Gatlinburg, TN

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Gatlinburg
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 Spellman

Where to stay in Gatlinburg

Baymont by Wyndham Gatlinburg On The River
Baymont by Wyndham Gatlinburg On The River
2.5 out of 5
293 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
The price is $119 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Gatlinburg. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Place is clean 👌"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Glenstone Lodge
Glenstone Lodge
3 out of 5
504 Historic Nature Trl, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
The price is $134 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Gatlinburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,509 reviews)
"Great hotel for the price, staff was great and room was excellent"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
4 out of 5
539 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
The price is $199 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Gatlinburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,744 reviews)
"The room is spacious. Nice shower. Walking distance to restaurants, Anakeesta & other tourists spots."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

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.
Deer Ridge Mountain Resort B204
Deer Ridge Mountain Resort B204
3 out of 5
3710 Weber Rd, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
Stay at this 3-star condo in Gatlinburg. Enjoy free WiFi, barbecue grills, and a balcony. Popular attractions Bent Creek Golf Club and Little Pigeon River are ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"Very nice place the views are amazing"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Honeymoon Hills Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals
Honeymoon Hills Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals
3.5 out of 5
750 Honeymoon Hill Road, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
Stay at this 3.5-star golf cabin in Gatlinburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private spa tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (197 reviews)
"My husband and I loved the cabin. It was spacious, very clean and quiet. We enjoyed the hot tub and the sitting area on the deck. Grocery store was nearby and check out very easy. All the items needed in the kitchen were available. The staff member on site was friendly and helpful. If your in need ..."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Once Upon a Time - 1BR/1.5BA - Sleeps 5
Once Upon a Time - 1BR/1.5BA - Sleeps 5
Gatlinburg, TN
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Gatlinburg. Enjoy a water park, a spa tub, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Dollywood and Ripley's Aquarium of ...
3.3/5 (4 reviews)
Quiet time
"Very quiet area. Loved the open concept. Very cute. Enough room for my boyfriend and I. Even could have had more people with us and have enough room. Loved the porch and view. Could have a few of the limbs trimmed to see more of the mountains but overall good stay."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

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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