By Darryl Payne
Posted on August 7, 2013
Sevierville and Pigeon Forge may be known for their outlet malls and antique shops, but we're here to tell you that there are plenty of Gatlinburg shopping opportunities out there as well.
The largest concentration of shops is located on the Parkway downtown. As you walk up and down the street, you'll encounter a seemingly countless number of retailers, including T-shirt shops, arts and crafts galleries, jewelry stores and much, much more. Most of the shops are individual standalone stores, although Mountain Mall offers a large collective of retailers in one indoor location.
A little farther off the beaten path is the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort on top of Mt. Harrison, which also offers multiple stores and vendors under one roof. Of course, the larger Gatlinburg attractions like Ripley's Aquarium and many of the museum-style attractions have their own on-site gift shops full of themed merchandise.
Finally, don't forget about the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community north of town off U.S. 321. This eight-mile auto loop features nearly 100 craft shops, studios and galleries. Most feature handcrafted goods such as pottery, candles, hand-woven baskets, paintings, photography, jewelry and much more. Stop in and shop or just hang out and watch the craftsmen at work.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.