By Darryl Payne
Posted on October 4, 2012
Any time of year is a great time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, but there’s something about autumn that’s just a little special. Here are five things you must do if you visit the Smokies this fall:
View the fall foliage. We recommend driving into Great Smoky Mountains National Park to a scenic location like Foothills Parkway or Clingman’s Dome observation tower. From there, you’ll see a blanket of brilliant colors that stretches for miles and miles.
Visit Cades Cove. This popular national park destination embodies the spirit, history and culture of the area’s pioneer settlers. This 19th-century community still features homes, churches and structures, all accessible along an 11-mile, one-way auto loop.
Go to Dollywood. This theme park’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration features four weeks of great gospel music acts, arts and crafts, fall foods and harvest decorations.
Go to an arts and crafts fair. October is a busy time for crafts. In addition to Dollywood’s Harvest Celebration, you’ll find events like the Rotary Craft Fair at Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Park and the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair in Gatlinburg.
Do some outlet shopping. What better way to knock a lot of folks off your Christmas shopping list than picking up a wide variety of name-brand merchandise at discount prices?
Before you visit, don’t forget to line up your accommodations. We can steer you toward a huge selection of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley cabin rentals.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.