Going on a vacation with your family is fun and all, but when you go with friends, that’s when all the exciting and memorable things happen. You may end up making some of the best memories ever while hanging out with friends on vacation, and renting a cabin in the mountains of Gatlinburg TN can be the first step to adventure! Here are 5 things to do in Gatlinburg when you rent a cabin in the Smokies.
1. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
Sometimes the best thing to do when you’re with friends is to get a little bit scared. This Ripley’s attraction offers a spooky experience that starts with a creepy introduction from the “owner” of the mansion you’re about to go through. Prepare yourself for jump scares, darkness and even loud noises. Make sure the bravest friend is in the front so that you’ll make it through this haunted adventure!
Official website: http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/haunted-adventure/
2. Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
After a long day of exciting adventures, you’ll want to go somewhere that offers good food and maybe a few drinks to toast the beginning of a great vacation. Crawdaddy’s is located right on the strip, a perfect location because it’ll be easy to find and you’ll be able to look around at shops on your walk over.
Official website: http://kennedy-concepts.com/crawdaddys/
3. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
If you and your friends are more outdoorsy than most, consider taking a day or two to enjoy the national park. There are plenty of trails you can hike, like Clingmans Dome or Andrews Bald, which takes you slightly over the border into North Carolina. The hikes can be a bit rough and uphill the whole way, but the scenery along the way and the views when you get there are totally worth the effort! You can also enjoy the natural waterways by dipping your feet in our beautiful mountain streams, or by visiting the Sinks, a local swimming hole.
Official website: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm
4. Ski Mountain Coaster
Sliding down the mountains can now be a year-round event! Thanks to Ober’s Ski Mountain Coaster, you can hop into a cart and enjoy the trip up to your starting point. From there, it’s all up to you how fast you take the coaster. Enjoy a leisurely ride or embrace the inner adrenaline junkie and go top speed at 25 mph. The choice is yours!
Official website: https://obergatlinburg.com/mountain-coaster/
5. Walking the Strip
Walking the main strip through the city of Gatlinburg is a great way to see the sights and find new places to eat or shop. There are plenty of little shopping areas like The Village that offer local hotspots for you to enjoy. You can even walk the strip at night and enjoy the sight of cabins lighting up parts of the mountains!
After all your adventuring and goofing off with your friends, you can relax back at your cabin and enjoy either a gorgeous mountain view or the gentle rolling of water, depending on which cabin you decide to rent. Either way, you’ll definitely make memories while visiting Gatlinburg TN with your friends when you stay in our cabins! Click here to look at our Gatlinburg cabins!