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In 1954 the Gatlinburg SkyLift carried the first guests to the top of Crockett Mountain in the Smoky Mountains. Over the next 66 years taking a ride to the top became a tradition for generation after generation and continues to be a part of their time Gatlinburg today. However, since the grand opening of the new and improved Gatlinburg SkyLift Park in 2019 the fun and adventure that awaits is much different than in previous years. To help you plan your trip and make the most of your time, we’ve put together a guide to assist you in having the best experience possible!

Gatlinburg and the Smokies are well known for being family vacation destinations but they are also filled with plenty of fun things for adults to do as well. If you’re heading into town for a romantic getaway or an adventure trip with good friends, you’ll want to check out these top 10 things to do in Gatlinburg!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America and welcomes well over twice the number of visitors each year than the Grand Canyon, the second most visited park. With over 11 million people roaming the roads and trails of the Smokies it can seem as if experiencing the beauty and wilderness of the area could be more hectic than peaceful, but that’s certainly not true. Even during the peak weeks of a crowded autumn or when the forest floor is covered in wildflowers and hikers in the spring, there are still plenty of places filled with solitude within the more than 520,000 acres that make up the park. However, during the winter months you’ll find a completely different experience awaiting you. We wanted to share with you 3 things that we think you’ll love about visiting the Smokies during the colder and quieter months of the year!

A vacation in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains isn’t complete without a home away from home! Here at The Appy Lodge we know that comfort and great amenities add to your experience that’s why we wanted to share with you a few reasons that families and all guests, love our hotel and one especially of it’s features, an indoor pool and hot tub!

As the new year arrives and the holiday crowd fades, one of the best times to visit Gatlinburg and the Smokies begins. January is a wonderful time to enjoy the areas attractions, dining opportunities, shops and the beauty of winter in the mountains with a little extra peacefulness mixed in! You’ll also find that lodging rates are more affordable and you can enjoy your time by avoiding having to wait at the some activities that you choose around town! Here are 7 of the best things to do when visiting Gatlinburg in January!