Have you already visited all the popular attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and are looking to explore the Smokies in a different way? It’s time to travel like a local! If the locals love it, you know it must be good. Spend time on your visit experiencing places that the locals go on a regular basis! To help you plan, we’ve created a guide to some of the best non-touristy things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge:
It’s no secret that the Smoky Mountain area is one of the most popular family vacation destinations. But, there is plenty to do for adults, too! If you’re planning an adults-only trip to the Smokies, we can help you create your itinerary. From attractions to tastings, the fun never has to stop! Here are 8 can’t-miss things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for adults:
You may remember in 2020 when Anakeesta in Gatlinburg completed its largest expansion yet, including the opening of the AnaVista Tower! If you thought that was incredible, wait until you hear about their new expansion, which will be their biggest expansion yet! We’ve gathered all the details we know so far on the Anakeesta expansion.
A brand new experience that’s the first of its kind is coming to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg! Lumina Enchanted Night Walks will take visitors on a nightime journey to discount the illuminating wonder of the stars and connect to an imaginative world through the magic of projections, lighting, and music. Interested in learning more? We’re telling you everything we know so far about Lumina Enchanted Night Walks at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg!
Are you ready to hear some incredible live music while you’re in the Smoky Mountains? From restaurants to theaters, you’ll have so many options on where you can go. To help narrow down your choices, we’ve made a list of some of our favorite places. Here are 8 spots where you can find the best live music in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge:
Spring is an amazing time to visit the Smoky Mountains! Not only is the weather beautiful, but there are a ton of events to check out all across town. Each year, thousands of visitors come to the Smokies to take part in car shows, food festivals, entertainment spectacles, and so much more! One of the most popular spring festivals takes place high above the streets of Gatlinburg. Here is everything you need to know about the Blooms and Tunes event at Anakeesta, including something being added this year:
Have you ever visited Ober Gatlinburg in the winter? If you haven't, you'll definitely want to the next time you're in the Smokies during this time of year! Ober Gatlinburg snow tubing is one of the most popular winter activities for locals and visitors in Gatlinburg, and you definitely don’t want to miss out on it! Keep reading to learn everything you could possibly need to know about snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg:
The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park loves adding new experiences for visitors to enjoy, and the attraction has welcomed a brand new addition: the Gatlinburg SkyTrail. This scenic walkway gives everyone more opportunities to take in the breathtaking views of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains, and it is now open! We’ve got all the details on the Gatlinburg SkyTrail and what you can expect when you visit the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park!
A trip to the Smoky Mountains isn’t complete without trying some of Appalachian’s finest moonshine. The tradition of distilling moonshine in the Smokies dates all the way back to the first Irish settlers of the area. For hundreds of years, people have been legally and illegally crafting this one-of-a-kind drink deep within the mountains. Since its legalization in 2010, moonshine has become a booming business in Tennessee. Here are 4 places to go for the best moonshine tasting in Gatlinburg:
Are you traveling to the Smokies for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday? Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg offer some fantastic dining, shopping and entertainment options all year round, but especially during the holiday season. Make sure you check out a few of these activities while you’re in town. Here are 6 things to do during your Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Thanksgiving weekend:
Opened in 2017, Anakeesta is one of the Smoky Mountains most visited attractions. The 70-acre mountaintop adventure park has so many different activities the whole family will love! While you enjoy all there is to do at the park, you will also be treated to some amazing views of the Smokies. Here is the ultimate guide to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg TN:
When you are planning a family trip to the Smoky Mountains, you are guaranteed to find plenty of activities that the whole crew will love. In Gatlinburg, the streets are lined with thrilling activities for people of all ages, including children. Here are 5 of the best kid-friendly attractions in Gatlinburg: