First Time in the Smokies? Here are 5 Attractions You Shouldn’t Miss!

Scrolling through a list of the top things to do in the Smokies might leave you a little bit overwhelmed. However, there is something for everyone in the area, like the great shopping and attractions in Pigeon Forge like Dollywood. Meanwhile, there is every form of family entertainment among the attractions in Pigeon Forge and the breath-taking Great Smoky Mountains are only a short drive away. Make your home in one of our cozy cabins in Gatlinburg and enjoy all the area has to offer.

Amusement Parks Lead the Attractions in Pigeon Forge

Atop the list of attractions in Pigeon Forge is Dollywood, the world-famous amusement park fill with rides, shows, and entertainment in an Appalachian setting. Many people spend an entire vacation in the park and there are one-, two-, and three-day passes available to give you plenty of options. Dolly’s Splash Country can be combined with Dollywood as well, for the ultimate in southern theme parks.

Spend the Day Shopping Designer Labels

Another of the top choices among attractions in Pigeon Forge is a day shopping at the wide variety of stores. Looking for discounts on designer brands or stocking up on outfits for the kids? Head to Tanger Outlets, with 100 different shops and numerous name brands. The Island has specialty stores selling everything from gourmet popcorn to moonshine. Plus, the Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg is the largest in the world.

Goof off in Gatlinburg

You could spend an entire day hitting all the Ripley’s attractions in Gatlinburg. From the Aquarium of the Smokies, one of the best in the U.S., to the classic Believe It or Not!, there a myriad of off-the-wall activities. Other attractions in Gatlinburg include the Aerial Tram, mini-golf and go-kart racing, and plenty of shows and entertainment.

Enjoy Nature and History at Cades Cove

The most popular place in the Smokies has to be Cades Cove, and it should be on your list of attractions in Gatlinburg as well. The 11-mile loop is best cycled on the mornings when it is closed to cars, but can be driven the rest of the time. On the way, you will take in beautiful mountains and meadows with the chance to see deer, turkeys, and birds of prey. If you are lucky, a family of black bears might make an appearance. Plus, there is the fascinating history of the early settlers in the farmsteads scattered throughout.

Revel in the Amazing Smokies

No list of things to do in the Smokies would be complete without the Great Smoky Mountains National Park itself. There is a reason why it is the most popular park in the U.S. and all of its wonder is free to enjoy. Whether you are a serious hiker or just stretching your legs, there is a trail full of beauty and wonder just for you. The park has everything from jaw-dropping mountain panoramas to amazing waterfalls, plus a wide variety of wildflowers and wildlife.

Whichever options you choose, make your base camp one of our cabins in Gatlinburg, with easy access to all the area attractions. And with full kitchens, washer and dryers, and luxurious amenities like hot tubs, you will have everything you need to relax and enjoy your stay.