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Planning a Smoky Mountain vacation? I have just visited that place and it was awesome experience. You’ve no doubt got a list of things you’d like to do and see – from Dollywood to a zipline tour. But don’t overlook to take time to just take pleasure in the stunning scenery that surrounds Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. With hundreds of square miles of pristine wilderness, the Great Smoky Mountains offer number of opportunity for back-to-nature relaxation for your whole family.
Enjoy the Mountains from a Different Point of View
Just a short drive from Gatlinburg in significant downtown Bryson City, NC, you’ll find a fully restored 1920s passenger train waiting to carry you throughout the mountains for a one-of-a-kind adventure the entire family will take pleasure in. Step aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railway and into a world where life is more unhurried and you really can take time to take pleasure in the scenery. And in the Smoky Mountains stunning views greet you with every bend in the tracks.
Choose an open-air gondola to knowledge crunchy, clean air of this vast wilderness, or relax in the comfortable style of the aristocrats in first class. Day trips include the Nantahala Gorge Excursion, featuring a 44-mile trip along the Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers, a crossing of Fontana Lake, and a one-hour layover at Nantahala Gorge. Enjoy a picnic by the river or just unwind before heading back to Bryson City.
The Tuskasegee River tour is the perfect mix of scenery and shopping, and includes a layover in the historic city of Dillsboro, where more than 50 quaint shops beg for examination. Enjoy lunch in a quiet café before board your train back to the depot, your shopping bags and heart full of memoirs of your sole getaway.
Fun for the Whole Family
Throughout the month of October, join Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy on a trek to the famed pumpkin patch. Along the way you’ll take pleasure in hearing the story of the Great Pumpkin, and once you arrive the whole family will find plenty of entertainment. Kids will be clamor to get inside the bouncy house, collect a bonanza of candy in an early trick-or-treat excursion, and toast some marshmallows around the campfire. Plus, each youngster gets to choose his or her own pumpkin to take home and carve. Don’t forget to wear your Halloween set of clothes for this fun-filled family outing.
Or hop aboard the Polar Express in November or December for a round-trip ticket to the North Pole. Enjoy a warm cup of cocoa while you listen and read along with this charming story. On arrival, you’ll meet up with Santa and every child will take delivery of a silver sleigh bell. The return trip is filled with joyful caroling and laughter, making this train rides the ideal way to kick off a magnificent holiday season with your little ones.
Today’s fast-paced world where darting from place to place has become the norm and vacations are judged by how many behavior you pack into them, why not take a day just to relax? Spend the afternoon aboard a restore passenger train and enjoy the landscape from a luxurious dining car, much as leisurely traveler did a century ago. You’ll remember many things about your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, but your preferred memory will be of the time exhausted just watching the world go by.