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Nothing hits the spot on a hot day in Gatlinburg, TN quite like ice cream! Our Smoky Mountain city is home to a number of wonderful creameries where you can enjoy a delicious cone or sundae. To help you make the most of your next vacation, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to four of the best Gatlinburg ice cream shops.

Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains are famous for their family-friendly entertainment! Gatlinburg and the surrounding cities have become a magnet for talented magicians, musicians, and actors. Whether you’re in the mood for mind-blowing spectacles or laugh out loud comedy, you’re guaranteed to find a show with your name on it in the Smokies. To help you make the most of your next vacation, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to the three best shows in Gatlinburg TN.

Located on top of a mountain overlooking downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Anakeesta is one of the most-buzzed-about attractions in the Smokies! Opened in 2017, this unique theme park offers thrills, breathtaking scenery, and lots of family-friendly fun. To help you make the most of your next vacation, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to six of the best things to do at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg TN.

Whether you are a family on a budget or a savvy traveler who loves to save money on your trips to the Smoky Mountains, you will love staying at The Appy Lodge! Our lovely hotel is conveniently located along the Gatlinburg Parkway and offers everything you need for your vacation, all at a price that you can afford! Here are 4 simple ways to have a budget-friendly vacation when you stay at our hotel in Gatlinburg TN:

When you stay at The Appy Lodge, you’ll be just 2 miles away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! This is the best place to visit during your vacation. Not only will you be able to experience the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains, but there are so many activities for you to enjoy. Here are the top 5 things to do at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a place that remembers its history. In fact, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are home to a number of well-preserved historic buildings that provide a window into what life was like in the 1800s and early 1900s. To help you make the most of your next vacation, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to four fascinating historic places in Gatlinburg TN and the Smokies.

Tucked away in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is the perfect place for a romantic getaway with your sweetheart! Our charming city boasts beautiful scenery and a walkable downtown where you can visit a variety of excellent restaurants and bars. To help you make the most of your next couple’s escape, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to planning the ultimate date night in Gatlinburg TN.

Located at the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee offers many opportunities for outdoor adventures. If a rainy forecast puts the brakes on your plans to explore the great outdoors, however, you definitely won’t be bored! Our charming city is absolutely loaded with awesome indoor activities that are fun for guests of all ages. To help you make the most of your next vacation, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to six of the best indoor attractions in Gatlinburg TN.

Over 11 million people visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year. In fact, the Smokies are the most visited national park in the United States! Blessed with 900 miles of gorgeous hiking trails, numerous scenic roads, lovely picnic areas, and spectacular wildlife viewing, it’s no wonder that the Great Smoky Mountains are so popular. Of course, another reason so many people come to the Smokies each year is that the national park is completely free to enter.

We are excited to report that Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has received a major honor! The popular Gatlinburg aquarium took second place in USA Today’s list of the 10 Best Aquariums in North America. To compile the list, the newspaper's team of experts selected ten finalists and opened up the voting to the readers of USA Today. Ripley’s Aquarium earned more votes than many other notable aquariums, including the Georgia Aquarium, Dallas World Aquarium, The Florida Aquarium, and the Vancouver Aquarium.

If you have visited Gatlinburg, TN, you can confirm that the name “Smoky Mountains” is a great fit! Spanning across East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, this subrange of the Appalachian Mountains features a distinct smoky haze that has inspired countless artists, songwriters, and vacationers. Before Euro-Americans arrived in the region, the Cherokee referred to the area as “Schconage” (Sha-Kon-O-Hey), which means “land of the blue smoke.” Early white settlers took inspiration from the Cherokee when they named the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are located nearby.