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  • Experience the Difference with Experience the Difference with your Gatlinburg Vacation Rental

    • From: deniswalter
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      Gatlinburg is a picturesque vacation destination which offers its visitors a number of beautiful attractions and boasts an engrossing natural beauty that is only topped by the adjoining glory of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg vacation rentals offer its guests a cozy and comfortable retreat to refresh and unwind while admiring the majestic scenic views of the White Mountains or going on a hike through the nearby national forest.

       


      To get best of the spectacular vistas and far reaching views, first time visitors are strongly encouraged to take up Gatlinburg vacation rentals on the high ridges of the city which can be found on outer sides of Gatlinburg. These places will truly exemplify the spiritual beauty of this city, full of natural wonder and tranquility. People interested in getting this kind of experience may find that Gatlinburg cabin rentals are just the perfect ticket for taking it easy and even come with a variety of modern amenities to make your holiday truly hassle free. You can also make heading out on exploratory hikes and bike riding opportunities on well known trails of Cades Cove Loop in Gatlinburg.

       

      Gatlinburg is world famous for its Great Smoky Mountains. There are 2,100 miles of streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, creating an unforgettable smoky mountain memory with your family. The Little Pigeon River is another attraction spot of Gatlinburg, which flows right through town and the city parks. There's nothing more relaxing and peaceful than tossing your feet in the water. This is just the beginning of your fun as there are all kinds of things to uncover while you´re here with your family and freinds. Gatlinburg's popular local pass time is bird watching, as well as golfing, horseback riding, camping and even water rafting which is sure to take you on higher level of entertainment.

       

      Ripley´s Aquarium is one of the city´s biggest attractions, easily accessible from the Gatlinburg cabin rentals. Besides this, the Guinness World of Records Museum, Ober Gatlinburg Amusements Park and the Mysterious Mansion of Gatlinburg are the major point of attractions of this beautiful city. Despite having all these major attractions, most of the people who come to visit to Gatlinburg are interested in the outdoor possibilities that its surroundings offer. You will also love to take a peaceful stroll on the Riverwalk, which is a vibrant and animated downhill run at Ober Gatlinburg.


      To explore the natural splendors, you can browse for the suitable Gatlinburg vacation rentals with an easy access to shopping and nearby attractions on AlwaysOnVacation. So plan your Gatlinburg vacation with AlwaysOnVacation and cherish some lifetime moments with your family and friends. AlwaysOnVacation is one of the world’s largest holiday rental marketplaces and distribution networks with over 50,000 holiday rental units listed in 120 countries.

       

      AlwaysOnVacation offers lot of options for affluent vacation rentals for both large groups and couple getaways. Start to plan from today and find out the best one, with deep discounts for last minute bookings, early bird bookings and long stays.

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  • Autumn stream in Great Smoky M Autumn stream in Great Smoky Mountains National park

    • From: paulhurd
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      A few more from my fall color portfolio...my favorite time of the year!

    • 3 years ago
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  • Autumn Vine in Great Smoky Mou Autumn Vine in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    • From: paulhurd
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      A few more from my fall color portfolio...my favorite time of the year!

    • 3 years ago
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  • Fall Foliage in the Smoky Moun Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    • From: smv
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      Fall Foliage from the deck of The Gatlinburg Lodge at SmokyMountainViews.com , overlooking The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

      From http://SmokyMountainViews.com

    • 4 years ago
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  • Clingman's Dome, Smoky Mtns Na Clingman's Dome, Smoky Mtns National Park

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    • 4 years ago
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  • Dusk in the Great Smoky Mounta Dusk in the Great Smoky Mountains

    • From: courtenay27
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      Overlooking some of the mountains near dusk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.  One of the most beautiful parks in the country.

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  • Waterfall Hiking in Smoky Mtn Waterfall Hiking in Smoky Mtn

    • From: yari20
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      In May 2009, my husband and I visited Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. It was absolutely beautiful! We had seen brochures depicting breathtaking waterfalls that one could hike to, so we packed our maps and headed off to find these waterfalls for ourselves. This picture is of the Juney Whank Falls inside the Smokies.

