Top 5 for Your Gatlinburg Getaway

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a hideaway nestled just near The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Due to its location at the foot of a national park, Gatlinburg has become a thriving tourist town full of interesting activities and it’s a short drive from the outdoors enthusiasts’ paradise. Founded in Civil War times, Gatlinburg has a rich history to explore. The town has an old-time feel, though with many modern conveniences and marvels, such as the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and Aquarium. In this small city of fewer than 4,000 people, you’ll find extensive lodging options as well as many activities for you and your spouse.

1 Ober Gatlinburg

Regardless of the season, Ober Gatlinburg ski resort and the amusement park have fun times in store. In addition to eight ski slopes, from beginner to advanced levels, the park provides go-karts, indoor ice skating, a few amusement park rides, and bungee jumping. Ober Gatlinburg is accessible by gondola from the city center and your ski pass includes transportation, which is very convenient and stress-free. The gondola ride also provides a gorgeous view of the Smoky Mountains and an aerial view of Gatlinburg itself.

2.Rich History, Unique Shopping

Take advantage of the city’s history and visit the many specialty shops in the downtown area. The buildings are all designed in a Civil War-era theme and there are many shops with homemade crafts. Gatlinburg is famous for its homemade taffy and candy, but you’ll also find handmade items such as Christmas decorations, ceramics, and pottery, as well as a shop that exclusively sells hot sauce.

3. Sea Life to See Away from Sea

The Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is another must-see. This huge aquarium houses more sea creatures than there are people in all of Gatlinburg! The aquarium houses more than 350 species and over 10,000 animals. There are tunnels to walk through that put you in the middle of the sea life activity giving you the experience of an ocean exploration on dry land.

4. Enjoy and Explore

If there’s one thing Gatlinburg has in abundance, it’s nature. The small size of Gatlinburg is a pleasure in itself if you’re yearning to get away from the hectic pace of city life, but the natural beauty surrounding Gatlinburg makes your getaway unique and picturesque. Among the activities, you can take up during your visit are fishing, horseback riding, camping bicycling, and hiking. There are hundreds of kilometers of hiking and cycling trails throughout the Smoky Mountains, as well as countless lakes and fishing holes. If you’re especially adventurous, combine your favorite outdoor activities by camping in the many campsites along trails throughout the Smokies. Additionally, you and your spouse can take a horse ride for two through the mountains -a beautiful mountain alternative to the classic horse ride on the beach. If you’re looking for adventure, look no further than Gatlinburg for an impressive selection of outdoor activities newlyweds can enjoy together.

5. Keep It Simple in a Cabin

There are many cabins and chalets located in the Smoky Mountains that offer honeymoon packages and deals. In addition to your private cabin, the two of you can relax in a hot tub on your private cabin porch overlooking the Smokies. The location of many cabins and chalets is also perfect if you want to do a little relaxing, a little town activity, and a little hiking or horseback riding. There are many deals to be found online where companies post promotions and additional activities and services they provide, such as a masseur to your cabin and packed picnics for two.