Nestled in the foothills of scenic mountains and surrounded by spectacular natural beauty, Gatlinburg is a gateway to the world-renowned Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in America. Welcoming visitors in true Appalachian-style, the town brims with a variety of accommodation to suit every need, a range of restaurants, cafés and bars serving local and international fare, and a plethora of adventures and activities to enjoy. Wander down the Downtown Parkway for a buzzing, energetic vibe, crowds of people and a rich variety of things to see and do, or head to the River Walk for a quieter stroll along the Little Pigeon River where you can relax on benches on the way and soak up the beautiful views.
Pay a visit to the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, which features over 100 shops displaying one-of-a-kind crafts, treasures and artworks from local craftspeople and artisans. Walk the eight-mile loop, stopping along the way to chat with a painter or a pottery maker. When evening falls, dine out in style, enjoy a show or take a ride up the Space Needle.
Where to Stay: The Edgewater Hotel (from $100) has an indoor/outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzis and contemporary rooms with private balconies.
Where to Eat: The balcony at Blaine’s lets you look at the mountains while you dine on fish, pasta, burgers, slow cooked ribs, fajitas and other favorites.
Don’t Miss: Gatlinburg Sky Lift for a breath-taking view of the city below.
More great places to visit in Tennessee: Nashville, Chattanooga, Pigeon Forge and Knoxville.