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Jake

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Gatlinburg
« on: June 18, 2020, 11:36:40 PM »
Going to the Smokies in a few weeks - I haven't been there in more than a decade, and I know some of you have been. What do you recommend to do and see?

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Re: Gatlinburg
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2020, 12:44:32 AM »
Gatlinburg is ok but they are still rebuilding from the fires AFAIK.  The aquarium is decent.  Claims to be the 5th biggest in the world or something like that.  I'm not sure I agree but it's worth a visit.  When we go to Tennessee we spend most of our time in Pigeon Forge.  Plenty to do there and only 30 min or so from Gatlinburg.  In the 4 times we've been down there I think we spent all of 4 or 5 hours in Gatlinburg so I can't really say a whole lot about the attractions.  The Island in Pigeon Forge has a lot of stuff if you want sort of a one-stop place for shopping/arcade/nice ferris wheel/bumper cars/etc.  Oh and definitely find a mountain roller coaster.  There's a few in Pigeon Forge and I bet there are some in Gatlinburg.  They basically drag you up the mountain and then you're in control of your car on the way down. 

Where are you staying?  Did you get a cabin?

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Re: Gatlinburg
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2020, 12:51:48 AM »
Gatlinburg is ok but they are still rebuilding from the fires AFAIK.  The aquarium is decent.  Claims to be the 5th biggest in the world or something like that.  I'm not sure I agree but it's worth a visit.  When we go to Tennessee we spend most of our time in Pigeon Forge.  Plenty to do there and only 30 min or so from Gatlinburg.  In the 4 times we've been down there I think we spent all of 4 or 5 hours in Gatlinburg so I can't really say a whole lot about the attractions.  The Island in Pigeon Forge has a lot of stuff if you want sort of a one-stop place for shopping/arcade/nice ferris wheel/bumper cars/etc.  Oh and definitely find a mountain roller coaster.  There's a few in Pigeon Forge and I bet there are some in Gatlinburg.  They basically drag you up the mountain and then you're in control of your car on the way down. 

Where are you staying?  Did you get a cabin?

Thanks, Ben. Yes, we are getting a cabin about 15 minutes away from Gatlinburg. Really, we will only do a day in the city itself - so I am more asking about recommendations for the area attractions :) of course we'll be doing hiking, fishing, and exploring. I have to look into pigeon forge.
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Re: Gatlinburg
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2020, 01:04:16 AM »
Very cool.  I love the area.  I'm sad we're not going back this year.  There is plenty of hiking and stuff to do and some beautiful scenery.