Cades Cove

Fungus on side of tree.

Many times, people believe that a vacation must be expensive for it to be fun and memorable. But did you know that there are plenty of affordable activities in the Smokies that are just as fun as the things you have to pay for? We put together a list of our favorite budget-friendly activities to do while visiting!

The Most Affordable Activity – See Cades Cove in Full Bloom for free!

While the Smokies are famous for lots of things, let’s not forget the one thing that made it famous to begin with – the natural beauty of the area! Early Spring is the best time to visit as well since the flowers are blooming and the temperatures are near perfect. The best place to see it is by driving through Cades Cove. Cades Cove is an 11-mile loop that allows perfect viewings of wildlife and natural wonders by either foot, bike, or in your car. To get up to date information, check the park’s website here.

Enjoy Live Music at Ole Red’s

Ole Red’s is one of Gatlinburg’s hottest restaurants that hosts even hotter live music. Blake Shelton and his team up in Nashville provide hand-picked artists to preform every day, year-round. Pair that with some good food and a cold drink, you have the most bang for your buck for a Spring evening! See the line up here on Ole Red’s website.

Get an Artist’s Point of View at Arrowmont

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts offers an amazing opportunity to view the area in the form of visual art. View pottery, paintings, and other masterpieces by doing a free tour of the campus. You can also participate in workshops and other events that the school holds to support the cause. Visit their website here to learn more.

Get Your Sips on the Gatlinburg Wine Trail

Although there are plenty of places to do tastings around Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas, one of the best ways to try them all is the Gatlinburg Wine Trail! The self-guided trail another affordable activity, and you can also get a complimentary gift once you complete your 3rd and 5th stops. All you have to do is stop by one of the five wineries on the trail, pick up your passport, and get ready for a mountain of a good time! Learn more about us and plan your stops here on our website.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy the quiet mountain life or get in on the hustle and bustle of the city, the Smokies has a little bit of everything for everyone — on every budget. We’re glad you’re here, and we hope that you enjoy it all as much as we do!

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