20 Best Activities for Couples in the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg TN

With its towering mist-shrouded mountains and stunning natural beauty, the Smoky Mountains truly encourage romance.  Whether you’re a new couple looking for relationship-deepening experience or long-married lovebirds who need some serious alone time, the area around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offers fantastic intimate getaways.

Staying in a secluded luxurious room – like those at Christopher Place Resort – is just one part of your unforgettable time.  You’ll also want to get out and enjoy all that the Smokies have to offer. So check out these twenty things to do… and keep your romance alive.

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20 Best Activities for Couples in the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg TN

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Wine tasting on Rocky Top Wine Trail

Few things are more romantic than tasting wine with your loved one.  Embark on this tour of the five local wineries in the Gatlinburg vicinity, which produce a surprisingly diverse selection of varietals.

 

Gatlinburg Sky Lift

Ober Gatlinburg, the local ski resort, offers the area’s best views.  Take to the skies in lifts built for two.  You’ll soar 1,800 to the top of Mt. Crockett, either during the day or at night, and even get a souvenir photo of your trip.

 

Ober Gatlinburg Tramway

If you’re looking for even more mountain and forest views (and might feel a little skittish about an open chair lift) head up on the resort’s modern tramway to the top of the peak for a thrilling 2.1-mile ride.

 

Gatlinburg Space Needle

This 407-foot observation tower dominates the cityscape.  Like its namesake in Seattle, it offers breathtaking 360-degree vistas of the surrounding area.  It’s also the perfect place to share a quick kiss.

 

Scenic Overlook

The drive to this spectacular point on the Gatlinburg Bypass is a little long but very much worth the effort.  Your reward is an amazing view of the town, the Smoky Mountains and in the fall, vibrant foliage.

 

Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

A 200-foot souped-up Ferris wheel, complete with private glass gondolas, is the centerpiece of the Island, the new entertainment complex in Pigeon Forge.  You won’t want to miss its dazzling nighttime LED light show.

 

Whitewater rafting on the Big Pigeon

Nothing will get your blood pumping than riding some Class III or IV rapids on the Pigeon River.  Gatlinburg definitely has its share of rafting outfitters that will give you a guaranteed thrill.

 

Horseback riding

Taking a slow-paced trek on a trusty steed allows you to slow down, take in your surroundings and appreciate the natural wonders you’ll see at every turn.

 

Hiking

If you and your beloved do only one thing in the Smoky Mountains, make sure you hit a trail…and one that’s sure to bring you closer together.

 

Picnicking

You can actually combine this romantic standby with hiking, or find your own scenic place around Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.  Just remember to bring a great wine and food.

 

Walking along the Little Pigeon

An arm-in-arm or hand-in-hand stroll along this Pigeon Forge branch will give the two of you some quality time and enjoy the local sights.

 

Dining out

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge certainly have countless dining options, and a select few are designed for an intimate dining experience.  Consider making a reservation at Christopher Place’s own Mountain View.

 

Couples massage

This ultimate indulgence is not only romantic – it’s also a superb way to relax and treat yourself after a long hike on the Smoky Mountain Trails.

 

Riding around Cades Cove

Between May and September, you can bike the loop road of this can’t-miss destination in the National Park.  A more couple-friendly option is taking a carriage ride.

 

Hot air ballooning

Floating high above the ground, where the flight almost seems weightless, is a foolproof romantic gesture.  The Smokies provides a perfect backdrop for this activity.

 

Airplane tour

If a hot air balloon might be a little sedate for you, then try flying through the air and take in the mountains from high above in an old-fashioned barnstorming aircraft.

 

Live music

You’ll find concerts featuring all kinds of music in the Gatlinburg area, all year-round but especially in the summer months.  Great tunes put anyone a good mood.

 

Ice skating

No matter what time of year it says on the calendar, this wintery activity brings out the kid in everybody.  It also helps you and your loved one stay close as you both try to stay upright.

 

Ziplining

Another adrenaline rush generator, riding a zipline will almost make you believe that you can fly and feel invincible – a quality that might make you a hero in your partner’s eyes.

 

Hot-tub relaxation at Christopher Place

Once you’re done exploring, return to your private hot-tub suite at our Smoky Mountains resort, share a bottle of wine, and enjoy a truly romantic time.

Call or email us today to make your reservation and plan your much-deserved getaway for the two of you.

Get our free ebook guide to planning an amazing romantic getaway to the Smoky Mountains. The best activities for couples, views, hikes, waterfalls, events, and much more! Click here to request the guide.