Newfound Gap Overlook
Hike to Clingman's Dome
Lunch & Relax at the cabin (nap time for Adam)
Dixie Stampede dinner show
Gatlinburg Day 2! We allowed ourselves to sleep in a bit and then headed out the door about 9:30 to heade to Newfound Gap Overlook. From the park entrance in Gatlinburg it was about a 45 minute drive. What a gorgeous view!
We snapped a couple pictures and then headed to Clingman's dome which was roughly a 15 minute drive from there.
NOTE: If you visit this area in April then dress for the weather! Clingman's Dome is regularly 20 degrees colder than the valley below. We didn't know this and dressed our boys in shorts and sandals. Ha! We weren't prepared for the 1 mile roundtrip hike in ice and snow. Made for some funny pictures though. 🙂
Naturally, the view from Clingman's Dome was stunning. I wish we would have taken the baby backpack though. Although it was only .5 mile there and back, it's quite a steep hike and a little challenging while holding a wiggly 2 year-old. I would recommend driving up to Clingman's Dome to anyone visiting Gatlinburg. You can't get a better view from anywhere!
After relaxing at the cabin for a couple hours, we headed to Pigeon Forge for the Dixie Stampede dinner show. Tickets may seem a bit pricey to some, but when you consider that you get dinner with your show, and the entertainment simply can't be matched, it's well worth the price of the ticket.
A couple of tips: Pay the extra $5 for preferred seating. I don't think there's really a bad seat in the arena, but I'm glad we decided to go preferred.
Also, arrive early. They don't assign your seats until you pick up your tickets, so if you arrive early then you'll get a better seat. The doors to the pre-show entertainment open at 4:30 and we arrived around 4:20. We were one of the first families there and got front row seats!