Welcome to Gatlinburg! Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains - America’s Most Visited National Park
Your Mountain Getaway Starts Here
Surrounded on three sides by
, Gatlinburg sees over 11 million visitors annually. Visitors to the city come from all over the world to experience the unique beauty, culture and serenity that can only be found in Gatlinburg.
Gatlinburg can transform from a residential town of 4,000 into a population of more than 40,000 on any given night. Not to worry, though, Gatlinburg offers a variety of
: from beautiful chalets high atop glorious mountain vistas to luxury condominiums and hotels conveniently located within walking distance to downtown attractions. There are plenty of lodging options for families and groups of any size.
There’s a multitude of
once in Gatlinburg. Museums, an aquarium, rides and fun attractions for all ages are all within walking distance along the downtown Parkway. Snow skiing in the winter, river rafting, golfing, mountain coasters, ziplining and horseback riding are just a few activities for those looking for outdoor adventure. Once daylight is dwindling and it’s time to hit the town, Gatlinburg offers
serving delicious cuisine and
. Indulge in the flavors of Appalachian history with a taste from
Any season is a good time to visit Gatlinburg. Nationally recognized festivals and
take place throughout the year. The nation’s largest group of independent artisans creates handmade items crafted in the hills of Gatlinburg for generations.
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Walking Downtown and the River Walk
Everyone enjoys walking the Downtown Parkway, which runs from one end of town to the other. It’s filled with a rich variety of things to see and activities to experience, places to eat, super shopping and attractions that boggle the mind. For a quieter stroll, take the River Walk and enjoy the cheerful song of the Little Pigeon River, with gazebos and benches along the way. Apart from the Downtown Parkway and connecting side streets, the East Parkway at Traffic Light #3 is dotted with shops and restaurants for about three miles.
Arts and Crafts for miles
Anchored at the corner of East Parkway and Glades Road at Traffic Light #3A, you'll find the beginning of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Home to over 100 shops featuring craftspeople and artists along an 8-mile loop, it's the largest gathering of independent artisans in North America. You'll discover one-of-a-kind crafts, treasures and artwork, and you can watch the artisans at work. Stop along the way and chat with a painter or potter, or let a broom maker show you how it's done.
The night time is the right time
Once the sun sets, there's plenty of dining and entertainment downtown. From family fare to filet mignon, Gatlinburg's restaurants are always fixin' up something special. After dinner, enjoy a show. Take a trip back in time to the slapstick vaudeville comedy of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre or check out the Mentalist show with hypnosis and magic. Grab a bench and people-watch. Or cruise up the Space Needle or Gatlinburg Sky Lift and enjoy the twinkling lights below.
Accommodations of every description
Gatlinburg vacations are famous for out-of-the-way places to stay as well as rooms right in town. There are mountainside chalets, cabins and modern condos, and plenty of downtown hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts and lodges. Or pitch camp at a nearby campground. Whatever accommodation you choose, Gatlinburg is where your adventures in Appalachia begin.
Need a handy guide?
Order a FREE Gatlinburg Vacation Guide. It's everything you will need to get ready for a Gatlinburg getaway. Complete listings of special events, mileage charts and alternate routes that'll save you at least an hour coming and going. You'll find listings of shopping, restaurants, lodging, attractions, and other Gatlinburg businesses that are ready and waiting to welcome you. Come explore the most visited National Park in America and enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains from your home base in Gatlinburg!