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Visiting Gatlinburg

Down-home music and crafts demonstrations, a faux-alpine atmosphere... Gatlinburg has arrived, with thousands of families and honeymooners flocking to this fun-filled spot in the Smoky Mountains every season. Hikes here reveal some of the most romantic vistas in the country, and skiing enthusiasts can hit the slopes in winter—just don't expect Aspen. Rather, come ready for charming Gatlinburg attractions like sitting by a fire and watching the sun sink behind misty blue mountaintops.

If thinking about all that mountain air is making you hungry, don’t worry. Gatlinburg restaurants can serve you up everything from breakfast (try the Log Cabin Pancake House) to barbeque (try Calhoun’s). And don’t worry about driving far on a full stomach afterwards, because Gatlinburg has plenty of ... Read More
Down-home music and crafts demonstrations, a faux-alpine atmosphere... Gatlinburg has arrived, with thousands of families and honeymooners flocking to this fun-filled spot in the Smoky Mountains every season. Hikes here reveal some of the most romantic vistas in the country, and skiing enthusiasts can hit the slopes in winter—just don't expect Aspen. Rather, come ready for charming Gatlinburg attractions like sitting by a fire and watching the sun sink behind misty blue mountaintops.

If thinking about all that mountain air is making you hungry, don’t worry. Gatlinburg restaurants can serve you up everything from breakfast (try the Log Cabin Pancake House) to barbeque (try Calhoun’s). And don’t worry about driving far on a full stomach afterwards, because Gatlinburg has plenty of places to stay the night.

No matter where you stay or what you decide to do, getting a feel for the area’s vacation terrain is easy with our travelers’ photos. Once you see all the fun and natural beauty East Tennessee offers, you’ll be booking a flight to Gatlinburg in no time.    Close

Stories and Tips Gatlinburg

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Long Day Trip - Driving the Smoky Mountains National Park

Written by MilwVon on 03 Jun, 2011

We left Lake Lure NC heading for the Blue Ridge Parkway and ultimately the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With really poor weather in North Carolina, we were looking forward to hopefully driving out from under the fog and clouds and into the clear in…Read More


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Like Branson or Wisconsin Dells on Steroids

Written by MilwVon on 03 Jun, 2011

I will start with a bias against shop after shop, tourist trap after tourist trap . . . for a far as the eye can see. Add to that arriving on Friday of a major American three day holiday and it is a recipe…Read More


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Surprising Find of National Historic Landmark

Written by Sandy Goes on 02 Feb, 2007

On our drive to Gatlinburg which is approximately 750 miles from NYC we stopped for the night after being on the road about 7 hours. We spent the night in Natural Bridge VA. The next morning as we were ready to get back on the…Read More


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Newfound Gap

Written by briggl on 16 Aug, 2006

Once at the park, I stopped at the Sugarlands visitor center, then followed Newfound Gap Road. This road runs at an angle through the park, and comes out at Cherokee, NC.The bluish mist, which clings to the mountainsides and fills the valleys, gives the park…Read More


Walking through Gatlinburg

Written by Kataries on 20 Jun, 2005

Just walking through Gatlinburg, doing nothing in particular, is a lot of fun. During Christmas, the entire town of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is lit up beyond belief, and it is like walking in a wonderland. However, it is a great pasttime at any time…Read More


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A wedding in the Smokies

Written by Muchmor on 23 May, 2003

When planning our trip to the Smokies, we decided it would be a good place to finally tie the knot (after 11 years together). I did extensive research on the web, checking out the rules etc for Brits to marry here and found that basically…Read More


TRIP SUMMARY...

Written by adventuregirl on 02 May, 2004

OK, I stayed at Gatlinburg Town square, directly off the strip. It's on "Historic Nature Trail." It's next to Outback Steakhouse (how conVENient) and is just up the street from the space needle (great for the view). It is about a…Read More


Natural Bridge, Virginia

Written by EPearl on 12 Sep, 2002

This isn't as out of place as it sounds. We decided that we were not going to be able to make the trip (by car) to Gatlinburg in one day, so we had to decide about where to stop overnight. After getting out…Read More


The perfect honeymoon setting

Written by lyss710 on 12 Jul, 2001

When we originally began planning our honeymoon, my husband had his heart set on a Carribean getaway at a tropical resort. Then we looked at our finances and reality set in - it would have to be somewhere cheaper. Our first choice in…Read More


Driving up

Written by titaniumcop on 11 Nov, 2000

As we drove up, we figured out why the Smoky Mountains are so named. They really are smoky. There's a constant haze that sits on the mountains, making thems seem cloaked in mystery. Quite pretty as you drive along the highway and they're directly…Read More


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