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GatlinburgUnited States of America

This picturesque town bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers miles of wilderness, breathtaking scenery and lots of options for adventurers.

From world-class hiking, white water rafting and trout streams to an aerial tramway, space needle and a Hollywood Star Cars museum, Gatlinburg’s attractions are diverse and plentiful. Gatlinburg stands at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so outdoor adventures feature highly on any visit.

Stay at one of the campsites, cabins or chalets near town or head to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, pitch a tent and camp for a few days. Other accommodation options include the hotels, condos, bed-and-breakfast places, and lodges in in central Gatlinburg. You can start a hike straight from town into the national park where there’s 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) of trails. Routes vary in length and difficulty.

Drop a line or cast a fly in the hundreds of miles of streams in the Smokies where fishing is permitted year-round with a permit. Try one of the rafting adventures, which range in pace from a gentle float to a thrilling white-water ride. If you like your adventure high above the ground, jump on the zip line in downtown Gatlinburg. You’ll fly under the forest canopy, traveling at up to 50 miles an hour (80 kilometers per hour).

After exploring the outdoors, enjoy the many indoor attractions in the downtown area. Car lovers will want to stop by the Hollywood Star Cars Museum for a look at the Batmobile, used in the 1992 film Batman Returns, the Flinstones’ car from The Flintsones movie (1994), and many others.

Play mini golf at Fort Fun or go for a wild ride at the Shoot ’em Up Cinema. See a show at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in the evening or dine at one of many places around town. At the top of the Space Needle, you’ll get a great view of the the town from a height of 400 feet (122 meters). Get up-close to sea creatures at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

It’s easy to get around town using the Gatlinburg Trolleys. There’s ample parking too, most of which you will have to pay to use.

+Spencer Spellma

Where to stay in Gatlinburg

Photo taken from Ober Gatlinburg, such a beautiful place.

Chalet Village

4.5/5Wonderful!(46 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Chalet Village, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park are top sights worth seeing.

Chalet Village

Top Hotels in Gatlinburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Glenstone Lodge
Glenstone Lodge
3 out of 5
504 Historic Nature Trl, Gatlinburg, TN
The price is $99 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 23

Located in the heart of Gatlinburg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg Sky Lift, and Gatlinburg Space Needle. ...

3.8/5Good! (936 reviews)

"Hallways smelled musty and the indoor pool was crowded. All in all the rooms were clean and beds were comfortable. The bathrooms could use updating but they worked."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2020

Glenstone Lodge
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
4 out of 5
539 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
The price is $159 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Anakeesta and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Gatlinburg Space ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,737 reviews)

"Hotel check in was fast and she was really nice. Room was very clean..used our own Clorox wipes on everything and no dirt...pleasantly surprised at that. Bed was very comfortable..rain shower was awesome. Drinks at the bar were the best and server was ok. Definitely recommend here!!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg River Inn
Gatlinburg River Inn
2 out of 5
324 Hemlock Street, Gatlinburg, TN
The price is $74 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24

Situated on a river, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg Sky Lift, and Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum. Gatlinburg ...

3.9/5Good! (195 reviews)

"Had stayed at the hotel for 3 nights and absolutely loved it. Was kinda “iffy” at first because of some reviews that I had read, but I would definitely stay again. The views/sounds of the River and the location was fantastic."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Gatlinburg River Inn

Popular places to visit in Gatlinburg

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

5/5(4,545 reviews)

America’s most visited national park offers blue mountain ridges, forested hiking trails, a variety of wildlife and bits of Southern mountain history. 

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

4.5/5(1,213 reviews)

From sharks and stingrays, to penguins and octopus, get close to a colorful collection of tropical sea creatures at this walk-through aquarium.

Gatlinburg Sky Lift
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Gatlinburg Sky Lift

4.5/5(1,373 reviews)

Ride this historic chairlift to a lookout point that offers spectacular panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg’s townscape.

Gatlinburg Convention Center
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Gatlinburg Convention Center

4.5/5(559 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Gatlinburg Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Gatlinburg. Discover the beautiful waterfalls and must-see aquarium in this romantic area.

Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery
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Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery

4.5/5(1,278 reviews)

Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Gatlinburg. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the must-see aquarium in this romantic area.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum
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Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum

4.5/5(634 reviews)

Get ready to be astounded by unique artifacts from all corners of the globe at this museum dedicated to astonishing people and events.

Top things to do in Gatlinburg

Enjoy the Magic in the Mountains of Beautiful Anakeesta
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Enjoy the Magic in the Mountains of Beautiful Anakeesta

$25
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Tennessee
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Tennessee

$10
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Tennessee
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Tennessee

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Tennessee
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Tennessee

$20
Per adult
Voted The Smoky Mountains Best Show - Country Tonite!
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Voted The Smoky Mountains Best Show - Country Tonite!

$39
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Sweet Fanny Adams Theater Variety Show
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Sweet Fanny Adams Theater Variety Show

$30
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Gatlinburg

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 63.61315033514204%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 29.30098946696457%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.4899457389083945%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.0852218321097988%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5106926268751995%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

I love how all the shops & attractions are basically within walking distance from eachother. Most parking lots charge $10 to park and would be nice is parking was free.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

So much to do! The people here are friendly and helpful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

i have always loved gatlimburg even as a litte girl

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Gatlinburg is a fun city to visit.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Gatlinburg is a extremely poorly designed tourist trap. It is not worth going there, even to eat, as there are more choices in Pigeon Forge. We went to Gatlingberg area for the park.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

It is very touisty. Sidewalks are filled with wall to wall people Fun activities for families with children

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