The world-famous Smoky Mountains attract millions of visitors each year. Many spend little more than a day driving through the scenic byways that are beautiful at any season. However, many more book one of the excellent Gatlinburg cabin rentals and dedicate some more time to enjoying the many Gatlinburg attractions and activities.
There is so much to see and do that it can feel overwhelming, and though the trolley system is excellent for navigating visitors through the main areas of shopping and dining, it is not guaranteed to take any traveler to the “must see” or top Gatlinburg attractions. So, to make sure you enjoy the best of the best, we’ve compiled an easy to use list of spots and destinations you’ll want to be sure to visit when enjoying one of the best Gatlinburg cabin rentals.
The Must-See Gatlinburg Attractions
It is essential to think of Gatlinburg attractions as tucked beneath “umbrella” headings. Many different attractions are similar to amusement parks; thry include the different Ripley’s sites, and definitely Dollywood. There are also scores upon scores of shopping areas, and while there are Tanger Outlets and miles of shops, there are also shopping venues a bit more unique.
There are outdoor attractions that include zipline adventures and other similar spots, and there are eateries too numerous to count! Naturally, there is also the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, which could easily be your only destination during a visit.
So, you have amusement-style spots, you have shopping, dining, and outdoor adventures…which are the best or must-see among them? We’d suggest:
Cades Cove – If you don’t plan on spending many days in the Park, a drive through the 11-mile loop that is Cades Cove is an absolute must. View the mountains, see native flora and fauna, learn a bit of history and get a good feel for the scope and beauty of the park
The Arts & Crafts Community – Whether or not you are a dedicated shopper, it is an absolute essential to spend time exploring this eight-mile loop of local artisans galleries and shops. If locally-made goods are your idea of the best souvenirs, this area is a must
Ober Gatlinburg – The top ski destination in the Smokies, it is home to an appealing array of year-round events, but one of the essential experiences is to take the tram high up above the region and savor the view. You can also enjoy the zoo, games, dining, and more. The Gatlinburg SkyLift, as well as the Gatlinburg Space Needle, are also great if the scenery is your thing
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – If it is a rainy day or one in which you feel like enjoying the downtown, a visit to this enormous attraction is sure to appeal
There are also many spots for enjoying local moonshine, taking walking tours, hitting a few museums, and so much more.
Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals Complete the Must-See List
Of course, if you want a must-see experience in the region, Gatlinburg cabin rentals give you the rare option of rising with the sun on a quiet and private deck, hot tubbing beneath the stars, enjoying hours around a fire and experiencing the beauty that is the Smokies. Alpine Mountain Chalets has a vast array of options and places travelers just minutes from the best attractions.