General Overview of Gatlinburg
The crown jewel of the Smokies, Gatlinburg has been named one of the prettiest towns in all of America by Forbes. Join the millions who make new memories every year in Gatlinburg. Download the FREE vacation guide and signup for our electronic newsletter today to never miss a second of Smoky Mountain splendor.
Here's What's "Up"
There's no doubt about it: Gatlinburg just keeps getting better. The city recently put all power lines along the Parkway underground to enhance the stunning mountain views. It continually adds exciting new restaurants and attractions, while creating signature events that bring mountain life to the masses.
Sunshine in the Smokies
In need of a break? Spring into action and plan a trip to Gatlinburg today to take in the spectacular Smoky Mountain sun, enjoy signature events like Smoky Mountain SpringFest , and experience all of nature's wonder during the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage . Whether you're looking for family fun, a romantic getaway, or the perfect setting to reconnect with old friends, Gatlinburg is the place to be this spring and summer.
Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries
From moonshine to micro brews to merlot, Gatlinburg's got a glass with your name on it. Gatlinburg is home to several of the finest wineries in Tennessee, with three local wine cellars and sellers, including the oldest producer of premium wines in East Tennessee at Winery Square, plus two new local wineries in Tennessee mountain country who offer complimentary tastings. You can also sip fine beers at Smoky Mountain Brewery or relive the bootlegger life by visiting Ole Smoky Mountain Distillery to try free samples of their many moonshine flavors and tour their museum. Don't worry, it's all legal. No matter what you're thirsting for, you'll find it in Gatlinburg.
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Voted the #1 Aquarium in America by TripAdvisor, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is an underwater experience unlike any other. Learn about the wonders of nature with the many exciting and interactive exhibits celebrating the aquatic world. Party with penguins at the Penguin Playhouse, celebrate the predatory shark by seeing the powerful creatures up close at the Shark Lagoon, and dive into adventure by watching one of the live daily mermaid shows. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is the perfect getaway for family-friendly Gatlinburg fun.
Head to Ober Gatlinburg and see wildlife up close and personal. You'll experience cuteness overload when you see the black bear cubs recently born at Ober. Bear viewings typically take place daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. You'll also find an eclectic array of other wildlife including river otters, flying squirrels, and birds of many different feathers.
The Great Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Community, located just east of downtown, is home to the largest group of independent artisans in North America, with shops and galleries situated along the famous eight-mile Arts and Crafts Loop. Over 100 whittlers, woodworkers, painters, potters, quilters, candlemakers, basketweavers and many other artisans practice the creation of authentic Appalachian art as it has been done for generations.
With eight miles of shops, studios and galleries offering everything from anvils to watercolors, there's no telling what treasures you'll find when you shop Gatlinburg's arts and crafts community.
Looking for outdoor adventure? You'll find it in the Great Smoky Mountains. Lace up that footwear and take a hike up to Abrams Falls or explore the Gatlinburg Trail. Grab your pole and fish the Little River in the Smokies, or wet a line downtown. Pitch a tent, grab the marshmallows, and camp at a local campground or Elkmont. Take a wild whitewater rafting ride down the Big Pigeon River. Hit the slopes at Tennessee's only ski resort. Hop on your bike and put the pedal to the metal. Birdwatch for hours and enjoy the serenity of nature. Saddle up and go on a horseback ride with the whole family. There's adventure around every corner in Gatlinburg. The hard part is choosing which activity to do first.
Want the scoop on what to do on your vacation? Head to the Experience section of Gatlinburg.com to get a taste of the adventure, attractions, art and amazing natural beauty that are all over the map in Gatlinburg. Take a stroll, shop, pack a picnic, or curl up by a fire. Launch an expedition, take on a new challenge. or start a new family tradition. You've never been closer. Experience Gatlinburg today.
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