Outdoorsy Destinations: Gatlinburg
Named one of the prettiest towns in America by Forbes.com, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is an enticing destination because of its rustic charm and amazing view of the Great Smoky Mountains. The city also features attractions and activities for people of all interests, from artists and nature lovers to adventure sportsmen and history buffs.
Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to explore 800 square miles of breathtaking scenery, including waterfalls, wildlife, and log homesteads. Gatlinburg offers fun and excitement with indoor attractions as well, such as the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, which features miniature golf, a movie theater, haunted adventures, and more. Start planning your trip today by booking your lodging and transportation with Orbitz.com.
Best time to take a vacation to Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg, Tennessee experiences the full range of seasons, with summertime highs averaging in the 80s and wintertime lows averaging in the 20s. One of the best times of year to visit is in the fall, when the changing foliage and autumn festivities, such as the Craftsmen's Fair, can be enjoyed. November through March is ideal for those who wish to visit the mountaintop ski resort, although the resort also offers summertime attractions. Off-season rates are available at area lodges during the winter. To enjoy the scenery and shops of Gatlinburg with fewer people around, plan a weekday trip. Orbitz.com can help you locate available lodges, create your itinerary, and find discount prices.
Insider tips for Gatlinburg travel
Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que
Voted year after year as serving the best hickory-smoked ribs, chicken, and more, Bennett's is a locally owned and operated restaurant worth visiting.
Stand behind the flowing water of a waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains at Grotto Falls, the only waterfall in the area where you can do this.
The Wild Plum Tea Room
View the mountain scenery while enjoying wine or beer, and a homemade gourmet lunch, in the cabin's Austrian-style tearoom.
Ole Smoky Distillery
The only legal moonshine distillery in Tennessee, Ole Smoky serves moonshine from an old family recipe and also entertains guests year-round with live mountain music.
The original home of Dolly Parton's family is now one of the best springtime spots to picnic and walk among wildflowers.
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Gatlinburg hotel surrounded by streams in the center of the townThe Best Western Twin Islands is located in the center of Gatlinburg within walking distance to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and many restaurants and shops. Streams surround the hotel, and all the rooms... More
Gatlinburg hotel with river views, on-site restaurant and meeting spaceThe River Terrace Resort mixes business and pleasure. For those on business, the 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom and conference center, will appeal. Pleasure can be found in... More
Welcome to BEST WESTERN Crossroads Inn! Part small town charm and part exuberant escape, this Gatlinburg hotel is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but theres more to this region than hiking, mountain biking and photography. Ripleys Aquarium of the... More
Located a half mile up The Parkway from Light 3 in Gatlinburg, our 10 acre resort offers ample free parking for guests and buses. Activities include basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard, bag toss, BBQ picnic grounds, gardens and playground. Swim in our 2 heated outdoor... More
The Motel 6 Gatlinburg Smoky Mountains is nestled next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and near all the major Gatlinburg attractions, and there is a trolley stop in front of the hotel for easy access. Rooms have the option of a fireplace or Jacuzzi and all come... More
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Rustic mountain resort with splashy amenitiesThe 70-acre Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Spa looks more like a rustic mountain lodge than a hotel. Most of the suites come with riverside or mountain views, along with full kitchens. The adjacent Wild Bear Falls water... More
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Gatlinburg hotel off Parkway with balconies and heated poolThe River Edge Motor Lodge is located just off the Parkway in Gatlinburg near the town's major attractions, including being walking distance from the Gatlinburg Convention Center. The hotel has standard rooms and... More
Family-owned Gatlinburg hotel on a peaceful mountain streamThe Sidney James Mountain Lodge has been family owned and operated for three generations. The Gatlinburg hotel is located just off the Parkway overlooking a peaceful stream and is next to Mynatt Park. Most of the... More
One- and two-bedroom Gatlinburg condos with fireplace, kitchenetteThe Laurel Inn Condominiums are perched on a tree-filled property overlooking the town of Gatlinburg, three blocks away. The nonsmoking condo-style hotel provides either one- or two-bedroom suites, all with... More
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The Days Inn and Suites hotel is ideally located on the main parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, 100 yards from the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park and one block from the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Family fun is abundant in the area, with nearby attractions... More
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Shops at Carousel Gardens
Sample the fine arts and culture of historic Gatlinburg in this garden setting. The shops offer antiques, furniture, and more, created by juried artists inspired by tradition.
Cades Cove Scenic Drive
Settled in the early 1800s, Cades Cove offers a look into the homestead life of settlers along an 11-mile road, with barns, churches, restored homes, and some of the best opportunities for viewing wildlife.
Watch all the fireflies flash in unison and light up the nights in June at Elkmont, which is the only place in America with synchronous fireflies.
See the Smoky Mountains from above on the Aerial Tramway, a cable car that travels 2.1 miles from downtown to the Ober Gatlinburg mountaintop resort.
Natahala Outdoor Center
Take the whole family on a whitewater rafting trip down the Pigeon River with nationally recognized professional guides at Natahala Outdoor Center.
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Take a walk through clear, underwater tunnels for an up-close look at sharks, turtles, penguins, and more.
Smoky Mountain Riding Stables
Explore the national park on horseback with an experienced guide.
See the city of Gatlinburg and a get a great, 360-degree view of the mountains from an observation deck. The Space Needle also offers an arcade, comedy shows, laser tag, and more.
The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum
More than 20,000 sets of shakers are on display at this museum. Visit the on-site gift shop for a souvenir set of shakers or handcrafted jewelry.
Hollywood Star Cars Museum
Check out the cars from Charlie's Angels, Gone in 60 Seconds, and other famous movies and shows during a tour of this Gatlinburg museum.