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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Vacation Packages

America’s most visited national park offers blue mountain ridges, forested hiking trails, a variety of wildlife and bits of Southern mountain history. 

The beauty and diversity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park explain why it is the most visited of the U.S. national parks. Enjoy nature, wildlife and the quiet peace of endless forests.

Come to Cades Cove to use modern visitor center services and see historic community buildings. Look for churches, a grist mill and a newlywed “weaner cabin.” Drive the 11-mile (18-kilometer) loop road to see wildlife and historic structures.

Hiking is one of the park’s most popular activities. Hike to Grotto Falls, Laurel Falls and Ramsey Cascades. The Appalachian Trail runs through the park, making a climb to Clingmans Dome. Hike or drive to this spot, the park’s highest elevation at 6,643 feet (2,025 meters). Walk the last steep 0.5-mile (0.8-kilometer) sidewalk and spiral ramp up an observation tower. Your 360-degree view over the park may stretch to 100 miles (160 kilometers) on a clear day.

Enjoy the park’s year-round colors of flowers, trees and shrubs along the Oconaluftee River Trail and a dozen other easy mapped walking paths. Before the snow is completely melted, spring ephemeral flowers poke through the ground. In late April, join the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, an exploration of flora and fauna that has been held in the park annually for more than 60 years. Return in autumn for exquisite fall colors.

The park abounds with wildlife. Go birding to spot some of the 200 species here. Walk quietly through the forest to look for over 65 species of mammals, including deer, flying squirrels and an estimated 1,500 American black bears. The park’s 700 miles (1,100 kilometers) of streams have more than 50 native fish species. Notice some of the 30 species of salamander scurrying past your feet.

Nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer boundless tourist opportunities for dining, drinking and entertainment. The park remains open year-round; however, the central highway may close during winter storms, requiring a much longer outside drive to travel between the Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Cherokee, North Carolina entrances.  

U.S. national parks offer visitors great, affordable adventures. Enjoy your adventure in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg SG$278
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

539 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Anakeesta and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Gatlinburg Space Needle are also within 15 minutes.

    Gatlinburg River Inn SG$111
    Gatlinburg River Inn

    Gatlinburg River Inn

    324 Hemlock Street, Gatlinburg, TN
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum. Gatlinburg Space Needle and Gatlinburg Convention Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Baymont by Wyndham Gatlinburg On The River SG$138
      Baymont by Wyndham Gatlinburg On The River

      Baymont by Wyndham Gatlinburg On The River

      293 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Gatlinburg, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Traffic Light #3 and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Gatlinburg Space Needle are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Glenstone Lodge SG$138
        Glenstone Lodge

        Glenstone Lodge

        504 Historic Nature Trl, Gatlinburg, TN
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Gatlinburg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg Space Needle and Gatlinburg Sky Lift. Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery and Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum are also within 10 minutes.

          Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa SG$194
          Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa

          Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa

          915 Westgate Resorts Rd, Gatlinburg, TN
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Gatlinburg hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cooter's Place, Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze and Earthquake the Ride. Fort Fun and Mysterious Mansion are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Gatlinburg, TN SG$143
            Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Gatlinburg, TN

            Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Gatlinburg, TN

            421 Reagan Lane, Gatlinburg, TN
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Gatlinburg, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gatlinburg Ziplines, Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum. Gatlinburg Space Needle and Gatlinburg Convention Center are also within 10 minutes.

              Howard Johnson by Wyndham Downtown Gatlinburg SG$74
              Howard Johnson by Wyndham Downtown Gatlinburg

              Howard Johnson by Wyndham Downtown Gatlinburg

              242 Bishop Lane, Gatlinburg, TN
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Gatlinburg, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Traffic Light #6 and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum are also within 10 minutes.

                The Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg SG$172
                The Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg

                The Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg

                705 Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, TN
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Gatlinburg hotel is located in a national park, within a 15-minute walk of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and Gatlinburg Convention Center. Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Gatlinburg Space Needle are also within 1 mile (2 km).