Destination guide

Alpine paradise at Bryson City vacation home rentals

Bryson City is a small town in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Bryson City vacation rentals are surrounded by beautiful mountains, streams, waterfalls, and lakes and come in all shapes and sizes at attractive prices; they make the perfect family-friendly base camp for your next mountain adventure. Bryson City offers a wide range of outdoor activities, as well as arts and crafts and local history. The town boasts fascinating museums and art galleries, excellent restaurants, great shopping and an extensive program of cultural events that keep it buzzing all year round.

Things to do

Attractions near Bryson City vacation rentals

With family-friendly Bryson City vacation rentals, you don't necessarily need to head for the hills when you leave your comfortable home away from home. In addition to the undoubted lure of the great outdoors, many of Bryson City’s attractions are closer to home. Visit a recreated 1750s Cherokee village, or the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum, or hear a yarn or two spun at the Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians. Another great family day out is a trip to the Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine, where the kids can actually pan for gold!


Things to do near Bryson City vacation homes

There’s simply not enough space here to list the variety of amazing activities in and around Bryson City, the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. Bryson City vacation rentals offer an extensive choice of family-friendly accommodation and there’s enough to keep you occupied all day, every day, right on your doorstep. Whether you want to spend your time among the mountains, hiking, walking or biking, on the rivers, fishing, rafting, kayaking, and tubing, or in pursuit of more leisurely activities such as museum or gallery visiting, or a trip to a precious stone or gold mine. There is always something to suit all tastes in Bryson City.


Best time to travel to Bryson City vacation homes

Situated in Swain County, North Carolina, few climates anywhere in the world can match the pleasant climate of Bryson City. The lack of seasonal extremes means comfortable weather all year round, allowing for plenty of great outdoor activities. July is the hottest month when temperatures can reach the mid-80s, and with an average winter temperature of around 47°F, it’s cool but not uncomfortable, making Bryson City a great family-friendly vacation destination at any time of year.

Natural features

Bryson City—at the center of the Great Smoky Mountains

Situated close to the confluence of the Tuckasegee and Deep Creek rivers, Bryson City is surrounded by mountains, and has two national parks on its doorstep; the Nantahala National Forest to the south of the city and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the north. As the summer retreats, the Great Smoky Mountains also boast some of the most spectacular fall colors on the continent. There’s also plenty to see for animal-lovers and the National Park is home to elk, bear, raccoons, wild turkeys and much more.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Bryson City

The nearest airport is in Knoxville, TN (TYS-McGhee Tyson), located 40.1 mi (64.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Asheville, NC (AVL-Asheville Regional), which is 51.2 mi (82.4 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Bryson City vacation homes

Bryson City is filled with family-friendly attractions suited to children of all ages. Vacation homes are close to places like the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, a vintage steam train with dining cars that travel from the historic depot through the countryside, and the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians, a museum exploring the history of fly fishing in the south with artifacts and exhibits. Kids will also like the Swain County Recreation Park, a vast park with play equipment and recreational areas for all ages.

Good for couples

Romantic retreat near Bryson City vacation rentals

Couples looking for a romantic retreat will love Bryson City. Romantic vacation rentals are available near places like Bryson City Island Park, a small island with a picturesque river and trails through gorgeous wilderness, and Oconaluftee Lake, a vast lake with beautiful wooded surrounds and opportunities for watersports. The Frye-Randolph House and Fryemont Inn, a pair of historic properties with unique architecture and period furnishings, is another ideal couples spot.

Where to stay around Bryson City?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 874 vacation rentals near Bryson City. From 593 Cabins to 593 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bryson City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bryson City?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bryson City:

  • Chalet Village: 2,141 vacation rentals
  • Smoky Mountain Village: 334 vacation rentals
  • Black Bear Falls: 317 vacation rentals
  • Bear Lake Reserve: 31 vacation rentals
  • Hemlock Hills: 131 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Bryson City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bryson City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad: 1,725 vacation rentals
  • Smokey Mountain Trains Museum: 890 vacation rentals
  • Cooper Creek Trout Farm & Pond: 3,496 vacation rentals
  • Nantahala Brewing Company: 892 vacation rentals
  • Island Park: 891 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bryson City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Bryson City?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 593 Cabins in Bryson City. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bryson City include:

  • Cottages: 593 rentals available
  • Houses: 194 rentals available
  • Chalets: 13 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bryson City?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 27 vacation rentals with pool available in Bryson City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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