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Trip List by zack728

Great Smoky Mountains

18 Jul 2011  Family Vacation with 3 KIds
3.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

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  • 1. Luray Caverns
    Luray Caverns, Luray, Virginia

    The caverns are very big. I came here 30 years ago when I was a child and it is still amazing. Their is a guided tour that takes about 1 hr. This is definitly worth to see. It is expensive but compared to other caverns that I have seen this is one of the best. You also get to see with the price of admission a museum of Virginia, and a car museum.

  • 2. Elkmont Campground
    Elkmont Campground, Gatlinburg

    A very nice and clean campground. Try to stay at one of the sites along the river. My kids enjoyed tubing along the river as well as just playing in it. Stayed in July and coming from New York expected mosquitos. Their was none. The only thing to expect is rain. We stayed here a whole week and received rain at least 4 of the days. We noticed that in the mountains we received more rain then when we were in the towns. A great base camp to start from. Definitly stay away from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge because their is traffic.

  • 3. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
    Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg

    Coming from New York this was a good aquarium. I would have stayed away but my daughter wanted to go see it. 2 things impressed me, they had some new species of fish I never saw in our aquariums and when you walk through the closed tank where the sharks and fish swim above you, they have a moving escalotor to move the people along. This was great because the kids just had to stay still and look around.

  • 4. Laurel Falls
    Laurel Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

    Nice easy hike to the falls. Definitly go early because their was mobs of people along trail.

  • 5. Smoky Mountain Riding Stables
    Smoky Mountain Riding Stables, Gatlinburg

    They were professional. The horses were very good and the leader had my daughter who was 7 on a horse that he led. It just was boring. The scenery was boring. If you never went horseback riding this was an excellent place but my kids thought rafting was more exciting then this.

  • 6. Clingman's Dome
    Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

    A very nice ride to the top. The paved walk was long and uphill but their are nice views.

  • 7. Dollywood
    Dollywood, Pigeon Forge

    Its not Disney but it was a nice setup. There weren't many rides, you could do the park in one day. We took advantage of after 3 and the next day is free. Also included in our admission is free lunch or dinner at 3 area places in dollywood. We had the free buffet and it was good. their wasn't any lines and the best ride was Thunderhead. the woodend rollercoster. I am not a big fan anymore of rollercosters but my son got me going at least 5 times on this one. It was fantastic. Not crowded. we went on wed/ thurs.

  • 8. Cades Cove Loop Road
    Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

    Definitly the better part of the smokies. This is the area were you will find all the animals. Deer was in abundance and people have seen bears but we kept missing it.