Gatlinburg, TN

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Gatlinburg featuring forests and a small town or village

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

Bear Creek Inn
Bear Creek Inn
2.5 out of 5
125 Spruce Ln, Gatlinburg, TN
The price is $70 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Situated on a river, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Cooter's Place and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Gatlinburg SkyLift Park and Ripley's Believe ...
4.1/5Very Good! (678 reviews)
"The patio over the creek is amazing"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Bear Creek Inn
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
4 out of 5
539 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $169 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Anakeesta and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Gatlinburg SkyLift Park and Gatlinburg ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (2,137 reviews)
"Very welcoming and clean. Loved our stay!"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Sidney James Mountain Lodge
Sidney James Mountain Lodge
2.5 out of 5
610 Historic Nature Trl, Gatlinburg, TN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $105 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in the heart of Gatlinburg, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Gatlinburg Space Needle and Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ...
3.7/5Good! (1,037 reviews)
"Place is a bit dated. Needs some tlc. Very clean"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Sidney James Mountain Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Summit Manor Condominiums
Summit Manor Condominiums
3 out of 5
110 Bon Air Drive, Gatlinburg, TN
The price is $200 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Situated in Gatlinburg, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Smoky Mountain Brewery and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg Convention ...
3.5/5Good! (125 reviews)
"Very close and walking distance to everything. It was also very quiet and peaceful."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Summit Manor Condominiums
Deer Ridge Mountain Resort
Deer Ridge Mountain Resort
3 out of 5
3710 Weber Rd., Gatlinburg, TN
Situated in Gatlinburg, this golf vacation home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Bent Creek Golf Club and within 12 mi (20 km) of Greenbrier Picnic Area and Cosby Picnic ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,679 reviews)
"Everything they claimed they were. View was breathtaking. Clean. Quite. Will be back."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Deer Ridge Mountain Resort
Romantic King size bed, Jacuzzi tub in bedroom, walk to downtown, wifi
Romantic King size bed, Jacuzzi tub in bedroom, walk to downtown, wifi
Gatlinburg, TN
Located in the heart of Gatlinburg, this historic condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and Gatlinburg Convention Center. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (37 reviews)
Plus and minus
"I am giving this location 4 stars, as an average between 5 star items, and 3 star items. Read the entire review and decide for yourself if this is the place for you. 5 star items: 1. Location. This property is located downtown Gatlinburg, albeit up a steep hill. It is on the same road as Anakeesta ..."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Romantic King size bed, Jacuzzi tub in bedroom, walk to downtown, wifi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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