Welcome to Gatlinburg

With the exception of the Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Anakeesta Mountain, the town emerged from the devastating 2016 wildfires largely unscathed, but memories of the conflagration linger. If you tire of all the flash and bling, you can find a handful of quality cultural and natural attractions within – or very close to – the busy downtown.

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$110 Tours & Sightseeing

Sights of the Smokies All Day Tour

Ride aboard our tour bus to the city of Pigeon Forge. In this area we will be visiting the Old Mill area. You will learn about its history, its heritage, & its people. We will discuss the Old Mill & its multiple uses throughout the years. Built in 1830 & still in operation today, the Old Mill is one of Pigeon Forge's most noted landmarks. Our next stop brings us to Wears Valley. Here we will discuss its name sake, Samuel Wear, a civil war veteran & hero. We will also show you the oldest home in the area which was built in 1818. Among the stops in this area will be Mountain Brothers General Store and Elvira's Cafe where we stop for brunch. Mountain Brothers offers customers a chance to buy local Wears Valley jams, jellies, arts, & music. After an amazing lunch we head on out to the area of Townsend. Here we discuss W.B. Townsend, his little river railroad & lumber company. We will be visiting the Artistic Bean for after brunch coffee, the Little River Railroad & Lumbar Company museum, and the Apple Valley stores. We make our way to the road known as Foothills Parkway West. North Carolina has a road named the Blue Ridge Parkway. Well, our Foothills was suppose to be a similar road on the Tennessee side. Scheduled to be finished by spring 2018 the section known locally as "the missing link" will open up a new area of the Foothills that sat incomplete for more than 2 decades. On our way up we will make 3 stops to get some of the best photos in the entire region. Once we reach the top there will be an optional hike of 1/4 mile to the observatory to get breathtaking 360 views. Heading down the mountain side we go into the national park. Along the way we may watch videos that tell you about the area of Cades Cove. We don't actually go into the cove but we bring you to it to teach you its history. If the cove was a national park it would be the second most visited park in the United States. We will make a restroom stop at the top before heading back down to Little River Road on our trip towards Gatlinburg. Once we get into the Elkmont area hear tails about such locals as Lemuel Ownby, the Sage of the Smokies. You may also hear tails of the Walker Sisters who made their home in the park area known as Little Greenbriar. As we get closer to Gatlinburg we may make a final stop at Sugarlands Visitor Center depending on time. As you enter into the city you will learn the history of Gatlinburg. We will discuss its founding family and its long heritage as the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. On this amazing 8 hour journey your guide will be there to answer all your questions and to entice you with many tales from both historical and personal experiences. This is a fully narrated tour and our guides are encouraged to share their life stories growing up in rural East TN.

$60 Tours & Sightseeing

Gatlinburg Local Moonshine and Wine Tasting Day Tour

Embark into all the best local spirits that Tennessee has to offer. Enjoy multiple stops during this 4-5 hour tour with your friendly and professional local guide. Visit no less than 3 local moonshine distilleries and 3 local wine distilleries. Depending on time, we could visit as many as 8 different local distilleries! Try the once outlawed and taboo liquid known locally as white lighting (aka: moonshine) or the smooth flavors of a quality wine. Learn about the history of moonshine which played a role during the prohibition. Hear stories about some of the areas  most famous moonshines. These local fine brew masters have flavors ranging from the hard hitting traditional corn mash or rye to the amazing and sweet flavors like apple pie or strawberry shortcake. Visit some of the major locations during your journey, such as Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Smith Creek Moonshine, Sugarlands Moonshine, Tennessee XXX Moonshine, Old forge Distillery at The Old Mill, Tennessee Legend and Thunder Road Distilleries. Not into moonshine? Taste a more delicate, buttery, bright and complex flavor at the local wine distilleries. Here in the mountains of East Tennessee, we enjoy very rich soil that's produced some of the sweetest grapes. Relish unique wine which is described as minerally, juicy, and intellectually satisfying with a hint of oak. Once you visit 3 of the local wineries you may receive a FREE gift (subject to availability and not guaranteed). You will get to see inside the wine cellar and taste some of the magnificent quality wines grown and bottled in East Tennessee at the following wine distilleries: Hillside Winery, Sugarlands Cellars, Mill Bridge Winery, Apple Barn Winery and Mountain Valley Winery. After your journey, relax as you're driven back safely to the original starting location in Pigeon Forge.

