Complements of The Great Smoky Mountains
At the base of the Appalachian Mountains, and bordering Tennessee and North Carolina, this gorgeous area is often referred to as the “Jewel of the Appalachians.”
Glistening snow makes it even more special. Also, the trees are bare, so you can probably see more things that are actually hidden in foliage.
Even in winter, the temperatures are pretty mild, but if you’re one who likes to avoid cooler temps, there are plenty of things to do inside, such as visiting museums, dining, shopping and spending some time at the well-known Ripley’s Aquarium.
The Winterfest Lights
Each winter season, Sevier County (which includes Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge) transforms itself into a winter mythical place with lights that exceed 5 million in number that glisten through the snowy nights.
Being the 27th year that Winterfest has been in action, it has become one of the most expected and waited for festivals in the Smoky Mountains. In every direction that you turn in the Sevier County, you are going to see a ton of spectacular light fixtures and systems.
Pigeon Forge city publishers will issue a Winterfest Driving touring map that you can pick up at the town hall around October-November that will show you where the best of the lights will be during its operation through the end of February.
Shop & Explore
The Smokies are home to some of the best speciality shops, arts & crafts and pottery stores around. If you can, visit the famed Nantahala Outdoor Center; it’s eight miles away on the border on the North Carolina border.
While the initial thought of doing something like this may seem bone chilling, winter hiking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park will reveal some spectacles of its contents that are only able to be seen in the winter time of the year.
Since there aren’t any leaves during the snowy months of the year, you are able to ponder your sights into the deepest of the woodsy realms of the mountains during this time.
Some may say that it feels as if they are hiking through a wide open country, and when it comes to seeing deep into the Smoky Mountains, you are seeing a lot of beauty that cannot be normally taken into account otherwise. This may even lead to seeing some extra wildlife, too!
If you’re looking for a ski or snowboarding adventure, this is THE place to be in the Smokies. The slopes open during the holidays and stay open for the duration of winter. Lessons are also available.
Visit Dollywood For An Indoor Treat
Dollywood is the theme park founded by Country Western Icon Dolly Parton and, although winters are pretty mild in the Smokies, this can be an indoor treat, with museums, arcades, indoor skydiving and more. Not to miss!