2015 Best Gatlinburg Attractions by iTrip Vacations

Best of Gatlinburg TN Attractions

iTrip Vacations Best of Gatlinburg TN Attractions BadgeFrom hiking to video game arcades, Gatlinburg offers dozens of attractions and things to do for the whole family. Outdoor lovers will find places to explore, while those looking to relax can ride their way over the entire city.

We’re proud to announce our selections for new annual best Gatlinburg attractions for 2015. Here are our picks:

Best of Gatlinburg Attractions: Walk In The Woods

Explore the Beauty of the Smoky Mountains

Walk in the Woods Gatlinburg

Grab your hiking gear, and head out into the Great Smoky Mountains with A Walk in the Woods, a tour guide service dedicated to giving people the best of the mountains. Since 1998, the TripAdvisor recipient has provided tours and services for thousands of visitors.

Not a hiker? No problem.

The outfitter offers activities for all interests and skill levels. Nature hikes give guests a great way to relax and see nature, while the Mt. LeConte adventure keeps feet on the trails for 10 to 12 hours. Other options include: Where the Big Trees Are, Old Growth Waterfall Hike and Extreme Adventure Hike, a challenging 17-mile hike.

Attraction Location

Address: 4413 Scenic Drive East
*Depending on your hike, you may meet at a designated location instead of the office.
Phone: (865) 436-8283
Website: http://www.awalkinthewoods.com

Best of Gatlinburg Attractions: Ober Gatlinburg

Glide Over the Smoky Mountains

Ober Gatlinburg TN

Photo: James Thompson

Ober Gatlinburg is a top attraction, providing visitors of all ages places to play and lots to do. The aerial tramway, a cable car, gives a bird’s-eye view of the Smokies with a 2.1-mile tour. The scenic chairlift is a great couple’s activity, and once you hop out, slide down the mountain on the Alpine slide.

Fun For Kids

Kids will love wildlife encounters, ice skating, the indoor carousel and arcade. Outdoor attractions include a chair swing, kiddie land with rides, a maze and mini golf. Fun for the whole family, Ober is a must if vacationing in Gatlinburg.

Attraction Location

Address: 1001 Parkway Suite 2
Phone: (865) 436-5423
Website: http://www.obergatlinburg.com

Best of Gatlinburg Attractions: Smoky Mountain Rafting

Hit the Rapids

Smoky Mountain Gatlinburg TN

Photo: Razvan Orendovici

Gatlinburg’s location and proximity to rivers gives adventurists a playground of their own. Top rated on TripAdvisor, this adventure outfitter offers whitewater rafting, hiking and ziplining.

Take On The Pigeon River

Smoky Mountain Rafting is located on the Pigeon River, with upper and lower river rafting, kayaking, and the upper Pigeon extreme. For groups, the Pigeon River combo package will satisfy everyone, as it offers rafting on class 3 and 4 rapids, and breaks for lunch. After lunch, pick between a relaxing guided tour or hopping in a kayak. Zipliners will find nine lines and three sky bridges to explore.

Attraction Location

Address: 453 Brookside Village Way, Gatlinburg, TN
Phone: (800) 771-7238
Website: http://www.smokymountainrafting.com

Best of Gatlinburg Attractions: ZipGatlinburg

Ride the Ziplines

Zip Gatlinburg TN

Photo: Chuck Sutherland

Those looking to stay dry may prefer ziplining through the trees with ZipGatlinburg, where even children as young as 5 can ride by themselves. First-timers or experts are welcome to try nine lines, which touch the ground four times.

Off The Line

Visitors looking for thrills should try the 27-obstacle tree trek, complete with trapezes and sky bridges. A major attraction in Gatlinburg, ZipGatlinburg also offers a net course for bouncing fun for all ages, especially those too young to zipline. Packages and add-ons vary.

Attraction Location

Address: 125 Historic Nature Trail
Phone: (865) 430-9475
Website: http://ziplinesfamilyadventures.com/

Best of Gatlinburg Attractions: Gatlinburg Space Needle

Enjoy the Amazing View

Space Needle Gatlinburg TN

Ride your way to the top of the space needle. Photo: Valerie Everett

With two elevators holding 20 people each, this observation tower gives onlookers a 360-degree panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg. This attraction is great for all ages and provides an educational experience with higher-learning exhibits.

Play Video Games

Guests will also enjoy Arcadia, a two-story playground with video and redemption games. The Space Needle also offers laser tag, and those wanting to see a show should visit the on-site Iris Theater.

Attraction Location

Address: 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN
Phone: (865) 436-4629
Website: http://www.gatlinburgspaceneedle.com

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