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Top 4 Tips for a Budget-Friendly Vacation in the Smoky Mountains

March 16, 2021

The awesome thing about a Smoky Mountain vacation is that it can be one of the most affordable trips you ever take! When you combine the tremendous value of our cabin rentals with the free and inexpensive activities throughout the Smokies, it is no wonder why so many families return to our cabins year after year! Here are the top 4 tips for a budget-friendly vacation in the Smoky Mountains:

1. Take Scenic Hikes in the National Park

great smoky mountains national park signWhen it comes to hiking and sightseeing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you don’t have to spend a dime! Due to a long standing agreement between the state of Tennessee and the federal government, there is no fee to enter the park. You can enjoy hundreds of hiking trails to discover scenic overlooks, waterfalls, historical structures, wildlife, and more. Start your visit at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, which is just south of downtown Gatlinburg and offers free admission to a 20 minute film about the park. This is also the perfect place to pick up some hiking maps or to speak to a park ranger.

2. Prepare Meals in Your Cabin

While you will certainly want to experience a few of the tempting restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the cost of dining out can quickly add up. Therefore, another tip for a budget-friendly vacation in the Smoky Mountains is to prepare meals in your cabin! Our cabin rentals all feature a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, stove, and every other amenity necessary for easy meal preparation. As a bonus, you can quickly have a meal and be on your way rather than waiting in lines at restaurants! There are plenty of grocery stores in Pigeon Forge where you can stock up on supplies, including Kroger, Publix, and Food City.

3. Take Advantage of Free Attraction Tickets

Anakeesta in GatlinburgWhen you stay at our large cabin rentals in the Smokies, take advantage of our free attraction tickets to some of the area’s best attractions! We are pleased to offer these tickets to say “thank you” for choosing to stay with us, and there are no strings attached! The best part is you can enjoy even more free tickets for each extra night you spend in our cabins! This is not only a great way to save money on your vacation, but it provides a little extra motivation to explore something new in the Smoky Mountains!

4. Share a Cabin Rental with Friends and Family

Another tip for a budget-friendly vacation in the Smoky Mountains is to share a cabin rental with a group of friends or family members. Since our cabins range anywhere from 4 bedrooms to 21 bedrooms, we can easily accommodate groups of all sizes. When you have more people splitting the cost of the stay, the price goes down substantially per person! In fact, you will be surprised to know that our cabins can actually be quite a bit cheaper than staying in a hotel.

Check out all of our affordable cabin rentals in the Smokies today to enjoy a budget-friendly vacation in the Smoky Mountains! We look forward to seeing you soon!