Gatlinburg Travel Guide Overview

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 for a romantic couple’s getaway or some quality family travel.
It’s easy to see why TripAdvisor named it the number one rising
destination in the United States. Spend your day hiking, exploring,
horseback riding, white-water rafting, or zipping up to the top of the
Space Needle for panoramic views of the mountains. We hope this
Gatlinburg travel guide can help you plan your trip, learn about the
must-see places in Gatlinburg, give you travel tips, and ensure you make
the most of your trip to Gatlinburg.

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Gatlinburg Travel Guide: How to Get There

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

Gatlinburg Travel Tips

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.

Gatlinburg Travel Guide: 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, Eat and Drinks and grills that offer a meal for two for around $30.


Top Places to Visit in Gatlinburg

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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

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Little Pigeon River

The iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle is a 407’ observation tower that overlooks beautiful Gatlinburg and the surrounding Smoky Mountains. Our tower is served by two glass elevators.

Ober Gatlinburg

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

Tennessee Shine Company – Gatlinburg

Tennessee Shine Company – Gatlinburg

Tennessee Shine Company – Gatlinburg is a renowned distillery specializing in various flavored moonshines and whiskeys, located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Tennessee Cider Company
Food & Drink

Tennessee Cider Company

Tennessee Cider Company is a cider house specializing in craft hard ciders, located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Hollywood Star Cars Museum

Hollywood Star Cars Museum

Hollywood Star Cars Museum is an automotive museum displaying famous cars from movies and television, located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Top Places to Eat in Gatlinburg

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Brew Pub

Smoky Mountain Brewery in Gatlinburg

Nestled in the heart of picturesque Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is the Smoky Mountain Brewery, a haven for beer lovers and food enthusiasts alike. Offering a delightful respite from


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