Map: Cheap Smoky Mountain Attractions

From Tennessee to North Carolina, many Smoky Mountain towns are candidates for your mountain getaway. Whichever town you choose, make sure you don't end up with the "I went over my vacation budget" blues. Here are our city guides to saving money, each featuring a list of the best and cheapest attractions, restaurants, and accommodations, as well as a map for the visual learners:

Besides the knockout views and adrenaline-packed fun that the Great Smoky Mountain National Park offers up, it's also one of the cheapest vacation spots, as most the natural attractions are uber cheap or free. Here's a map view of the top 10 Smoky Mountain attractions

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Money-Saving Tips

A Smoky Mountain vacation is one of the cheaper vacations you can plan. That's because it's packed full of cheap and free things to see and do - from river fishing to mountain biking to touring a historic farmstead. However, if you're on a shoestring, consider the following money-saving tips for visiting the area:

  • The Great Smoky Mountain National Park has two peak travel seasons - summer and fall, especially October. That means winter and spring are not only quieter times for a visit - but cheaper. Although winter temps can get very cold, there's outdoor adventure in store for you no matter what month you viist, like skiing in the winter and viewing striking wildflowers in the spring.
  • If you're visiting the Smoky Mountains, chances are you're going to be out and about exploring. Make sure to pack along items like bottled water, snacks, and umbrellas so you're not stranded and forced to spend money out of pocket.
  • With a Smoky Mountain cabin, you'll have a full kitchen and dining area, so you don't have to dine out the whole time. Cooking a handful of your own meals can save you lots of pennies. 
  • Choose a Smoky Mountain town that you can easily drive to so you can not only save money on gas but avoid paying high airfare costs!


Hopefully you feel prepared for a great and cheap getaway with this guide to Smoky Mountain vacation deals.