Gatlinburg is a popular vacation destination in Tennessee. There is lots to see and do while visiting Gatlinburg. If you are planning a trip to the Smoky Mountain region, make sure that you have an itinerary that includes a little something for everyone. The following are some interesting activities in Gatlinburg to include in your vacation to Gatlinburg.
Day 1 – Nature at Your Feet
One of the most beautiful sights in Gatlinburg is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here you’ll have access to the bounty of nature and everything that it offers from trees, shrubs and wildflowers to assorted wildlife. You’ll also get a fantastic view of the Smoky Mountains. Make a trip to Cades Cove where you’ll enjoy the peace and serenity of Abrams Trial. Take a trek up to Mount LeConte where at an elevation of 6,600 feet, you’ll get access to picture perfect views of the surrounding trees and mountains. Not only will you get to see the most picturesque sights from above, Mount LeConte also offers spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset.
Day 2 – Gatlinburg TN Activities and Festivities
Visiting the Gatlinburg Space Needle is a must! At a height of over 400 feet tall, you’ll get the chance to ride a glass elevator up to the top of the Space Needle to the observation deck where amazing views of the city and the Smoky Mountains await you. The annual Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend is a chance for you to purchase and even take a shot at making your own piece of art. At this event, numerous studios are set up that offer a wide assortment of art classes to the general public. You can do everything at these activities in Gatlinburg from making your own jewelry or soap to learning the art of woodwork or acrylic painting. Tickets are required to take part in this festival, but it is definitely a must visit for those that enjoy art.
Day 3 – Moonshine and Wine Tasting
The Moonshine and Wine Tasting tour is a perfect way to learn more about the well-established distilleries in Gatlinburg that play an instrumental part in the local culture and economy. This tour allows participants to learn about the wine and moonshine making processes as well as enjoy samples. If you are a lover of wine and/or craft beers, this tour is a good addition to your three-day Gatlinburg itinerary.
Where to Eat
Gatlinburg, like many places down south, has some really great food. No matter if you want to gorge yourself on home cooking or eating at a fine dining restaurant every night, you will find something to satisfy your palate. Here are suggestions.
Big Daddy’s Pizzaria
714 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3131
Sunday to Monday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
This place has big, delicious pies with a tangy sauce. Some of the best pizzas include the margarita which comes with fresh mozzarella and fresh basil and a fantastic cheesy white pizza. You will love the Dough Daddies, which are delicious bread balls that are covered with olive oil garlic and Parmesan. The tropical cheesecake tastes like a pina colada.
11:00 am to 10:30 pm
This rib joint is popular with the locals. They are known for their spicy sauce and the piles of crispy French fries that come on the side of every meal. If BBQ is not your thing, they serve an excellent catfish meal. They also have a vegetarian plate which is comprised of three generous portions of side vegetables. They have an onion loaf that is greasy, salty, crunchy, and delicious.
Timber’s Log Cabin
600 Glades Rd Ste 10, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
This charming little restaurant is a great place to eat lunch. Be sure to try a hearty serving of their flapjacks if you are there for breakfast. They have a menu of innovative burgers. If you are more in the mood for pasta, you should try the spaghetti and noodles which comes smothered in delicious marinara sauce with garlic bread and a tossed salad.
Where to Stay
There are an awful lot of hotels in these hills and many of them will charge you a lot of money for a small room. Why not rent a cabin instead? The Cabin Rental Store offers vacation rentals that are rustic on the outside and full of modern amenities on the inside. Our homes have big living rooms with comfortable seating and flat screen TVs as well as fully equipped kitchens that are stocked with all the pots, pans, and dishes that you will need to make and serve a home cooked meal. The bedrooms contain cozy beds with top quality bedding and big closets that can store anything you may want to bring or buy. The bathrooms have such features as sunken tubs. Our rentals have free high-speed internet, cable television, and amenities.
The wonder and beauty of Gatlinburg awaits you. Make your three-day trip enjoyable with these Gatlinburg TN activities. Our homes go fast, so give us a call today.