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  • Peaceful and Powerful Peaceful and Powerful

    • From: shelbot1
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      My Mom and I went hiking through the Great Smoky Mountains, and with waterfalls being my favorite part of nature, we hiked to dozens of them. After a rain, they are even more spectacular! Sometimes the ones that aren't as widely publicized as the more popular falls are just as beautiful (and less populated!). These are Mouse Creek Falls in Great Smoky National Park about 2 miles up on Big Creek Trail. It's a wide, dirt and gravel trail as it also serves for horseback riding, and is a fairly easy climb - along the way you also pass Midnight Hole where people swim in the water. Hang out, have a picnic, and enjoy the peaceful, powerful continuity of the falls!

    • 5 years ago
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  • Great Smoky Mountains Great Smoky Mountains

    • From: Mandy1353
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      On a roadtrip with my best friend from high school, we stopped at Great Smoky Mountain National Park for a few days on the Tennessee side to bask in its beauty. After the rain dumped on us, we took a scenic drive and stopped to see the fog hovering just above the river.

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  • A cabin at rest A cabin at rest

    • From: kravis
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      Caves Code in the Smoky Mountains of Tenn.

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  • Black Bear in Cades Cove Great Black Bear in Cades Cove Great Smoky Mountains

    • From: morganink
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      The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a treat-- these photos were taken on an auto-accessible, 11-mile loop through Cade's Cove near Townsend Tennessee.

    • 5 years ago
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  • Clear mountain stream in Great Clear mountain stream in Great Smoky Mountains

    • From: morganink
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      The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a treat-- these photos were taken on an auto-accessible, 11-mile loop through Cade's Cove near Townsend Tennessee.

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  • Cades Cove Mill in Great SMoky Cades Cove Mill in Great SMoky Mountains

    • From: morganink
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      The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a treat-- these photos were taken on an auto-accessible, 11-mile loop through Cade's Cove near Townsend Tennessee.

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  • Dollywood, Smoky Mountains and Dollywood, Smoky Mountains and Asheville

    • From: rwdawes
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      Our 7:30 AM flight from St Louis to Charlotte went without incident and we arrived about 10:30, claimed our bags and got our rental car. We fired up the GPS and headed for Dollywood!

       

       

      Four hours later we pulled into Pigeon Forge and found our hotel, a Holiday Inn Express. We wrangled an upgrade and ended up in a two room suite. It looked like they combined two rooms. We had a living room with a pull out couch, TV, wet bar, refrigerator and microwave. A HUGE bathroom with a double sunken whirlpool tub and separate shower and two vanities. The bedroom was a good size with TV and a King Size bed. We ditched out suitcases and headed out to explore the strip. We had reservations at Dolly’s Dixie Stampede at 8:00 PM.

       

       

      We cruised the strip and decided we would give the go cart racing a try. Justin was in the front car, Rob the second and Jeff in the third. Justin was cocky as Dragonfly in Pigeon Forge we raced around the track. When he slowed down to harass Rob and Jeff they both flew by and he was Justin Bungee Jumping never able to catch up. Rob and Justin decided to give the “Dragonfly” a try and swingout. Jeff enjoyed the view from the ground and got some great pictures. The flight was fun with minimal screaming from Justin. Still out to conquer his fears, Justin decided to try the bungee jumping. After climbing to the top he decided to jump feet first, instead of head first and was rewarded with the cord running between his legs. He was able to recover.

       

       

      The opening act at the Dixie Stampede We arrived early at the Stampede to view the horses and see the band play. We had a couple of “virgin” drinks, Pigeon Forge is dry, with peanuts and popcorn as we listened to the four piece band. We decide to Jeff and Justin at the Stampede cheer for the South, we were in Tennesee. The show was amazing with horses, longhorn cattle and trick riders; not to mention the ostrich races. There were several competitions where each side and sometimes audiences members competed for medals. The meal was very good and of course there were no utensils so we had to eat with our hands. Good wholesome fun. The competition came down to a relay race between the sides and the South did rise again!

