Gatlinburg by night keeps the whole family (or just the romantic two of you) busy, with views, thrills, music, and more. Try these five ways to spend a night around Gatlinburg.
1. Get Chills On a Ghost Tour
Ghostly Gatlinburg is all around you, but by day you’d never know! Night tours bring out the spooky history of this haunted town. Ghost Walk of Gatlinburg leads you down alleys and byways to show you haunted hotels and a cemetery nearly 200 years old. Ghost and Haunt Tours features an “investigative tour” with ghost-detecting equipment, as well as a ghost tour visiting historical sites with paranormal connections. Appalachian Ghost Walks strolls to sites of early settlers’ and natives’ ghostly sightings.
2. Tap Your Toes to Live Music
When night falls, grab a drink and enjoy up-and-coming bands and solo artists all over Gatlinburg. Ole Red is country superstar Blake Shelton’s place, featuring new performers all day and night. Crystelle Creek restaurant offers fine dining on steak, seafood, and more, with a helping of live music on the side. For casual food and drinks, plus country music, try Tom and Earl’s Back Alley Grill.
3. Ride a Chair Lift to Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
Glide above Gatlinburg in the dark on a classic chair lift. Board the SkyLift in the heart of downtown and soon you’re ascending to a mountaintop viewing station. Once you arrive, walk over the breathtaking SkyBridge--it’s the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America! Take in sparkling nighttime views of the town below.
SkyLift Park sells its last tickets at 10 p.m. in summer and 9 p.m. the rest of the year. Once you buy your ticket, you’ll still have an hour to enjoy the ride and views, so you can stay in the park as late as 11 p.m. in summer.
4. Enjoy the View from Gatlinburg Space Needle
Soaring over 400 feet tall, the Space Needle gives you panoramic, 360-degree views for miles during the day, and at night, you’ll get to check out all the nightlife and action on The Strip below! The Space Needle is a great way to end an evening out, too, because it stays open until midnight during the week and until 1 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Check times before you go, so you don’t miss a thing.
5. Relax at Your Private Cabin
Almost every Smokies cabin boasts a fireplace, so get a crackling blaze going and cuddle up with your honey. Gather the family by your outdoor fire pit for s’mores and ghost stories at night. Hold your personal film festival on the cabin’s flat-screen TV, or get a cabin with a theater room for a true cinema experience. Book your Gatlinburg cabin today and plan for nighttime fun!