You've read books and watched movies and maybe even knitted a blanket or two. Now that winter is finally over, it's time to get out of the house and enjoy some exciting outdoor activities. And there's no better place to rejuvenate your sense of adventure than in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
Satisfy Your Need For Speed
If you've ever dreamed of sitting behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car as it careens around an oval track, now is your chance. At NASCAR Speedpark in Sevierville, TN, you'll climb into a 3/8-scale version of your favorite racecar. Foot to the floor, you'll battle it out for top honors, just as your favorite drivers do every Sunday afternoon. With tracks and cars for all ages and skill levels, NASCAR Speedpark is a must-see for race fans and speed demons alike.
For nature lovers with a taste for adventure, a zipline tour is just the ticket for a day of fun. Strap on your harness and helmet, and clip onto a thin metal cable for a ride you won't soon forget. As you step off the platform, you'll enjoy a dizzying view of the scenery below. From your bird's-eye vantage point, you'll not only love the show, but the heart-pounding ride is sure to help shake off those winter doldrums.
Get Back To Nature
See the Smokies as few ever do with a guided horseback tour. You'll pack a bag and settle into the saddle for an all-day trek into the pristine forest, where only a handful of hardy explorers dare to venture.
Feeling adventurous? Opt for an overnight outing, and experience what it was like to be among the first Europeans to settle the area. Enjoy a friendly meal served around a roaring campfire, then bed down for the night beneath a canopy of trees. The only sounds are the quiet shuffling of the horses and the occasional call of an owl to his mate.
Roller-coaster fans will want to make time to enjoy the rides at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge's favorite theme park. The Wild Eagle lets you soar above the crowds on one of only a handful of winged coasters in existence, and is an experience you won't want to miss. Add to that the fun and exhilarating Firechaser Express and the old-school charm of Thunderhead, and you'll have plenty of opportunity to satisfy even the biggest of coaster cravings.
For active fans of the outdoors, a winter cooped up in the house can be tiresome. Kick off a season of action and adventure with a quick getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains, and enjoy some one-of-a-kind excitement. Whether you have a secret desire to win the Sprint Cup or you simply love to crest the top of that first big hill on your favorite coaster, you'll find something to get your heart pounding in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
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.