Gatlinburg, TN, Guide and Information


Welcome to Gatlinburg

Nestled amongst 800 square miles of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg offers visitors great access to world-class hiking, white-water rafting, fishing, and horseback riding. Lodging for every taste, from luxurious suites in a cozy bed-and-breakfast, to campgrounds in all their Great Smoky Mountain splendor, invites guests to stay the night, while in-town dining options and amenities round out the vacation experience.

Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts

Throughout the world cottage industry has always been a way of life among the people of the mountains.

Did you know, for example, that the Swiss tradition of watchmaking originated in the homes of the people of the Alps? Some of it is still carried out in the chalets of mountain folk today. Indeed, whether watchmaking or woodworking, weaving or candle making and so much more, all kinds of arts and crafts have filled the evenings (and many days) of people in mountain communities across the globe.

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Gatlinburg at a Glance

If you like mountains, you will love Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Surrounded on three sides by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Gatlinburg you feel wrapped in the beauty of these old peaks from most every vantage point. Whether in the center of this picturesque small town or from atop the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle, the mountain vistas in and around Gatlinburg take your breath away every day of the year. And if you see the mountains on a day when they look especially smoky, you’ll gaze at panoramic scenes that might make you swoon. (The abundance of flora in the forests here releases a vapor, which when mixed with the air, creates the fog that results in the mountains’ signature look. Best time to see it is early morning when the sun nudges over the horizon.)

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5 Things to Do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg is known as the gateway to Smoky Mountains National Park, but there’s so much more to do and see in this popular travel destination beyond the mountains.

The small town in eastern Tennessee attracts travelers of all types looking for a fun time, from families to couples, bachelor and bachelorette parties to meetings and events planners.

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Discovery Map Travel Podcast Ep. 03: Gatlinburg, Tennessee & Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Today we talk with Pat Richardson who is a volunteer at GreatSmoky Mountains National Park and is the owner of Santa's Claus-etin Gatlinburg, TN.

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Where to Stay in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the Smoky Mountains, is one of America’s favorite family fun destinations. There’s tons to do and see, no matter what you and your family enjoy doing while traveling. Museums, adventures, entertainment and shopping all abound.

However, amidst having all that fun, you do have to find somewhere to stay during your Gatlinburg trip. While cabins and private home rentals are popular in the region, if you want to stay somewhere with all the resort amenities and experiences that so many travelers prefer, you’ll want to go with one of our top picks for where to stay in Gatlinburg.

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