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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!

New Year’s Eve

The annual New Year’s Eve celebration is one of the most anticipated events of the year! If you’re looking for an exciting way to greet the new year then you’ll want to ring it in with the ball drop and fireworks show at the Gatlinburg Space Needle that’s located in the heart of downtown. After you ring in the start of a new year, spend the night with us and then head into the mountains for an afternoon hike on January 1st or head up to Ober Gatlinburg for some fun in the snow!

Ober Gatlinburg

ober gatlinburgTennessee’s only ski resort sits just above downtown Gatlinburg and can be accessed by riding on the Aerial Tramway or by driving to the top. Ober Gatlinburg has a New Year’s Eve celebration for those interested but if you’re not heading up for the appetizers, live music and champagne toast, at least visit another time in January! Ober offers fun year around, but the best time of the year is most certainly in the winter months when the snow is on the ground and the slopes are open! All members of your party will find fun that fits their preference. Guests can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing and even snow time for the little ones!

Take A Hike

During the month of January, you’ll find fewer people on the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, yet there’s still plenty of beauty to discover. Many of us also often forget how amazing it can be feel to take in some fresh air and connect with nature when the cooler temps move in. If you’re an experienced hiker, gear up and take a snow day hike up to the summit of Mount LeConte. Guests with less experience will enjoy a stroll around the Gatlinburg Trail or Sugarlands Nature Trail as well as a visit to Laural Falls on Little River Road.

Fire Pits at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

gatlinburg skylift parkIf you’re seeking quiet time and hoping to avoid the long summertime lines then you’ll want to add the Gatlinburg SkyLife Park and SkyBridge to your January itinerary! Will it be cold on the mountain? Possibly, but that just means you’ll have the perfect excuse to sit by the firepit with your sweetheart while you take in the stunning view of the Smoky Mountains! If you’re lucky, you may even get to experience a winter wonderland moment on a snowy day!

Trolley Tour of Lights

Guests that weren’t able to make it into town before Christmas, can still enjoy a ride on the Trolley Tour of Lights each Saturday until January 25th. The journey takes riders through the magical wonder of Christmas in Gatlinburg and the Smokies. The ride is $10 and includes a special costumed storyteller guide, a cup of hot chocolate and a token to commemorate the experience.

Explore the Museums

salt and pepper shaker museum in gatlinburgWhen visiting Gatlinburg this winter be sure to take a day to explore a couple of the area’s museums! The Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum is a gem that’s often overlooked. It’s an eccentric spot that is definitely worth the $3 admission! Movie fanatics will enjoy a trip to the Hollywood Star Cars Museum and everyone will have fun at Ripley’s Guinness World Record Museum! 80’s kids can get their pinball fix by stopping in at the Gatlinburg Pinball Museum & Arcade where guests can enjoy playing both modern and vintage pinball games. You’ll find other museum options in both Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas, including the Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens, Little River Railroad Museum, Titanic Museum and more!

Stay at The Appy Lodge

Exploring Gatlinburg and the Smokies should begin with the perfect place to stay! At Our Hotel we strive daily to provide guests with a warm and inviting home away from home experience. Our King Suite is an extra cozy choice that’s perfect for winter nights in the mountains and a great fit for solo travelers, couples or families with small children. Accommodations to fit the needs of all guests can be found by browsing all of Our Guest Rooms. We provide a daily complimentary breakfast, free parking, free downtown parking pass and many other amenities. Our indoor pool, hot tub, fireplaces and fire pits are other features of our hotel that guests also enjoy. We hope that you’ll consider staying with us during your next trip to the Smoky Mountains!

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