       

       

      We woke up, enjoyed a nice breakfast at the hotel, checked out and headed to Dolly's Life Story Dollywood. We arrived, parked, got a map and started to plan out our day. We headed to the Dolly Parton story to view Dolly’s history. There was a huge amount of memorabilia with pictures clothing and everything else imaginable. They even had where you Dolly's Tour Bus could look in the mirror at your self with a variety of Dolly’s wigs on. We had a chance to go into “dolly’s Home on Wheels,” Dolly’s RV that she used from ’94 to 2006. The RV was ver well ladi out, it cost $750K in 1994, had a nice bedroom in back (Dolly’s), three bunks (drivers and assistants), a full bathtub and shower and two toilets. I was designed so that it could drive Nasheville to Los Angles without having to refuel. We went to the Thunder Road a car simulator where you are strapped into chairs that move as you chase a moonshiner in the 1950’s. It was a hoot and no one got sick.

       

       

      We took a break with the 50’s cars and headed to the “Carnival” area. Justin Justin at Grandma's Restaurant and Rob did the swings and the Dizzy Disk while Jeff watched and laughed. We all went on the Scrambler and the bumper cars twice. After Carnival land we headed towards the water rides and Roller Coasters. We stopped for a quick lunch in Aunt Granny’s kitchen where we were serenaded by Granny between tossing rolls to the diners.

       

       

      We went on the Blazing Fury, a combination of a water ride and a roller coaster. We were able to coax Jeff on as we streaked through the dark and Rob and Justin on the Roller Coaster water fall and splashes. We then went to the Mountain Slidewinder thinking it was similar to a Log flume Ride. We found out different when we got to the top of the line. There as a large rubber mat with a front and hand holds, but you were not sitting safely in a plastic car. We were soaked and hanging on for dear life by the time we got to the bottom. We didn’t go back for a repeat. Next we went on the real log flume that included a 60 foot drop, it was much more of what we were used to.

       

       

      Next came the roller coasters. Jeff took pictures while Justin screamed like a Rob and Justin on another Roller Coaster teenage girl. The best of the coasters was the Mystery Mine. The cars only held eight people, four in the Justin in the showers at Dollywood front row and four in the back. The cars were able to make incredible turns where you are facing the sky straight up. The second such turn, you are heading straight up in the dark and you see the ceiling start to fall away at you (it was a large screen TV.) You stop at the top and face the front, then flames shot out at you and you can feel the heat. You then plummet straight down away from the flames. We finished up Dollywood and headed towards the Cherokee Reservation.

       

       

      Rob and Jeff in Smoky Mountain National Park We bid farewell to Pigeon Forge and Tennessee and headed towards the Cherokee Indian Reservation. The road took us through the Great Smoky Mountain National Parks, one of the most beautiful rides in the country. Unfortunately it was overcast and raining, but eh views were so incredible we found ourselves pulling over every few miles to get pictures of the mountains.

       

      We arrived in Cherokee and were disappointed to find our hotel was not adjacent to the casino as advertised. We were only about ½ mile away, but its still not the same. After unpacking and unwinding we decided to try our luck and probably make a donation to the Cherokee reservation. Rob headed to the Blackjack table and Jeff and Justin decided to try their luck at slots. The casino was unique in that the state of North Carolina would not allow them to use actual cards for blackjack; everything had to be computerized. There was a electronic “shoe” that dealt everything to a screen by each player and the dealer. Rob escaped when he was even and viewed it as a win. Whenever you walk out of a casino with money, yours or theirs, it’s a win. Jeff had gotten lucky on the slots and won $150, Justin wasn’t quite as lucky. In a quick visit to the smoke free gaming area, Rob won $40 on the quarter slots and we decided it was a good time to call it a night. We couldn’t celebrate as t was a dry casino, another North Carolina requirement.

