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A Day’s Itinerary of Things to do in Downtown Gatlinburg

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If you’re planning on visiting Gatlinburg for the first time or you’re a returning visitor, you have to spend some time downtown. With so many shopping and dining options, fun attractions, and more, it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start. Luckily, we have a few recommendations. Here is a day’s itinerary of things to do in downtown Gatlinburg:

1. Have a Pancake Breakfast

pancake pantryBefore you begin your day exploring downtown, it is important to start with a hearty breakfast! If you find yourself downtown in the morning, make sure to stop into the Pancake Pantry! For over 60 years, the Pancake Pantry has been flipping flapjacks and scrambling eggs for Gatlinburg visitors and locals alike. Check out their extensive pancake and crepes menu which features specialties like Silver Dollar Pancakes and Austrian Apple-Walnut Crepes. They also offer waffles, eggs, omelettes and more.

2. Explore the Shops in The Village

A trip to downtown Gatlinburg wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of shopping! Make sure you swing through The Village for over 27 unique boutiques, clothiers, eateries, galleries and more. For all your outdoor apparel needs, stop into The Day Hiker or Life is Good. For one-of-a-kind candles that will leave your home or office smelling amazing, pop into The Candle Cottage and pick out your favorite scents. If you’re bringing the kids with you, let them check out Cartoons and Toys for new and classic toys!

3. Grab Lunch at Loco Burro

loco burroAfter you’ve completed all your shopping, head towards the rooftop bar at Loco Burro! This restaurant has the best Tex Mex and lunch views in all of downtown! Their house-made margaritas, mesquite grilling techniques and fun atmosphere combine for the perfect lunch spot. Start with an order of Table Side Guacamole for the table and watch as your server makes delicious guac right in front of you. Then try one of their world famous fajitas, with grilled chicken, steak, shrimp or veggies. We also recommend one of their mesquite grilled specialties like the Carne Asada or Pollo Ala Plancha. After you’ve eaten, take a ride on the mechanical donkey and see if you can hang on!

4. Visit the Gatlinburg Axe House

Make sure you check out some of the new things to do in downtown Gatlinburg, like the Gatlinburg Axe House. If you’ve never tried axe throwing, you have to make time for this awesome experience on your next trip to the Smokies. See how good your aim really is as you try to hit the target’s bullseye using only an axe. This is an activity your whole group will love and you’ll create memories that you will never forget.

5. Enjoy a Steak at Cherokee Grill and Steakhouse

cherokee grillEnd your day in downtown Gatlinburg the right way! Head down to Cherokee Grill and Steakhouse and enjoy one of their magnificent steak dinners. Order a classic choice like the Filet Mignon and Prime Rib, or branch out and try the Teriyaki Sirloin or Boursin Filet. They also have an extensive wine menu for you to browse to find your perfect dinner pairing. Save room for dessert and try the Fruit Cobbler or Brownie A La Mode.

Now that you have a full day’s itinerary for things to do in downtown Gatlinburg, you can start planning your trip! Looking for something a little different? Check out all the other things to do in Gatlinburg and start making your way towards the Smokies today! We look forward to seeing you!