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Hello and welcome to Smoky Mountain things to do, my name is Rich Benjamin. I and my business partner Ray Surface have worked in and around Smoky Mountain Tourism for the vast majority of our lives. Our goal in building Smoky Mountains Things to do.com is to provide an insiders guide to the Smokies. Like many of-of the residents who call Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and the surrounding area home, I am a transplant. Growing up in New York State.my parents were hard working middle class folks who when it came to work, always did more than expected. They took ownership of their jobs. Vacations were rare and special moments, those moments that we spent together as a family are etched in my mind as very fond memories.
I moved to Tennessee in 1988 joining the coaching staff at the University of Tennessee Mens Swim Team, my first experience in the Smokies was driving through Pigeon Forge to spend a weekend at a Chalet in Gatlinburg. This was a defining moment in my life, I had never seen such a beauty, the mountains instantly took hold of me and I am fortunate to say they have never let go. Every day that I travel in and around the Smokies, I find my self-looking at the mountains, and I am just as enamored today as I was way back in 1988.
Life will take all of us on varying journeys, some moments will be good, some moments not so good. But Vacations are the breaks where we get a chance to create very special memories of good times and laughter with the ones we love. My very first job in tourism was working at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, I knew I had found my calling, my job for the rest of my life would be to help people find and experience those magical moments of Friendship, Family, and Fellowship. If I found myself lacking enthusiasm, or questioning what my purpose was in life, I would simply walk into a show stand at the top of the arena at The Dixie Stampede. I would stand there in the shadows with close my eyes and listen to the laughter and the joy, I could feel families bonding and memories being made.
Smoky Mountain Things To Do is the answer to all the major vacation questions in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
There are three major sections to each “Things to do” page.
Lodging = Where to stay
Attractions = Things to do
Dining = Where to eat
Smoky Mountain Things To Do, lodging or where to stay is typically the first question that needs to be answered when visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Should I stay in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Townsend or any of the other vacation towns surrounding the Smoky Mountains National Park? Most people begin their vacation planning with the decision of where to stay? There are many questions that need to be answered to ensure a successful and fun vacation, the first thing or question that needs to be addressed is,
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What type of lodging best suits my needs?
Am I looking for a cabin with rustic features where the whole family can gather spend quality time together?
Am I looking for a condominium that is centrally located and offers a combination of home and vacation amenities?
Am I looking for a hotel a resort so to speak one-stop shop that may include a pool water park for the kids it offers a restaurant because I don’t want to cook while I’m on vacation? Does the hotel or resort have breakfast included continental breakfast am I looking for interior corridors can I see the mountains and/or the views of the city from the balcony.
Am I looking for a Campground that allows tent camping or am I more interested in a campground that caters more to RV’s and 5th wheel rigs
Smoky Mountain Things To Do lodging tab will help you determine what type of lodging may be best suited to your particular needs. As you look at the things to do pages, they all have the same functionality The right side of the page is divided into 3 columns. These are sponsored links to some of the best choices for Where to stay in the Smoky Mountains National Park area. Simply click on an image to open its description in the Vacation snapshot viewer. The first thing you’ll see is a logo from that hotel that cabin or that condominium complex to the right of the vacation snapshot you will notice a video icon simply click on that and see a nice overview video of the property you’re searching for.