Few could argue there’s a better place for a riveting Tennessee getaway than Gatlinburg. Between its memorable kitsch, entertainment for all ages, and unique cultural events throughout the year, there really isn’t any place quite like this popular resort town.
Tucked into a leafy mountain valley and bordered by Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg welcomes up to 12 million visitors annually, despite having only 4,000 full-time residents. Indeed, there’s more packed into this town than destinations twice its size - and you can experience it all with a comfortable stay in one of our Gatlinburg vacation rentals.
Where is Gatlinburg, TN?
Located in far eastern Tennessee, Gatlinburg sits just 14 miles south of the county seat, Sevierville, and 15 miles west of the border with North Carolina. Seven miles south, you'll find Pigeon Forge and all the family fun at Dollywood amusement park, owned by renowned Dolly Parton.
Gatlinburg's unmatched access to Great Smoky Mountains National Park make it a great choice for those looking to escape into the great outdoors, while its seasonal festivals, unique shops, and plenty of family-friendly options appeal to urban dwellers.
Things to Do in Gatlinburg, TN
Family fun is the name of the game along Gatlinburg’s downtown strip, where kids of all ages are guaranteed to find something exciting. Walk through underwater exhibits full of stingrays, sharks, and other denizens of the deep at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, view sleek sports cars once used in famous movies at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum, and finish off a day of fun with a round of pirate-themed miniature golf at Treasure Quest Miniature Golf.
Adults will find just as many fun-filled options, including small-batch whiskey and bourbon tasting at Ole Smoky Distillery (make sure to pick up a mason jar bottle of authentic Tennessee moonshine when you visit), dancing the night away at Club 812, and sampling acclaimed vintages along the Rocky Top Wine Trail, which is comprised of five wineries within 12 miles.
Outdoor Activities in Gatlinburg, TN
Everyone will enjoy the town’s exceptional access to day hikes, river rafting, guided outdoor tours, panoramic lookouts, and much more on over 500,000 acres of pristine wildlands in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Head 16 miles south to reach one of the park’s most scenic sections: Newfound Gap, a 5,048-foot mountain pass straddling the North Carolina border. Make sure to pack your camera for breathtaking sunset views atop its Rockefeller Memorial, or save your shots for the jaw-dropping scenery on Mt. Leconte, the park’s third highest peak, which sits just five miles northeast.
Whether on a romantic escape with a loved one or planning a fun family getaway, you’re guaranteed to find exciting activities for everyone in Gatlinburg. Book your next stay in one of our Gatlinburg vacation rentals and make memories to last a lifetime in this charming eastern Tennessee town!
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