Gatlinburg- Your Smokey Mountain Adventure
The scenic Smokey Mountains are one of the many reasons visitors flock to Gatlinburg Tennessee. Nestled at the foot of the mountains lies the town of Gatlinburg. The unique boutiques that sell local arts and crafts, and mountainous backdrop welcome guests to many attractions and curiosities around every corner. The McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) is the closest major commercial airport and is about an hour away in Knoxville, TN.
One attraction that would be hard to miss is Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Aquarium. The re-creation of the tropical rain forest plays home to species such as piranhas, as well as other reptiles and colorful fish. Explore the coral reef with its schools of fish, and don’t miss the chance to touch a stingray on your way out the door. The Gatlinburg aquarium is home to over 350 different species, offers unique viewing opportunities, and features special exhibits which keeps the experience fun. Another favorite tourist attraction is the ride up to Ober Gatlinburg in the aerial tram. The views are simply gorgeous no matter what the season. The slow lull up the mountain is the perfect start to your day, or the perfect end.
Shopping and dining can also be considered a main attraction. Gatlinburg’s main strip is lined with candy shops, museums, restaurants and galleries. Visitors can watch taffy being made on site in the sweet shops, or stop by the Thomas Kinkaid gallery and gaze upon his wonderful collection of Disney paintings. If shopping is not what you have in mind the great outdoors will not disappoint the rugged adventurist. There are plenty of trails to hike, bike, or walk, and parks to explore.
Cades Cove is one of those parks that is worth seeing. It was once the home of a small mountain community, and has been preserved to look much the way it looked in the 1800’s. A variety of historic buildings scattered along the loop road are three churches, a working gristmill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully restored eighteenth and nineteenth century structures.
Gatlinburg is filled with attractions that can occupy your senses for your visit now and for years to come. It is a place you never just want to visit once. To truly experience all of Gatlinburg visitors should dedicate a week of stay. Another hot spot for tourists is Pigeon Forge, and it is only a few miles from Gatlinburg. Here you will find a much busier city with many more attractions to see, such as the Titanic Museum, Dollywood, and the Dixie Stampede.
As the seasons change so does the area. The spring season brings the renewal of the wildflowers and annual events. In the summer months there is tons of fun to partake in the area. During the fall, the foliage changes and makes for a beautiful time to enjoy the various Smoky Mountain tours. The wintertime has special holiday shows and the beautiful snow capped mountains.
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve been to Gatlinburg and the Smokey Mountains. If you want to learn more about it contact Best Cruises and Travel Now at 203-221-3171 or toll free at 888-499-7245 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos and Blogpost by Deidrea Niece, Travel Writer for Best Cruises and Travel Now