1. Hit the Road
Rent your dream wheels and drive. You’ll get amazing views (text a selfie to the bride!). Get a Jeep from Rocky Top Adventure Rentals or Smoky Mountain Adventure Rides and explore roads like mile-high Newfound Gap Road. Don’t miss the Tail of the Dragon, a road with 318 curves!
Want to take your own vehicle off-roading? Try the routes at Outdoors in the Smokies. Want to ride an ATV? Check out Bluff Mountain Adventures’ rides.
2. Zip, Raft, or Ski
Today’s bachelor weekends feature the great outdoors in all seasons. Try these adventures:
- Fly on the Goliath Zip Line (the highest, fastest line in the Smokies at 475 feet high and 55 miles an hour) at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park. At CLIMB Works, try the treetop zipline tour where your feet won’t touch the ground for two and a half hours.
- Experience whitewater rafting with outfitters like Rafting in the Smokies or Nantahala Outdoor Center.
- Go skiing and snowboarding at Ober Gatlinburg, the state’s only ski resort.
3. Play a Round
Golfing’s been called “A good walk, spoiled,” but nothing can spoil your fun here. Gatlinburg Golf Course boasts mountain views, challenging holes, and year-round play. The course includes a Pro Shop and a cafe where you can fuel up before you play or wind down afterward.
4. Tour a Distillery
Any bachelor party can hit bars, but only a Gatlinburg party hits moonshine distilleries. Treat the groom to a “behind-the-still” tour at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery. Surprise him with a private cocktails class at Sugarlands Distilling Co. Try the Moonshine History Tour at Tennessee Shine Co. Of course tastings are a must!
5. Take In a Show
The Iris Theater features “mentalist” Erik Dobell’s magic and mind-reading show Impossibilities to astound you. (The theater is in the Gatlinburg Space Needle, so go up the Needle after the show to see the town by night.) In Pigeon Forge, laugh at clean comedy at The Comedy Barn or enjoy top-notch music at Country Tonite.
6. Hang Out in Your Cabin
Stay in a cabin with amenities like a game room, hot tub, movie theater, or swimming pool–all yours, 24/7. Shoot pool all night because no one will say you’re too loud! Play arcade games, foosball, or air hockey in some cabins. Fire up the grill and toss on steaks to eat while you binge movies.