5 Attractions Not To Miss In The Smoky Mountains

by | Feb 16, 2024 | Insights

Are you ready to embark on a journey through the enchanting Smoky Mountains? Prepare to be captivated by the natural beauty, rich history, and thrilling adventures that await you in this stunning region. Whether you’re seeking heart-pounding excitement or serene moments surrounded by nature, the Smokies offer something for everyone. Here are FIVE must-see attractions that will make your vacation unforgettable!

1. Dollywood

Nestled in the foothills of the Smokies, Dollywood is a world-renowned theme park that combines thrilling rides, live entertainment, and Southern hospitality. Named after the legendary country music icon, Dolly Parton, this beloved attraction offers a blend of adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, family-friendly shows, and artisanal craft shops. Don’t miss the chance to experience the park’s vibrant festivals and events, celebrating everything from bluegrass music to fall harvests. Make sure you try the cinnamon bread, it is incredible.

2. Titanic

Step back in time and embark on a fascinating journey through history at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge. Designed to resemble the iconic Titanic ship, this immersive museum offers a glimpse into the lives of passengers and crew aboard the ill-fated voyage. Explore interactive exhibits, view authentic artifacts, and even touch a real iceberg as you uncover the stories of those who sailed on the “ship of dreams.” Your ticket will be of a real passenger who was on the ship. You will find out your fate at the end of the attraction.

3. Anakeesta

Perched atop scenic Anakeesta Mountain in Gatlinburg, Anakeesta offers a mountaintop adventure like no other. Take a scenic chairlift or gondola ride to the summit and discover a world of treetop canopy walks, ziplines, and breathtaking views of the Smokies. Stroll through Firefly Village, where you’ll find charming shops, dining options, and whimsical photo opportunities. Whether you’re seeking thrills or relaxation, Anakeesta offers an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. (Make sure you check out the Astra Lumina you need a separate ticket for this…it is totally worth it.)

4. Gatlinburg SkyBridge

Prepare to be awe-struck as you traverse the Gatlinburg SkyBridge – the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. Suspended 680 feet above the valley floor, this iconic bridge offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and forests. With a glass-floor section providing a thrilling perspective, crossing the SkyBridge is an experience you won’t soon forget. Be sure to visit at dusk for a mesmerizing sunset backdrop against the majestic peaks. (this attraction is not great for those who have a fear of heights.)

5. Great Smoky Mountains Ferris Wheel

Towering over The Island in Pigeon Forge, The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel offers a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding landscape. Climb aboard one of the climate-controlled gondolas and soar 200 feet above the ground for stunning vistas of the Smokies and the bustling town below. Whether you’re admiring the scenery by day or witnessing the twinkling lights at night, a ride on the Wheel is a must-do for visitors to the area.

From thrilling theme parks to historic museums and breathtaking scenic overlooks, the Smoky Mountains are brimming with unforgettable attractions just waiting to be explored. Stay with Distinctive Getaways and you will get 1 FREE ticket to 19 attractions every day of your stay! See our rentals!

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