What to Do for 1 Day in Gatlinburg Tennessee

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What to Do for 1 Day in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the Smokies or a seasoned traveler to the area, there are always lots of choices of places to explore and new things to discover. Even if you only have 1 day to spend in Gatlinburg, you’re guaranteed a fun time surrounded by the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Keep reading to get some inspiration on what to do for a day in Gatlinburg Tennessee:

Visit our exotic car museum.

hood of a baby blue PorscheAt our downtown Gatlinburg attraction, we have a constant rotation of the rarest and most exotic hyper and super cars. You’ll be able to see them up close with brilliant tech displays– you can expect to models such as Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, McLaren, Ford GT, Dodge Viper, Mercedes SLS, and so many more. Families, couples, kids, and teens alike love our rare car collection displays, unique photo opportunities, and racing simulators. You don’t have to be an avid car enthusiast to enjoy the Speedwerkz Exotic Car Experience in Gatlinburg Tennessee!

 Eat next door at Ole Red.

After visiting our Gatlinburg attraction, it just makes sense to head next door to Ole Red for delicious food, drinks, and live music! They take traditional bar food to a whole new level, from Redneck Nachos and Southern Fried Cheese Curds to the Oklahoma Onion Burger and Brisket Mac & Cheese. We also highly recommend the fried chicken wings, tossed in your choice of Ole Red hot sauce, Ole Red BBQ sauce, peach habanero, and more. And we couldn’t neglect to mention a runner-up, the grilled bacon-wrapped meatloaf served with cheddar smashed potatoes– it’s Southern comfort food at its finest! 

Do some shopping along the downtown strip. 

aunt mahalia's candies in gatlinburg tennesseeBrowsing through the many unique shops and stores along the downtown strip is a great way to find one-of-a-kind treasures and souvenirs. Plus, you can start your Christmas shopping early and find some great gifts for family and friends! The Village Shops and Baskin Square are just two of the many shopping areas we know will have something for everyone. And it wouldn’t be a trip to Gatlinburg Tennessee without getting a fresh, hot donut from The Donut Friar or sweet fudge from Aunt Mahalia’s Candies!

Walk the Gatlinburg Trail. 

Did you know there is a hiking trail accessible in downtown Gatlinburg? You can begin at the trailhead just off of River Road and come out inside the national park at Sugarlands Visitor Center. It’s a little less than two miles one-way, and it’s one of the only pet-friendly trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You could also take your bikes out instead for a family bike ride along this flat trail. It’s peaceful along the river, and there’s plenty of opportunity to soak in the scenery and spot wildlife along the way. 

Now you know what to do for a day in Gatlinburg Tennessee! Take a look at some frequently asked questions to learn a bit more about us. We hope you’ll make plans to stop by during your next trip. We can’t wait to welcome you to the Smoky Mountains!

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