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Downtown Gatlinburg is filled with wonderful shops and places to browse. With crafts, candy, gifts and more around every corner it’s almost impossible to narrow it down to just a handful. However, we have put together 4 of the best shops in downtown Gatlinburg to start you off! Each shop has a unique charm as well as a wide variety of items for you to take back home with you after your vacation in the Smokies.

Planning a trip to the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg is fun and exciting, but at times it can also be a bit overwhelming when trying to choose how to spend your time while on vacation. Even if you spent months in the area, you still wouldn’t be able to see and do everything that the Smokies has to offer. With so many choices available we wanted to help get you started with some suggestions on some of the best activities to put on your itinerary while staying with us at The Appy Lodge.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America's most visited national park and with 520,000 acres of lush landscape and beauty, it's easy to see why. In 2018 the park welcomed 11,421,200 million visitors. The second most visited national park, the Grand Canyon, had half of the number of guests. Due to the park being our right next door to the city, a large percentage of those traveling to experience the Smokies choose to stay in Gatlinburg. That's why we wanted to put together a few interesting facts about the Smokies and the beautiful mountains that we call home. We want you to have fun facts to add to the excitement of your vacation and when you arrive at The Appy, we want you to feel like you have arrived at your home away from home. As you read along, we hope that you'll enjoy getting to know the Great Smokies!

Gatlinburg is packed with great attractions, including multiple Ripley's family fun spots. You'll find everything from the Ripley's Aquarium to even the Ripley's Davey Crockett Mini-golf, located directly in front of our hotel. With so many options to choose from, we wanted to highlight a few of the best to help you to plan the perfect vacation for your family!