Regional Attractions

Hello, Dollywood!

A legendary park named after a legendary woman.

Just a short drive from downtown Gatlinburg is the one-and-only Dollywood. The rides are wild, and the music never ends in this incredible 150-acre theme park in nearby Pigeon Forge. In 2012, the $20 million Wild Eagle roller coaster was added, the first steel wing roller coaster in America. In addition to the incredible rides and shows, there's also Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park. Over 2.5 million visitors a year come to Dollywood, making it one of the most popular places to visit in Tennessee. It's only 13 minutes away. Directions are here.

Dinner shows and Dixie Stampede

It’s showtime in Pigeon Forge.

There are lots of fun dinner shows in the Smoky Mountains area including Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Show and Lumberjack Feud. Depending on the direction you're coming to the Smokies from, you might pass through our neighbor, Pigeon Forge, on your way to downtown Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's almost always showtime in Pigeon Forge, with about a dozen theaters presenting as many as 20 shows daily. There are concerts, musicals, variety shows, comedy and magic, making it one of the most entertaining places to visit in Tennessee. Whether you love Broadway, country, rock, gospel or plain old humor, there's a curtain going up on a big performance every night. Attractions in the area include The Old Mill, which still churns out meal and flour powered by its big, old waterwheel on the Little Pigeon River.

Experience the Titanic

The only thing missing is Leo.

It's been 100 years since the HMS Titanic's maiden voyage ended, but her legacy lives on at the Titanic Museum Attraction just up the road in Pigeon Forge. Book your passage and receive your own boarding pass for this interactive experience which pays homage to one of the most famous ships in history and allows you to step back in history. You can walk the Grand Staircase. Steer the ship. Learn to send an SOS signal. Touch an iceberg. New in 2014, A Tribute Gallery dedicated to one of Titanic's most colorful passengers, Margaret "Unsinkable Molly" Brown.

Cherokee, North Carolina

History and Harrah’s just a short drive away.

What is now western North Carolina has been part of the homeland of the Cherokee people for centuries. Today’s Eastern Band members are direct descendants of those who avoided the Trail of Tears, the Cherokees’ forced removal to Oklahoma in the 1830’s. Their home city adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park allows you to walk back in time. Cherokee is also home to North Carolina’s largest tourist attraction: Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel.

Bristol Motor Speedway

Find your need for speed in Bristol.

Planning to be a part of the crowd at the next big Bristol Motor Speedway event? Since we’re just a short drive away from the track, Gatlinburg is the perfect locale to get ready for the big race beforehand or escape to afterward. Once you’ve joined up to 160,000 of your best friends for a few action-packed hours, it's always good to work in a little bit of the quiet and tranquility that a vacation in the heart of the Smoky Mountains can provide.

University of Tennessee Sports

Rocky Top, you’ll always be….

Kickoff on the gridiron at Neyland Stadium. Tipoff at Thompson Boling Area, featuring action on the hardwood of The Summit. If catching the Big Orange this season is in your plans, it makes sense to make a vacation of it by staying the night just up the road in Gatlinburg. There’s no better place on Earth than the Smokies on a fall weekend or during the madness of basketball season.

Biltmore Estate

An American classic.

Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt's 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago. Biltmore House is truly an architectural and historical wonder and it’s located in Asheville, N.C., just a short day trip from Gatlinburg. See the enormous home, walk the grounds and view the beauty of this classic American estate.

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