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So you want to pack up the wife and your 2.3 kids and getaway for a few days this Spring or Summer? But you are all theme parked out and you don’t want to spend 3-4 days driving just to get there? How about the Great Smoky Mountains?

Established as a National Park on 15 Jun 1934, the Great Smoky Mountains has been a delicious getaway retreat for millions for over 70 years. But it is no more than a 2 day drive for most anyone living east of the Mississippi River. So you don’t have to go out of the way to get there. After all there is just so much, “Daddy are we there yet,” that a person can take.

There are a number of things to do while enjoying The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These activities include, but are not limited to birding, camping, hiking, photography, relaxing by a rushing stream, star gazing, horse trail rides and plenty of wildlife watching. Aahhh, even reading that list sounds wonderful. For a detailed list of Great Smoky Mountains hiking possibilities, with locations and trails, see the park’s Hiking Page: .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses over one-half million acres, making it the largest national park in the East. The area has hundreds of miles of deep forest roads and picture perfect spots to stop and take in the scenery. An auto tour of the park offers panoramic views, tumbling mountain streams, weathered historic buildings, and uninterrupted forest stretching to the horizon.

There are many ways to enjoy the Great Smokies. One day is not enough. You’ll need 2-3 days at least to enjoy the park. But catching some highlights is possible during a shorter stay. If “roughing it” has it’s limits for you, Rentalo offers many accommodation possibilities in the Great Smoky area. From properties in, and close to, the picturesque towns of Gatlinburg, TN & Cherokee, NC. (See links below)

To the larger historical cities of Knoxville, TN & Ashville, NC. (See links below)

So, enjoy your visit to The Great Smokies.
A great getaway without going out of the way.