Why You Should Plan a Road Trip to the Smokies

Has a case of wanderlust left you dreaming of the perfect road trip? Do you want to explore more national parks? If you answered yes to either question, then we have the ideal destination for your camping adventures—the Great Smokey Mountains.


This national park continues to be one of the most visited parks in the National Park Service, with more than 12 million visitors in 2019. Though you never have to worry about feeling crowded because the park covers 522,000 acres, making it the largest protected area in the eastern United States. If that’s not reason enough to visit, read on to learn more about why you should rent a driving camper and plan a road trip to the Smokies!

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Get a Dose of Adventure

Due to the sheer size of the national park, there is no shortage of things to do and see. Whether you are a hiker, biker, or sightseer, there’s something for everyone in the Smokies. Between a trek through the mountains and the climb up to Clingmans Dome, you can make room for some moonshine tastings, a roller coaster ride at Dollywood, and some excellent dining! With all of the options, you can create an itinerary jam-packed with fun. 

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Take in Beautiful Views

If you decided to make the journey up to Clingmans Dome, you won’t be disappointed. It is the highest point in the park and the state of Tennessee. That’s not the only place to take in breathtaking views, however. With all of the waterfalls, wildlife, and hiking trails, it is easy to find beauty everywhere you turn. Best of all, if you rent a camper for your trip, you can wake up surrounded by some of the most stunning sunrises in the country. 

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Versatile and Affordable Camping Options

When you choose to road trip to the Smokies, you’ll find that you have plenty of camping options from which you can choose. Whether you want something more rustic or prefer more modern amenities, you’ll have no problem finding the ideal camping spot for your needs and budget. Plus, a camper van gives you the added advantage of being able to right in the middle of the wilderness, which is much more exciting than staying in a hotel!

The following are just a few of the camping spots that we recommend for your campervan road trip.


    Cades Cove Campground 

     Cades Cove is a must-see part of the park, so what better way to enjoy it than by spending at least one night in the valley scouting for wildlife.



Balsam Mountain Campground 

These RV sites sit at 5,000 feet elevation and is a popular location for both travelers and elk! 

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    Cataloochee Campground

     If you want to stay in a more secluded campground with fewer tourists, this is a great choice!

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Whether you want to stay in one or multiple campgrounds while you road trip to the Smokey Mountains, a campervan can make the experience easier and more exciting.

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