By Bailey Metcalf
Hamblen County students will enjoy Spring Break from March 29-April 2. Students look forward to this time every year to go on vacations with their families and friends; however, this year may be different for some because of Covid-19. There are ways to have fun that follows social distancing guidelines
1. Adventure in the Smokies
East Tennessee is known for the beautiful mountain ranges and breathtaking scenery to make anyone appreciate nature. A fun family getaway that is not too far from home, but close enough to not feel too homesick is staying in a hotel in the Smokies. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are two great places to go for this type of close-to-home vacation. Of course, visitation to a popular arcade during Spring Break is not the safest form of fun during a pandemic. It will be busy and crowded full of people. Staying in a hotel for a sense of normal vacation is an option too. Staying in a cabin in the Smokies is a great way to take a much-needed vacation, and it is a great way to stay away from the big crowds. Renting a cabin in the mountains is a good way to enjoy close family and friend connections away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
2. Outdoor Festivities
Here in Morristown, Tennessee, the privilege of having places like Panther Creek Park a few miles away is greatly amazing. Panther Creek is a great place to enjoy the outdoors if the weather permits, and to go on hikes and even experience great camping spots is a good vacation on its own. Although there are many options of hiking/walking trails in Morristown, there are many other beautiful spots in Tennessee that can be explored. Places like Cades Cove, Ruby Falls, Fall Creek, Mountain Caverns, and many more. These can be the most inexpensive things to do in Tennessee.
3. Mountain Coasters
Mountain Roller Coasters can also be found in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area.Mountain Roller Coasters are a fun and friendly ride for people of all ages and are a good option for people who are not as fond of roller coasters at places like Dollywood or Disney World. Mountain Coasters are a good, socially distanced form of fun that people can enjoy without fear of Covid-19. It is also a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains up close.