Gatlinburg Travel Blog – Our enjoyable weekend in the Great Smokies

Gatlinburg Travel Blog – Our enjoyable weekend in the Great Smokies

Gatlinburg is the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. If you’re looking for a fun and yet relaxing getaway close to nature with a lot of delightful attractions, Gatlinburg is a perfect weekend destination.

My first visit to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge was with friends as a weekend vacation. We drove from Atlanta, Georgia.

Venture in the Smokies – Day 1 :-

Path to Clingmans Dome in Gatlinburg
Path to Clingmans Dome Gatlinburg

It’s a 4-hour drive from Atlanta to Gatlinburg. If you take State Highway 23 it’s a very scenic drive. Just outside Gatlinburg, on our way to the hotel we made our very first stop at the Clingmans Dome Gatlinburg. At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There’s a 0.5 mile hike to the observation tower from the parking lot. Though the hike path is paved, it may be exhausting for some folks. But it’s worth your effort because the view from the top is breath-taking.

Mountain View from the top of Clingsman Dome
Mountain View from the top of Clingsman Dome

We sat there for a while enjoying the nature, then it started to get a bit cold and windy so we made our way back down and onward to the hotel. We were pretty exhausted from the drive and the hike so we checked into our hotel, freshen up, caught some rest and got ready to explore the city.

Hollywood Stars Cars Museum in Gatlinburg, TN
Hollywood Stars Cars Museum in Gatlinburg, TN

In the evening we drove to explore the city. It get’s very busy on the weekend and thus was a bit of struggle to get parking. It took some time but eventually we found a spot. We walked around the city enjoying the bright lights, the lively crowd and all the while listening to live music from various street performers.

The Avengers at the entry of the Hollywood Star Cars Museum
The Avengers at the entry of the Hollywood Star Cars Museum

Next stop was the famous Hollywood Stars Car Museum which features authentic vehicles from the best of Hollywood movies and TV shows. There was the Original ELEANOR 1967 Mustang Shelby GT 500 from Gone in 60 Seconds, Batman Returns Batmobile, Ecto 1 (Ghostbusters) and almost 40 other popular Hollywood automobiles. It was so fascinating and almost a dream come true watching these up close and thus it took longer than expected to come out of there.

Herbie “The Love Bug” 1967 Volkswagen Beetle
Herbie “The Love Bug” 1967 Volkswagen Beetle

After visiting the museum, we had dinner and called it a day.

Venture in the Smokies – Day 2 :-

View of Gatlinburg from the Scenic Overlook
View of Gatlinburg from the Scenic Overlook

On day 2, we decided to explore the attractions of Pigeon Forge, another neighboring city to the Smokies. We started with the adventurous ride at the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, The ride track is more than a mile long. Plus, you get to control how fast your ride is which is like super cool.

The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster
The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

Next we went to check out the Titanic Museum, a two-story museum shaped like The Titanic. On entry you’ll be given a boarding pass to be an actual passenger. It’s amazing how you can explore the first class rooms, third class rooms, touch a growing iceberg, experience 28-degree water, sit in an actual size lifeboat.

Titanic Museum captured from the outside
Titanic Museum captured from the outside

After visiting the Museum, we started our drive back to Atlanta and making random pit stops to check out overlooks and capture the scenic beauty of mountains and valleys.

Overlook point Gatlinburg, TN
Me, admiring the views.

We also spent some time near a river, to take in the calmness before getting back the hustle of the city. Even the roads were so scenic which made the drive even more relaxing.

Beautiful scenic roads, a true relaxing drive
Beautiful scenic roads, a true relaxing drive

This was the end to a relaxing weekend and we drove back to Atlanta to our busy lives, cherishing the memories we gathered.

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