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Enjoying the summer season with Gatlinburg

Summertime fun in Gatlinburg has begun, bringing with it a vibrant and lively season for exploring the Great Outdoors. Find your next thrilling adventure with a downtown of over 50 unique attractions, endless shopping, dining galore, and experiences for every member of the family. Surrounded on three sides by the Smokies, explore over 800 miles of scenic trails, brave the white water rapids of the Little Pigeon River or zipline through the trees to get birds eye views. The opportunities for enjoying the summer season are endless in Gatlinburg. 

Morning: Although it may be hard to leave the coziness of one of Gatlinburg’s hotels and cabins, the smell of warm stacks of pancakes makes it a bit easier. Home to 5 pancake houses, don’t miss a stop by Log Cabin Pancake House or Crockett’s Breakfast Camp for a sweet start to your day. 

Afternoon:  Adventure is everywhere in Gatlinburg. Hike down Gatlinburg SkyPark’s new scenic trail or cycle down the Smokies on a mountain-biking excursion at Ober Mountain. If the great indoors are more your style, you can still see wildlife at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies’ daily penguin parade.  

Evening: Wind down with a good meal at one of Gatlinburg’s local eateries and restaurants. With fine dining fit for an upscale dinner for two to a relaxing rooftop scene, Gatlinburg has it all and something for every taste bud. Don’t forget to explore Gatlinburg after dark! Visit one of Gatlinburg’s distilleries and breweries or make your way to Anakeesta’s Astra Lumina for a one-of-a-kind experience with the stars. 

Hidden Gem: Gatlinburg is home to the largest independent organization of artisans and crafters in the United States. Explore the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community to find hidden, unique treasures that are handmade in the Smokies.

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