3-Day Gatlinburg Sightseeing

Day 1 You'll See:

Day 2 You'll See:

Day 3 You'll See:

 

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Gatlinburg Space Needle - The Gatlinburg Space Needle is the perfect way to start your trip. The Seattle mock-up is definitely not a let down as you take in the absolute best views of the city and the Great Smoky Mountains. This 407 foot tall observation tower comes with an amazing outdoor observation level, the deck in which you will get all the great 360 degree views. An "unequaled panorama of beauty year-round," this stop is also actually an information packed learning experience, complete with new state-of-the-art higher learning exhibits. Get all the educational facts and historic tidbits you can while up here, the entire trip a great geographical hands-on sort of adventure. SeeCoast has provided several view finders at the top so you can really get close proximity visuals, making your odds of seeing a black bear, wildflower bud, or small jutting stream within the mountains much better. You may also want to bring your own binoculars or camera to really see it all!

Olde Gatlinburg Golf and Games - Let loose and have some fun on your next Gatlinburg essential stop, Olde Gatlinburg Golf and Games. This large complex of fun games and arcades is a sort of tourist and family fun oasis, a small community of the city’s largest indoor and outdoor mini golf attractions. Here you will find a total of three different courses, two of those courses outdoor, plus storytelling and award winning fun. The entire complex offers you and your group over 45 holes of fun set in a unique smoky hillside setting, with downtown Gatlinburg as the background. The black light course that brings so many guests around daily has a fun under the sea theme, with various dolphins, mermaids, and other aquatic life dotting your golfing path. You will even get interesting history lessons about the city’s past through these courses, as well as the opportunity to explore the state-of-the-art video arcades during and afterwards!

Blaine’s Grill and Bar - If you’ve worked up an appetite don’t worry, your next stop is right next door at the deliciously smelling Blaine’s Grill and Bar. This amazing Gatlinburg staple is located in the heart of downtown, at the corner of Parkway and the Historic Nature Trail Road, within walking distance to all downtown shops and attractions! Located in a three-story building sure to catch your eye, Blaine’s has gone for a "New Orleans approach," a unique and beautiful balcony dining experience that embraces nature and overlooks the city and mountain-filled view. Many tourists walk away from an evening at Blaine's saying that it was the best food and views in town, making it a must-stop on our Gatlinburg getaway. Try the fried pickle chips, sizzling spicy fajitas, or their amazing and award-winning St. Louis style spare ribs. There are even several gluten-free options here as well!

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies- There is no way you can visit Gatlinburg and not stop at the Aquarium of the Smokies, one of three Ripley's aquariums in the world. Located along River Road, this family oriented educational attraction spotlights aquatic habitats from around the world, presents live animals shows, and allows guests to partake in hands-on activities and exhibits. Find over 10,000 exotic sea creatures here from 350 different individual species, more fish than people in the entire city of Gatlinburg! Enjoy such exhibits as the tropical rainforest, shark lagoon, touch a ray bay, or penguin painting! The glide path to the ocean realm is almost worth the trip alone, a watery tube filled with barracudas, octopi, moray eels, and giant sharks! Enjoy all the conservation and ecological fun you can and then head to the Cargo Hold Gift Shop or Feeding Frenzy Eatery before you go for the perfect ending to this marine adventure!

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Great Smoky Mountain National Park - The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited national park in all of America, and for good reason too! This gorgeous and mountainous park straddles the borders of North Carolina and Tennessee, a sprawling landscape filled with lush forests, wildflowers, streams, rivers, waterfalls, and abundant scenic hiking trails. The entire park encompasses an impressive 815 square miles, most of those miles filled with the absolutely breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. This park also contains a significant segment of the Appalachian Trail, with a culture-filled history and local impact you will honestly have to see to believe.There are several different activities you and your group can do while visiting the national park, such as informative and scenic auto tours, biking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, waterfall rappelling, and even various daily offered workshops and classes!  Take plenty of time to enjoy this  magically mountainous wonderland!

Gatlinburg Sky Lift - Next up prepare yourselves for a ride aboard "the best seat in Gatlinburg," an ascent to the top of Crockett Mountain for a 1,800 foot trip into the sky. This is the city's number one scenic overlook, providing absolutely breath-taking views and a truly exhilarating ride to a mountain top. The sights of the city will make up one side of your 360 degree vision, the other three exploding with the colors and life of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. See beautiful lush forest and misty mountains during your ride, views of a lifetime that you won’t soon forget! At the top you will find binoculars on an overlook platform, completing a truly memorable Smoky Mountain experience. If you happen to take the ride during the night prepare yourselves for a completely different but still completely gorgeous view, the dazzling lights of downtown Gatlinburg sparkling your vision.

Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs - There’s no better way to end a busy adventure than with a great meal, which is why we are taking your group to the classic Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs for your next stop. Located on Mills Park Road, this quaint but Tennessee typical style eatery serves an eclectic selection of hot dogs, providing even the pickiest of eaters with a multitude of delicious options. This restaurant is the "home of the moonshine dawg," a down home Gatlinburg classic cooked with the delicious and intricate flavors of Smoky Mountain moonshine. Not only will you find the craziest concoctions of hot dog bliss, but you will also be able to choose from several fried favorites and scrumptious handmade milkshakes. Explore the huge list of toppings to dress your dawg with, such amazing and mind-blowingly intense options as the Philly Cheese Steak, Red Hot Super, Mean Joe Bean, Chili Cheese Fry, and Mac n' Cheese dog (that’s right, mac n' cheese on a hot dog).

Odditorium - There’s nothing like a little bit of odd to end your fun Gatlinburg night, especially when your last stop of the day is the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium. This super fun stop along Parkway Road in Gatlinburg, allows you and your group to see kitschy oddities on display, with such things as human shrunken heads and rare animal skeletons. The Odditorium holds three floors, or 16 galleries, of over 500 exhibits and artifacts within their 12,500 square foot establishment, the perfect place to spend your night exploring and discovering! The Ripley’s Odditorium is the "perfect fusion of edu-tainment and interactivity, with a generous sprinkling of ‘Shut the front door!’’ as they like to say. Inside you will explore such oddities and illusions as the Mexican Vampire Woman, a 12-foot tall Transformers sculpture of scrap car parts, and an authentic vampire killing kit!

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Crockett's Breakfast - Wake up and smell the pancakes here at Crockett's 1875 Breakfast Camp, the Tennessee Saw Company favorite that honors the legacy of David C. Crockett Maples, the famous frontiersman, soldier, and family man who led an amazingly interesting and incredible life. The food here isn’t just some local breakfast, the food here is what many guests call the "best home-cooked breakfast in the Smoky Mountains." Both the food and the decor is the essence of rustic meets modern, the cabin like eatery providing delicious modern takes on Southern down-home classics. Every day you can find made-from-scratch biscuits, farm fresh eggs, and pecan smoked bacon. Try their corned beef or country ham classics, hogs in a blanket, or fried cinnamon rolls. Oh, and have we mentioned the griddle cakes? Top your hearty pancakes with a long list of options, such as southern pecans, wild berry compote, fresh blueberries, or chocolate chips!

Ober Ski Area and Amusement Park - It’s a good thing you got a good hearty breakfast because you will be spending the rest of your morning and afternoon at Ober Amusement Park and Ski Area, a fun Smoky Mountain wonderland! While here at Ober you and your group will have tons of options for recreation and entertainment, from skiing and snowboarding in the right season to riding the aerial tramway or mountain coaster, ice skating year-round, or taking part in a fun local wildlife encounter! Ober has over 50  years of experience, providing your group will all the best "all things snow" options alongside all the best views, outdoor mountain recreation, and even food! If you are here from December to March you can participate in all things snow, like tubing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and the like with several centers, terrain parks, and slope trails to choose from. If you want a different kind of thrill head over the the Ski Mountain Coaster or Alpine Slide, the latter a fun option for all that weaves you through your mountain side descent down 1,800 feet of tracks!

Big Daddy’s Pizzeria - There’s no doubt you’ve worked up an appetite by now with all that hiking and exploring, so head back to town and experience some of the absolute best pizza in the state from Big Daddy’s Pizzeria. This highly popular local chain specializes in wood-fired, thin crust pizza pies and serves them with soulful southern smiles in a casual setting. Big Daddy’s has three different local locations, any of which you will find "fresh ingredients, hand-crafted dough, and world class pizza," a truly winning combination for an unforgettable Tennessee dinner! Their 550 degree wood fired brick oven pays homage to the classic Neapolitan roots of pizza: crispy, thin, delicious. A quick look through the menu will show you classics such as the Boo Boo Bomber (pepperoni), Cheese Pie, and Plain Pie, as well as some more intricate pies like the Mamma Mia, complete with provolone, salami, sausage, prosciutto, and peppers, and the Smoky Mountain Cheese Steak, with Gorgonzola cheese and prime rib!

Mountain Mall - End your fun three day getaway in Gatlinburg at the premier indoor shopping center of the city, a great opportunity for some serious retail therapy, the Gatlinburg Mountain Mall! Find almost anything you want within these shops, such as homemade candy, crafts, jewelry, music, movies, books, quilts, dolls, sports collectibles, toys, and more! Enjoy the decor of the whiskey barrel trash cans from Jack Daniels and sounds of Appalachian mountain music performed by locals, the perfect introduction to a Smoky Mountain shopping haven. There are two indoor water fountains, one over 30 feet tall, aside authentic "mountain folk paraphernalia" such as millstones, moonshine stills, and full-size bear traps. The entire center visibly celebrates the rich history of the city of Gatlinburg and the Ogle family, who owned and managed the mall. See the Cowboy Way for local apparel, Pepper Place for hot and spicy produce, Phoenix Candles or Cruising the Past for great gifts, and much more!