Ever wanted to get an idea of what your vacation might be like before you even left your driveway? Sure, looking at photos online or in a brochure can be helpful, but nowadays, Web cam technology allows you to go one step better and actually get a real-time view of your intended destination on your computer, whether you're at home or on the job. There's nothing better than live video for getting up-to-the-minute information about what's going on in the places you plan to visit.
For starters, watching the feed from a Smoky Mountain Web cam can give you a basic feel for what this area is like, especially if you've never visited here before. Depending on the camera's location, you can see everything from scenic mountain vistas to the excitement of spots like downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
There's also a practical component to being able to check things out on a live Web cam in the Smokies. For instance, you can see what the current weather conditions are or get a feel for what traffic might be like once you hit town. It's also a more realistic way to orient yourself to your surroundings. After all, finding something on an area map doesn't always translate into easily tracking down your local destination, but with a Web cam, you can get a more accurate feel for where the area's attractions, shops, restaurants and accommodations are located.
Through the accompanying links, you can get a variety of perspectives on the Smokies region. One Gatlinburg Web cam, for example, gives you a majestic birds-eye view from atop the 400-foot-high Gatlinburg Space Needle, with a panorama extending from downtown toward Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Another camera, placed inside Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, takes you under the sea, so to speak, with up-close views of this attraction's fascinating underwater creatures, including sharks!
Meanwhile, two different Pigeon Forge Web cams give you a live glimpse at what's going on in a couple of that city's hot spots—the heart of the music theater district and the Patriot Park/Old Mill neighborhood.
Of course, watching things on a live Web cam can also be just plain fun, especially when the action is in real time. Some Smoky Mountain Web cams even allow you to control the movement of the camera, live from your very own computer. Now how cool is that? But there's just one thing to remember. Next time you're walking down the street in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, you had better smile really big. After all, someone else might be watching!