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Gatlinburg Tennessee Overview

Skiing and snowboarding in winter, hiking, fishing, boating and bushels more ways to fill the glorious days of summer.

Popular pastimes include in town include Entertainment Centers, White water rafting on the Pigeon River, Arts & Crafts Shops and Wedding Chapels.

Additional vacation adventure opportunities are less than 10 miles away at Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Townsend, Dollywood and Great Smokies NP.


Gatlinburg Tennessee Attractions

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park
1001 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN; (865) 436-7007; Ober Gatlinburg Website;
Skiers Hotline: (800) 251-MUCHFUN (Nov 1- Mar 31)

Scenic ride on America's largest aerial tramway up to Ober Gatlinburg.

  • Winter skiing
  • go-karts
  • Blue Cyclone Rapids
  • kiddie rides
  • water raft rides
  • black bear habitat
  • Indoor ice skating arena
  • arcade / restaurant / lounge

    Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
    88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN; (888) 240-1358; Aquarium Website
    Open: Daily year round.
    Save on admission price to all Ripley's Gatlinburg attractions by getting the combo ticket.

    Tennessee's newest $50 million, 115,000 sq.ft, 1.4 million-gallon, world-class aquarium.

  • Hourly dive shows
  • Glass tunnel under giant shark tank
  • Classrooms - daily educational sessions
  • Two restaurants
  • Touch pools for rays and horseshoe crabs
  • Thousands of exotic fish

    Space Needle
    115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN; (865) 436-4629. Free Admission. Space Needle Website
    400-foot landmark observation tower with amusement center, games, rides and laser tag.

    Christus Gardens
    510 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN; (865) 436-5155; Christus Gardens Website;
    Open: 364 days yearly / Free Parking;

    Dramatic life-size dioramas with over 100 biblical figures depicting scenes from the life of Christ.

  • The Promise - 900 sq. ft. mural presenting the story of the Old Testament
  • Rare Biblical coins

    Guinness World of Records Museum
    631 Parkway, B-11, Gatlinburg, TN; (865) 436-9100; Guinness Museum Website;
    Self-guided tours of hundreds of exhibits and 12 shows. Featured are memorabilia of famous record-holders, celebrities, and Batmobile.

    Hard Rock Cafe
    515 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN; (865) 430-7625; Hard Rock Website;
    Open: Daily at 11AM; Free Admission;

    Restaurant features the largest collection of rock memorabilia, keeping the faith since 1971.

    Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum
    800 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN; (888) 240-7358; Ripleys Gatlinburg Website
    Save on admission price to all Ripley's Gatlinburg attractions by getting the combo ticket.

    Inspired by the popular television show, this museum features over 1000 bizarre and interesting exhibits collected from around the world.

    Ripley's Haunted Adventure
    800 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN; (888) 240-1358; Ripleys Gatlinburg Website
    Save on admission price to all Ripley's Gatlinburg attractions by getting the combo ticket.

    Visit this casket factory closed permanently in 1926 when the owners started to disappear. Many nightmares lurk within. Enter at your own risk.

    Star Cars Museum
    914 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN; (865) 430-2200; Star Cars Website;
    Superstar cars recreated in popular Hollywood settings. Over 30 cars on display.

    Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Shops:
    The Gatlinburg area is highly esteemed for its many fine arts and crafts galleries:
    Arrowcraft Shop - Fine crafts since 1920's. 576 Parkway. (865) 436-4604
    Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts - Elderhostel and weekly workshops. 556 Parkway. (865) 436-5860.
    Great Smoky Arts and Crafts - Large group of independent artists. Blackburn Rd. (865) 436-4315.
    Smoky Mountain Winery - Largest producer in East Tennessee. 450 Cherry St. (865) 436-7551.

    Gatlinburg Family Fun & Entertainment:
    Camp Thunder - Indoor go-karts, mini-golf, rides, motion theater. 542 Parkway. (865) 430-7223.
    Earthquake - The Ride - Motion theater and live action. 653 Parkway. (865) 436-9765.
    Fort Fun Family Entertainment Center - 3D theater, lazer tag, bumber cars. 716 Parkway (Mall). (865) 436-2326.
    IMAX Theater - Seven story IMAX theater screen. 322 Historic Nature Trail, (866) 489-4629.
    Hauntings - Live theater production featuring the ultimate horror- Ghosts! 716 Parkway (Mall). (865) 436-4636.
    Motion Ride Theater - Four great movie choices. 716 Parkway (Mall). (865) 430-8985.
    Mysterious Mansion - Turn-of-the-century Haunted House. 424 River Rd. (865) 436-8985.
    Old Gatlinburg Golf & Games - Two mini-golf courses. 716 Parkway (Mall). (865) 430-4653.
    Ripley's Moving Theater - Combo 3D-Motion simulator. 904 Parkway. (888) 240-1358.
    Sweet Fanny Adams Theater - Live musicals and comedies. 461 Parkway. (865) 436-4039.
    Treasure Quest - Mini-Golf. 653 Parkway. (865) 436-3972.
    Wind Works Hot Air Balloon - Private and group air tours / romantic packages. (423) 318-8991.
    World of Illusion - Magic Museum and Memorabilia. 716 Parkway (Mall). (865) 436-9701.

