The Smoky Mountains are the perfect destination for a romantic getaway! The majestic mountain views, peaceful hiking trails, and exciting attractions provide nearly endless opportunities for relaxation and fun. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a frequent traveler to the area, here are 7 things to do in Gatlinburg TN for couples:
1. Ride the chairlift to Gatlinburg SkyPark.
There are so many unique places to visit for incredible views of the Smokies. Gatlinburg SkyPark offers one of the best outdoor experiences, from the chairlift ride to the top of the mountain to the famous SkyBridge and SkyTrail. This attraction is great any time of year, and you’re guaranteed to be blown away by the sprawling landscape of trees and mountains. You can take your time exploring, then relax on the SkyDeck with a drink or a snack to soak in the views (during sunset is especially beautiful), as well as enjoy each other’s company without interruptions.
2. Hike to a waterfall.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park should be on every couple’s itinerary, and if you enjoy hiking, then you have to explore some of the area’s incredible waterfalls! Laurel Falls and Abrams Falls are two of the most popular waterfalls, but Baskins Creek Falls, Cataract Falls, and Fern Branch Falls are all spectacular hikes you won’t want to miss.
3. Go horseback riding in Cades Cove.
Cades Cove is one of the best places to view wildlife, walk around old homesteads, and learn more about Appalachian life. But you can also take a horseback ride through Cades Cove for an up close and unforgettable Smoky Mountain experience. Even if you’re not an experienced rider, you can still safely and comfortably enjoy this adventure with your significant other!
4. Eat breakfast and browse the shops at The Village.
Downtown Gatlinburg offers many interesting places to explore, from small curiosity shops to candy stores. We recommend a morning spent in The Village, a section of European-inspired shops where you’ll find handmade gifts, soaps, teas, spices, clothing, shoes, and so much more! You must grab a few piping hot doughnuts from The Donut Friar for breakfast or a cold treat from Maddi Mae’s before heading out. If you’re wanting a larger meal, The Pancake Pantry is next to the entrance to The Village and serves the best pancakes in town but also has a variety of omelets, crepes, waffles, and other delicious breakfast options.
5. Explore the Astra Lumina night walk at Anakeesta.
Treat yourself and your partner to Astra Lumina, an immersive experience, unlike anything you’ve seen before! This night walk through the botanical gardens at Anakeesta uses sound, light, and projections to create a celestial pathway– you’ll feel like you’re walking among the stars!
6. Enjoy a romantic dinner and drinks.
Whether you’re craving a steak or a classic Southern dish, there are many romantic restaurants in Gatlinburg to choose from! The Greenbrier and Red Oak Bistro are two dine dining spots off the beaten path with excellent selections of wine and other alcoholic drinks, while The Park Grill is a great place right on the Parkway serving delicious food in a cozy, lodge setting. If you’re already planning to visit Anakeesta, we recommend staying for a romantic dinner at their Cliff Top Restaurant!
7. Spend a cozy day at your private cabin.
Everyone needs time to relax without a set schedule while on vacation! Spend a slow morning sleeping in and drinking coffee or tea on the deck, read a book, and take advantage of modern amenities such as the home theater or game room. Another great way to spend time together at your cabin is to make a meal together. Enjoy a delicious dinner, then sip a glass of wine in the hot tub– that’s the ultimate way to relax and unwind!
Now that you have some ideas of things to do in Gatlinburg TN for couples, you can start planning your next romantic getaway! Browse our 1-bedroom cabins with all the amenities, such as hot tubs, pool access, and even pet-friendly options. We hope you’ll take some much-needed R&R in the Smoky Mountains soon!