Winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year for most people. It’s a magical time where we’re enjoying fires in the fireplace, snuggling on the couch with our children or partners. While all that time is fantastic, it’s also nice to get away during the Winter, and vacations aren’t just for summer after all. One place that should absolutely be on your list of places to visit this Winter in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Let’s take a look at some of the exciting things there are to experience in this beautiful city during the colder months.
Majestic Mountain Views
It has to top the list even though it’s one of the simplest, purest reasons to make Gatlinburg a Winter destination. Quite simply, it’s the beautiful majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s been shown that spending time in nature is great for your mental health and that’s not just limited to spring and summer. There is plenty to enjoy about being outdoors in the Winter. And when your backdrop is spectacular, snow capped mountains, who can’t help but feel inspired?
You can take a scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountain Park and get a more up close and personal view of the majesty with many scenic overlooks to stop and take spectacular selfies or nature shots you’ll treasure forever. Mt LeConte is probably one of the best spots to keep the most mystical views, so plan a hike or a drive to experience it.
Plenty Of Indoor Attractions in Gatlinburg
If you’re the type who drinks iced coffee year-round, you may be looking for some indoor activities during your Gatlinburg trip, and don’t worry – the city’s got you covered. There’s Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Wild Bear Falls, Hollywood Stars Car Museum, as well as Gatlin’s indoor mini-golf and laser tag. So no matter where your travel party falls on the age spectrum, there are things for everyone to do, from the very young to the young at heart.
Additionally, there are plenty of breweries, wineries, and fantastic restaurants to enjoy in Gatlinburg. So, if the weather is frigid during your visit – enjoy the outdoors until you decide you need some cozy time indoors and pick from one of any of the fun attractions mentioned above, or just opt for a relaxing, warm evening in a local restaurant.
Ober Ski Mountain
Ober Ski Mountain is an absolute must on your trip. Whether you’re a novice when it comes to skiing or consider yourself basically a pro, there are levels for everyone at Ober. Ober is the only ski mountain in the entire state of Tennessee, but that doesn’t mean it lacks anything that other ski towns possess. Not only do they have a downhill mountain coaster, but they also offer skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and a popular and favorite – indoor ice skating. So, make sure you plan on making a stop at Ober. You’ll probably come back more than once on your visit.
Winter Magic Festival
Stop for a moment and try to envision over four million twinkling Christmas lights against the backdrop of beautiful mountains and snowy views. The entire town of Gatlinburg is decorated with these spectacular lights from November to New Year and is truly a sight to behold. Since you’re planning your visit for the winter months, you’ll definitely get a chance to experience this, and it’s something that you’ll never forget. If you’re bringing children along the trip, prepare to hear about how mystical the experience was for them for a long time to come.
Things To Remember
There are a few things to consider and remember when planning your trip to Gatlinburg this Winter. Winter is technically Gatlinburg’s “off-season,” so it’s not going to be as busy as it is in other months – which could be a huge pro or a huge con in your mind. So, if you want a bustling environment, Winter may not be the time for you to plan a visit.
You also want to consider what you’re packing and what to prioritize. You are in the south, so in general, the winter temps are, of course, milder than if you were on a winter trip up north. Still, in certain parts of Winter and certainly during inclement weather, you can expect icy and frigid conditions, so pack accordingly.
Overall, Gatlinburg is a can’t miss destination no matter what time of year you’re going. How to experience nature in Gatlinburg is second to none in the country; it’s simply stunning. Traveling is a way to boost your mental wellness and winter is a great time to take advantage of lower cabin rates, fewer people if a slower pace is your thing and some of the most breathtaking mountain views that are sure to leave you in awe. Happy Trails, Traveler!