Gatlinburg is a one-of-a-kind city nestled snugly inside the Smoky Mountains. There’s a lot to see and do here that you simply can’t experience anywhere else. So after you’ve booked your stay in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, pull out your trip planner and markdown these must-see locations.
Putt putt golf is fun for the whole family, and Gatlinburg puts a distinctly Southern take on the game. This tongue-in-cheek mini golf course is your one opportunity to put a golf ball over a tractor and into a moonshine barrel.
Watch your favorite bible stories come to life as full-size dioramas. Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens is a series of gorgeous displays that you can easily lose a whole day in. When you finally manage to tear yourself away from the beautiful garden and figures, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop for some unique gifts.
The SkyLift is the South’s premiere chair lift. Soar slowly and comfortably over the Smoky Mountains and don’t worry about scrambling for your camera, because your photo will be automatically taken at the top of the lift.
One of the most iconic places to see in Gatlinburg: The Mysterious Mansion. This haunted house has a fully dedicated staff that never break character. Get ready for a spooky good time, but note that the Mysterious Mansion may not be appropriate for children 8 years and younger.
This amusement center is fresh out of the 1980’s. Play classic-style arcade games and enjoy the multi-colored neon lights. The food is something right out of a county fair. Be prepared to lose track of time in here.
Walk a Tennessee Heritage Arts and Crafts Trail. The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is set out leisurely over an 8-mile loop that you can walk, run or stroll though. You’ll find everything from watercolors and ceramics to handmade soaps and bed and breakfasts.
The Village is Gatlinburg’s quaint shopping villa. There are 27 unique shops here from clothing boutiques to donut shops. The Village provides a day’s worth of shopping, snacks and relaxation.
Parton’s Deli is something of an open secret in Gatlinburg. An old rumor circulating the town is that a distant relative of Dolly Parton owns this deli, but if that’s the truth, they sure don’t advertise it. Parton’s Deli is almost hidden, it’s so easy to miss. But once you find it, you’ll be glad you did, because their sandwiches are to die for.