Located right next to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg has become a very desirable mountain resort destination. The area is flush with every sort of accommodation, dozens of one-of-a-kind local to national restaurants chains, and more attractions than you will be able to visit without staying a week or more. Visitors from all over the country come to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to experience the mountains, the food, outdoor activities, and more!
Places to Stay
As far as lodging is concerned, there’s something for everyone in Gatlinburg. You can stay in a mountain chalet, a vacation cabin, a quaint bed and breakfast or a luxury hotel. It’s all here. Whether you’re here for a family vacation, romantic weekend getaway, honeymoon, or simply a weekend to decompress, Gatlinburg lodging options are sure to accommodate your particular needs. Here’s some choice picks…
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek is a rustically, elegant lodge that feels like you’re stepping back in time. The lodge is located at 961 Campbell Lead Road in Gatinburg.
Deer Ridge Mountain Resort offers cabins, chalets and condos. They are located at 3710 Weber Road in Gatlinburg
Johnson’s Inn is located within a block of downtown Gatlinburg, and provides a peaceful respite to travelers who want to enjoy all that Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas has to offer. Johnson’s Inn is located at 242 Bishop Lane, in Gatlinburg.
Places to Eat
There are definitely a lot of places to eat in Gatlinburg. Chain fast food locations are everywhere and you’ll find some great local restaurants too! Here are just a few…
The Peddler Steakhouse at 820 River Road. A Gatlinburg favorite, The Peddler is literally built upon tradition. The restaurant is constructed around the C. Earl Ogle cabin, the home of a descendant of one of Gatlinburg’s first pioneer families.
The Pancake Pantry, located at 628 Parkway, is a Gatlinburg tradition and a great place to take the family for breakfast or lunch.
Calhoun’s BBQ, located at 1004 Parkway, has what many visitors consider the best ribs in the country. And right next door is the Cherokee Grill and Steakhouse, an upscale mountain lodge atmosphere featuring fresh fish and seafood, great steaks, rotisserie chicken and more.
Places to Go
There are so many things to see and do in Gatlinburg… from Ripley’s Aquarium with the largest underwater tunnel and a ski resort with year-round ice skating to museums, go-cart racing and miniature golf. And, of course, one of everybody’s favorite things to do in the Smokies – the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Gatlinburg is accessible via US Routes 321 and 441. Once in town, getting around is easy once you have a city map and a roll of quarters for the trolleys… and you don’t have to worry about where to park your car. Gatlinburg trolleys run color-coded routes all over town. They are a great way to get a quick overview of everything the city has to offer.
Along “The Parkway” you’ll find over 400 shops including arts and crafts, village-style stores, souvenir and gift shops and the famed Mountain Mall. Enjoy!