Expert Travel Advice to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Top Answers To Great Smoky Mountains National Park Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user answered:
    Check out this page on Away.com for exploring the Smokies: http://vacation.away.com/tennessee/travel-v2-cid9048-great-smoky-mountains-national-park-cid400050-parks-and-outdoors-vacations.html. More info for camping here: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/carcamping.htm, too. Have a good trip.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Honestly, you're not likely to find much snow at the lower elevations of the Smokies. If there is snow in the area for any significant length of time, you may have to delve quite high and deep into the park, maybe not ideal for a trip with younger kids? Even though you're not skiers, you should check out some of the area ski resorts, like Hawksnest (http://www.skihawk.com/default.php), Beech Mountain (http://www.skibeech.com), or Cataloochee (http://www.cataloochee.com), which all have tubing parks. Better yet, you're guaranteed to find snow at any of these places as they have snowmaking equipment to ensure they can stay open throughout the season. Last thing: if it's truly fun in the snow you're after, you may also want to look west to the Colorado Rockies or resorts around Salt Lake City, Utah, which offer better snow and a ton more winter sports beyond just skiing.
  • bonnie answered:
    the grand tetons! spectacular view as you enter the valley from the south.take a class on jackson lake that will teach how the valley was formed. backpack to lake solutude. only one other camping when i was there. have wonderful brunch at jenny lake lodge. all a vivid memory.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Like most National Parks, Great Smoky severely restricts the areas in which dogs are allowed. The National Park Service website states: "dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but must be kept on a leash at all times. The leash must not exceed 6 feet in length. Dogs are only allowed on two short walking paths -- the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail. In terms of hotels that allow pets, including dogs, there is Great Outdoors Rental in Pigeon Forge, Fireside Chalet, also in Pigeon Forge, and Hidden Springs Resort Rentals in Sevierville. Restaurants and shopping areas typically don't permit non-working dogs to enter their premises. However, many establishments will allow leashed dogs on their patios, and will often provide water bowls and/or treats.

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