Surround yourself with majestic mountains and Tennessee-proud barbecue.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is reason enough to visit Gatlinburg. But this Tennessee town also offers year-round adventure, with water parks and hiking in the warm-weather months, glorious foliage in the fall and snow sports and holiday shows in the winter. Plus, the Dollywood theme park and Dolly Parton’s dinner-and-a-show venues are right up the road in nearby Pigeon Forge. Indulge in craft beers proudly made in Gatlinburg and platters of some of Tennessee's finest barbecue.

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Explore Gatlinburg

  • Downtown Gatlinburg
  • Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community
  • Pigeon Forge

Downtown Gatlinburg

Overview

You could spend an entire weekend in downtown Gatlinburg and never run out of things to do. An enclave of some 100 local artisans sell their wares at the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community; there’s an aquarium for kids; venues for music showcase bluegrass and classic rock; and the Great Smoky Mountain views will surround — and astound — you.

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Attractions, Restaurants, Shopping, Music

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Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community

Overview

Organized in an 8-mile loop of shops, galleries and studios, this area will interest even the most shopping-averse travelers with artisan demonstrations of how objects are made, including brooms, candles, decorative glass, pottery and more. Stock up on souvenirs, and don’t miss out on lunch at one of the local restaurants.

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Pigeon Forge

Overview

Say hello to all things Dolly — Parton, that is — and the theme parks she built, which have put this tiny spot on the map. Don’t skip the Pigeon Forge town center, where music rules the day, especially at the Smoky Mountain Opry.

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Attractions, Restaurants, Shopping, Music

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Nearby Hotels and Resorts

Stay in The Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Take Three Days to Explore the Beauty of Gatlinburg, Tennessee

A plate of pancakes

Hello, Dolly!

Dolly (Parton, that is) deserves a full day of your trip. Start at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge. A four-course dinner is served up at both Dolly Parton’s Stampede and Dolly’s other extravaganza, the Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show.

A bridge in the daylight

Get on Top of Old Smoky

Let’s take this outside — more specifically, to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, for your choice of hiking, biking, horseback riding and more. Conveniently located on the ride back into town, the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park offers another, loftier way to view the Smokies from a sky bridge. 

Flight of beers

Go to Town

Hop the Gatlinburg Trolley for the trip to the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community and, at the other end of the trolley line, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Also on tap: world-class shopping as well as an authentic barbecue joint and the chance to sip some made-in-Gatlinburg cider.

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