Gatlinburg, Tennessee is popular destination for couples and families alike. No matter what time of year you visit, Gatlinburg offers attractions and events to please every member of you family.
During warm months, visitors can enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, bicycling, white-water rafting, horseback riding, hiking and camping. Outdoorsmen can choose to explore the natural beauty for a few hours or pitch a tent and spend a few days in one of Gatlinburg’s three campgrounds . There are guided tours in hiking, water-water rafting and horseback riding to make sure you get the most out of your experience. Not sure what to wear? There are full service outfitters that will provide you with everything you need.
Winter months bring exciting sports at Ober Gatlinburg such as skiing, snowboarding and winter tubing for beginners and experts. The scenic chair lift and tramway offer breathtaking views of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. Or stay indoors, slip on a pair of ice skates and enjoy the huge indoor ice rink. Rentals for ice skates, ski and snowboard equipment is available for both adults and children.
Gatlinburg offers a large variety of popular tourist attractions, most within walking distance of each other. Popular attractions such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Motion Ride Movie Theatre, Guinness World of Records museum , and Ripley’s Haunted Adventure thrill and entertain thousands of visitors each year.
For the more adventurous enjoy Tennessee’s first treetop zipline at Zipline Family Adventure, exploring back road trails at Off-Road Adventures, playing miniature golf in 3-D or perched in the hills above Gatlinburg.
If you enjoy museums, Gatlinburg is home to The Hollywood Wax Museum, which allows you to step into your favorite movies and TV shows, Cooter’s Place has original cars and souvenirs from the popular 1970’s TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard” as well as the Hollywood Car Museum for the car enthusiast. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is home to thousands of unique and unusual items collected by Robert Ripley, and the Guinness Book of World Records features pop culture memorabilia and exhibits featuring world record holders.
Gatlinburg is an ideal place for shopping for gifts and souvenirs. There are over 400 shops and five shopping malls in downtown Gatlinburg. Some offer store not found anywhere else and many feature arts and crafts from local artists. Whether you are looking for hand crafted furniture or homemade fudge and candies made right in front of you, there is a multitude of unique gifts and souvenirs to meet everyone’s taste.
Gatlinburg’s shopping villages and malls are also home to several art galleries featuring original artwork, photography, and paintings from many local and regional artists. The Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery features beautiful paintings from Thomas Kinkade and other national artists for sell. Its a perfect way to take home a piece of the smokey mountains.
Gatlinburg is a popular destination for romantic getaways, honeymoon or the perfect romantic wedding. Couples can opt for a romantic outdoor wedding at the location of their choice or choose between the many quaint chapels and churches in Gatlinburg. Bridal couples can use the many wedding services to create their dream wedding in the setting of their choice. That is why Gatlinburg is known as the wedding capital of the South.
Whatever your reason is for visiting Gatlinburg, finding lodging to meet your needs. Inns and lodges are perfect for family and group getaways that offer a comfortable homey atmosphere. Couples can visit the many quaint bed and breakfasts, chalets and cabins that offer the perfect romantic atmosphere along with amenities such as jacuzzis, fireplaces, and balconies overlooking scenic views and the river.
Gatlinburg is the ideal destination for couples and families. There are a variety of packages available for lodging, attractions and dining to make it more affordable to visit Gatlinburg and get the most out of your vacation.