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Destinations  •  October 04, 2022

10 Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in the Smokies

Cameron Herget
Cameron Herget

Eager to taste the world through the designs she creates, Cameron prides herself on her extra colorful and bold creations. Outside of the graphic design world, she spends time writing travel tips and guides on her favorite places and experiences for the AvantStay team. With travels to over five countries and numerous states within the last year, there's lots to tell - so dive in!

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The Smoky Mountains have plenty to offer – from gorgeous hikes in Gatlinburg to sightseeing in Pigeon Forge, from sampling Tennessee moonshine to, of course, experiencing Dollywood. In this article, we’ll cover the best vacation homes to book for an IG-worthy photoshoot without even leaving the house. We do understand that you’ve got lots to explore while you’re there, too, so we also included cute local spots and hikes to check out when you’re looking for a change of scenery.

Pine Rise

Pine Rise is a four-story tall cabin in Sevierville complete with 10 rooms, two kitchens, two hot tubs, and decks on each level. This home also has its own movie theater, but when you’re looking to explore more of the outdoors, we recommend making the short drive to Anakeesta. This outdoor theme park has activities for the whole crew: including a rollercoaster, treetop skywalk, restaurants, ziplining, and plenty of photo ops along the way.

Sugarland

Hello, Sugarland. With 12 beds, 12.5 baths, and room for up to 28 guests, this home is an absolute beast – not only for its ability to fit the entire group chat but also for its photogenicity. Strike a pose on the spacious deck with panoramic views of the Smokies, chill out on the hanging chairs, take a dip in the indoor pool, or cheers to the sunset in the side-by-side hot tubs. For a “phone eats first” moment, head for good ole’ country cooking at Five Oaks Farm Kitchen.

Duval

Came for Duval’s outdoor seating, and stayed for the heated indoor pool with beach entry. We recommend posing under the pool’s waterfall – dim the lights to let the pool’s LEDs really shine for an ambiance like no other. For a different angle, check out the Gatlinburg Space Needle located in the downtown strip.

Chestnut

Going nuts for the views at Chestnut. Our favorite photo-op in this house has to be in the living room. Post up on the cozy couch where the panoramic views of the mountains behind you are sure to shine on your IG feed. Reach new heights in your photo game with a trip to the Gatlinburg SkyBridge, where you’ll experience the world’s longest pedestrian bridge (on top of great shots)!

Little Sparrow

Come to Little Sparrow for a traditional cabin charm with a modern twist. This stay has all you need for a shoot with its pool, hot tub, and elevated views that make for a great backdrop. Fancy a shot in the standing tub? Go off. For a daytime adventure, head to NC to hike the (half-mile) highest point along the Appalachian Trail, Clingman’s Dome.

Wilder

This Smoky Mountain retreat is a winner with its indoor pool, hot tub overlooking the Smokies, and large deck perfect for finding the ideal lighting. Wilder is a home that not only delivers in amenities but also puts you in a prime location for a trip to Pigeon Forge, where you can visit The Old Mill for pics by the waterfall and grist mill.

Foxview

Become one with nature at Foxview – a Sevierville stay where the photo-ops are endless. Post up by the deck with stunning views of the forest around you. Put your comfiest clothes on and get a shot sipping hot cocoa by the indoor fireplace. If you’re looking for a new backdrop, head to Crave Golf Club and pose by their candy-infused mural.

Tennessee Blue

Make sure to grab some Tennessee moonshine from Ole Smoky in order to have a proper cheers at Tennessee Blue. Set your tripod up in front of the picturesque hanging swing on the first floor, or grab the group and pose while you dine al fresco under the open skies. Take in the fresh air and soak away a day well done in the hot tub.

Copperhead

Say hello to your new favorite getaway home. Copperhead is a modern Smoky Mountain stay complete with this incredible pool, hot tub, and great natural light for all the pics you’re about to take. Cozy up by the fireplace, or have an amusement-filled day at Dollywood.

Hickory Ridge

Here’s where to stay in the Smokies if you’ve got a drone. Hickory Ridge is nestled in the trees of Gatlinburg and comes with three large balconies, incomparable views, two hot tubs, and all the porch-sitting you can handle. When you’re ready to put your hiking boots on, head to Porters Creek Trail for beautiful waterfalls, a historic cemetery (if that’s your vibe), and a historic farm site.

Cameron Herget
Cameron Herget

Eager to taste the world through the designs she creates, Cameron prides herself on her extra colorful and bold creations. Outside of the graphic design world, she spends time writing travel tips and guides on her favorite places and experiences for the AvantStay team. With travels to over five countries and numerous states within the last year, there's lots to tell - so dive in!

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