SENIORS VISIT GATLINBURG AND THE SMOKIES

Jul 9th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Enjoy Tennessee

From the shopping and dining of downtown to all of the things to do in the Smoky Mountains, there’s no end to all seniors can see and do when you getaway to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The city and surrounding areas offer some of the most fun things to do in Tennessee. Walk with the sharks in the enormous underwater tunnel of Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies. Hit the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg. Take in a sky-high view from the tramway or Space Needle. There are arcades, shows and amazing Gatlinburg attractions around every corner.

And, of course, the majestic beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is all around. Tucked at the hem of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is the perfect perch whether you want to take to the trails on foot or on bike, or whether your vacation sights are set on the mountain town’s colorful array of amusements, stores and rides.

Just For Seniors

Seniors love Gatlinburg. Active types can hit the trails or the Riverwalk for a stroll or picnic, while shoppers will be amazed at the unique boutiques, shops and galleries that are all around. A senior favorite is a trolley trip to the Arts and Crafts Loop, with nearly 100 shops and galleries and the largest group of independent artisans in America waiting to be explored.

And here’s a special thrill for seniors… the CLIMB Works Canopy Tour. It’s the ultimate treetop zip line adventure . Not only is it fun and exciting but it’s educational. From the first platform you are taken high into the treetops and for 2 1/2 hours your feet will never touch the forest floor! While you zip over ravines, streams, trees, and wildlife you’ll see and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains in a way you never thought possible!

A creek cooperatively snakes its way through, under and around River Street, Gatlinburg’s main tourist thoroughfare, affording motel owners the opportunity to offer the popular amenity “creek side balconies”.  The city of Gatlinburg has made it easy for seniors to get around town by offering a trolley service that stops at more than 100 locations. Riding the handicapped accessible trolley in town is completely free and cars run continually until midnight in peak season and weekends and till 8 PM on weekdays during the winter season. Looks like the city fathers have thought of just about everything to make a stay enjoyable.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies brings folks of all ages from all over the country.  Although Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is hundreds of miles from the ocean, the scenic beauty and the abundance of water all around makes the town of Gatlinburg a “natural” location for a world-class aquarium, voted America’s #1 aquarium by TripAdvisor.  And if that’s still not enough to draw your attention, check out this list of 57 attractions in Gatlinburg. The Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook will give you spectacular views of the lush forests and beautiful mountains fo atop the area and for just $13.

And you’ll be welcomed at Sugarland and Copper Cellars

I just could not pass up a good winery for a tour and complimentary tastings of all their wines. The gift shop is a great experience filled with plenty of wine related gifts as well as other area related items. The rich history of Gatlinburg is showcased on their labels as well as throughout their  guided tours. Copper Cellars is more for beer lovers who prefer Microbrews.

You may enjoy a tour of the Smokies as well as events and festivals nearly year round: the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival & Games in May, the Gatlinburg MountainFest in August, the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival from September through October, and the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade in December.

Take in those fireflies, NOC and the Smokies

Each year in June, thousands of visitors flock to the Great Smoky Mountains to see the spectacular display put on by the fireflies.  In very few locations throughout the world can the synchronizing of fireflies be seen in such a beautiful backdrop and Sugarland is a great place to view the magnificent flying “bugs” by night. That’s right, synchronized fireflies. In June, hordes of senior visitors come to witness the illuminated insects light up the forest like the night sky. NOC Gatlinburg combines Gatlinburg’s colorful, exciting atmosphere with the Smoky Mountains’ aura of splendor and adventure. This is a must-see 18,000 sq ft shopping attraction for apparel and souvenirs that happy hikers love and that you will want to visit during your Smoky Mountain vacation.

What, A Space Needle Too?

So you can’t make it to Seattle, then ride the Space Needle up the glass elevator over 400 feet and step out to a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains that is unmatched anywhere else in the Smokies. So send for this free guide and enjoy your stay in Tennessee and the area all around the city.  jeb



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