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Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg: 3-Day School Trip

By December 9, 2013 May 9th, 2017 No Comments

View from the Gatlinburg Space Needle photo:

This 3-day Gatlinburg trip is filled with fun for everyone! Enjoy the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains as well as the exciting Dixie Stampede, NASCAR® SpeedPark, and more.

Gatlinburg: Day 1

Travel to Gatlinburg, Tennesee arriving early evening.

Enjoy a filling dinner at the Bubba Gump Shrimp before strolling through Downtown Gatlinburg. 

Feel the fresh cool breeze from the Smokies as you browse the many shops. Visit Arcadia, a 25,000 square-foot, two story arcade. You can’t miss seeing the Gatlinburg Space Needle. If you like, ride the glass elevator over 400 feet to the all steel Space Needle and  take in the 360 degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Return to your hotel to rest for the evening.

Gatlinburg: Day 2

Enjoy a hearty continental breakfast at the hotel.

Then, take a 3-hour guided driving tour of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Stop early at Clingman’s Dome, the highest peak (elevation 6, 643 ft) of the Great Smoky Mountains.  At this time of day, the clouds will rest between the mountain peaks and you will witness an amazing view above the clouds.


View from Clingmans Dome

After taking in the fresh mountain air, depart for Pigeon Forge. It’s time for Dollywood® The Experience!  The Dollywood themepark covers 150 acres and is filled with rides, attractions, food and entertainment.  Lunch is at a location of your choice.

This evening visit the Dixie Belle Saloon. See the pre-show and then find your seats for Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede® Dinner & Show! Watch the thrilling trick horse riders and listen to the exciting musical acts, all while enjoying a delicious 4-course meal.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies® will be our last stop this evening. Explore the Tropical Rainforest, Shark Lagoon, and Penguin Playhouse!

After this full day, you will be ready for bed! Return to the hotel to rest for Day 3.

Gatlinburg: Day 3

A full continental breakfast will be waiting for you when you wake. Fuel up, it is going to be a great day.



Start at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park / Sugarlands Visitors Center. Learn about your location with a 20-minute film about the park.

It’s time for more fresh mountain air. We are going to hike to Cataract Falls!

Lunch will be at a location of your choice.

This afternoon visit NASCAR® SpeedPark. The Smokey Mountains Speedway is the premier track at this park. Drive a 3/8 scale version of an actual Sprint Cup car on the quarter-mile D-oval shaped course. Enjoy the many other tracks this park has to offer!

Depart for home.

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