7 Reasons to Visit Gatlinburg This Spring and Summer


In the midst of our busy lives, it’s easy to overlook the treasures nestled right in our own backyard. Knoxville residents, listen up! If you’re craving an adventure without the hassle of long travels, Gatlinburg awaits just an hour and a half away, promising nature, thrills, delicious food, delightful treats, and a several attractions to indulge in.

Let’s explore the amazing things Gatlinburg has to offer, with a variety of experiences just waiting to be enjoyed.

7 Reasons to Visit Gatlinburg This Spring and Summer


Experience the charm of Anakeesta, where adventure and relaxation come together seamlessly. Thrill-seekers can embrace the adrenaline rush on the mountain coasters or dueling zip-lines, while nature enthusiasts can explore the treetop skywalk and the Treehouse Village Adventure. Don’t miss out on the mesmerizing Astra Lumina and the captivating Birdventure. For breathtaking vistas, make sure to journey to the top of Anavista Tower! (Read about our previous visit to Anakeesta)

Anakeesta is a family favorite with something for everyone! From the views, coaster rides, delicious food, and the treetop play areas be sure to plan to stay many hours exploring. 

Willow at Anakeesta
Birdventure Anakeesta


Elevate your experience at SkyPark, where the sky’s the limit! The SkyBridge is the longest pedestrian bridge in North America. The SkyBridge and the Tulip Tower both have panoramic views of Gatlinburg.

Each step offers a new appreciation for the beauty of the Smokies and tells the story of the rebuilding after the Gatlinburg wildfires that devastated the area in 2016.

SkyBridge GatlinburgSkyPark BridgeThe Village and Main Strip:

Discover The Village and Main Strip, where you can immerse yourself in a shopping and dining experience. From charming boutiques to delicious dishes and tempting treats, there’s something to please everyone!

Gatlinburg MuralThe Village is really a quaint experience with unique shops and many yummy dining experiences!

The Village shopping GatlinburgRipley’s Believe It or Not:

Prepare to be astounded at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Spend hours delving into the bizarre and the extraordinary, uncovering the mysteries and marvels of our world. It’s a journey through the unbelievable, a feast for the curious mind.

The kids did not want to leave Ripley’s as they were completely mesmorized with all the exhibits and fun facts!

Ripley's Believe or Not in GatlinburgGatlin’s Fun Center:

The fun never ends at Gatlin’s Fun Center! Play exhilarating rounds of laser tag, test your skills at mini-golf, or embark on an immersive escape game. The possibilities for fun are endless!

Camp LeConte Luxury Outdoor Resort:

Stay at Camp LeConte, where luxury meets the great outdoors. Nestled in a safari tent, immerse yourself in nature without sacrificing comfort. It’s the perfect retreat after a day filled with exploration and excitement.

Our safari tent was large enough for our whole family of six! If you like camping, but also like to sleep in a bed then this is the perfect match for you. 

Camp LeconteInside Safari Tent at Camp LeconteLaurel Falls:

Laurel Falls, a short distance from Gatlinburg, is a tranquil oasis in the Great Smoky Mountains. The hike to the falls is a peaceful journey through lush greenery, leading to a breathtaking sight: a graceful waterfall cascading into a serene pool below.

It’s a must-visit spot for anyone seeking natural beauty in the Gatlinburg area.

Laurel FallsFor dining, there are so many places to choose from! While we visited, we dined at Clifftop at Anakeesta, Sun Diner, Fannie Farkles, Pizzaria of Gatlinburg, Maddog’s Creamery and Donuts, and Crockett’s Breakfast CampSun Diner GatlinburgPizzaria of Gatlinburg

Whether it’s the thrill of the coaster, the views from the SkyBridge, or the wonder of Ripley’s, there’s magic to be found in every corner of Gatlinburg!

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Over 20 years ago, I moved to Knoxville and fell in love with the city that has now truly become my home. Shortly after moving here, I married my college sweetheart, and when not working we set out to travel as much as we could. After working as a financial manager for six years, I welcomed my first son in 2010 and began a journey as a stay-at-home mom. Two years later we added another baby boy to make us a family of four. In June 2016, we welcomed our third son. I founded Knoxville Moms in November 2013 which began my career as a work-from-home mom, and it grew to the expansion of Chattanooga Moms in March 2016. We welcomed our first girl in November 2017 making us a family of six and adding a little pink in our house. In June 2021, I became the co-owner of the Atlanta Mom website, and in March 2022 I became the owner of the Nashville Moms parenting website. When I'm not carpooling the kids to sports and activities, you can find me enjoying a cup of coffee, reading a good book, and dreaming about my toes in the sand. I enjoy meeting new people and enjoy connecting the moms of Knoxville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Nashville.


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