Aside from traveling for my website, I also travel with my family for our annual family vacation. Although I love basking in the sun during the warm summer months, I also travel in the fall and winter. For our family we have to travel when the kids are out of school (teen is Mz. Perfect Attendance) which can be trying at times. But before my son was even born we have been traveling to The Great Somky Mountains area of Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg.
The location is breathtaking! Not only can you enjoy nature and appreciate outdoor sports like hiking, gem mining, zip-lining, rafting and more, you can also experience one of our most beloved national parks: The Great Smoky Mountains. When my teen was 3 years old we took our first family vacation to the area and felt an instant connection that keeps us coming year after year.
I know the picture quality isn’t great, but some of our pictures prior to Hurricane Katrina are not salvageable. The images below are all post-Katrina visits & have a special place in our hearts. There is something about the area that keeps us returning. I’m not sure if it is the scenery, the attractions or the people but we have a kinship to The Great Smoky Mountains and consider it our home away from home.
This November we will be taking our 10th trip as a family (if you include before my son was born) and my 11th visit. Our itinerary is complete and we are still looking to add restaurants into our Thanksgiving Vacation Schedule. We have our favorites but we look forward to seeing what else is available and any new hidden gems we may not already know about. I can’t believe we have been going as a family for the past 10 years!! I love the joy it brings to my children knowing that they spend EVERY Thanksgiving in The Great Smoky Mountains. It’s our own family tradition.
Over the next few weeks I will be showcasing some of our previous family moments, favorite attractions and new attractions we look forward. I will also be featuring tips (do’s & don’t) on booking your own holiday vacation to the Pigeon Forge & Gatlnburg area. I can’t leave out Chattanooga Tennessee in my East Tennessee posts. We normally stay in Chattanooga for 2 days prior to our Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg trip. There is so much to do in Chattanooga that we can stay an entire week in the area as well!
Are you familiar with the area? What is your favorite attraction in East Tennessee?