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Tennessee Mountain Tours: A Perfect Way to See the Smokies
Written by: Vicky Reddish
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The Bottom Line:

Tennessee Mountain Tours is the perfect start to any visit to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Smoky Mountains. You'll get an entertaining overview of the area and its history, with some specialty destinations as seasons warrant. For a few hours or a full day, make sure a Tennessee Mountain Tour is on your agenda when visiting. 

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Imagine coming home from a planned trip to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Smoky Mountains, only to discover you missed visiting a historic site, stunning view, or other interesting or important features of the area. Tennessee Mountain Tours can help provide insurance against such an omission with a series of well-planned interesting, educational, and sometimes breathtaking tours of the region. All tours are conducted by locals who help inform and entertain throughout your tour.

Perhaps the best part of Tennessee Mountain Tours (beyond the humorous guides) is the fact that you can sit back while being driven on tour buses. Perhaps the most challenging aspect is choosing which tour to take. Tours vary seasonally and are designed to highlight various aspects of this popular tourist region.

Don’t expect a long boring history lesson. Tour guides tell stories and are entertainers. Tours are creative, interesting, and include can’t-miss stops along the way. These tours are a terrific way to sit back, relax and enjoy sites you may have otherwise missed on your visit to the Smokies.

The most popular tour in the Smokies is the Moonshine & Wine Tour, a 4 to 5-hour tour that includes stops at a minimum of a half-dozen moonshine and wine locations. This is a fun way to enjoy the region’s amazing scenery, hear about its moonshine-related history and enjoy some terrific wines. Tours include tastings and gifts and, of course, a responsible driver! Must be 21 years or older and ID is required.

The Roundabout Gatlinburg is about a 2.5-hour tour that includes some of the sights and history of Gatlinburg. It is a superb way to start your time in the area and will provide a good overall view of the community and its attractions.

Those who want a little deeper look into the history and lifestyle of the early days in the Smokies should be sure to book the Roaring Fork Guided Tour. This tour gives a realistic look at the hardships early settlers endured during the 1800s.

Schedule the Vittles and Views Tour and appreciate views from the Foothills Parkway, tastes the local cuisine from area eateries, and hear stories passed down through generations. This 3-hour tour is fulfilling both visually and for the appetite.

Cade’s Cove is a must-see for visitors to the Smoky Mountains and provides some exceptional photo opportunities. This is a nice, relaxing way tour to enjoy the local scenery.

Those visiting in the Fall should seriously consider the Trees of Many Colors Tour, designed to take advantage of the Autumn leaves color changes. Local tour guides know the out-of-the-way viewing spots so those taking the tour can enjoy falling colors in more peaceful settings.

If you want an all-encompassing tour that helps ensure a successful visit, take the 8-hour Sights of the Smoky Mountains tour. This tour includes two shopping stops, two history and heritage stops, two sightseeing spots with extraordinary views both inside and outside the park, and an amazing lunch that is included.

Insider Tips: 
– The popular Moonshine & Wine Tours books up fast and early. To avoid disappointment, make reservations for this tour prior to departing on your visit to the Smoky Mountains.
– The number of stops and walking involved varies by tour. If accessibility may be an issue, contact Tennessee Mountain Tours ahead of time so you have a good idea of what is involved in a specific tour.