(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

Why I loved Gatlinburg’s tacky side

I admit it: I love kitsch. I can’t help it. Give me a vacation with an animatronic Zoltar or Wild West character and I’m a happy camper. Give me a shop filled with tacky souvenirs and I’m in heaven. So it should be no surprise Sweetums and I loved our recent trip to Gatlinburg. We hadn’t intended to go but ended up there on our way home from the North Carolina mountains. It had been years since either of us had seen the town, so we decided to spend the night.

The main strip was lit up like Vegas. The next morning, we strolled along the street, stopping at souvenir stores, fudge shops, about six Ripley’s Believe It or Not attractions, animatronic flying trapeze figures and, yes, an animatronic Wild West figure.

In addition, because it’s fall and Halloween is approaching, the strip was lined with numerous adorable pumpkin people, most of whom we had to stop and selfie with. Check out some of the weirdness we found in Gatlinburg. I hope you love it like we did.

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We found the animatronic figures I’d been hoping to see. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
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The main strip in Gatlinburg. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
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Sweetums in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Kelly Kazek/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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Sweetums with a statue of the World’s Tallest Man. (Photo by Kelly Kazek/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee, with the Space Needle in the background.
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Even Jesus is on display in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Kelly Kazek/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The Space Needle in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)
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The main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Kelly Kazek/Permission Required)
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An animatronic trapeze artist on the main strip in Gatlingburg, Tennessee. (Photo by Kelly Kazek/Permission Required)

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