Gatlingburg, TN

Gatlinburg, a beautiful town nestled in the Smoky Mountains, is the perfect spot for a spontaneous getaway or amazing vacation.

This quaint mountain town is one of the most desirable vacation spots in the country. Take a ride to the top of the Space Needle, stay active skiing a few runs at Ober Gatlinburg, visit the number one aquarium in the country, or head into the National Park for a relaxing day. These options are only the beginning! The only limitation to your vacation is your imagination. Whether you're looking for an action-packed week filled with attractions or simply wanting to enjoy a beautiful hiking trail and waterfall, Gatlinburg has it all.

The Map

From I-40, Take exit 407 and stay south on TN-71S/US-441S for 22 Miles.

Relaxation. Adventure. Memories.

Isn’t it time you experienced the glory of a Smoky Mountain sunrise from a rocking chair? How about roof top drinks and appetizers with a view of the space needle and magnificent mountains? Why not hop in your car for a scenic drive and a chance to see some amazing wildlife up close?

Gatlinburg is an amazing town where memories are made and traditions are created. It’s your turn.

Famous Attractions

Ripleys Believe It Or Not! Odditorium

This interesting museum, which features over 600 exhibits, is the perfect combination of oddity and entertainment. Where else can you see an airplane made out of 17,000 matchsticks, a two-headed cow, or a 6,583' chain of gum wrappers?

  • 800 Parkway
  • Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: 9am-10pm
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Ripleys Aquarium Of The Smokies

This aquarium, which is the #1 TripAdvisor ranked aquarium in the country, amazes over one million visitors each year. With 1.4 million gallons of water, over 100,000 exotic sea creatures, and a 430' underwater tunnel, this is an attraction that is sure to impress!

  • 88 River Rd
  • Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: 9am-9pm
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Arcadia Space Needle

The Gatlinburg Space Needle opened in 1969 and is an iconic Gatlinburg landmark. You will enjoy the amazing views from this 407', 360-degree observation tower. The space needle is the perfect spot to watch a sunset, take photos of Gatlinburg, or just relax and enjoy the surrounding mountains!

  • 115 Historic Nature Trail
  • Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: 9am-2am
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The Gatlinburg Sky Lift

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift, which opened in the early 1950s, is one of the oldest continuously operated attractions in the area. This family-friendly activity whisks visitors to the summit of Crockett Mountain at a height of 1,800'. The stunning views of the surrounding mountains are breathtaking!

  • 765 Parkway
  • Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: 9am-11pm(call)
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Sweet Fanny Adams

This historic vaudeville show is filled with old-time humor, slapstick comedy, plenty of music, and tons of dancing. The small, intimate theater guarantees a great seat and increases the chance that the cast will have you help out on stage.

  • 461 Parkway
  • Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: Call
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Sights And Sounds

In addition to the multi-million dollar attractions that Gatlinburg is famous for, this small town has a vibrant community of artists, musicians, and actors that are an important part of the area's character. As you are visiting the shops in The Village, enjoying locally made candy, listening to Bluegrass music, or watching an artist carve chainsaw art, you are sure to enjoy the Southern hospitality of this famous town.

This beautiful city is surrounded by incredible mountains and located approximately one mile away from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. However, don't let the serenity of the mountains fool you - this picturesque town is full of activities. Gatlinburg has world-class restaurants, a beautiful river walk, great shopping, dozens of first-rate attractions, quaint villages, fun shows, and enough to keep you entertained for weeks!

Are you looking for the perfect combination of mountain serenity and vacation activity? We have it. Each year Gatlinburg hosts numerous conventions, sports tournaments, car shows, spring festivals, fall festivals, Winterfest, Christmas parades, and even a New Year's Even ball drop and fireworks show. Combine this with our shopping, attractions, and restaurants and you couldn't get bored if you tried! Need to get away from it all? No problem. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 800 miles of hiking trails and unlimited peace and quiet is only a mile away.

A leisurely stroll through the town of Gatlinburg is sure to make a lasting impression. Quaint villages of shops with beautiful fountains and cool architecture against the backdrop of the mountains draw visitors back time and time again.

Don’t let the quaint feel of our little resort town fool you. This small town is the gateway to the Smoky Mountains National Park and hosts nearly ten million visitors each year! The city’s hiqh-quality lodging options include hotels, motels, condos, cabins, and chalets.  What makes this small town so special? For a start, 450 unique shops, an 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop, the largest group of artisans in North America, countless great attractions, delectable candy and fudge shops, world-class dining, 800 miles of nearby hiking trails, endless waterfalls, beautiful mountain streams, incredible Southern hospitality, and our backyard is the top National Park in the country!

In Gatlinburg, the beauty of the surrounding mountains is impossible to escape. We are bordered by mountains on all sides, with Sugarland Mountain and Mount LeConte to the south, Cove Mountain to the west, Grapeyard Ridge to the east, and Big Ridge to the northeast. The mountain vistas are especially impressive from the Gatlinburg Space Needle, the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Ober Gatlinburg’s Aerial Tramway, the Gatlinburg Bypass, and on the scenic Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

Famous Eats

Pancake Pantry

The Pancake Pantry was the first pancake house in the state of Tennessee and is without a doubt the most popular breakfast spot in the Smokies. You simply must eat breakfast here! Can we definitively say that the Pancake Pantry has the best pancakes in the world? No, but only because we think they are made in heaven.

  • 628 Parkway
  • Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: 7am-4pm
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Cherokee Grill

Are you celebrating a special occasion or looking for an excellent dinner? The Cherokee Grill is the perfect spot. This restaurant, which is located in Calhoun's Village, offers the best service in the Smoky Mountains and the menu is superb.

  • 1002 Parkway
  • Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: 4pm-11pm
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Calhouns

While Calhoun's is a chain restaurant, is is definitely worth considering if you are craving ribs. The whole menu is good, but the pretzel appetizer, wings, and the ribs are excellent.

  • 1004 Parkway #101
  • Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: 11am-10:30pm
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Smoky Mountain Brewery

This downtown Gatlinburg microbrewery is the perfect spot to enjoy a craft brew while you watch the game. The food menu is excellent and we recommend the juicy burgers, hand-tossed pizzas, and the soft-pretzel appetizer. Definitely try the six-beer sampler for only $6.

  • 004 Parkway
  • Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: 11:30am-1am
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No Way Jose's

This restaurant, which is located by the aquarium, is consistently voted the best Mexican food in the area. The highlight of the meal is the salsa, which is made fresh daily at the restaurant. The fajitas, tamales, and enchiladas are local favorites.

  • 555 Parkway
  • Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: 11am-10pm
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Ole Smoky Moonshine

Ole Smoky Moonshine, which is located in Ole Smoky Holler, is the perfect spot to enjoy live music, take a free walking tour of a real moonshine distillery, or try free samples of the 'white lighting.' This is a fun and free activity that should be on your itinerary.

  • 903 Parkway
  • Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: 10am-10pm
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