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Outdoorsy Destinations: Gatlinburg

Named one of the prettiest towns in America by, 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

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. 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.

    Grotto Falls

    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 Vacation Packages

Hotel only $80

1 BEST WESTERN Twin Islands

3 stars
3.6 / 5 149 reviews

539 Parkway Map

Save 10% on your stay

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

Hotel only $76

2 River Terrace Resort

3 stars
3.4 / 5 223 reviews

240 River Road Map


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

Hotel only $67

3 BEST WESTERN Crossroads Inn

3 stars
3.4 / 5 70 reviews

440 Parkway Map

Save 10% on your stay

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

Hotel only $55

4 Brookside Resort by Fairbridge

3 stars
2.7 / 5 27 reviews

463 East Parkway Map

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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

Hotel only $29

5 Motel 6 Gatlinburg Smoky Mountains

2 stars
3.2 / 5 137 reviews

309 Ownby Street Map

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

Hotel only $99

6 Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Spa

4 stars
3.9 / 5 120 reviews

915 Garden Road Map


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

Hotel only $42

7 River Edge Motor Lodge

3 stars
3.2 / 5 189 reviews

665 River Road Map

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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

Hotel only $57

8 Sidney James Mountain Lodge

3 stars
2.9 / 5 168 reviews

610 Historic Nature Trail Airport Rd Map

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

Hotel only $73

9 Laurel Inn Condominiums

3 stars
3.6 / 5 90 reviews

354 East Holly Ridge Rd. Map

10% off your stay

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

Hotel only $50

10 Days Inn And Suites Downtown Gatlinburg Parkway

2 stars
2.5 / 5 83 reviews

1109 Parkway Map

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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

Gatlinburg highlights

  • 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.

    Elkmont Camping

    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.

    Aerial Tramway

    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.

    Space Needle

    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.