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Explore The Area

Here at The Appy Lodge, we take our name from the world-famous Appalachian Trail. Our hotel in Gatlinburg, TN is the perfect place to relax and recharge when you come to hike this legendary trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To help you prepare for your next vacation, we have put together four fun facts about the Appalachian Trail.

Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg has been voted the best aquarium in America by the readers of USA Today, and it’s easy to see why! Home to over 10,000 sea creatures, this hugely popular attraction is famous for its interactive exhibits like the Penguin Playhouse, Shark Lagoon, and Touch-A-Ray Bay. In addition to the hours of fun included with standard admission, Ripley’s also offers a number of special add-on experiences that you won’t find at other aquariums. To help you make the most of your next vacation, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to six unique adventures you can have at Ripley’s Aquarium.

No trip to Gatlinburg, TN is complete without a shopping spree! One of our favorite places to do some browsing and buying is Baskins Square. This charming outdoor mall on the Parkway is filled with unique stores that you won’t find anywhere else. To help you make the most of your next vacation, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to five of the most-buzzed-about shops at Baskins Square Mall in Gatlinburg.

When you’re on vacation in Gatlinburg, TN, dessert is not optional; it’s mandatory! Our Smoky Mountain city is overflowing with delicious treats that are guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. To help you make the most of your next getaway, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to four places that offer the best dessert in Gatlinburg.

No trip to Gatlinburg, TN is complete without a visit to the Hollywood Star Cars Museum! Located right on the Parkway, this unique attraction is home to some of the most famous cars to ever grace the silver and small screens. Guests will even have the chance to purchase a souvenir photo taken in one of their favorite vehicles. To help you prepare for your next vacation, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to five famous cars that are typically on display at the Gatlinburg Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

When you stay at The Appy Lodge in Gatlinburg, TN, you will be just a short drive from some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States! Drawing over 11 million visitors each year, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America. Boasting free admission, stunning natural beauty, and over 800 miles of pristine trails to explore, it’s easy to see why the Smokies are so popular. To help you make the most of your next vacation, we have put together a handy guide to the top five places to visit in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Going out to dinner is one of the best parts of being on vacation! When you visit Gatlinburg, TN, you’ll find a variety of wonderful restaurants to try. Whether you’re in the mood for burgers, Mexican food, or a nice juicy steak, you are sure to find exactly what you’re craving in town. To help you make the most of your next getaway, The Appy Lodge has put together a convenient guide to five of the best places to have dinner in Gatlinburg.

Downtown Gatlinburg can feel like a world unto itself! Commonly known as “The Strip”, the downtown area is jam-packed with amazing attractions, shops, and restaurants. 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 in downtown Gatlinburg.

The Mountain Mall is one of Gatlinburg’s most popular places to go shopping. Located in the heart of the city across from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, this indoor mall is the perfect rainy day destination. To help you make the most of your next vacation, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to six can’t-miss stores in the Gatlinburg Mountain Mall.

Each morning at The Appy Lodge, guests can start their day off right with a cold continental breakfast. However, being on vacation is a great excuse to follow up breakfast with a delicious brunch at one of Gatlinburg’s fantastic restaurants! Our Smoky Mountain city is world-famous for its pancake houses and brunch spots. To help you make the most of your next getaway, we have put together a guide to the top three places to have brunch in Gatlinburg.