Planning for your next Smoky Mountain Getaway and looking for the best attractions in Gatlinburg?

We can help.

Our family has vacationed in the Smoky Mountains for more than 30 years, and eventually we knew we needed to spend more time here.

Now that we welcome guests from all over the world to our cabins, we’ve put together a list of our best attractions in Gatlinburg.

Let’s jump in.

Best Food

pancake pantry gatlinburgPancake Pantry  628 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Don’t want to fix breakfast one morning? Head into our family favorite, the Pancake Pantry. Conveniently located in downtown Gatlinburg just minutes from Chalet Village. You won’t want to miss the sweet potato pancakes!

Calhoun’s, Cherokee Grill, Smoky Mountain Brewery  Multiple Locations

This locally-owned family of restaurants known for “great food, warm atmospheres and southern hospitality” serves up some tasty ribs, chicken tenders, steaks, and so much more. Three restaurant concepts sit across Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, so there is usually one near you.

Dinner Pick

Looking for another lunch or dinner option for your party? Here’s two more RecTime favorite:

Best Italian Café and Pizzeria  968 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Mountain Lodge Restaurant (a local place!)  913 East Parkway, Gatlinburg

As you can tell, there is no shortage of really good food in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. You will not go hungry!

Best Shows

Ready to take in a dinner theater show? Here are a few of our top picks:

  1. Country Tonite
  2. Dolly Parton’s Stampede
  3. Dollywood – Kingdom Heirs
  4. Sweet Fanny Adams Theater

Best Shopping

Yesterday Antiques  921 Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge

Looking to go “junkin’”? The Smoky Mountains have plenty of great shopping, and antique shops are no different. Check out our favoriteThe Antique Mall, Pigeon Forge, is also on Wears Valley Road. We don’t refer to Wears Valley Road as “Antique Row” for nothing!

Tanger Outlets  1645 Parkway, Sevierville

There are outlets all over the Smoky Mountain region, but this is a great development, full of so many of the most popular stores.

Heartwood Galleries  1450 East Parkway, Gatlinburg

Chainsaw art is a popular expression of the Smokies, and this is a great way to take home a souvenir – or just marvel in the workmanship!

Best Activities

Want to get outdoors? Need to hit the slopes? Looking for the thrill of a roller coaster?

The Smoky Mountain Region has it all. To get you started, here is a place to start planning what you’ll do in the Smokies!

Hiking Trails: pick a trail based on degree of difficulty thanks to!

Amusement Park: Dollywood

Gondolas & Mountain Coasters: Anakeesta

Ski Slopes: Ober Gatlinburg

What is your favorite activity in the Smoky Mountain region? Let us know!