Listed as one of the “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016” by the Smithsonian, Bryson City is a genuinely quaint vacation destination. The town’s population is just under 1,500 and serves as a gateway to many natural outdoor activities. If you’re an adventure-junkie or just a person who loves the outdoors, then Bryson City might just be the perfect destination for your next vacation. You’ll be surrounded by a breathtaking mountain range and have access to it at your fingertips!
Deep Creek Tube Center Mining Camp might be the best place to start your vacation. For the kids, this place sells bags of mine dirt enriched with gemstones from around the world. Take that dirt and place it on a screen-bottom box, dip the box in a wash tub, and watch as the gems appear and the dirt washes away! Once you’ve found the gems you’re looking for, rent tubes from the same center and bring it to the Deep Creek trailhead. Hop in the tub and float along the one-mile stretch of Deep Creek inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are even waterfalls to check out, so make sure you get your $5 tube rental for the day and enjoy some sunshine and natural scenery.
Speaking of the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll be overwhelmed by their beauty when you visit Bryson City. Take a day to explore the countless hiking trails within this National Park. For a moderate, but long, hike, try Martin’s Gap Loop. Nolan Creek Trail is an easy out and back, 6-mile trail with a gentle grade. You can even hike through some of the Appalachian Trail. One of the more popular section of it in Bryson City is from Newfound Gap to Charlie’s Bunion, an 8-mile round-trip trek that will give you a taste of what hikers who complete the whole Appalachian Trail experience!
A variety of other outdoor activities are within reach in Bryson City. Nantahala Outdoor Center is the place to go in Bryson City, and it was rated “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure. With Nantahala Outdoor Center, you can book 2-mile-long zip line tours that soar high above the Nantahala River Gorge and through parts of the Smoky Mountains. You can also hop on a stand-up paddleboard and cruise down the Tuckasegee River or on nearby Fontana Lake. There are also a handful of horseback riding options, including some guided trips through the Nantahala National Forest. Don’t forget about the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad where you can take one of USA Today’s “Top 10 American Train Rides” through some gorgeous natural scenery. There’s even a first class, adults-only moonshine car where you can enjoy a beverage or two while making the 4-hour excursion. This isn’t a train ride you want to miss!
Just a little over an hour east of Bryson City is where you’ll find Asheville, the city with the most breweries per capita in the entire U.S. It’s no wonder it earned the nickname Beer City in 2009. Make a day trip to Asheville and discover more craft breweries than you can count. Wicked Weed Brewing Pub offers visitors an array of beers, from light to dark and everything in between, and serves up some tasty, locally-sourced American food. Highland Brewing Company provides free tours of its brewing facilities and often brings in food trucks to satisfy the beer-drinker’s hunger. They also have a rooftop deck! End the day at Twin Leaf Brewery where you can sample beers like their Piña Colada IPA and enjoy their weekly trivia or Blues music night. Asheville is definitely worth the trip!
Before you start planning your itinerary, make sure you have the right accommodations for your vacation. Tripping.com offers all types of rentals, from 3-bedroom country homes at the foot of the Smoky Mountains to chic, urban suites near the restaurants and shops on Main Street. You can search through the many options on Tripping.com and pick the perfect one for your stay.
If you’re coming from out of the area, your best bet is to get a flight into Asheville or Knoxville, Tennessee. From McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, you’ll need to rent a car and drive the 2 hour and 10-minute drive to Bryson City. From Asheville, the drive is about an hour shorter, but the flight is about $100 more expensive. While in Bryson City, many attractions in town can be visited via walking, but a rental car will be necessary if you want to explore other areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or surrounding areas.
Looking for a vacation rental in Bryson City? Tripping.com has 116 vacation rental homes available in Bryson City. You'll find 0 studios, 31 1-bedroom, 45 2-bedroom and 40 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $48 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Bryson City is $166 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Bryson City home is $25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 28 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Bryson City. In addition to accommodating pets, Bryson City rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 44 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 94 have TV and/or cable and 8 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 5 vacation rental sites in Bryson City where the top providers in that area are TripAdvisor, HomeAway, and Booking.com. There are 65 TripAdvisor rentals, 33 HomeAway short term rentals and 14 Booking.com vacation rentals.