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Top 3 Reasons a Smoky Mountain Vacation is Better Than a Beach Vacation

July 25, 2023

One of the toughest things about planning a summer vacation is picking a destination! While some folks like to head to the beach, there is truly nothing like a getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains! You’ll find tons of fun things to do in the Smokies, as well as unique lodging options, gorgeous scenery and more! Here are the top 3 reasons why a Smoky Mountain vacation is better than a beach vacation:

1. Wide Variety of Affordable Lodging

pigeon river campgroundHotels and property rentals at beach areas can be outrageously expensive during the summer months, taking up a significant portion of your vacation budget! On the other hand, you can find a wide variety of affordable lodging options throughout the Smoky Mountains at any time of year! There are hundreds of cabin rentals available, ranging from one bedroom cabins for a romantic getaway to cabins with multiple bedrooms for large families and groups! You’ll also find your favorite hotel chains, as well as independent hotels and condo rentals. If you love the great outdoors, consider camping right next door to our outpost at the Pigeon River Campground!

2. Fun Options for Rainy Days

Rainy weather at the beach can really spoil your vacation fun, especially if the rain lasts for several days! You’ll never have to worry about that during a Smoky Mountain vacation as there are plenty of fun options for rainy days! The cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are packed with exciting indoor attractions, including arcades, escape rooms, miniature golf and even snow tubing! You can also take advantage of a rainy day for souvenir shopping or to explore the most popular trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park without the crowds! As far as white water rafting, rainy days can be some of the best times on the Pigeon River!

3. Moderate Weather During the Summer

group rafting with Smoky Mountain OutdoorsWhile the Smoky Mountains can experience heat waves, the weather is generally moderate in the summer – especially at the higher elevations! The shade of the forest offers pleasant hiking options, or you can explore Cades Cove and other areas of the Smokies from the comfort of your air-conditioned car! When you’re ready to cool off, join us for one of our white water rafting trips in the Smokies where you’ll splash through lots of thrilling rapids! This sure beats roasting in the sun on a beach for hours where you have to keep running in the ocean just to stay cool!

About Our White Water Rafting Trips

The highlight of any Smoky Mountain vacation is white water rafting on the Pigeon River! This is a unique opportunity to share the adventure of a lifetime with your family and friends while navigating down the river with our professional guides! We offer several trips in the summer, including our popular Upper River Rafting trip where you’ll experience an exciting 6.5 mile ride down class 3 and 4 rapids! Our Lower River Rafting trip offers more of a relaxing journey that is perfect for families, while the combo trip lets you enjoy both sections of the river! Finally, serious thrill-seekers will definitely want to join our Extreme Upper River Rafting trip!

Check out all of our white water rafting trips in the Smokies today to make the most of your Smoky Mountain vacation! We look forward to seeing you soon!