Of course, during the winter you are going to want to experience snow. Another one of the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the winter is to check out Ober Gatlinburg. At Ober Gatlinburg, you can experience exciting slopes where you can go skiing, snowboarding or even tubing. Don’t worry, if you aren’t familiar with any of these fun and exciting sports you take lessons that will help you get started.
Winter in the Smoky Mountains is an exciting time of the year, with many different things to explore. Book one of our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals, so that you can experience all that the Smoky Mountains has to offer this winter.