Five Things Not to Miss in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

If you’re staying at White Oak Lodge and Resort, you’ve already covered one of them: amazing cabin-style lodgings. The log cabins and condominiums rank among the best in the Gatlinburg area for stunning views, nature at your doorstep, luxury and rustic charm.

So you’ve got that going for you. What’s next?

Ober Aerial Tramway
The only thing better than a stunning view from your cabin is one from the air. Here’s what you need to know: it departs regularly from downtown Gatlinburg; it takes you 11,088 feet up to the Ski Resort and Amusement Park, with breathtaking scenery along the way. Each counter-balanced tram can take 120 passengers; it’s one of America’s largest tramways; and during ski season, you can get a $5 tram ticket rebate.

Clingman’s Dome
If you want to be blown away by the view, check out Clingman’s Dome. Here’s what you need to know: At 6,643 feet, it’s the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; on a clear day you can see up to seven different states (there’s a map to help you identify them); you’ll have a half-mile hike to get to the very top; the observation tower is open year-round, but the road leading to it is closed December through March due to weather conditions.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
It’s something to behold. The wild flair and flashy style of the south is alive and well in this Pigeon Forge attraction. Here’s what you need to know: it’s great for the whole family; you get a four-course family feast and a dazzling show with music, dancing, comedy, animals, and pyrotechnics; and it’s close to other awesome attractions like Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country.

Ripley’s Old McDonald’s & Davey Crocket Mini-Golf
Yes, it’s great for the kids, but it’s just as good for the adults. These two themed golf courses are putt putt heaven, and the crazy creatures make for great photo opps. Here’s what you need to know: they’re located just outside Gatlinburg; there are animated barnyard animals, interactive displays and water features around every corner; and each course has 18 holes.

Gatlinburg Ziplining
Feeling adventurous? Get your fix with Gatlinburg Ziplines as you zip through the treetops in the Smokies. Here’s what you need to know: It’s about an hour-and-a-half long; you’ll experience exciting views of various flora and fauna; there’s a Twilight Treetop Tour, which takes you through a nighttime zip through a special lighted course; and you’ll be safely and securely strapped into a full-body harness.

Stay tuned to this blog for more adventure and family fun ideas from your friends at White Oak Lodge and Resort.

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Photo courtesy of Ripley’s Attractions Tennessee.

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actress (and active) with local community and city theatre.