We have been to the smokies (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) a few times, but always in the summer. This time, we decided to make the drive during spring break in April, and let me tell you – it was an absolute treat! We witnessed misty morning, gorgeous waterfalls, pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and had a great time. We visited as a multi-age group large family trip with the oldest at 67 years old and the youngest at 2, and everyone had a good time. Below is our day by day plan, and I would recommend all activities we did. I have also included some highlights that we have done in the past and enjoyed, if you are planning for a longer trip.
One Week Itinerary at-a-glance
Day 0: Drive into Gatlinburg
Day 1: Wilderness at the Smokies (indoor waterpark)
Day 2: Quiet walkway in the National Park
Day 3: Zorbing, Mountain Coaster, and Grotto Falls
Day 4: Dollywood!
Day 5: Sugarlands Valley Trail, and Anakeesta
Where we Stayed
Gatlinburg is full of mountain cabins of all sizes, and you can find ones on any of the known hotel or B&B sites. We booked ours on VRBO (link to be posted soon).