When planning a family getaway, the Smoky Mountains area tops the list for seasoned travelers.

1: Foothills Parkway

2: Newfound Gap

3: Gatlinburg Scenic Skybridge

4: The Island in Pigeon Forge

5: Dollywood

Tips for Planning Your First Trip

Weather and Climate

The Smoky Mountains is a sub-range within the Appalachian Mountains, and it spans the borders of Tennessee and North Carolina.

What to Pack

While most seasoned tourists know how to pack for family vacations, there are a few things that they miss when they plan trips to the Smoky Mountains.

Shopping

If visitors forget to pack needed items, it's really not a big deal because shopping in the Smoky Mountains is a huge deal.

Dining

One of the best things about visiting the Smoky Mountains is sampling the food at different restaurants.

Lodging

No Smoky Mountain travel guide is complete without a description of the area's many lodging options. Most visitors stay in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, or the GSMNP.

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