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The Appalachian Trail stretches for more than 2,190 miles and offers incredible scenic views along its length. This popular footpath passes through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 71 of its miles. To help you learn more about the trail, we’ve put together a guide of the top 6 things to know about the Appalachian Trail.

Going to a museum is a classic family vacation activity, especially on a rainy day! Gatlinburg, TN is home to a number of unique museums where you can spend hours learning and having fun. To help you make the most of your next getaway, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to five of the very best Gatlinburg museums.

Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains are world renowned for their stunning natural beauty. One of our favorite ways to take in the area’s majestic scenery is with a relaxing drive through the mountains. What could be better than admiring the grandeur of the Smokies with the windows down and a refreshing breeze blowing through your hair? To help you make the most of your next vacation, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to four of the most scenic drives in the Smoky Mountains.

If you're looking for the perfect accommodations in the Smokies to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or other special event, check out The Appy Lodge! Our affordable hotel in Gatlinburg has everything that you need for a romantic escape to the Great Smoky Mountains! Here are the top 4 reasons why couples love staying at our hotel in Gatlinburg TN:

If you’re looking to do some shopping in downtown Gatlinburg, a trip to The Village should definitely be on your vacation itinerary! This charming area set apart from the Parkway is reminiscent of a quaint European village, complete with a brick walking path and a lovely fountain. The Village is home to 27 unique businesses, and there is truly something for everyone among the collection of boutiques and eateries. To help you make the most of your next getaway, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to six of the very best shops at The Village in Gatlinburg.

As one of the most popular destinations in the south, Ober Gatlinburg offers all types of fantastic activities for a day of family fun! The best part is that admission to the amusement park is completely free, with all activities on a pay-as-you-go basis. However, you can also purchase wristbands that include unlimited access to the attractions! Here are 3 convenient ticket options for a fun day at the Ober Gatlinburg amusement park:

Nothing beats the feeling of hitting a hole-in-one when you go mini golfing with your family and friends! When you stay at The Appy Lodge, you will be close to some of the best mini golf in the area. These are more than just your average mini-golf courses. They have obstacles, trick shots and more elements that make your experience more fun! Here are some of the best places to play mini golf in Gatlinburg:

As regular visitors to Gatlinburg, TN are probably aware, our Smoky Mountain city is home to a number of wonderful distilleries where you can try real moonshine! While legal moonshine distilleries are a relatively new development in town, making “white lightnin’” has long been a tradition in East Tennessee, although it hasn’t always been above board. To help spark your interest for your next distillery tour, The Appy Lodge has put together six fun facts about the history of moonshine in Gatlinburg and the Smokies.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium has officially reopened! After 9 months of renovations, the quirkiest attraction in Gatlinburg, TN is welcoming visitors to see all of the exciting new additions made to the museum. Featuring a fresh design and lots of new exhibits and artifacts, the revamped Odditorium is definitely a can’t-miss vacation destination, even if you’ve visited in the past. To help you make the most of your next getaway, The Appy Lodge has put together a handy guide to what’s new at Ripley’s Odditorium Gatlinburg.