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Get to Know Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg combines a lively mountain town with plenty to do, see, taste and enjoy with the rugged beauty of the outdoors and is a gateway to Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Bring your kids, your gear, even your dog, and enjoy a long weekend or a week exploring Gatlinburg and the mountains beyond. Here's our guide to Gatlinburg to help you get ready to get away.
When to Visit
Gatlinburg's climate is one of the biggest attractions to this Tennessee destination, and visitors love each of its four distinct seasons... (more)
What to Expect
Once you fall in love with Gatlinburg, you might be tempted to see it in all seasons. Many travelers enjoy summer activities here, and then return in the winter to see what this season has to offer. A trip to Gatlinburg will also be full of activities beyond the great outdoors. For those travelers that like to do a little shopping, Gatlinburg offers crafts, art galleries, and wineries... (more)
The streets of Gatlinburg are lined with lovely shops in a rustic setting reminiscent of old-style villages. In these owner-operated stores you will find the kind of unique and specialty items you can't find anywhere else. There are not many places where you can paint your own pottery and ceramics, or find a store filled with over 100,000 different magnets, or one with 1,000 different hot sauces.
Shopping is popular in Gatlinburg. There are over 400 shops in downtown Gatlinburg that owners fill with one-of-a-kind pieces and collector items. Don't go home without a few souvenirs, from magnets to hot sauces to jellies - made right in the heart of Gatlinburg. The locals also contribute some of their works, like handmade arts and crafts, unique clothing, accessories and handbags.
The Gatlinburg Ski Lift and Aerial Tramway runs year round - the views are lovely, and in winter, the lift whisks skiers and boarders to the top of the snowy slopes. You'll see there's always something fun to do or see in Gatlinburg.
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