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Getting Your Head & Heart into the Smokies
Great Smokies: The Smoky Mountains, Tennessee[caption id="attachment_4972" align="alignleft" width="476"] The Great Smokey Mountains--the Smokies[/caption]
By Sara Winner, VRTG Travel Writer
Here you are -- seeking something new for your adventurous soul. Would you like to surround yourself with an endless range of mountains and forests -- to the point where you are struggling to take in all the beauty? That is exactly how you might feel when you set foot in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is a place where you may spot incredible wildlife, scale mountain trails, and engage in thrilling activities.
It is also a place where a few days vacation will not suffice for the full experience. You will be planning a longer stay or coming back in no time. The best part is, amazing vacation rental management companies are at your service to prolong and ease your stay.
The Great Smoky Mountains runs through the borders of Tennessee and North Carolina, stretching Northeast from the Pigeon River to the Southwest at the Little Tennessee River. The mountain got its name from the vapor that rises off of the vegetation, creating the fog that hangs over the trees. The mountain range has since become wildly popular over the years. Owing its success to not only its breathtaking views and wildlife but also to its tourism filled with seasonal festivals and activities.
Lookout Mountain Vacation RentalsChattanooga is one of the top vacation destinations in the United States with the beautiful Tennessee River winding through the city, and bordered by gorgeous Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain, Elder Mountain, and Raccoon Mountain. There are wonderful restaurants, tons of live music venues, museums, arts and culture, and world class outdoor adventure opportunities for climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, hang gliding, and scenic hiking.
Adventure Zone[caption id="attachment_4987" align="alignright" width="275"] Laurel Falls Great Smoky Mountains[/caption]
The Smokies specializes in everything outdoors to satisfy the "nature enthusiast at heart." Whether you enjoy wandering river valleys or digging for crystals--treasures of this natural habitat wait to be uncovered. Pigeon Forge is great for go-cart rides, horseback riding, zip-lining, and mountain adventure helicopter rides. The local Pigeon Forge Zoo is another popular attraction.
If amusement parks are what you enjoy, Dollywood and Splash Mountain offer some fun and exciting roller coaster rides, as well as water adventures. Gatlinburg is a blossoming resort town--home to Ripley's Museum and Aquarium, the space needle, Ober Skiing, and the Sky Lift—just to name a few. Wears Valley is known as the "peaceful side of the Smokies" and is great for hiking, biking, and wildlife watching. It also home to the Okeechobee Cavers and Metcalf Bottoms.
For more activities, contact your rental management services to provide you with a list of things to do. It would be hard to list all the possibilities in the area. But take it from the millions of visitors who frequent the area--the Great Smokey Mountains is an experience you do not want to miss!
Smoky Mountain Lake RentalsSmoky Mountain Lake Rentals has been offering vacation rentals on Douglas Lake since 1999 at the Gator Point Marina. We now manage vacation rental homes all around Douglas Lake from studio rentals to 6 bedroom luxury vacation homes for small to large groups. We were selected in 2007 Southern Living article for "Ultimate Cabin Guide" as the only lakefront cabin company mentioned in the area.
For the fullest experience, it is worthwhile to explore the marvelous cities near the Smokies for they are as amazing as the mountain range itself. Lookout Mountain is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a little bit over an hour from Gatlinburg. It is interesting and educational for both adults and children. With much the same natural scenic beauty and outdoor adventures as the Smokies, the historical caverns, rock formations, and railway cars, make Lookout Mountain and surrounding areas unique.
Lookout Cavern, also known as Cavern Castle, is the replica of a fifteenth-century Irish castle. Upon visiting, you are transported hundreds of feet underground to witness the breathtaking result of earthquakes. Ruby Falls, on the other hand, is a 145-foot waterfall over 1,000 feet underground. Here, you can also search for gorgeous, semi-precious stones. At Rock City, visitors can try to pass through challenging pathways of formations supposedly millions of years old. Then, track through the Enchanted Trail, marveling at flora while keeping an eye out for the rare white Fallow deer. Travelers might also love the Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village with displays of popular fairy tales.
Finally, head over to “America’s Most Amazing Mile” at the Incline Railway. A National Historic Site since 1895, you may sit in trolley-style cars that ride to the top of Lookout Mountain. Be aware, it's the steepest passenger railway globally, but something you will never forget. Spend a day or two at Lookout Mountain before you return home from your Smoky Mountain vacation. You will have experienced one of the most beautiful and visited areas in the United States.