October 25, 2012 | Barb Carr

Staff Recommendations, Part 2: Best Gatlinburg Attractions During 2013 Global TapRooT® Summit Week!

Last week, we shared some of recommendations from our staff about must see/do  attractions at the 2013 Global TapRooT® Summit.  This week we have more great comments from two of our Partners, Ken and Linda and from Ann, Assistant Meeting Planner:

From Ann:

The VERY best thing about Gatlinburg is the beautiful scenery of the Smoky Mountains (the most visited national park)!!!  My picks for the area are the Titanic Museum & the Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge.

From Ken:

One of the greatest things about Gatlinburg is its location as “Gateway to the Smoky Mountains.”  Springtime is a great time to be in the mountains.  Come a few days early, or stay a few extra days and explore the most-visited National Park in the U.S.

From Linda:

When I think of Gatlinburg, my mind always brings up the vision of the beautiful mountains in springtime.  Each season has its own special beauty in the Smoky Mountains, but spring is my favorite.  There are so many shades of green with wild flowers and flowering trees everywhere.  

The conference is only a 5 minute or less drive from the entrance to the Smokey Mountain National Park; so any evening after the conference or the weekends on either end can be enjoyed in the National Park.  You can rent bicycles, motorbikes, horses, ATVs or drive your own vehicle through the mountains.   

If you are an avid motorcyclist, you may have heard of the Tail of the Dragon, but if not, you should look on the web googling “Tail of the Dragon” and see videos of what a cool ride that is.  If you don’t find a site, go to:  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTd2ylHfWMc&feature
or
http://tailofthedragon.com/dragon.html

However, if you do rent a motorcycle or bring your own and take this ride, be sure you drive safely and at a reasonable speed – many excellent riders have wrecked on that trail by not respecting the curves and driving too fast. I sure don’t want any TapRooT® folks to get hurt; so be extra careful.  You can see some wrecks and evidence of wrecks in the above websites.

As mentioned in the first post, Ripley’s Aquarium was one of TripAdvisor’s top picks, and they picked three other attractions worth mentioning:

CLIMB Works Canopy: Surrounded on three sides by the Smoky Mountain National Park, CLIMB Works Canopy gives you a bird’s eye view of what makes the Smokies so unique.

Quiet Reflections Spa: Relax and rewind – Quiet Reflections offers the ultimate in restoration.

Bill Gladwell, the Mentalist:  Head Case and Hypnotized:  The most mind-bending show in Gatlinburg!

Learn more about the 2013 Global TapRooT® Summit on our website, or register today.

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