       

       

      Friday morning we got up early and headed to Bryson City for our train ride Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and rafting adventure. We arrived early and Jeff and Justin went bargain shopping and found cheap t shirts for everyone back home on clearance. We piled onto the open air car and headed up the Nantahala River gorge, it was like taking a trip back in time. We learned how there were two lakes built by the Tennesee Valley Authority in the 1930’s to generate electricity.

       

       

       

       

      After 22 miles the train was ready to turn around and we disembarked with White water rafting our white water rafting guides. There were Jeff, Justin and Rob, the two guides and a family of four on the train that headed off to our rafting adventure. We met an older couple and another guide at the river and he split us into two groups, the three of us and the older couple and the family of four. We were given jackets and life jackets and a quick couple of lesson on what to do and what to expect. There was a put in of calm water and we carried the raft there and climbed on.

       

       

      Leaving the calm inlet we entered the river and immediately plunged into a class two rapids, one of the larger ones we would encounter. We quickly learned to work together and the river mellowed out for a little while. The scenery was beautiful while we went from scrambling to control the raft to gazing in awe at the mountains laid bear in front of us. We floated down the river in view of the railroad tracks we had just come up and the Justin Jeff and Rob after the trip beauty of Applacia. After about an hour and a half we entered the most exciting part of our journey, a level two rapid, quickly followed by a level three. We shot the bump and entered the six foot drop of the level three, covered in froth and smiling we emerged from the rapids and pulled the raft to shore ending our journey. We posed for a picture at the end within view of the level three rapids to remember it by.

       

       

      We hopped a ride back to the outfitters headquarters and enjoyed hot showers, dry towels and a great lunch. They drove us back to our car in Bryson City and we were headed to Asheville.

       

       

      We made it to Asheville about 7:30 and checked into our cabin. After a long day we had a night cap and collapsed into bed.

       

       

      Earth Guild Lee and Chris joined us about 10:00 AM and we headed out for a day of adventure in Asheville and around Lake Lure. We headed for downtown Fun in Asheville Asheville and a quick breakfast at Early Girl restaurant. Asheville can be a very earthy place with lot or organic things and local area produce and supplies. Sometimes the Lord provides, like when there are a couple of hippies playing awful music, he can give you a giant iron to push on them. Or make it too heavy, but you enjoy the try. We decided Lake Lure and the dragon boats races were calling us.

       

       

      We crossed the Eastern Continental Divide on our way over the mountains (everything east goes into the Atlantic Ocean, everything west goes into the Dragon Boat Races Gulf of Mexico) and started our descent towards Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. As we slid down the mountains the creek alongside the river it slowly grew until it spread out and became Lake Lure. We stopped at Chimney Rock and had lunch and explored all the little tourist shops. Jeff and Justin were able to find great bargains, but the rest of us just kinda browsed. Shopping complete we headed towards the park and the Dragon Boat Races. We arrived late and were able to find a good parking spot as the majority of the crowd started to wander off. We saw a Irish clog dance and wandered over by the race area. We were able to catch the last race.

       

       

      The sun had come out strong and we felt the need o search for a swimming Swimming in a mountain stream, Lake Lure NC hole. Lee remembered one with a rope swing somewhere back along the road. After a couple of false alarms we found the rope swing and decided to give it a try. We decide the only true way to enter cold water was all at once and from the rope swing. Lee went first then Jeff, Justin, Rob and finally Chris. The water was refreshing and we all swam in the cool water relaxing. After a while we each crawled onto our own rocks and baked the cold water off of us. The sun was setting and it was time we headed back to Asheville and the steak we had bought for dinner.

       

       

      After a great dinner we dropped into bed exhausted. We awoke Sunday morning and headed our separate ways, Chris and Lee back to Raleigh and Jeff Justin and Rob to St Louis via Charlotte.

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