STEP FIVE: Organize!
>> How do I put it all together? <<
You made it to Step Five! You’ve received a lot of information about the Smokies, and you’ve done a great job so far. Up to this point, you’ve chosen your vacation dates, booked your lodging, and created a list of things you want to do.
Now it’s time to organize your days into a more solid plan of action!
This step will take a significant amount of time to complete.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one place where I definitely don’t recommend just showing up. You need to have a good idea of what you want to see. Otherwise, you will probably find yourself wasting a ton of time sitting in traffic, finding a parking space, or wondering where to go next.
Everyone likes a different level of planning for a vacation. This is where you can determine just how much detail you need to feel ready to go.
Let’s get organized!
First, get out your notes from this week. On a blank page, make a column for each day you plan to spend in the park. For example, if you are spending four days in the park, you’ll want your page to have four columns with Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4 labeled at the top.
Next, in each column write down where you will be staying that night. This will help you remember what region of the park you will be in.
And last, fill each column with the activities you’d like to complete that day! Here are a few things you’ll want to think about as you fill your columns:
- What time do you want to start and end each day?
- How many activities can you realistically fit into each day?
- How long will you need to plan for each activity to give yourself enough time to enjoy it?
- How long will it take to drive between each point of interest?
- What order do you want to complete your activities in to avoid crowds and maximize sightseeing time?
And you did it! As soon as those columns are filled out to your satisfaction, you’ll be more than ready to explore this iconic national park!
Thanks for following along. Planning a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains is no small task! If you were unable to complete any of the steps in this process — or if you’re worried that you’re missing out on something — don’t worry.
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It can be hard to plan things out in the best possible way, especially if you’ve never been to the park before!
As a former park ranger, I’ve extensively explored the Smokies. Let me show you exactly what I would do, down to every hour of each day!
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Have a fantastic time in the Smokies and safe travels!