Gatlinburg, TN is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the country! With its breathtaking natural beauty and variety of fun activities, it’s easy to see why millions of newlyweds choose to take their first vacation as a married couple in the Smoky Mountains. To help you make the most of your getaway, Parkside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to five of the best Gatlinburg honeymoon activities.
1. Take a Scenic Drive
Gatlinburg is located at the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States! One of the very best way to enjoy the park’s beautiful scenery is to take a drive through the Smokies with your sweetheart. Here are a few of the area’s most romantic scenic drives:
Just minutes away from downtown Gatlinburg, the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a 5.5 mile one-way loop road featuring historic buildings, gorgeous mountain vistas, bubbling streams, a wet weather waterfall, and the trailheads for the Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls hikes.
Cades Cove is a stunning valley that is famous for its wildlife viewing. As you make your way through Cades Cove’s 11 mile loop road, keep your eyes peeled for black bears, wild turkeys, and white-tailed deer. Visitors will also find a plethora of historic homesteads and incredible mountain views. For a very romantic experience, consider taking a carriage ride or horseback riding tour through the valley with Cades Cove Riding Stables.
2. Sample Local Wines (for Free)
Wine tasting is another one of the most popular Gatlinburg honeymoon activities. To sample a great selection of the area’s wines, we recommend taking the Rocky Top Wine Trail, a collection of five wineries in the Smoky Mountains that offer free tastings and tours. The wineries on the trail can be visited in any order you like and you can spread out the tastings over the course of your vacation. Be sure to get your official Rocky Top Wine Trail Passport stamped at each location, because guests get free gifts as they complete the trail! The following wineries comprise the Rocky Top Wine Trail:
Sugarland Cellars Winery
Mountain Valley Vineyards
Apple Barn Winery
Eagle Springs Winery
3. Enjoy the Views from on High
The Gatlinburg area offers romantic mountain scenery that is best enjoyed from high in the sky. Fortunately, there is no shortage of elevated vantage points for taking in the aerial views! Here are a few of our favorite places to see the Smokies during your honeymoon:
The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway is a 2.1 mile cable car ride that takes visitors from downtown Gatlinburg up to Tennessee’s only ski resort.
The Gatlinburg Space Needle is a 407 foot tall observation tower that offers tremendous views of the city and the Smoky Mountains.
Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At 6,643 feet tall, this tower provides unparalleled 360° views of the mountains. On a clear day, visitors to Clingmans Dome can see over 100 miles!
4. Dine at a Romantic Restaurant
For a memorable evening with your spouse, we recommend eating at one of Gatlinburg’s romantic restaurants. Our city offers a number of fine dining restaurants that are revered for their intimate mountain settings and superb cuisine. Some of the best places to enjoy a special meal in Gatlinburg include:
5. Relax in Your Cabin
While there is plenty to see and do in the Gatlinburg area, sometimes you just want to stay in for your honeymoon. When you stay with Parkside Cabin Rentals, the two of you can enjoy some romantic Gatlinburg honeymoon activities right in your cabin. Couples can kick back in their cabin’s bubbly hot tub or Jacuzzi for a relaxing soak, or snuggle up beside the fireplace on a chilly evening. Sitting side by side in rocking chairs and taking in the majestic mountain views right from your deck might just be the highlight of your honeymoon in the Smokies.
To start planning your escape, browse our complete selection of Gatlinburg honeymoon cabins!