Gatlinburg TN | Things To Do

Where is Gatlinburg?

Gatlinburg is located just south of Pigeon Forge and borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Getting there is simple: It’s just a seven mile jaunt down the Parkway from the center of Pigeon Forge, which means you don’t have to travel far to enjoy some big adventures! Because it’s nestled just outside the national park, the Great Smoky Mountains give Gatlinburg a unique, alpine feel – all with a unique Tennessee twist.

If you like variety, you’ll love Gatlinburg TN! This Smoky Mountain destination literally has it all: From kid-friendly fun to rustic mountainside charm you’ll only find right here in the Smokies!

From downhill snow skiing to world-class entertainment options, you’ll stay busy in Gatlinburg during all four seasons: Winter turns the area into a veritable wonderland with Smoky Mountain skiing and sledding; spring’s mild temperatures make hiking the area’s 600 miles of trails pleasant; summer’s sunny skies are perfect companions for rafting the mountain rapids; and fall brings a symphony of colors to behold and the mountains changes hues.

Ripley’s Aquarium Of The Smokies

Explore a coral reef, tropical rainforest and other exciting destinations without leaving the mountains at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! This world-class attraction was recently voted America’s #1 Aquarium by TripAdvisor and it’s easy to see why: This expansive under-water attraction is home to hundreds of interactive and innovative exhibits for folks of all ages to enjoy!

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Gatlinburg Space Needle

Ride up the glass elevator to get a bird’s-eye-view of the city and the Smokies at this iconic local landmark. The Gatlinburg Space Needle’s observation deck offers a 360-degree view from more than 400 feet above! While you’re there, check out the Space Needle’s other attractions including Arcadia and the Iris Theater or stop for a bite at Slice Pizza and Bakery or Blaine’s Grill.

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Sugarlands Visitor Center

Nestled just inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Sugarlands Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your mountain adventure. Learn about park activities, get up close and personal with the local flora and fauna, and even talk with a ranger at this NPS-operated center.

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Doc Collier Moonshine

Homemade corn whiskey is the stuff of legends here in the Smoky Mountains and the Collier family seeks to preserve their role in the local legacy at this small distillery. Doc Collier Moonshine is modeled after Doc’s old dry-goods store, where he’d leave a pickle barrel on the front porch when he had the white lightening in stock. Stop by to take a trip back in time.

Make the most of your next Pigeon Forge vacation by spending some quality time in Gatlinburg, TN! Learn more about Smoky Mountain attractions and things to do in East Tennessee by clicking through!