Whew, it’s hot outside. This summer has been such a scorcher. Of course, a quick ride through Smoky Mountain River Rampage is sure to cool you off. A day spent at Dollywood’s Splash Country will certainly do the same. But if you’re far away and looking for another way to cool off during this sizzling summer, start planning your fall getaway!
Picture the gently winding roads that you follow through the Smoky Mountains, with canopies of yellow, red, and orange leaves that flitter in the wake of your car. You pull into your cabin home for the next few days, and spend the following evenings watching the sun sink beyond the Smoky Mountains as the crisp air envelopes you and the stars begin sparkling in the velvety night sky.
Which sounds lovely and peaceful, but what if someone in your group has an adventurous side? Or you’ve got a foodie in your midst that’s heard that some of the best food in the Smoky Mountains is right there, all in one place at Dollywood?
Planning a vacation to Dollywood isn’t just about thrills at the park (although that’s certainly a perk!) You can enjoy the amazing food, wonderful shows, and satisfy your thrill seekers all at once. If you’d like to take in the glorious fall foliage that East Tennessee is famous for in the fall, stay at one of Dollywood’s cabins. You’ll be able to gain early entry to Dollywood on Saturdays, get discounted TimeSaver passes, have free reserved parking at Dollywood, receive discounts on area attractions and have free parking at your cabin. Cabin guests are also eligible for special length-of-stay tickets, so you can pop in and out of the park at your leisure.
If a cabin isn’t what you’re looking for, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa offers gorgeous views of the Smoky Mountains from each room. With fire pits and seating areas elegantly arranged around the grounds, nightly story times, movies under the stars, and a heated pool, you’re set to experience the vacation of a lifetime.
Staying at a Dollywood property provides you the freedom to spend time in the park each day while also experiencing other attractions available in the area. With the proximity and ticket arrangements available to guests at Dollywood properties, there’s no pressure to accomplish everything you want to do in one day. Whether you hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cataract Falls is a favorite trail in my family), go shopping at the Tanger Outlet Mall, or meander through downtown Gatlinburg, you can experience a little bit of everything all in one place. If you plan to visit during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, featuring Great Pumpkin LumiNights (Sept. 28 – Nov. 3), you’re sure to be enchanted by the luminous carved pumpkins, and partaking in the seasonal food is the perfect way to herald in the autumn season.
The cooler temperatures of fall paired with gorgeous views, delicious food, show-stopping performances and all the trills that Dollywood offer make it the perfect time to plan your ideal Dollywood vacation.