A few years back we took a family vacation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Straddling parts of Tennessee and North Carolina, the park is loaded with abundant hiking and outdoor opportunities. We stayed in a luxurious cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with spacious bedrooms and four full bathrooms affording privacy and comfort for our multigenerational brood. The cabin had arcade games and a billiards table in the basement. A wrap around balcony surrounded the house.
We took advantage of many local sights including a visit to an aquarium, two dinner shows, and some competitive miniature golf. But everyone seemed to love communing with nature and we went on several hikes. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most touristed park in the United States. 800 miles of trails beckon visitors with surprises around every bend. Streams, waterfalls, and rich wildlife provide a canvas for artists and photographers. Try the Laurel Falls hike for a paved route leading to crushing waterfalls or Chimney Tops for a more challenging course.