foothills parkway in the fall
September 22, 2015

Autumn is a wonderful time to plan a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg, TN. As the summer heat and humidity begins to fade throughout the hills, the stunning hues of the season begin to spread over the peaks and then into the valley. There are countless ways to enjoy the season, but here are 4 things for you to do to help get you started with putting together an itinerary.

1. Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

An annual tradition for many guests in Gatlinburg and one that is also a favorite thing to do among the locals is attending the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. In October you’ll find over 200 of the greatest artists and craftsmen from all over the country gathered in downtown Gatlinburg. The fair is a great opportunity to pick up some truly unique gifts for the holidays as well as enjoy time listening to live country, gospel & bluegrass music. If you’re in town this autumn, stop in and check everything out

2. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

alfred reagan place

Visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during autumn is something that everyone must experience at least once in their lifetime. Take a hike, explore historical structures, experience Cades Cove, or enjoy a scenic drive. Regardless of what activity you choose, you can go wrong with taking in all that the national park has to offer from mid-October to mid-November and in the weeks before and after that time frame.

3. Gatlinburg SkyLift Park & Anakeesta

Do you love attractions and the beauty of nature? Then the thing for you to do in Gatlinburg is combine both! Gatlinburg SkyLift Park and Anakeesta are two of the top attractions in the Smoky Mountains and both places offer an experience that is filled with fun things to do and the beauty of the mountains. At the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park you can test your courage and walk across the infamous SkyBridge. At Anakeesta you can walk among the treetops on their canopy walk, take in views from AnaVista Tower, or zipline among the fall foliage. You can grab a bite to eat, have drinks, and relax by fire pits at both locations. The possibilities are endless!

4. Ride a Mountain Coaster

Another great thing to do in autumn that includes a fun attraction is to take a ride on one of Gatlinburg’s mountain coasters. You’ll find one at Anakeesta, Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster & Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster are located in the downtown area, and you can include a mountain coaster adventure during time at Ober Gatlinburg as well.

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Are you ready to plan your trip to Gatlinburg this autumn? You’ll find plenty of fun things to do, places to see, and wonderful ways to make beautiful memories with your family and friends. Start you planning off by taking a look at Our Guest Rooms to find the perfect lodging for your vacation. Want a closer look? Take A Virtual Tour ! We hope to see you soon!

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