Posted by Darryl Payne in Gatlinburg, TN
One of the first decisions anyone makes when planning to visit Sevier County is picking the best travel dates. Naturally, summer is peak season since that's when the kids are on summer vacation, and October is essentially a second peak season in the Smokies, because that's when the mountain foliage makes its transition from the green of summer to the earth tones of fall.
But right now, we're in the middle of one of the perfect times to visit Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From around mid-August through September, visitors will benefit primarily from a noticeable drop-off in tourist traffic. Kids are back in school, and most families simply aren't out on vacation this time of year. This is particularly a convenient travel time for retirees or empty nesters who aren't tied in to school schedules.
So if you'd like to visit Sevier County while it's still warm, and if catching the fall foliage isn't a high priority for you, make your plans to travel now. You'll spend a lot less time fighting the crowds, and you may even catch some great deals on accommodations.
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