The Great Smoky Mountains region in Tennessee attract millions of year-round visitors to this area, and Tennessee cabin rentals are a big part of the authentic mountain living experience. Spend time in a place where stunning scenic views, tree-topped mountains, wildlife, and thrilling theme park attractions combine for a memorable getaway.

1. Pigeon Forge

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Get ready to let your hair down and have some good old-fashioned fun in Pigeon Forge. This mountain resort area is brimming with theme park fun all year round. Dollywood, named after the famous country music singer Dolly Parton, is a major family attraction with dozens of rides, live shows, special events, and finger-licking good food. Area vacation rentals include a nice selection of luxury wood cabins near park activities. While there, indulge your Elvis curiosity with a visit to the Elvis Presley Museum. Head to Old Mill Square to enjoy a piece of Pigeon Forge history, delicious restaurant food, and pleasurable boutique shopping.

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2. Gatlinburg

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Nestled at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is filled with romance, adventure, and an overabundance of natural beauty. Quaint log cabins with gorgeous wood interiors dot the outskirts of town, offering magnificent views of the surrounding woodlands. Many couples come to Gatlinburg to get married in one of the town‘s charming wedding chapels. The rustic splendor gives weddings an unforgettable backdrop. Visitors seeking a great time can play rounds of miniature golf, play escape and video games, gaze in awe at Guinness World Record achievements, visit Ripley’s attractions, and go whitewater rafting. Aerial trams and lifts give you a birds-eye view of the stunning natural scenery. When back on solid ground, check out one of the local live theater shows for a rousing good time.

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3. Townsend

old grist mill

Explore the peaceful side of the Smoky Mountains region from a cozy Tennessee log cabin located near the small city of Townsend. A popular gateway to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend is a great place to kick back and enjoy mountain culture. The Townsend Visitor‘s Center is a convenient place to get information about area attractions and pick up a few souvenirs to remember your trip. For an excellent historical overview of the area, mosey on over to the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center. Browse around and gaze at vintage cabins, cars, tools, and memorabilia representing authentic Tennessee mountain culture. If you love horses, take a scenic trail ride on horseback, choosing a guided or unguided riding option.

Put on a hard hat and explore the ethereal beauty of Tuckaleechee Caverns. Your tour guide explains cave history as you make your way through ancient underground rock. Above ground, driving the 18 miles of the scenic Foothills Parkway is a nice way to see some amazing mountain views.

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4. Sevierville

Dolly Parton statue

Wake up each day in a backwoods Tennessee cabin located near the town where singer Dolly Parton grew up. Dolly fans can snap pics at the Dolly Statue near the Sevierville County Courthouse. Sevierville is admired for its charm and its plentiful outlet shopping options. In between shopping excursions, there‘s plenty of action-packed fun in the form of horseback riding, zip lining, river tubing, and hiking. Enjoy a meal in a 1950s atmosphere at The Diner. For all-day family fun, check out the thrill rides and games at Rainforest Adventures or Wilderness at the Smokies.

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5. Nashville

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Millions of people flock to this iconic city to enjoy great music of all kinds, delicious food and gaze upon iconic country music memorabilia. Luxurious wood cabins near Nashville let you experience the best of rural and city living. At the top of many must-see attractions, is the Grand Ole Opry, which features live musical shows day and night. See more great performances at the historic Ryman Auditorium, and go a step further by recording a song of your choosing while taking the self-guided tour. Whether you‘re a country music fan or not, the Country Music Hall of Fame has something of interest for all music lovers. Exhibits, stories, and live performances make this museum a visual treat for the senses. In addition to fine museums, cultural attractions include botanical gardens, mansions, historical landmarks, and beautiful parks.

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6. Chattanooga

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Delight all your senses with a visit to this beautiful city nestled near the Tennessee River. This major transportation hub is easily accessible from Nashville, Knoxville, and Atlanta, Georgia. Historical Lookout Mountain has stunning views, and along the way, you‘ll see ancient rock formations, vintage bridges, and a waterfall. Gaze in wonder at the Tennessee Aquarium’s tropical fish, turtles, crabs, penguins and other aquatic life. For a truly memorable nature experience visit Ruby Falls. Ride the elevator down into a cave to this spectacular underground waterfall, which is beautifully lit for maximum visual appeal. During your stay in a rustic vacation rental cabin, hop aboard a Tennessee Valley Railroad train for a scenic ride through rural Tennessee. Trains run all year, with mid-March through October being the busiest times.

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7. Cosby

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Escape to Cosby for unparalleled peace and quiet during your vacation getaway. Vacation rental cabins located in this area of Tennessee are situated near green fields, mountains, flowing rivers, and woods teeming with wildlife. This unincorporated town occupies the northeastern part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, giving you unlimited access to everything the Smokies offer. Leave your cabin and explore the park on your own terms by walking one of the scenic trails. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely tour in your car following auto routes that take you by farms, coves, waterfalls, and areas where deer, elk, and bears roam freely.

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