The Smoky Mountains are a beautiful place to visit with its abundance of hiking routes, gorgeous cabins and lively Gatlinburg town. Don’t forget the famous Dollywood theme park too! To take the stress out of vacation planning, use this ready-to-go guide put together by locals who know the best things to do in Gatlinburg. You’ll strike the perfect balance between downtime and “go” time too. Here’s a preview of the things to do in Smoky Mountains:
9:00am: Sleep in a bit! Then treat yourself to a bounty of breakfast at the local favorite, Pancake Pantry. Insider Tip: You can’t go wrong with the classic Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes. If you’re feeling adventurous, go with a creative option like Austrian Apple-Walnut.
10:30am: Head down the road to Anakeesta, one of the newest Gatlinburg attractions opening Summer 2017. Take a 12-minute gondola ride up to the mountain peak, which is home to Firefly Village. Explore unique shopping and dining while taking in spectacular views of Mt. LeConte and Downtown Gatlinburg.
12:00pm: Grab lunch in one of the Anakeesta restaurants – there are many to choose from!
1:30pm: Add a thrill to your afternoon in Anakeesta: zip lining, a high-speed mountain coaster and a canopy bridge walk offer exciting and unique ways to take in the vistas. Insider Tip: There’s also a treehouse playground for the little ones.
6:00pm: Head to Ober Gatlinburg, a fun marketplace with an aerial tram and family activities. You can also eat at their restaurant, which pairs great food with a wonderful view.
8:00pm: After dinner, have the grandparents take the kids back to the rental. Then take a trip to Sugarlands Distillery for a blending sampling tour. Your group will get a 30-minute private tour and see how the famous moonshine is made. The experience includes a private lesson on mixology, where you will learn five ways the moonshine can be mixed into tasty cocktails for the of-age participants.