GatlinburgUnited States of America

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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.
trover photo by Anthony Creamer

Chalet Village

4.5/5Wonderful!(39 area reviews)

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

Chalet Village

Top Hotels in Gatlinburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
4 out of 5
539 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
¥13,178
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in Gatlinburg, 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! (1,390 reviews)

"The only "complaint" I have is there was not a tv guide."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa
Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa
3.5 out of 5
915 Westgate Resorts Rd, Gatlinburg, TN
¥12,084
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

This family-friendly Gatlinburg hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Traffic Light #1, Cooter's Place, and Traffic Light #3. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and Gatlinburg ...

3.8/5Good! (2,057 reviews)

"Cabin like feel, big room, nice views. Don't think you should have to pay for the waterpark if you stay there"…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa
Brookside Resort by FairBridge
Brookside Resort by FairBridge
2.5 out of 5
463 E Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
¥4,434
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

This family-friendly Gatlinburg hotel is located on a river, within a 15-minute walk of Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Gatlinburg ...

3.6/5Good! (1,471 reviews)

"It was clean and comfortable. We never saw or heard from staff except during check in and check out but they were polite."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Brookside Resort by FairBridge

Popular things to do in Gatlinburg

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

5/5(4,370 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(1,174 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(1,321 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(503 reviews)

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

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park
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Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park

4.5/5(918 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park, a top ski area in Gatlinburg. Stroll along the riverfront or discover the beautiful waterfalls in this romantic area.

Gatlinburg Space Needle
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Gatlinburg Space Needle

4/5(340 reviews)

Ride in a glass elevator to an observation tower for panoramic mountain views or enjoy comedy, magician and fireworks shows.

Top activities in Gatlinburg

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

94% of travellers recommend
¥4,306
Per adult
Enjoy the Magic in the Mountains of Beautiful Anakeesta
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Enjoy the Magic in the Mountains of Beautiful Anakeesta

88% of travellers recommend
¥2,690
Per adult
Smoky Mountain Guided Scenic High Van Tour
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Smoky Mountain Guided Scenic High Van Tour

¥5,690
Per adult
Gatlinburg 7D Dark Ride Adventure Ticket
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Gatlinburg 7D Dark Ride Adventure Ticket

¥1,210
Per adult
7D Dark Ride Adventure 2 Ride Combo
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7D Dark Ride Adventure 2 Ride Combo

¥1,761
Per adult
TITANIC Museum Attraction - Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee
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TITANIC Museum Attraction - Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee

94% of travellers recommend
¥3,296
Per adult

Reviews of Gatlinburg

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1846
5 - Excellent 63.545611015490536%
4 - Good
852
4 - Good 29.328743545611015%
3 - Okay
159
3 - Okay 5.473321858864027%
2 - Disappointing
32
2 - Disappointing 1.1015490533562822%
1 - Terrible
16
1 - Terrible 0.5507745266781411%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

Gatlinburg is one of our getaways since it’s only 4 hours away. We love Gatlinburg!

5/5 - Excellent

Bernard

Feb 25, 2020

Love Gatlinburg, love the Mountains.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Gatlinburg is not like it used to be 40 years ago like an old swiss town, it now more like a Flea market, but they do have a few good restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Pleasant surroundings, within walking distance to many shops, restaurants, and activities.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 19, 2020

We really enjoyed ourselves. Lots of good places to eat.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 19, 2020

We love Gatlinburg! We go a few times a year with kids and without 

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