5 Places in the Smokies You Have to See

While we understand that there is an abundance of things to see and do in the Smoky Mountains, there are a few things that are definitely not to be missed. There are five of them, so if you are planning on visiting you should definitely give yourself enough time to check everything out—so it is probably most affordable to rent a cabin in Gatlinburg rather than stay in a hotel. Here are the top five, and why they are the best the Smokies have to offer:

1. Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park

Believe it or not, there is great skiing in Tennessee! This top-of-the-line ski resort offers eight scenic trails to explore in the winter, as well as an amusement park that is open year-round. If the seasons don’t allow for skiing, try the miniature golf, water rides or indoor ice skating!

2. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Here’s the reason you came to visit in the first place. The incredible Blue Ridge Mountains are home to some of the most beautiful scenery in America. There are tons of outdoor activities to take part in while you explore, but keep an eye out for the area’s natural inhabitants! Don’t let your good time ruin the home of some of the nation’s most unique wildlife.

3. Dollywood

If you have heard of Dolly Parton, you should definitely check out her hometown tribute, Dollywood. In addition to a functional replica of her family’s one-room cabin, there are tons of rides and live-action musical shows to see. This is definitely a good way to get an idea of what growing up in Appalachia is like.

4. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Did you know that Gatlinburg, Tennessee is home to the world’s biggest underwater tunnel? It’s true! Walk through and see beautifully colored fish, penguins, sharks, stingrays and much more. Learn about life deep in the ocean, and even get to know some of the aquarium’s inhabitants up close and personal!

5. Trolley Tours

To catch all the sites at once, there is no better way than to book a trolley tour. Ride on a trolley through Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge and take photos of all you see. This is a great way to finish up your trip and ensure that you haven’t missed anything!

With so much to see and do, what are you waiting for? Book your trip today!

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