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You'll likely always remember your first visit to Gatlinburg. Many people who visit here once are so enchanted with the area that they return every year to recreate romantic memories, shop for beautiful locally made wares, sample tasty local cuisine and take part in the many sports and activities available in every season. In short, your first trip to Gatlinburg will likely be the start of a whole new adventure that you'll look forward to every year.

We've collected five great tips for first time travelers that we hope will be helpful to you.

1) Take advantage of technology. Gatlinburg.com is your destination to plan your trip. Download your free trip planner and also get the Gatlinburg app so you can plan on the go.

2) Learn about Great Smoky Mountains National Park and all of the activities you can enjoy there. The park website is a treasure trove of information about the land and the animals that live there. Check out the class and program schedules, Junior Ranger opportunities for kids and camping information.

3) Get ready to shop! Gatlinburg offers some of the most fun shopping spots you'll find anywhere. Check our website for event information as Gatlinburg often has shows and events where artisans sell their wares. You'll also want to be sure to stop at the Arts & Crafts Community to see dozens of craftspeople who demonstrate their crafts for you as you shop. See our blog about the community to learn more: https://gatlinburg.com/hand-crafted-gatlinburg-souvenirs-from-the-arts-crafts-community/

4) Come hungry! Gatlinburg is home to some of the best restaurants and eateries you'll find in Tennessee and the southeast. Our local fare is known to satisfy most every taste, from terrific pancakes, to sumptuous donuts, to amazing trout and top notch pizza. Download our handy dining guide to get a head start on finding the perfect restaurant by reading our review of Gatlinburg dining choices.

5) It's easy to get around Gatlinburg! Park your car and hop on a trolley when you visit. You can visit the Arts & Crafts Community, the national park (June - October), shops, restaurants and many more attractions. Get your trolley info here and be ready to leave the driving to us!

We hope these tips will help you enjoy your visit. Seasoned Gatlinburg visitors, this is your chance to help your fellow travelers. Let us know in the comments if you have any tips you'd like to share.

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