Cherokee Lodge Condominiums is the premier retreat for families' vacation in the Smokies.
August 6, 2019

Saving money on your vacation in the Smokies has never been easier! With these simple tips and tricks, you can have an action-packed, fun-filled trip you’ll never forget! Check out these 7 easy ways to save money on your Smoky Mountain vacation:

1. Eat Meals at the Condo

pigeon forge condos open kitchen

Planning to eat some of your meals in your condo can save you a lot of money. Pick a couple of restaurants you want to try, and then eat the rest of your meals in the condo. Because all of our condos have fully equipped kitchens, it’s easy to make food in your room. There are plenty of grocery stores where you can purchase breakfast staples, stuff to make sandwiches, and snacks your family loves.

2. Buy Ticket Bundles

One great thing about a Smoky Mountain vacation is the variety of attractions and activities to choose from! Don’t stress about all the different ticket options; buy them in a bundle! If you would like to visit multiple Ripley’s attractions, they offer several different options that combine tickets for one great price! Shows also offer combo deals, like Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show and The Comedy Barn. This trick will save you time and money and give you access to all of the great things to do!

3. Pack Water and Snacks

snacks in bowls including funions, chips, popcorn, pretzels, doritos, and more

When you’re out in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or just browsing the shops and attractions, it’s a good idea to pack some water and snacks. Little purchases for drinks and a candy bar will add up every day, when you could use that money for an after-dinner ice cream with the kids or fun souvenirs to take home. Just pack a small cooler bag with your favorite drinks and snacks, and enjoy your day of fun!

4. Use the Trolley

One of the best ways to save money during your trip is to ride the trolley. You don’t have to worry about paying for parking or squeezing into a tight space. You can get to almost anywhere in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg by the trolley, and it’s a fun experience your kids will love!

5. Go on a Hike

great smoky mountains national park sign

Your Smoky Mountain vacation isn’t complete without a hike in the national park. The best part is, it’s just $5 for a parking pass with no fee for entry! Cades Cove is a popular driving and walking tour of the mountains and has information about historical buildings and local culture. There are plenty of hiking trails with waterfalls or panoramic views you’ll enjoy. You can also go on a picnic to Metcalf Bottoms!

6. Swim in Our Pool

Instead of paying to play at a water park for a few hours, spend the entire day at our swimming pool! Let your kids splash and swim for as long as they want. You won’t have to worry about long lines and crowded wading pools, and no long drive back to the condo!

7. Find Attraction Deals

dollywood sign with butterfly made of plants

Most attractions and dinner shows have discounts throughout the year listed on their websites. If you’re with a larger group, check into group rates, even at restaurants. You can find pamphlets and brochures at a welcome center or tourist information spot, and there are usually coupons and specials inside!

Now since you know how to save money during your Smoky Mountain vacation, take a look at our condo specials and book your stay today!