12 Most Instagrammable Places in Sevierville | Smoky Mountain Photo Ops


The 12+ best backdrops for your social posts.

Nestled near the Smoky Mountains, there’s no shortage of great photo-ops in Sevierville, Tennessee. If you’re looking for some standout backdrops to post on your Instagram and other social channels, you’ll find abundant opportunity in Dolly Parton’s hometown. Here are a dozen of the best, though there are many more options to discover while you’re here.

Most Iconic Sevierville Image – Head to the Sevier County Courthouse lawn to snap a pic of the bronze statue of Dolly Parton, the most honored female country performer of all time! This tribute to the superstar by her hometown community is a one-of-a-kind, only-in-Sevierville spot.

Best Sevierville Skyline – Ride the elevator up to 101 Sky Lounge, the rooftop bar at the Central Hotel for an unparalleled lookout over historic downtown Sevierville. Snap landscapes or pose with a cocktail for a selfie.

Best Foodie Backdrop – Reserve a table on the front porch at The Appalachian and not only will whatever you order off the daily menu look beautiful on the plate (and taste amazing!) you can position the plate to get different backdrops. One angle captures Sevierville’s historic courthouse, another the white gazebo across the street, and another a mural of a young blonde child enjoying a burger at Red’s Café, a former Sevierville eatery that was a favorite of young Dolly Parton.

Best Place to Pose – Stand between the Wings of Wander painting by Sevierville artist Pinkie Mistry to look like you’ve sprouted colorful wings. The colorful downtown mural features a monarch butterfly, a nod to Dolly Parton’s hit song “Love is Like a Butterfly.”

Best Panoramic Vista – Soar over Sevierville and its surrounding mountains on a flight with Scenic Helicopter Tours. Your personal tour of the Smokies will ascend up to 1,200 feet into the air and offer amazing views.

Best One-Stop for Multi-Shots – At the Newfound Gap parking area on US 441 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park you can photograph the stunning mountain landscape, part of the famed Appalachian Trail, plus the Tennessee and North Carolina state line.

Best Hands-On History – The Smoky Mountain Relic Room is packed with 3.4 billion years of fossils and artifacts representing every period of geological and human history. Objects range from dinosaur bones to military buttons, meteor fragments to ethnographic art, currency to trinkets, and so much more. The authenticity of every item is guaranteed and it’s all for sale.

Best Otherworldly Spot – See the nation’s largest known wall of rare cave onyx at Forbidden Caverns While Tennessee boasts more caves than any other state in the nation—8,350 caves have been discovered so far!—this one in Sevierville is arguably the most spectacular. Guided tours pass unique formations, towering natural chimneys, grottos, and an underground stream.

Best “It’s Always Summer” Look – Wilderness at the Smokies offers what most places can’t: a guaranteed comfortable temperature of 84 degrees every day of the year at its Wild WaterDome indoor waterpark, the largest in the state of Tennessee. The energy-efficient transparent roof even allows for year-round tanning. Two additional waterparks, Lake Wilderness and Salamander Springs, are outdoors and available to enjoy seasonally.

Best Mug Shot – Inside the Moonshine Museum at Tennessee Shine Co. you’ll find abundant opportunities to learn about moonshine’s clandestine history and distilling process. Don’t miss the chance to stand in a mock jail cell to pose for a photo behind bars.

Best Action Shot (Tie) – Snap pics while go-karts zoom around the eight tracks at the 25-acre NASCAR SpeedPark Smoky Mountains, where you’ll also find bumper boats, amusement park rides, a three-story climbing wall, two miniature golf courses, an arcade, and more. Or photograph people flipping in the air at Sevier Air Trampoline & Ninja Warrior Park where there are more than 60 trampolines plus an obstacle course inspired by the popular “Ninja Warrior” TV show, tumble tracks for gymnastics, a three-story net system, rope swing, and jousting area above a foam pit.

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