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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 ¥9,885 per night

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! (909 reviews)

"The property was good. Had a party with 4 rooms. Two rooms on 3rd floor and two on second floor. Hard to navigate between rooms. Also our room 308 had an odor. When you came in the room smell was awful, after you had been in the room for a while you got used to it and didn’t notice it."…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Glenstone Lodge
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
4 out of 5
539 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
The price is ¥17,833 per night

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! (1,649 reviews)

"I like that the property is newer. And love how walkable everything was. Could use more parking and a street light to help get in and out of parking lot."…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg River Inn
Gatlinburg River Inn
2 out of 5
324 Hemlock Street, Gatlinburg, TN
The price is ¥6,226 per night

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (109 reviews)

"Rooms were clean..staff was friendly..loved balcony..pool was nice needs to be cleaned more .had lots of bugs..but it was nice. My only concern was the air conditioning..it kept it cooler..which was good..but it didn't get cool enough. Beds were good..pillows to hard for me..hubby and daughter liked ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 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 mountain views and must-see aquarium in this family-friendly 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

¥2,625
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Upper Pigeon River Whitewater Rafting Trip
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Upper Pigeon River Whitewater Rafting Trip

¥5,138
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Lower Pigeon River Family Float Trip
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Lower Pigeon River Family Float Trip

¥4,317
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Top rated walking Moonshine Tour in Gatlinburg. A Must DO!
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Top rated walking Moonshine Tour in Gatlinburg. A Must DO!

¥4,808
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Zipline Tennessee - Canopy Tour in the Smokies
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Zipline Tennessee - Canopy Tour in the Smokies

¥4,573
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Polaris 570 Ranger Adventure Vehicle Rental
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Polaris 570 Ranger Adventure Vehicle Rental

¥23,168
Per adult

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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