Part One in Our 'Enjoy Gatlinburg in August' Series
While everyone wants to have a good time in Gatlinburg, people can enjoy themselves here without spending a lot of money. As we mentioned in our last post on Clingmans Dome there is no entrance fee to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so that is a natural place to start in one's search for inexpensive activities. The park does charge for backcountry camping, but it is a minimal fee of $4 per night. Camping is fun and it's a great way to get close to nature. A few nights camping can save you hundreds of dollars. That's money you can put in your pocket, or spend on gifts at the Arts & Crafts Community (watch for our post about the Arts & Crafts Community coming soon) or at any of the other attractions in the area.
Here are a few more ways to have fun in Gatlinburg in August on a budget:
Ride to the top of the Space Needle: The Space Needle is a Gatlinburg landmark. It is 407' high and provides visitors with a panoramic view of the Smokies. If you're looking for deals, go online on the Space Needle's website for discounts of 15-55% off Space Needle ride tickets (glass elevator ride to the top of the Space Needle). Arcade and laser tag discounts are also available on the Space Needle's website.
A tisket, a tasket, a green and yellow picnic basket: Get your picnic basket and enjoy some of the beautiful areas to picnic in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cades Cove is a popular picnic spot, as is a walk to Rainbow Falls. The Rainbow Falls walk will be well worth the effort because the 80' high falls provides a truly beautiful rainbow view on sunny days as the sun's rays play off the mists around the falls.
See Gatlinburg on the trolleys: Start with the Free Trolley and then try all the routes to get around town. Take a break from driving and meet people as you wend your way through Gatlinburg on the trolleys. Check out our previous posts about the trolleys, which is complete with a trolley map and link to an online trolley locator.
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales: All summer long in downtown Gatlinburg you can enjoy musical performances and see artisans and storytellers who provide a glimpse into the rich heritage of this area. From 6 pm - 11 pm (on various days; every night of the week until August 10).
You can also check out our TripAdvisor page to find a list of top attractions, hotel deals, travel guides and much more to help plan your trip.
A good idea to save money in Gatlinburg is to investigate deals ahead of time. Be sure to check out our next post where we'll list some of the best deals you'll find in Gatlinburg. We'll cover lodging, restaurants, attractions and even wedding package deals! The deals are especially appealing in August, so don't miss out. Gather the coupons and discounts and look forward to your upcoming trip!
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