Memorial Day is traditionally spent remembering those who served our country, celebrating the beginning of the summer, and spending time with family and friends. There isn’t a better way to spend the Memorial Day weekend than visiting the scenic Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg.

The mountains of East Tennessee are bursting with colorful blooms throughout April and May. Visitors flock from near and far to attend the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  From April 19 to April 23, the calendar is packed with wildflower walks and hikes, birding outings, and photography workshops.

Gatlinburg is known for the entertaining festivals it hosts. On May 12th, the Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread festival celebrate Appalachian culture by featuring a beans and cornbread cook-off, foot-stompin’ music, and antique engines.

The weather in late Spring and early Summer in Gatlinburg is perfect for a variety of outdoor family-friendly activities, like picnics, hikes, mountain coasters, mini-golf, and the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. If a Spring shower pops up, no worries. Indoor family fun is abundant in downtown Gatlinburg. The Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is ranked among the top five aquariums in the world. Featuring interactive displays, playful penguins, and feeding shows, Ripley’s Aquarium is sure to be a hit with the whole family.

For adventurous family fun, try a mountain coaster to experience the exhilarating thrill of zipping through the tree tops and encountering amazing views.

While planning your Spring or Memorial Day getaway, stay in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg to maximize your fun. Reserve your downtown Gatlinburg hotel room today, by contacting Edgewater Hotel and Conference Center, 1-800-423-9582.