Admiring the snow covered mountains is one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg in January.

The 4 Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg in January

The holiday season has come and gone and the new year has arrived. You want to start the new year out fresh by taking a family weekend away. You are looking for a great place that will get you outdoors breathing in fresh cool air while providing you with ample opportunities to warm up around warm fireplaces. Gatlinburg has exactly what you are looking for in a family vacation. To help you decide what you should do during your winter vacation here is a list of the best things to do in Gatlinburg in January.

1. Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing

There is nothing quite like getting out into the snow in January. Luckily for you, you can do just that. At Ober Gatlinburg, you can hit the slopes and truly enjoy everything that January has to offer. You can either hit the high slopes with your skis or snowboard or the lower slopes with the tube. If you are new to downhill skiing and snowboarding there are lessons available that will help you perfect your skills. Don’t worry about missing out on the opportunity to hit the slopes, Ober Gatlinburg is open late into the day so you can stay on the slopes even after dark.

2. Ice SkatingA father and son going ice skating at a rink.

After having a wonderful time at the slopes, you are excited to experience another wonderful winter activity. In Gatlinburg in January, you and your family can visit the ice rink at Ober Gatlinburg. On the ice rink, you can take as many laps, try as many moves, and invite as many people as you want to enjoy this little piece of winter paradise. The ice skating rink is also open late into the day so you will have plenty of time to hit the slopes and ice skate in the same day if you like.

3. Winter Hiking

Gatlinburg is known for having some of the best hiking trails in the country. What makes these hiking trails so amazing is that no matter what time of the year it is you can still enjoy hiking in Gatlinburg. Winter hiking holds a bit of its own magic that you might not get to experience in the warmer months of the year. Unlike the warmer months, Gatlinburg in January is full of frozen waterfalls, beautiful snow covered mountain views and giant icicles, which you don’t want to miss out on. Some of the best winter hiking trails include Alum Cave Trail where you can see giant frozen icicles and outstanding mountain views and Rainbow Falls which freezes during the coldest winter days.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg during the winter.4. Indoor Attractions

What makes Gatlinburg in January so amazing is that there are so many great things to do, no matter what the weather is like outside. Gatlinburg is full of many great indoor attractions that will definitely make your trip unforgettable. Some of the best indoor attractions include Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, The Guinness World Records Museum and the Gatlinburg Space Needle. All of these attractions offer you a unique experience that will have you returning to Gatlinburg year after year.

Before you book your amazing trip to Gatlinburg in January check out our Gatlinburg lodging, to see some of the best lodging options in the area.