Gatlinburg has become a popular tourist destination thanks to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This mountainous city offers some wonderful skiing and hiking opportunities as well as the chance a romantic couple’s getaway or some quality family travel. Named the number one USA destination on the rise by TripAdvisor, its’s easy to see why. Spend your day hiking, exploring, horse-riding, white-water rafting or zipping up to the top of the Space Needle, for panoramic views of the mountains.

How to Reach the Destination

By Plane:  Accessible by plane from all major US cities. (McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville)

By Car:  Easily reached by car from the North via Pigeon Forge. Take I-40 to TN66 then follow US411.

By Bus:  Greyhound bus services run to Gatlinburg https://www.greyhound.com/

Dos and Don’ts

Take advantage of the easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg is a fantastic base for exploring the park. Hiking and walking paths are available for all levels.

Take in some urban attractions. The sky lift and the Space Needle give amazing views of the beautiful surroundings while the Guinness World Records Museum and the Ripley’s Museum are also worth a visit.

Arrive early at the ski resorts to avoid the crowds.

Make sure you try the local moonshine and micro-brews

Make sure you get to know the locals, and get the inside scoop!

Don’t go to the mountains unprepared. Dress for the weather conditions and take plenty of water and high-energy snacks.

Typical Costs

Price Range for Hotels

Accommodation options range from B&Bs, motels and hotels to backpackers. The lower end of the scale will get you a basic hotel room for less than $60, while a higher end hotel will run up to $250.

Price of a meal

Budget and mid-range options abound and you can find many bars, restaurants and grills that offer a meal for two for around $30.

Top Places to Visit

Great Smoky Mountains
National Park

Hiking, walking, lush forests and fields of wildflowers allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in nature. There’s also a hiking route that includes a section of the Appalachian Trail.

Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg is an amusement park and ski area, this pace has it all. Large shopping plaza, food, excellent fudge, skating rink, ski area, tramway and a black bear habitat. There really is something for everybody at Ober Galtinburg.


Space Needle

The 340 feet high, the observation deck at the top of this needle gives you the chance to see the best views of Gatlinburg. On the lower level is laser tag, an arcade and a virtual rollercoaster.

Little Pigeon River

If you enjoy fishing, this is the place for you. Get on the river with the locals, where you can fly fish. Trout and bass are the most common catches on the river. There’s a 2 mile walkway that runs along the riverbank with numerous river entry points.