Since Gatlinburg is nestled right in the Great Smoky Mountains it should be obvious that you are sharing this beautiful region with a plethora of animal life. I’ve heard so many families talk about the adults and children alike keeping their eyes peeled for a bear sighting. Visitors may be curious as to where the most likely places are to encounter these animals in safe, controlled environments. While proper safety precautions should always be taken into consideration when approaching the wildlife of the area, there are a few spots, both controlled and open, around the city where bear and other animals can be encountered.
Let me play out a scenario: You’ve just finished exploring the beautiful sights and sounds of Gatlinburg and you’re ready to relax with a yummy treat. When your sweet tooth calls, you can always listen in Gatlinburg. Shift your focus to one of the city’s many candy and sweets shops. These locations are especially loved by younger children. Stopping by the local candy stops is a nice tradition to start with the family. If tradition isn’t enough, maybe the fact that many of the stores in the area feature homemade treats ensuring that you get an authentic taste of Gatlinburg will be! Here are some places we recommend visiting:
Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains has some of the most amazing views in the country. The lush greenery during the summer, leaves falling during autumn, and snow kissed grounds in the winter all lend to beautiful views year round. The view during the Fall is particularly spectacular. The Fall colors in Gatlinburg spew burnt oranges mixed with charming yellows and dull greens. There are a few places in Gatlinburg that have some of the best views available. From 360 degree views, to mountain top overlooks, these views in Gatlinburg are great.
The Fall is one of the best seasons of the year in Gatlinburg. There are lots of things to do, particularly outdoors. Fall brings beautiful colors, great weather, and lots of that southern charm that causes people in Gatlinburg to be so friendly. Because winter is nearby, Gatlinburg cabin guests like to take advantage of every chance they have to relish in the beautiful weather before it’s gone.
Summer is a fun time to visit Gatlinburg, but it’s so hot outside that sometimes you’d rather avoid the Parkway and not hear people complain that it’s hot. There are several fun things to do inside (and a few outside) to enjoy the summer weather without dealing with the heat. Continue reading
Gatlinburg is a great town for tourists with all the history and attractions it has to offer. Locals strive to keep the town interesting to visit so that tourists continue to enjoy their town. Not only do locals enjoy when tourists come to town but the bears do too.
A new addition to Gatlinburg shops will open in early July 2010. The Old Smoky Distillery will be the first legal distillery in the state of Tennessee. The mountains of Tennessee already have a reputation for their moonshine and this new store will bring the tradition to you… legally, of course. If you visit the store while in Gatlinburg you’ll get to see the working still, take a tour and even taste some of the flavors (if you’re over age 21). It’s a piece of history for Tennessee and the owners plan to expand further.
The Smoky Mountain Synchronous Fireflies event happens once a year and only in one other place on the planet, Southeast Asia. This year it will occur on June 5 and last through June 13. So unless you plan to hop a plane and fly down to Asia you’re not going to see something this amazing any where else. The fireflies that gather for the Elkmont Fireflies event are a rare species. These little fireflies seem to coordinate their blinking and they all eventually get in sync with the other fireflies around them. It begins a beautiful light show with thousands of fireflies lighting up at once and it can last up to 6 seconds but as soon as they get back into sync it starts again.
Recently the Duggar family (all 18 of them) came and visited the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area. The thought of taking all of those children on vacation is simply daunting! Actually, thinking about how much it would cost to take a family of that size on vacation spawned this blog post. We wanted to share a practical list with you that can help you save money on your next visit to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. On a budget, there’s plenty you can do to save money.