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3 Reasons to Visit Anakeesta in Gatlinburg on Your Next Vacation

DATE : September 1, 2021

If you’re looking for an immersive experience into the Great Smoky Mountains, then you have to spend some time exploring Anakeesta! Located in the heart of Gatlinburg, this adventure park is filled with activities and views that the whole family will love. Here are 3 reasons why you should visit Anakeesta in Gatlinburg on your next Smokies vacation:

1. You Can Play Among the Trees

anakeestaThere is so much to do at Anakeesta that you’ll have a hard time deciding where to go first! We recommend starting your day with a ride on the Dueling Ziplines, where you can race your family as you soar through the treetops. If that doesn’t fulfill your need for speed, you can always try the Rail Runner Mountain Coaster, where you’ll fly down the mountain at 25 miles per hour with a 400 foot elevation change.

If you’ve brought little ones with you, check out the Splash Pad, Treehouse Village Play Area, Bearventure Challenge Course or Gem Mining. For the best mountain views, don’t skip exploring the Treetop Skywalk or riding the Scenic Chondola.

2. Great Shopping Opportunities

If you’re looking for quality Smoky Mountain souvenirs, fashionable apparel or even home decor, you’ll find it at the shops at Anakeesta. Stop into the Great Outdoors Trading Company and pick up a wide variety of Smokies-themed items, including mugs, magnets, and custom bear figurines. If you purchase any products from MudLove or Bridgewater Candle Company, you will be providing clean water to those in need or feeding a child at risk.

You can also pick up some lovely jewelry, apparel, accessories and more at Catching Fireflies. Last but not least, The Mercantile is a modern take on a general store that offers everything from home decor to sweet treats.

3. Enjoy Dinner with a View

anakeestaYou won’t find a dining experience with a better view than at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg. With a mix of casual and fine dining options, there is something for every group at this mountaintop adventure park. For an elevated dining experience, try Cliff Top which serves modern American cuisine, including steaks, burgers, salads, appetizers and delicious desserts. If you’re craving some BBQ, stop by Smokehouse for mouth watering smoked meats. Quench your thirst at either Tap House or The Bar at the Top of the World, both of which serve an amazing assortment of beer, wine, cocktails and top-shelf liquor.

Where to Stay

If you want to be close to this amazing adventure park in Gatlinburg, you should stay with us at our downtown hotel. Other than an amazing location, we offer amenities that’ll make your vacation in the Smoky Mountains one to remember. Take advantage of our outdoor pool and lazy river on hot days or enjoy our grab-and-go breakfast before heading out to explore. Your satisfaction is our number one priority, so we want to make your vacation run as smoothly as possible. We even offer some awesome deals on rooms to help you save money while you're visiting the Smokies area.

Now that you know why you should visit Anakeesta in Gatlinburg during your next vacation, you can begin ordering your tickets. Curious about other attractions in Gatlinburg? Check out all the fun things to do and start adding a few stops to your Smoky Mountain itinerary! We look forward to seeing you!