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Gatlinburg, Tennessee is your destination for incredible attractions, endless outdoor adventures and authentic southern-style cuisine.
Nestled in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (the most visited national park in the United States), Gatlinburg is the most visited town in East Tennessee attracting over 12 Million visitors annually.
Gatlinburg’s unique charm is a showcase of southern hospitality at its best, with a wide-range of entertainment and activity options that are sure to please every member of the family.
Downtown Gatlinburg Activities & Attractions
Plan a weekend in walkable downtown Gatlinburg and enjoy hundreds of unique shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Spend a day at Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park for some family-friendly fun, or an afternoon at the must-see Ripley’s Aquarium of The Smokies with over 10,000 exotic sea creatures in 10 different themed galleries.
And don’t forget to check out one of Downtown Gatlinburg’s newest attractions: Anakeesta – featuring the world’s only fixed-grip chondola with aerial views of the city and treetop skybridge. And of course, no trip to Downtown Gatlinburg is complete without experiencing a moonshine tasting at one of the many conveniently located distilleries.
Gatlinburg as a Premiere Outdoor Destination
Gatlinburg is also one of the country’s premiere outdoor destinations. Explore the area’s over 800 miles of hiking trails. Bike thru Cades Cove or camp under the stars inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (with creature-comfort amenities such as running water and bathroom facilities). And don’t be surprised if you see a black bear or two – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States where black bears can live in the wild (just be sure to keep your distance).
Enjoy some of the finest trout fishing Tennessee has to offer in the beautiful mountain streams – or for the more adventuresome explorer, take on the thrill of whitewater rafting through Gatlinburg’s class III and class IV rapids– no prior experience required.
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