Hey folks. Thinking about going on vacation? Well look no further, because Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the place for you. A small town nestled along the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the city of Gatlinburg is home to black bears, family fun, and a good helping of southern hospitality. There you’ll find many great attractions and awfully fine accommodations, because people here believe in keeping a sunny disposition and a welcome mat at the door.
But first, you need to find a place to kick your boots off, rest your travel weary wife, and round up those little rascals who can’t wait to cause some trouble. Gatlinburg has many fine establishments to include hotels, cabins, chalets, bed and breakfasts, and even camp grounds for those rugged outdoor types. Accommodations vary, but with over 11,000 of them to choose from, you won’t have to worry about finding a place to lay your head at night. Also, Gatlinburg lodging is not only affordable, but offers a high level of comfort and convenience.
Now that you have settled down for a spell, its time to get you acquainted with some of Tennessee’s finest dining. Gatlinburg has over 100 restaurants that can serve everything from down home cooking with the best vittles you ever tasted, to a diverse menu with cuisine from around the world. Whether its breakfast, lunch, or dinner, these locally owned establishments can fill even the most finicky palate and have that person grinning from ear to ear. Plus, for those of you who have a sweet tooth that must be satisfied, Gatlinburg has a variety of shops selling anything from homemade candy to Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
Once you’ve filled up and rested for a good bout, I’m sure the family will be ready for some fun filled attractions. Gatlinburg has things to do at nearly every turn for those who don’t mind a good stretch of the legs. I personally would recommend going to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, which boasts the world’s largest underwater tunnel. Talking about needing a bigger fishing rod, they definitely have some keepers there. You and the kids will also have a great time visiting interesting museums, racing go carts, playing miniature golf, and doing much, much more. Also, if you don’t mind heights and few comedians pointing at your tram cars cable with expressions of horror on their faces as they go by, a quick trip to Ober Gatlinburg is a sure thing to please the entire family.
With over 400 shops and 5 malls in downtown Gatlinburg, you’ll be able to find everything from locally made arts & crafts, to souvenirs, and even a gift for that special someone back at the old homestead. So grab a cool glass of lemonade and take a leisurely stroll down Main Street. Our village-style stores provide a laid back atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.
Well, you can’t come to Gatlinburg without paying a visit to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. Here you can go fishing for our famous mountain trout in the clearest streams this side of the Rocky Mountains. Also, you can take advantage of our great hiking trails, camping venues, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and bicycling opportunities. Of course, if you’re just looking to take the family out for a nice drive through the park and see some of the local wildlife, I’d recommend visiting the historic Cades Cove.
If your family still isn’t tuckered out by all the commotion going on in Gatlinburg, then it’s high time to visit our good neighbors just a few miles down the road in Pigeon Forge. This family fun vacation spot has more than 40 attractions, including the music filled theme park Dollywood. However, if you’re looking to grab a bite to eat and to take in some of that there live entertainment you’ve been hearing about, then the Dixie Stampede is just where you want to go. Of course, I’ve got to warn you, some cooking tastes so good that a person don’t need any utensils. Be sure not to worry yourself though, Pigeon Forge is home to a wide range of attractions that provide wholesome family entertainment.
The Smoky Mountain National Park receives over 9 million visitors a year. Gatlinburg, just a hop and a skip within the park itself, offers a rare experience for visitors either looking to get away from the big city or country folk looking to take a fun filled family vacation. A place rich in cultural heritage, Gatlinburg provides a close up look of nature while preserving its small town charm. So don’t forget after loading up the kids to head home, the next time you come around we’ll still have a sunny disposition and a welcome mat at the door.