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.
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/
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.
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.