And what a landscape it is from the three-bedroom property above, one of many Tennessee vacation rentals on VacationHomeRentals.com.
From the deck of your chalet, which rents for $795 a week through Aug. 1, wake up to the vista that is the top of Ole Smoky and fall asleep to the twinkling lights of Pigeon Forge. Rinse. Repeat.
Somewhere in your “itinerary” you can make side trips to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Dollywood or Ober Gatlinburg, a ski resort and amusement park that’s open during the summer. Don’t miss the aerial tram, which glides above the treetops, putting you in full view of the majestic range.
When you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, relax in the pool–just steps in front of the house–or sweat out the toxins in the six-person sauna. There’s a hot tub, too, should you fancy communing with nature to the sounds of water gushing against your back.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.