Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a destination for many types of travelers. Its romantic cabins attract honeymooners and couples, while families flock to the town for its amusements and historical attractions. At the same time, outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to this town nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you simply want to enjoy the view from your private outdoor hot tub, spend your days hiking and mountain biking, or keep the kids busy with a rigorous itinerary, you can do all of that in Gatlinburg.
Gatlinburg is home to several mini-golf courses, both indoor and outdoor. For something different, try out the black light course at Old Gatlinburg Golf and Games. Visit the Hollywood Wax Museum and the Guinness World of Records Museum. For more evidence of the bizarre things of the world, check out Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum. Ripley's also boasts an aquarium, moving theater and mirror maze. Get a great view of Gatlinburg by riding the 400-foot glass elevator at Arcadia Family Fun Center. To get your adrenaline pumping, visit the Mysterious Mansion or buy a ticket for the Earthquake Subway Ride.
The prime outdoor attraction is Great Smoky Mountain National Park. With more than 900 miles of trails, travelers can stay busy hiking, fishing, biking or horseback riding. The Pigeon River provides opportunities for tubing and whitewater rafting. If you want to see the park from above, ride the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway to the top of Mount Harrison or take a ride on Gatlinburg's Sky Lift.
Experience a comedy show at the historic Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. If you are interested in local art, check out the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. This historic community is now made up of more than 120 studios where you can see artists at work. You can even participate in a workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Ride the quaint Pigeon Forge Trolley around Gatlinburg and visit Ogle's Cabin, the first building in Gatlinburg. Other historic sights include Pi Beta Phi Settlement School, Ogle Store, and First Baptist Church. You can discover many of these sights along the Tennessee Heritage Trail in Gatlinburg.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.