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5 Money-Saving Tips for Spending Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains

Traveling during the holiday season is a fun way to celebrate with family or as a group of friends. Expenses can add up quickly, from attractions and dining to travel expenses and accommodations, but we have a few tips so you can keep your trip under budget and take advantage of all of the excitement! Take a look at how you can save money while spending Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains: 

1. Ride the free trolley. 

Gatlinburg trolleyThe Gatlinburg trolley is completely free and offers multiple routes throughout the area. There are routes in operation 365 days a year, with hours that vary depending on the season. There is a route through the Arts and Crafts Community, the perfect spot for unique holiday shopping in Gatlinburg, and multiple routes along the Parkway and surrounding roads. Our hotel is a short walk from a trolley stop, making it a very convenient place to stay! 

2. Eat our complimentary breakfast 

One of the best ways to save money while spending Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains is to eat our delicious, complimentary breakfast. Instead of eating out for every meal, save up for a special Thanksgiving feast by utilizing our Gatlinburg hotel’s free hot breakfast. We also provide 24-hour coffee service in the lobby; plus, each room has a coffeemaker, microwave, and refrigerator for your convenience. Our Penthouse Suites also feature fully-equipped kitchens if you prefer to save even more money by cooking a meal yourself. 

3. Spend time in the national park. 

gatlinburg trail foot bridgeExploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides endless opportunities to admire the natural beauty, wildlife, and historic sites of the area. In addition, it is ideal for a budget-friendly Smoky Mountain vacation since there’s no entrance fee! You can drive along the Roaring Fork Motor Trial or the Cades Cove Scenic Loop or pay a small fee for a parking pass and hike to a waterfall or scenic overlook. We also suggest walking the Gatlinburg Trail, which can be accessed right in downtown Gatlinburg, off of River Road and leads you to Sugarlands Visitor Center inside the national park. This paved trail is great for biking or walking with your family– it’s also dog-friendly!

4. Take advantage of our Gatlinburg hotel amenities. 

You will love spending Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg not only because of the many things to see and do but also because our hotel is affordable and has many perks to enjoy during your stay. There is entertainment for the kids in the form of our heated indoor pool and unlimited high-speed internet access. Adults love our private balconies with firepits overlooking downtown Gatlinburg and cozy in-room details such as spa tubs and gas fireplaces. 

5. Ask us about specials and discounts. 

standard double queen gatlinburg hotel roomDon’t hesitate to ask us about last-minute deals and discounts! We are always running special offers that can help you save money throughout the year. Another perk of staying with us is local coupons and discount tickets for area attractions– we are happy to provide insider information and more tips for staying under budget!

Now you know a few ways to save money while spending Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains! Check out our affordable Gatlinburg hotel rooms and book your stay today. We hope to see you very soon!