Welcome to one of the most visited vacation spots in America.
Your mountain getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains starts here.
Gatlinburg is nestled at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in America. There are three entrances into the Smokies right from downtown. Gatlinburg attracts more than eleven million visitors a year and can grow to a population of 40,000-plus on any givennight. This little town of 3,944 residents is dedicated to welcoming all of its guests with a taste of Appalachian hospitality at its best. Folks come from all over the world for vacations, outdoor adventures, family fun and memory making. Gatlinburg is one of America's great mountain resort destinations, with accommodations of every kind, dozens of local-to-national restaurants, and attractions galore – all nestled in the foothills and surrounded on three sides by the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg prides itself on its walkability amidst mountain heritage and the arts, crafts and shops that reflect that tradition.
Walking Downtown and the River Walk
Everyone enjoys walking the Downtown Parkway, which runs from one end of town to the other. It’s filled with a rich variety of things to see and activities to experience, places to eat, super shopping and attractions that boggle the mind. For a quieter stroll, take the River Walk and enjoy the cheerful song of the Little Pigeon River, with gazebos and benches along the way. Apart from the Downtown Parkway and connecting side streets, the East Parkway at Traffic Light #3 is dotted with shops and restaurants for about three miles.
Arts and Crafts for miles
Anchored at the corner of East Parkway and Glades Road at Traffic Light #3A, you'll find the beginning of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Home to over 100 shops featuring craftspeople and artists along an 8-mile loop, it's the largest gathering of independent artisans in North America. You'll discover one-of-a-kind crafts, treasures and artwork, and you can watch the artisans at work. Stop along the way and chat with a painter or potter, or let a broom maker show you how it's done.
The night time is the right time
Once the sun sets, there's plenty of dining and entertainment downtown. From family fare to filet mignon, Gatlinburg's restaurants are always fixin' up something special. After dinner, enjoy a show. Take a trip back in time to the slapstick vaudeville comedy of Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre or check out the Mentalist show with hypnosis and magic. Grab a bench and people-watch. Or cruise up the Space Needle or Gatlinburg Sky Lift and enjoy the twinkling lights below.
Accommodations of every description
Gatlinburg vacations are famous for out-of-the-way places to stay as well as rooms right in town. There are mountainside chalets, cabins and modern condos, and plenty of downtown hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts and lodges. Or pitch camp at a nearby campground. Whatever accommodation you choose, Gatlinburg is where your adventures in Appalachia begin.
Need a handy guide?
Order a FREE Gatlinburg Vacation Guide. It's everything you will need to get ready for a Gatlinburg getaway. Complete listings of special events, mileage charts and alternate routes that'll save you at least an hour coming and going. You'll find listings of shopping, restaurants, lodging, attractions, and other Gatlinburg businesses that are ready and waiting to welcome you. Come explore the most visited National Park in America and enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains from your home base in Gatlinburg!