Due to the overwhelming response to 10 Great Gatlinburg Day Trips, I’m bringing to you a few more of the East Tennessee Treasures you can enjoy while on vacation in the Smokies! Rent a Gatlinburg Cabin then take a short drive to one of these great destinations each day…you’ll be right in the middle of it all.
1. Forbidden Caverns. Tennessee is home to the most caves in the United States, with over 8,350 caves registered to date. Forbidden Caverns, located in Sevierville, Tennessee is one of America’s most spectacular caverns. Visitors are provided with an entertaining and educational tour past sparkling formations, towering natural chimneys, numerous grottoes and a crystal clear stream. Special lighting effects, a stereophonic sound presentation and well-trained tour guides combine to make this a most enjoyable experience. The trails are well-lighted, with handrails at all necessary points. It’s the greatest attraction UNDER the Smokies! Located approximately 30 miles from Downtown Gatlinburg.
2. The Stickley Farm. Corn Mazes have become extremely popular all across the country. Many have developed into large community events that people look forward to year after year. The Stickley Farm has acres of pumpkins growing right beside the maze area. After the maze is cut in early August, they have aerial photographs taken so all can see the amazing artwork covering a canvas of corn over 10 acres in size and ten feet tall. Take a look at the 2008 maze pictured right. The challenge of the maze is a puzzle that all can enjoy from young to old. The maze often consists of multiple mazes within the overall maze. The Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch are just a small part of the unique, entertaining and educational venues and events. Families and individuals alike will find something challenging, adventuresome or fun to do no matter the age. Located approximately 90 miles from Downtown Gatlinburg.
3. Abraham Lincoln Museum. Looking for an educational day trip? Look no further. Located on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum houses one of the most diverse Lincoln and Civil War collections in the country. Exhibited are many rare items – the cane Lincoln carried that fateful night at Ford’s Theater, two life masks, the tea set he and Mary Todd used in their home in Springfield, and numerous other artifacts. Approximately 30,000 books, manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs, paintings and sculptures tell the story of President Lincoln and the Civil War period in America’s history. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $3.50 for Seniors and Children ages 6 – 12. Approximately 100 miles from Downtown Gatlinburg.
4. Appalachian Ballet Company. East Tennessee’s premier classical performing company that makes its home at Van Metre School of Dance in Maryville, Tennessee. Chartered in 1972, ABC’s talented company of dancers performs an annual three-program season, providing the region with the highest quality dance performances. ABC offers a wide repertory from traditional classics to creative contemporary ballets and regularly performs with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Youth Symphony, and the Knoxville Opera Company. The company also collaborates with area performing arts groups and is active in educational outreach. For a list of the season’s performances, Click Here. A Knoxville performance will take you approximately 45 miles from Downtown Gatlinburg.
5. Museum of Appalachia. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, described as “an American treasure” that “stands alone as a tribute to the American spirit,” this living history museum is an adventure into pioneer and frontier life on a 65-acre working rural farm. Visit animals and gardens; view 30 original cabins and buildings and over 250,000 artifacts. Folks can sample old-time favorites like sassafras tea and fried apple pies. Mountain skills are demonstrated for visitors that range from broom-making to crosscut sawing, along with bountiful music making. Take a piece of Appalachian culture home with you from the large gift and craft shop. Mouth-watering home-cooked lunches served daily. Located approximately 65 miles from Downtown Gatlinburg.
6. Mayfield Dairy Farm. See for yourself how all your favorite Mayfield dairy products are made with a fun and educational behind-the-scenes tour. See how their milk goes from the dairy to your refrigerator and even how those famous yellow jugs are made. When you’re done with your tour, browse the gift shop and buy a generous scoop of famous Mayfield Ice Cream from the Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Shop. Located approximately 100 miles from Downtown Gatlinburg in Athens, TN.
7. Three Rivers Rambler Train Ride. Guests aboard the excursion train enjoy a ninety minute trip along the Tennessee River. Beginning the journey in Downtown Knoxville, the Rambler travels past historical sites to the “Three Rivers Trestle” where the French Broad and Holston Rivers join to form the Tennessee River. Along the route, the Three Rivers Rambler passes by beautiful farmland, Knoxville’s first settlement area, and several quarries that were mined to build our nation’s Capital. The uniformed conductor and volunteer staff are well-versed in the local history and welcome questions during the 90 minute 11-mile trip. Get aboard the train in Downtown Knoxville approximately 45 miles from Downtown Gatlinburg.
8. Triple Value in Chattanooga. The Creative Discovery Museum is recognized as one of the premier hands-on children’s museums in the region. Gather the young and young-at-heart and make plans now to visit them at Creative Discovery Museum. Spend the whole day by taking advantage of Triple Value tickets which includes Creative Discovery Museum, Tennessee Aquarium and one IMAX movie. Ticket prices for Triple Value are $35.95 adults, $27.95 children ages 2 – 12. Call (423) 756-2738 for more information. Chattanooga is located approximately 150 miles from Downtown Gatlinburg.
9. Star of Knoxville Riverboat. The Tennessee River is one of the most beautiful rivers in the east. While cruising, you will enjoy one of the most breath- taking views in Knoxville. Not only will you see some of the history of the river, you will most certainly be relaxed by the river’s beauty. Choose from a 1.5 hour lunch cruise, sight seeing cruises, or a 2 hour dinner cruise. Rates range from $12.50 to $34.95 per person depending on the cruise you choose. Click Here for full rate information. Get aboard the riverboat in Downtown Knoxville approximately 45 miles from Downtown Gatlinburg.
10. Oak Ridge Playhouse. Just minutes northwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, Oak Ridge Playhouse is one of the most thriving community theaters in East Tennessee and one of the oldest in the Southeastern United States. In continuous operation since 1943, the Playhouse offers a diverse season of musicals, comedies, dramas, and children’s plays serving audiences from all over East Tennessee. Click Here to see what’s playing while you’re on vacation! The Oak Ridge Playhouse is located approximately 65 miles from Downtown Gatlinburg.
Just in case you missed the first one, visit Great Gatlinburg Day Trips–Part 1!
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