Tired of all the political wrangling from Left and Right? Why not leave it all behind? We believe both sides will agree that a Smoky Mountains getaway is just the ticket. Here amid stunning scenery, you can relax, de-stress, and forge strong family bonds while having a whole lot of fun.
Soothe Your Soul with Mountain Scenery
Did you know that there are more than 1,600 species of flowering plants throughout Great Smoky Mountains National Park? A true fact (not an "alternative" one): The Park has the greatest diversity of plants in all North America, including over 300 rare and protected species. Best of all, they bloom in successive waves, so there's always something to see.
May brings dazzling displays of May-Apple, Foamflower, Painted Trillium, Bleeding Heart, Columbine, Blue Phlox, and other vivid wildflowers. Then, from late May into June, flowering shrubs light up the landscape – mountain laurel, rhododendrons, flame azaleas, and more. Take a hike or drive through the higher elevations to view Catawba Rhododendrons ablaze with purple-pink blossoms. Or hike to Gregory Bald from Cades Cove to take in the brilliant array of breathtaking flame azaleas.
Flowers are just the beginning. By late April, most trees are in leaf, so you'll find fresh, lush greenery everywhere. Hike scenic trails like Laurel Falls and Schoolhouse Gap to bask in the beauty of the Smoky Mountain woodlands. You'll forget all about the political squabbling that fills your social media feed.
See Mountain Wildlife Up Close
The Smokies are home to countless animals... and not one of them will start a political debate with you. So, if you need a break from political growling and snarling, visit Pigeon Forge between May 9 and 13, 2017, for Wilderness Wildlife Week. Open to the public free of charge, this popular five-day event offers educational programs for kids, guided hikes for youth and adults, daily workshops and seminars and more. You'll (safely) see – and learn about – the Smokies' famous black bears. Not to mention white-tailed deer, elk, foxes, groundhogs, chipmunks, bats, squirrels, birds, reptiles, amphibians, etc. And, of course, fresh-water fish.
The cold streams in the Smokies teem with over 50 native fish species (including brook trout) along with non-native species like rainbow and brown trout. If you enjoy fly fishing, you'll find that the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area is an angler's dream. And nothing beats bringing home fresh mountain trout for a mouthwatering mountain breakfast.
All This Plus Attractions Galore
Mother Nature may put on the biggest show, but other spectacles abound in the Tennessee Smokies. Join us for the Smoky Mountain Opry, a heart-pounding extravaganza featuring all your favorite musical genres, from country to classic rock, gospel to movie themes. Thrill to upside-down adventures at Wonderworks Interactive Experience. Explore Ripley's Believe It or Not! for exciting attractions including a 5D movie theater and exotic aquarium.
Plus Much More, Both Outdoors and In
From helicopter tours to whitewater rafting, you'll never lack opportunities for fun and fulfillment this spring. Plus, you can top off each day's activities with a delicious dinner at a legendary local eatery... then go back to your beautiful cabin for a restful, relaxing evening.
Speaking of Cabins, Be Sure to Book Yours
At Volunteer Cabin Rentals, you'll find a wide range of comfortable cabins, big and small, from rustic to richly luxurious, all just minutes from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Contact us now to reserve your politics-free getaway.
Jon Hoffman is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Smoky Mountain cabins near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. Visit them today at http://www.volunteercabinrentals.com to book cabins for weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.