It's an exhilarating feeling to come from a fast-paced city or small town in Middle America to the gateway city of the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg. There's not too many words to explain the drive from Gatlinburg, Tennessee to Cherokee, North Carolina. The mountain & Park-side views take you to a different place far, far away from your everyday routine. You will be in awe of how beautiful this part of our country really is when you hike, bike, or drive through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. You'll want to bring the entire family & take lots of roadside photographs with the mountains as an amazing backdrop to your special family memories. The ups & downs, twists & turns of the US 441 Parkway give the Smokies a European feel, while your family vacation getaway to the mountains is All-American. If you dare, take a hike through the many mountain trails that allow you to view wild animals, waterfalls, & unique rock formations! Each season brings a new beauty to the mountains during your travels. If you aren't amazed with the Smokies' beauty, I'll give you your money back. Wait, travel through the Park, is totally free! Just another reason to come to Gatlinburg & the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, if you have never been here.
Gatlinburg is located southeast of Knoxville and is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. This charming mountain town is a tourist magnet all year long, as well as a popular honeymoon destination. The main street of town is full of shops, art galleries, restaurants, family entertainment and attractions. With its' location on the Little Pigeon River and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there is little that cannot be found in the way of outdoor fun and recreation in Gatlinburg. The Great Smoky Mountains are named for the blue misty haze that surrounds them, and they are 95 percent wilderness, with breathtaking views, waterfalls, streams, wildlife and forest. There are dozens of trails for hiking and biking, mountain climbing, swimming, trout fishing, white water rafting, canoeing, picnicking, camping, horseback riding, golf or simply enjoying the stunning views from your car as you drive along the winding mountain roads. Gatlinburg is also home to the only ski resort in Tennessee, and winter also brings sledding and snowshoeing to the mountains. Gatlinburg has hundreds of restaurants, from burgers and pizza, to ethnic cuisine and down-home country cookin'. The town also holds dozens of special events throughout the year, including Spring Fest, Heritage Festival, 4th of July Parade, Taste of Autumn, Winterfest and Christmas Parade! Shopping in Gatlinburg is an event itself, with several unique shopping malls and villages full of local arts and crafts, specialty food shops, art galleries and more. Gatlinburg is also just minutes from historic Cade's Cove, Pigeon Forge and Dollywood.