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Best things to do in Great Smoky Mountains

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

National Park
“One of our nations most beautiful parks with spectacular views, hiking trails and water falls ”
149 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Located in Sevierville and drive time varies based on traffic. Lots of stores and pretty good pricing usually....”
74 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN, is literally teeming with life - over 10,000 exotic sea creatures in 350 individual species. There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg!”
50 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Dolly usually has beautiful flowers at the park. Dollywood has rides for all ages and live shows that are very good. Different times of the year, they have local and international guests to share their talents with visitors.”
66 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great food, busy restaurant has mill you can buy flour and corn meal there too”
66 locals recommend
Casino
“From the casino, to shops, spas and more, Harrah's Cherokee Casino is an excellent spot to visit for local indoor entertainment.”
60 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Music to the lighted fountain, shopping, and places like “Paula Dean’s” and “Margaritaville” to eat. Plus there are rides for the kids and the wheel that overlooks PF. ”
64 locals recommend
National Park
“The Cades Cove Loop winds for 11 miles through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a picturesque drive with a backdrop of the mountain peaks and its lush, rolling greens. Europeans settled the Cades Cove area between 1818 and 1821. Today, visitors to Cades Cove can enjoy the largest variety of historic buildings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. When traveling the scenic loop road, plan to get out and visit the restored buildings that include three churches, log homes, cantilevered barns and a working mill. During your drive, keep an eye out for white tail deer, coyote, elk, fox and black bears.”
86 locals recommend
Mountain
“We live here and in the spring, Our glamping friends take their glammed up campers to the Cades Cove campground. We talk all day,eat,ride bikes. Our friends who don't have time of work, come and eat dinner. The store has hudge ice cream. When the sun goes down the fires and somemores come out. The music starts we walk around the campground singing with the bluegrass musicians. Usually they ask you to come on over have a cookie and make a request. Early in the morning we ride bikes around the cove before the cars are allowed in. ”
83 locals recommend
Point of Interest
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“A fun and entertaining show with horse riding stunts, comedy, music and more not to mention the delicious 4 course meal that is included. You can't go wrong with this delightful show. ”
47 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Ober Gatlinburg is a ski resort that features food, shopping, skiing and ice skating.”
33 locals recommend
Supermarket
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“Pigeon Forge's 24-hour Kroger on Wears Valley Road. You can AVOID THE PARKWAY COMPLETELY by taking going left on Little Cove Road to Valley View, then right on Wears Valley Road. They also have order pickup AND DELIVERY.”
37 locals recommend
Store
“This is a really cool place to park the car and shop. From hand made candles to chainsaw carvings of cedar, this is a unique little place to visit in Gatlinburg.”
46 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“We came here during a family outing after a long day hiking. The food was good and the atmosphere was fun. Favorite part is they have local soaps and lotions to purchase in lobby. ”
41 locals recommend
Café
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“This is one of (if not my fav) FAVS! Sit outside if the weather is nice. Shrimp & Grits with a glass of white wine is amazing! ”
36 locals recommend
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“The kids love this place, they offer a discount for the second ride in the same day”
31 locals recommend