Tennessee

Gatlinburg, nestled in the heart of the Smokies, is a mountain town in Tennessee that offers an endless array of things you can do, whether you’re a local or a tourist, every day of the year.

It’s a place where you can hike in the morning, ride a glass bottom boat and watch sharks swim below you in the afternoon, and follow up with viewing the city from 400’ in the evening. Look at this list of amazing places you must see in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Voted Best Aquarium in the U.S. with its State of the Art facilities and over 10,000 exotic sea creatures, this aquarium is one place you don’t want to miss. While you’re there, take the Glass Bottom Boat Adventure into Shark Lagoon where just 3 inches of glass separates visitors from 12-foot sharks, a sea turtle, and a range of other sea creatures. Don’t forget to check out the stingray bay and penguin playhouse while you are there too. You won’t be disappointed!

Great Smoky Mountains Waterfall Adventure

If you like hiking and waterfalls, this is a must! Walk trails through the Appalachian woods and learn about the environment from a natural guide. Get ready to rock-hop across a mountain stream, enjoy the many photo ops of the flowing waterfalls, and take in the lush greenery. This adventure will immerse you in the natural beauty of park. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes for this 3-hour walk in the woods!

The Dragon

If you don’t feel like hiking, the national park is home to 384 miles of road designated for touring by car. If you want to ride your bike or a motorcycle, look at the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap. There are 318 curves on this 11-mile stretch of road. The touring roads are open based on the season and weather, so check to make sure you drive the roads before you go.

Space Needle Observation Tower

This 407’ observation tower overlooks beautiful Gatlinburg and the Smokey Mountains. Two safe glass elevators take visitors up 400’ to the observation deck for a 360* view of the city and the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy the panorama of beauty every month of the year and take advantage of the free viewfinders to help you see things more clearly. This is one experience you don’t want to miss!

Ober Gatlinburg.

The exciting four-seasons operating Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area is a hot spot you need to visit. The mountaintop is full of fun, beauty, and excitement high above Gatlinburg. It’s more than snowboarding and skiing – there’s also the chance to ice skate, ride the aerial tramway, play mini golf, go down the alpine slide, enjoy animal encounters, ride the carousel, and more! It’s fun for the whole family. When your stomach starts growing, visit one of the various dining options that will delight your taste buds. Seasons of Ober offers hand cut steaks and other cuts of meat grilled to perfection, there are also unique appetizers, freshly prepared salads, and views from the restaurants that are unmatched.

Gatlinburg has so much to offer its visitors, whether you’re there by yourself, with your significant other, or the whole family. You don’t have to spend a fortune on family hotels in Orlando Florida when you can head to reasonably-priced Gatlinburg instead! Don’t miss these experiences that make Gatlinburg a special and entertaining place to visit and create memories that last a lifetime.

Katie Parsons is a communications specialist with Westgate Reservations. She’s the creator of popular parenting blog Mumbling Mommy.