When it comes to a Smoky Mountain vacation, you won’t want to miss the chance to walk the famous Gatlinburg strip! This is a section of downtown Gatlinburg that runs for less than one mile, starting where the Parkway intersects with Ski Mountain Road and ending at the Cherokee Orchard Road intersection. Along this short distance, you’ll find restaurants, miniature golf courses, wacky museums, souvenir shops and everything in-between! Here are the top 3 reasons why you’ll love strolling along the Gatlinburg strip:
1. Souvenir Shopping
We know that you’ll want to take home a few souvenirs to remember your time in the Smoky Mountains, so stroll along the strip to explore some of the stores! Whether you are looking for a Gatlinburg t-shirt or black bear bobble-head, you can guarantee that you’ll find it on the strip! One of the most popular shopping destinations along the walk is The Village Shops, a collection of unique stores and eateries set within a themed European village! This is the perfect place to grab an ice cream cone, relax on a bench and enjoy the charming atmosphere!
2. Fun Dining Options
Another reason why you’ll love strolling along the Gatlinburg strip is to discover some of the fun dining options! Whether you are craving a snack, light lunch or full meal, there are tons of tempting restaurants to satisfy your appetite! Some of the popular restaurants found along the strip include the Melting Pot, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, and Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina! If you prefer to grab a quick bite during your walk, consider one of the legendary Ogle Dogs at Fannie Farkle’s!
3. Unique and Exciting Attractions
This exciting part of Gatlinburg is packed with unique and exciting attractions that are sure to keep you entertained throughout your vacation! This is your chance to play a round of challenging miniature golf at Circus Golf, win cool prizes from the redemption games at Arcadia or explore the wacky exhibits at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! If you want to get an amazing bird’s eye view of the downtown area and the surrounding area, head to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle to experience the outdoor observation deck!
Where to Stay
Stay close to the Gatlinburg strip with a relaxing vacation at our hotel in downtown Gatlinburg! You’ll love our fabulous location that is just steps away from the Parkway, yet situated in a peaceful area near Mynatt Park! We offer a variety of comfortable and affordable rooms to meet your needs, including Queen Economy Rooms, Creekside Jacuzzi Rooms and Club Level King Rooms! While staying with us, enjoy a variety of fantastic hotel amenities such as our indoor pool complex with a hot tub and sauna! We also offer two outdoor swimming pools, as well as a lovely picnic area, exercise room and a guest laundry room!
Check out all of the rooms at our hotel in downtown Gatlinburg today to stay within easy walking distance of the Gatlinburg strip! We look forward to welcoming you to the Smoky Mountains!