    Pigeon River White-Water Adventures:
    Nantahala Outdoor Center - (800) 232-7238;
    Rafting in the Smokies - (800) 776-7238;

    Gatlinburg Wedding Chapels:
    Appalachian Weddings - (888) 864-9129;


    Gatlinburg Tennessee Resort Hotel Directory

    Best Western Zoder's Inn
    402 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    This inn offers you the seclusion of six peaceful acres besides a beautiful mountain stream - and yet, we are located right on the main street in downtown Gatlinburg, so that you are just within walking distance to many of the town's fine shops, restaurants and attractions.

    Best Western Twin Islands
    Parkway US 441, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    Surrounded by mountain streams you can fish right here on the premises or just sit back and enjoy its relaxing sounds. The best thing about the Best Western Twin Islands is our unique location. While just a mile from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we are next door to Hard Rock Café and Ripley's Aquarium.

    Bon Air Lodge
    950 Parkway Avenue, Gatlinburg, TN, 97738
    Bon Air Lodge overlooks downtown Gatlinburg with a 180 degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains and we're just steps away from the best restaurants and attractions in town, not to mention the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

    Clarion Inn & Suites
    1100 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    on the Parkway; just one block from the Gatlinburg convention Center, 100 yards from the main entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains national Park; all within steps of the city's best restaurants and attractions.

    Comfort Inn on the River
    293 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    Rooms with private balconies overlooking a mountain stream. Conveniently located four blocks from downtown Gatlinburg and Ripley's Aquarium. Trolley stop in front of hotel.

    Gatlinsburg Days Inn & Suites
    1109 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast * Spacious Deluxe & Whirlpool Suites * Two Level Loft Family Suites * Walk to Downtown Attractions * Short Drive to Dollywood & Dollys Splash Country

    Econo Lodge Downtown
    247 Newton La., Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    On trolly route. Located one block from main shopping and restaurant district. Walk everywhere. Rooms complete with microwave, refrigerator and cable. Two outdoor pools. Walking distance to aquarium.

    Econo Lodge Gatlinburg
    405 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    Room Rate Ranges (US Dollars) from a low of $59 to a high of $159.

    Fairfield Inn Gatlinburg
    680 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    Marriott's award winning economy hotel lodging chain features clean, convenient, quality accommodations and the peace of mind you get from Marriott consistency - all for a great value. The Fairfield Inn Gatlinburg is located one block from Downtown Shopping District, the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, and Obber Gatlinburg - Aerial Training.

    Family Inns of America
    218 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    All of our 53 rooms have a microwave and refrigerator. Nineteen of our rooms are Presidential Suites. These have king beds, big Jacuzzi hot tubs, mini kitchenettes and gas log fireplaces. The rest of our rooms have two full size beds. We also have a 15 person indoor Jacuzzi spa in the lobby which is 3 feet deep. All of our rooms have semi-private balconies overlooking the Little Pigeon River.

    Gatlinburg Towers
    413 Baskins Creek Road, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    Gatlinburg Towers Condos is a Luxury Condo Project Which is Operated As Hotel. Luxury 2 and 3 Bedroom Condos in Walking Distance To All Major Attraction, Amusements, Restaurant and Shops. Located Only 2 Blocks from the Hard Rock Cafe and the New Ripley's Aquarium.

    Gatlinburg Town Square
    414 Airport RD, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    A Toasty Mountain Stone Fireplace, a Private Jacuzzi And Some Suites Have a Balcony That Opens To a Breathtaking Panorama of the Smokies.

    Gatlinburg Town Village
    515 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    Gatlinburg Town Village is an Admirable Address For Your Spiritual Home. Handily Placed For All the Good Times in and Around Gatlinburg

    Hampton Inn Gatlinburg
    967 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    The Hampton Inn Gatlinburg is located on the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, 300 yds from the national park entrance on Leconte Creek. Every room has a private balcony overlooking a rushing mountain stream or a spectacular view of the Grand Smoky Mountains. All of the 96 rooms have large TV-VCR combination and many more rooms have fireplaces, jacuzzis and in-room refrigerators.

    Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge
    3230 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37868
    Whether it's a getaway, a vacation or a group tour, the Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge Resort Hotel offers visitors the finest accommodations, most delightful dining and friendliest service in the Smokies. The resort's 210 tastefully appointed guestrooms include standard two bed rooms, and king rooms. Rooms with refrigerators and coffee makers are available.

    Travelodge - Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge Area
    610 Airport Rd., Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

    Westgate Gatlinburg
    915 Garden Road, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    Westgate Gatlingburg is a rustic mountain retreat that sits on 70 acres adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The ideal retreat for mountain getaway, this resort sits in the middle of nature's beauty.


    Travel Related Services

    Area Campgrounds:
    Arrow Creek Campground - (888) 38-ARROW
    Crazy Horse Campground - (800) 528-9003
    Dudley Creek RV & Campground - (800) 922-6799
    Leconte Vista RV Campground - (865) 436-5437
    Twin Creek RV Resort - (800) 252-8077

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