By Darryl Payne
Posted on January 28, 2013
Shopping is one of the main reasons that visitors cite as to what draws them to the Great Smoky Mountains. Naturally, the mountains are usually the top reason, but shopping usually runs as a top contender, right next to attractions, theaters and restaurants.
Those of you heading to Gatlinburg in the near future may want to take note of some of the main shopping destinations in there. Whether you’re going for a simple souvenir of the Smokies or some type of authentic mountain craftwork, there are plenty of Gatlinburg shopping opportunities to go around.
• Downtown Gatlinburg – You don’t have to look far to find dozens of unique souvenir shops, boutiques and gift stores when you’re downtown. They practically line the Parkway and its main side streets, from north to south.
• Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community – Located just a few miles north of downtown Gatlinburg, this eight-mile auto loop features dozens of craft studios, galleries and shops, where traditions like soap making, broom making, pottery and metal working are still practiced today.
• Attractions – Popular attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Cooter’s Place and Star Cars all have their own in-house gift shops with plenty of themed merchandise.
• Ober Gatlinburg. It takes an extra drive or tramway ride, but this mountain-top ski resort has its own indoor shopping mall with a wide variety of vendors.
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.