$32.68 Water Sports

Lower Pigeon River Rafting Tour

Rafting on the lower Pigeon River is one of the best attractions in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It's a 5.5-mile trip through the scenic Pigeon River gorge. This adventure begins at the outpost and ends at the Denton Bridge. From there we bus you back up to the outpost. During your Pigeon River rafting trip you will run about 50 Class 1 and 2 rapids with one Class 3 at the end. Water fights and splashing are very popular on the lower Pigeon River. There is a guide in every raft. You will be provided with a lifejacket, helmet, and paddle for every rafter.

$172.62 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park Tour by Helicopter

The National Park Tour is the grand daddy of them all! With over forty years flying in the Smoky Mountain National Park Scenic Helicopter Tours knows how to make it a special experience you are sure to never forget! The best part of this flight is the value, with the National Park including all of our mountain flights and then some. Taking off over historic downtown Sevierville you are instantly greeted with stunning views of the Smoky Mountains. The flight continues over the strip of Pigeon Forge while taking in all the sights of the surrounding areas as you move southbound to Gatlinburg. Once over Gatlinburg you will head west far and away from civilization into the National Park itself! Get your camera ready as this is a very popular area to view wildlife with an unrestricted birds eye view! You will fly over the stunning Sugarland Valley, Fighting Creek Gap and into the Elkmont area of the park. With views of Mount Leconte, Clingmans Dome, and Cove Mountain you will round out of the Elkmont area and follow the Little River to Metcalf Bottoms and on to the sparsely developed areas of the always beautiful Wears Valley and Walden's Creek. The National Park flight route then falls in line with the route of the exciting Ridge Runner tour and crosses over Bluff Mountain and into the Tennessee Valley. As you follow along Bluff Mountain you will fly over the rolling foothills of Sevier County towards the Scenic Heliport. This flight covers a 50 mile flight route with an average flight time of 25 minutes.

$23.12 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Sweet Fanny Adams Theater Variety Show

Proclaimed a National Historical treasure by the city of Gatlinburg, the entertaining shows at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theater is a Vaudeville style of musical comedy variety show, with songs, dances, & comedy routines. This is  a exciting celebration of 40 years of frivolous entertainment and foolishness.  Sweet Fanny Adams Theater located at 461 Parkway in Gatlinburg Tennessee, opened in 1977 and is the oldest purveyor of professional, live-on-stage, original musical comedies in the Smoky Mountains, as well as the only musical comedy entertainment attraction in the area. Come and experience the inevitable comic mayhem for which the theater is renowned!  Prepare for side splitting laughs, incredibly funny comedy and fun that will make memories for the family. 2018 shows include: The Biggest Little Show on Earth, Lady Fanny's Nitwit Revue, and Ollie's Festive Follies!

$60 Kid Friendly

Smoky Mountain Trees of Many Colors Tour

This amazing fall tour was created to showcase the beauty of The Great Smoky Mountains during the fall color change. The location we will visit is unknown to most tourists and even locals so we can not disclose it on this site. We do this because we want to give our customers a raw view of the wilderness without having to wade through large groups of onlookers. We enjoy having visitors to our area and sometimes folks just want to enjoy the sights of nature in peace and quiet away from the high traffic areas. The Trees of Many Colors tour will highlight the trees and wildlife of the area. We will also get to see the 4 tallest peaks of the Smoky Mountains from afar. We will discuss the different tree types, the hibernation patterns of the animals, the history of the land, and so much more. All of our tours teach you about our history and heritage but in a very fun and interesting way. The tour is designed for guests of all ages but very small children may need assistance from their parents in some areas if you intent to take the short hike that is available. This tour includes snacks and water on board for all guests. Departure time and return time are approximate. . NOTE: Minimum numbers do apply. This tour only operates with 6 or more total guests. Please be sure to use a valid phone number to be informed of changes or cancellations when booking your tour.