Gatlinburg is a city full of natural beauty in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Those looking to explore stunning views and reconnect with nature will love a vacation here, as it is most known as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although many of its attractions revolve around nature, there is also a lot of fun to be had in the city of Gatlinburg itself. Whether you are looking for a night out on the town, or you want to rough it in the woods, booking a tour is a great option for exploring the area in and around Gatlinburg. Keep reading to find out our top 5 Gatlinburg tours to experience!
Roaring Fork Smoky Mountains Tour by Open-Air Jeep
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has over 500,000 acres of beauty to explore, and it can be intimidating to try and figure out where to begin! This tour experience offers a great starting point to Smoky Mountains National Park, starting in Gatlinburg and winding through a 6-mile loop filled with stunning scenery. Stop along the way for some of the best photo ops on the western edge of the National Park and learn about both local history and wildlife along the way. Enjoy views of the mountain stream and waterfall that gives Roaring Forks its name, and even go on an off-road adventure in Pigeon Forge. This 2.5-hour tour is a perfect introduction to Gatlinburg, especially for first time visitors!
Hidden Cascade Hiking Tour
For nature explorers who prefer to enjoy their adventures on foot, the Hidden Cascade Hiking Tour of the Smoky Mountains is a must! This 4-hour guided hiking tour takes you along a quiet trail down to a hidden waterfall and other stunning views. Your guide will chat with you about the history of the Smoky Mountains and the local flora and fauna. The hike is rated as moderate, with a few strenuous parts, but your guide will accommodate your pace. You are sure to come out of the hike with a great appreciation for the history and the beauty of the area. These Gatlinburg tours tend to fill up fast, so it is highly recommended that you book in advance.
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Many people flock to Gatlinburg for its natural beauty, but there is lots of fun to be had in the city itself! Many tours offer a glimpse into local history, but you can’t touch on the history of Tennessee without acknowledging the residents’ affinity for moonshine and other spirits. For adults over the age of 21 traveling in Gatlinburg, a behind-the-scenes tour at Sugarlands Distilling Company is a great go-to activity. Learn how Sugarlands makes its spirits and enjoy a tasting flight. This is one of the top-rated things to do in Gatlinburg, and Sugarlands Distilling Company also received a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award in 2020.
Top Rated Wine and Shine Walking Tour
If you can’t imagine limiting your spirits to just one location, then consider the top-rated Wine and Shine Walking Tour in Gatlinburg! Once hidden behind closed doors, moonshine is now a point of local pride and a must-have spirit in any Tennessee drinking establishment. The 3.5-hour tour includes tastings and a moonshine cocktail at three of the most popular local distilleries: Tennessee Shine Company, Little Bear Winery, and Sugarlands Distilling Company. Learn how the humble spirit of moonshine is a key part of Tennessee history while you enjoy a fun night out on the town.
Ghost and Haunt Gatlinburg Tours
Like many well-established mountain towns, Gatlinburg has its fair share of spooks and local ghost stories. Learn about this darker side of Gatlinburg on this 1-mile walking tour through the city’s most notorious and haunted places. Your guide will take you down the same paths as murderers and their victims, as well as con artists and self-promoters that may still reside there. View photographs taken on the tour from previous visitors and have your chance to capture eerie orbs or full-blown apparitions. To make the experience even more spooky, you may have a chance to try and communicate with those who have passed. Whether you are a skeptic or a true believer, you won’t be able to deny the amazing storytelling of the tour guides and the fact that it is one of the most fun and entertaining ways to learn the history of a city.
Gatlinburg is a city that you can visit again and again and always find something new to explore. Whether you are visiting to hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or sip moonshine in the city, there is a fantastic tour waiting for you in Gatlinburg. Make the most of your vacation and contact us today to book!