Destination guide

Gatlinburg – gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Quirky and colorful, Gatlinburg puts you at the doorstep of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The characterful mountain town has plenty to offer, from kitschy museums and flashy magic shows to scenic viewpoints and outdoor adventures to boot. The food is also phenomenal, with a big focus on American classics, such as sticky ribs, cotton candy and maple bacon pancakes. Whatever your intentions, Gatlinburg vacation rentals unlock access to a host of family-friendly properties in this charismatic slice of Tennessee.

Things to do

Sip on Gatlinburg moonshine

For most visitors, Gatlinburg vacation rentals are a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The name alone is enough to conjure up visions of lush spruce forests, rumbling rivers, flower-strewn meadows and, of course, the legendary Appalachian Trail. In town, you'll find attractions such as the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. Jump aboard for a quick ascent up Crockett Mountain and sweeping views over the Smokies. For a taste of Tennessee's most famous beverage, don't miss Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler, the state's first licensed moonshine distillery. Visit on a weekend and you could catch live bluegrass music.

Activities

Outdoor thrills in Gatlinburg

If you want to stretch your legs you've come to the right place. Gatlinburg serves up a smorgasbord of adventure, from mountain biking and whitewater rafting to downhill skiing and horseback riding. Even golfers will be in their element, with the Gatlinburg Golf Course boasting a knockout position in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Throw in over 800 miles of hiking trails and Gatlinburg warrants status as one of the USA's top outdoor destinations. Spend your evenings sipping on moonshine, enjoying live music and devouring all-American comfort food.

Weather

Year-round adventures in Gatlinburg

With an annual count of over 10 million visitors, Great Smoky Mountains is the USA's most visited national park. Planning a summer tour? Why not swap crowded campsites for spacious Gatlinburg vacation rentals located in the heart of the town center? Intrepid travelers will love spring and fall. Crowds taper off, it's easier to snag a table at your favorite restaurant and, most importantly, you'll enjoy shorter queues at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While it can be difficult to tour the park in the winter, local ski resorts like Ober Gatlinburg attract a constant stream of snow sports enthusiasts.

Natural features

Meet Gatlinburg's tooth and claw wildlife

There's no doubt about it – Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the jewel in Tennessee's crown. Depending on your energy levels, you can hike sections of the Appalachian Trail, scale your way up Clingmans Dome or drive the scenic Cades Cove loop. Keep an eye out for white-tailed deer, black bears, coyotes and other local wildlife. If nature is a top priority, don't miss the chance to stay local with Gatlinburg vacation rentals. Whether you're dreaming of secluded forest settings or sweeping mountain views, they provide an ideal setting for enjoying the Great Smoky Mountains.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Gatlinburg

The nearest airport is in Knoxville, TN (TYS-McGhee Tyson), located 27.3 mi (44 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Gatlinburg?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 7,645 vacation rentals near Gatlinburg. From 5,598 Cabins to 315 Chalets, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Gatlinburg for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Gatlinburg?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gatlinburg:

  • Chalet Village: 2,111 vacation rentals
  • Smoky Mountain Village: 331 vacation rentals
  • Black Bear Falls: 317 vacation rentals
  • Hemlock Hills: 131 vacation rentals
  • White Oak Lodge: 50 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Gatlinburg?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Gatlinburg. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Wild Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark: 7,753 vacation rentals
  • Fort Fun: 7,777 vacation rentals
  • Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park: 5,913 vacation rentals
  • Gatlinburg Convention Center: 7,778 vacation rentals
  • Clingmans Dome: 7,614 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gatlinburg listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Gatlinburg?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 5,598 Cabins in Gatlinburg. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Gatlinburg include:

  • Chalets: 315 rentals available
  • Cottages: 5,598 rentals available
  • Houses: 409 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Gatlinburg?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3,809 vacation rentals with pool available in Gatlinburg. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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