16 Most Instagrammable Places In The Smokies

Who doesn't love a good photo op? Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park offer a handful of spectacularly picturesque locations that are perfect for a family portrait or even just a quick snap and #pigeonforgetn hashtag. Which of these great spots can you check off your list? Here are the top 16 most instagrammable places in the Smoky Mountains.

The Wheel

Easily one of the most recognizable sights in Pigeon Forge, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel towers above The Island in Pigeon Forge. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is instagrammable from the ground or in the wheel itself. Pose nearby with this iconic Pigeon Forge attraction or grab a ticket, hop in one of the carts and snap a shot of the area from above.

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The Old Mill

The Old Mill was built in Pigeon Forge in 1830. It once served as a way for farmers to grind flour and cornmeal. Today, water runs through the mill. It makes the perfect backdrop for a group insta photo or even a shot of it by itself. Be sure to step back and get the river in the picture as well for a beautiful picture that'll be worth a thousand words.

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Hollywood Wax Museum

Catch all of your favorite celebrities in one place over at Hollywood Wax Museum and pose for some photos. The museum holds life-size wax representations of A-List stars, including actors, musicians and more. Strike a pose alongside the celebrities you talk about every day and share your moment in the spotlight on your Instagram account.

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Mountain Coasters

Mountain coasters are not only an exhilarating experience, but a great opportunity for a photo. Snap a shot of your legs in the cart as you wind around the side of the mountain. Ride a few times to get a good idea of where you'll find the best view along the way. During spring and summer, many of the coasters are lined with wildflowers which makes for a great backdrop.

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Anakeesta

Anakeesta is home to many instagrammable photo opportunities. On your way up, take a ride on the chair lift and snap views as you rise above the trees. At the top, take on the Treetop Skywalk and traverse rope bridges (keep your eyes open and you may even spot bears below!). There's even a huge troll hidden in park that visitors love taking photos with.

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Ripley's Aquarium

Crystal blue waters, vibrant-colored sea creatures and incredible habitats make Ripley's Aquarium one of the most instagrammable spots in Gatlinburg. One of our favorite places to snap a shot in Ripley's is in the tunnel, where sharks swim all around you and overhead. It's like being underwater without getting wet. You'll look great and well-timed photos will leave you with incredible pictures of sharks surrounding you.

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Crave's Sweet Shop

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a treat from Crave's Sweet Shop. While you're there, don't miss the perfect picture opportunity! Crave's Sweet Shop is home to an incredible wall of Jelly Belly, with tubes lining the store full of different flavors and colors of beans. It'll catch your eye right when you walk in the door. Take a photo with friends in front of the wall, or even try out close up angles to capture the sweet sight.

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Titanic Museum

Take your photo with a representation of a piece of history at the Titanic Museum Attraction on the parkway. Before you enter, head to the sidewalk in front of the ship and snap a photo that captures the grandeur of the vessel and the tragedy of the accident that drug it under.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Entrance Sign

When you take a drive into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Gatlinburg, you'll come across the iconic National Park Sign that has been the backdrop to countless group photos and Instagram pictures for years. The sign is a great spot to grab a shot for social media because you can safely pull off the road, park and walk up to it.

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The Village In Gatlinburg

Step off of the parkway and into The Village, an area of Gatlinburg that feels just like it's own town. This shopping center is full of quaint, Old World storefronts that truly make it feel like you've stepped back in time and into a whole different world. There are plenty of instagrammable spots in this area including the stores and the flowing fountain. As a bonus, head into the Donut Friar to grab a snack for a #foodphoto that'll leave your followers hungry for more.

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

A new attraction that has taken Gatlinburg by storm is the Sky Bridge at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. The bridge itself is an incredible sight, with many visitors stopping to snap photos at the start of the bridge. What's even more incredible, however, is the middle of the bridge which has a glass floor. Peer down below your feet and you'll spot treetops below. It really looks like you're floating mid-air.

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Clingmans Dome

On a clear day, Clingmans Dome is one of the most iconic overlooks in the Smoky Mountains. It's the highest point in Tennessee, making it a great place to view sunrises, sunsets and even just daytime mountain views. If the sky is clear, you'll be rewarded with 360 degree views that span over 100 miles. For safety it is closed from December- March, so be sure to verify that it is open if you're coming to take photos around that time.

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The Bridge At Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls is a popular hike in the Smokies. It is paved with a roundtrip distance of 2.6 miles. At certain times of the year, the whole trail is very instagrammable, with wildflowers and evergreen shrubs lining the path. Year-round, you'll want to make the trek for the 80 foot waterfall at the end. There's even a wooden bridge that runs over the stream. The scene as a whole is a great photo opportunity, but the bridge itself also makes a great place for a photo with your group.

Cabins with Mountain Views

Scattered throughout the Smoky Mountains are thousands of cabins, each with unique amenities. One of the most popular amenities that visitors looking for an instagrammable moment will want to search for is a cabin with a mountain view. Stepping out onto your balcony for a Smoky Mountain sunrise is easy and one of the most popular Instagram photos we see from visitors.

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Scenic Overlooks

Scenic overlooks are scattered throughout the mountains. They are easily accessible by car and visitors are always encouraged to pull off, park and take in the views. Scenic overlooks are also a dream for an Instagrammer because with good weather, you'll have easy access to many different mountain scenes. If you can't hike (or would prefer not to), these are great alternatives where you will still get the shot you've been waiting for.

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River Rafting

The ultimate Instagram action shot can be taken from a rafting excursion in Pigeon Forge. Whether you're brave enough to hold your phone, strap on a go-pro, or just grab one of the pictures taken professionally on some excursions, rafting trips are something you'll definitely want to photograph. You'll be suited up in brightly colored life jackets & helmets making for some fun group shots.

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