Once upon a time, there was a period in the Smokies that people used to refer to as the “off season.” It was a dark time when businesses closed for the winter, and visitation to towns like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville all but dried up. However, that's not true any more. Nowadays, there are still lots of reasons to come to places like Gatlinburg in January and February, and this week, we'll run just a few of them by you for your consideration.
Where do you plan to be on December 31 to ring in 2020? For some, staying at home to watch the Times Square ball drop on TV is the way to go, while others don't even stay awake long enough to see midnight. But if you're the type that likes to get out and celebrate on New Year's Eve, we have just the ticket for you.
Lots of folks will be heading to Gatlinburg, TN, during these next few weeks before Christmas. Some will be visiting the national park, some will be coming to see the Winterfest lights, and others will be taking advantage of special seasonal events and activities. If you plan to be among those headed to the Smokies soon, you might also consider getting some Christmas shopping done while you're in town. One of the great things about shopping in downtown Gatlinburg is that you can cover a lot of bases within a fairly small footprint, and you don't even have to drive from store to store.
Baby, it's cold outside. That means walking around town isn't quite as fun as it is in warmer weather – unless you're bundled up like Randy in A Christmas Story. Thankfully, visitors to the city of Gatlinburg have access to an awesome trolley system that will get them most places they'd want to go around town. Pay 50 cents to a dollar for one-way fares or buy a trolley pass and ride anywhere you want, all day, for only $2 per person. Here's a quick overview of your options.
Thanks to a recent spell of cooler temperatures and rain, the colors are really rebounding in the Great Smoky Mountains, which means if you were hoping to catch the fall foliage this year, this would be a great time to come to Gatlinburg. We're seeing reds and oranges in the higher elevations, while the greens are just starting to turn in the lower elevations. There's more than a 5,000-foot range of elevation around here as well as more than 100 species of trees, so the conditions are ideal for a kaleidoscopic experience in the mountains this year. Right now, sugar maples, scarlet oaks, sweetgums, red maples and hickories are among the varieties of trees showing the most color.
Halloween's a little over a week away, but if you haven't made your plans for celebrating it yet, it's not too late, especially if you're going to be in the Smokies. Between now and the 31st, our communities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are offering all types of spooky events that will help you get into the SPIRIT of the holiday. Need a few ideas? Read on…
If you're a fan of arts and crafts, October promises to be just the month for you. It's crafts season in the Great Smoky Mountains, and if you happen to be planning to travel to Gatlinburg this month, there's one special event you might want to mark on your calendar. The 44th Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair comes to the Gatlinburg Convention Center October 10 through 27.
Yep, it still feels like summer out there, and there's still a few days left before the official beginning of fall. But those crispy days and turning leaves will be here before you know it. And the folks in the Great Smoky Mountains aren't waiting. In fact, Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival kicked off on September 6, and it will run through November 22.
Gatlinburg has a lot going for it when it comes to attracting visitors – tons of cool attractions, shops and restaurants – and it's all sweetened by the backdrop of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Plus the city is on the doorstep of Great Smoky Mountains National Park itself.
We're all about helping folks find Gatlinburg parking, but for most visitors, that's one of the very first things they do when they arrive in town. After that, there's a lot of time to fill, and most of our guests find plenty of ways to have fun, whether it's visiting a local attraction or shopping in one of our many retail or craft destinations.