A Trip to Tennessee: Gatlinburg’s Newest Family Attraction

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I’ve traveled all over the world, but can you believe I have never been to Tennessee?

Well, it is officially on my radar for the best places to visit. I’m happy to announce that Gatlinburg, Tennessee is opening up a new outdoor family attraction called Anakeesta. This attraction will feature everything you need for a weekend getaway.

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Guests begin with a scenic 14-minute ride from Downtown Gatlinburg to the summit of Anakeesta mountain on a Chondola which features both quad chairs and enclosed 6-person gondola cabin to see the beautiful views.

At the top of the mountain guests arrive at Firefly Village, a whimsical treehouse-themed village that features quaint shops, casual dining and seating throughout the village.

 

From there, you can stroll through the elevated treetop canopy walk which includes 16 hanging bridges more than 40 feet in the air, soar through the trees on Gatlinburg’s fastest dual-racing zip lines or simply sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views of Mt. Leconte and sparkling lights of Downtown Gatlinburg.

 

 

There will also be a Memorial Forest Walk located on the highpoint of the mountain. The walk will feature an exhibit by photographer Jeremy Cowart titled “Voices of Gatlinburg.”

Anakeesta will open on Friday, September 1st. Doors will open at 10 a.m. For more information check out their website: www.anakeesta.com

“Our goal at Anakeesta is to give Gatlinburg locals and visitors alike a truly memorable mountain experience that offers both adventure and relaxation,” said managing partner Bob Bentz. “We have had endless support from the community and we’re so excited to share the beauty of Anakeesta with everyone.”

I plan on visiting Tennessee soon, so I will keep you guys updated. As always, let’s keep the conversation going on Twitter. Have you traveled to Tennessee? Do you enjoy the outdoors? Would you consider going to Anakeesta?

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