Gatlinburg: An In-Depth Look

This Charming Gatlinburg Cabin Honors the Firefighter and Heroes of 2016

Do you remember the Gatlinburg fires of November of 2016? Careless fire play at Chimney Tops in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ignited a fire dubbed the worst natural disaster in Tennessee. 14 lives were taken, 16,000 acres impacted, 2,000 buildings damaged, and 14,000 were people forced to evacuate. High winds, failing power lines,…

Anakeesta: Gatlinburg’s Newest Attraction Is What Dreams Are Made Of

Anakeesta is Gatlinburg's newest attraction, having opened in September 2017. A quick look at their webpage indicates it is "an outdoor family theme park." Hold on a second.... I guess you can call it that...but it is such an understatement. It is so much more than that...so much better than that description indicates. In fact, I…

Ole Smoky: Gatlinburg’s First Moonshine Maker Does It Right

OK - let's clear up one thing. This is the Smoky Mountains we're talking about; Gatlinburg is Appalachian Country. There definitely were moonshine makers before Ole Smoky. What we're talking about here is the first LEGAL moonshine operation in East Tennessee. We got the scoop from Gary Davis, who took us on a tour. A…

3 Unique Destinations In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the must-dos when visiting Gatlinburg is to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP.) You could spend a life-time discovering all the secrets she holds...boy, would I love that. In the meantime, here are three amazing places to park the car and explore. They are relatively easy, but super fun...so they work…

Believe It Or Not – We Were Exceptionally Impressed With Ripley’s

We usually seek the lesser-known escapes in a city. We hike the trails, seek out the history, find the hidden gems...so when the boys declared they wanted to visit all the Ripley's attractions in Downtown Gatlinburg, I was skeptical. I admit it...I was wrong. We. Had. The. Best. Time. The RIPLEY'S MIRROR MAZE was Elliot's…

30 Essential Things To Do In Gatlinburg, Tn For Family Fun

Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a home to a bustling downtown area filled with interesting attractions and delicious restaurants; and it’s also home to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park – a natural oasis hosting thousands of miles of fun for outdoor lovers.

If you’re heading to a place packed with so much adventure, you need to know the best ways to spend your time and the essential things to do in Gatlinburg, Tn.

Follow our huge list to select the right items for your itinerary, regardless of your travel style!

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Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
Lesli Peterson