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If you’re searching for a prime U.S. destination for skiing and other winter sports, the Smoky Mountains might not be the first destination on your list. But the massive amusement park and ski resort of Ober Gatlinburg is one of the premier vacation stops for families and couples looking to combine shopping, skiing and wildlife exhibits.
Located in the mountains overlooking Gatlinburg, TN, Ober Gatlinburg includes a shopping mall, Alpine slide, water park, nine ski trails and a large outdoor wildlife zoo. It’s also located near major tourist attractions such as the resort town of Pigeon Forge, home of Dollywood.
The proximity of all these fun attractions makes it an easy drive to anyplace in the area and many people planning to enjoy a little skiing in Gatlinburg often stay in a nearby Pigeon Forge hotel. The hotels are a bit less expensive, while still including all the top-line amenities you’d find at Ober Gatlinburg. One of the areas favorite is of course Inn On The River, located just minutes from Dollywood and other area attractions. The hotel has rooms with balconies that overlook the river and it offers discount packages to all the local hotspots.
There are many things to do in Pigeon Forge, whether or not you’re interested in a Gatlinburg ski trip. The nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park includes just about every outdoor activity you can think of, from whitewater rafting to kayaking to parasailing and hiking. The area is also home to a number of large outlet malls and attractions Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
Fans of old-fashioned family entertainment will want to check out the retro joy of The Smith Family Theater, a classic country entertainment complex that offers up music, impressions, Gospel music and impressions. Similar shows can be found at the nearby Comedy Barn, Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show and the Dixie Stampede Dinner Theater.
So no matter what you like to do on your vacation, it can all be found in the scenic state of Tennessee. If you’re planning your trip to Ober Gatlinburg, The Inn On The River is only a few minutes from all of the fun. Take a look at our Specials page for the best deal on your stay!