Gatlinburg, TN
By Abbygale Gazica

What do great attractions, family fun, rustic log cabin homes and one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in North American have in common? They are all found in the eastern Tennessee city of Gatlinburg, waiting to be explored. Tucked away at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg has become a family favorite for vacations all year round. Whether you're looking for an upbeat boardwalk atmosphere or a relaxed escape to the wilderness, can help you plan your vacation to this beautiful southern city.

Access to Gatlinburg usually begins with a flight from your hometown to McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) in Knoxville, TN then making the 1.5 hour drive through beautiful countryside to your destination in Gatlinburg. Other nearby airports, though much farther, include Asheville Regional Airport (AVL, 58 miles) and Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI, 81 miles). Let book your flights for you by clicking here ( Keep in mind when planning transportation from the airport to Gatlinburg that the area is a very popular vacation destination and traffic is heavy during busy summer months. It is highly recommended to take the convenient Gatlinburg trolley to get around town. You can check the trolley schedule and on the official Gatlinburg tourism website and by visiting an official information center upon arrival. For hotel and lodging information, can assist here: (

Entertainment options are endless once you reach this cozy southern city, both for adults and the whole family. For starters, why not get a bird's-eye view of the mountains by taking a ride on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift or Gatlinburg Space Needle? Both offer classic views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you can't get from ground level.

An excellent way to spend time with the family is by exploring the various attractions in town. The notorious Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies offers boundless thrills, as well as Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum. You can continue your exploration of downtown Gatlinburg by visiting the many arcades and museums, many of which are unique to this quirky little town. There are also many zip-lining and whitewater rafting opportunities in the area. In near-by Pigeon Forge, the family would have a blast at the infamous Dollywood theme park. Named after one of the most successful American female country songwriters, Dolly Parton, Dollywood is not only a theme park but a home for many festivals, entertainment events and shopping venues. A day could easily be dedicated to spending time at Dollywood.

For adults, suggests one-of-kind tours and tastings of southern wines and spirits. Most notable are the Smoky Mountain Winery, Ole Smoky Moonshine and Sugarland Cellars Winery. A visit to the Historic Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community is another great way to experience the cultural aspect of Gatlinburg. It is the largest independent organization of artisans in the nation and you will be amazed by the talent harvested by this group of creatives.

For nature enthusiasts, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an endless wonder in every season of the year. With approximately 900 miles of trails, there is a trail for everyone from beginner to expert. suggests visiting Clingman's Dome, located just 23 miles inside the park from Gatlinburg. Clingman's Dome is the highest point in the park and offers the most spectacular view of the mountains. At the price of a small hike, visibility from the dome can reach over 100 miles. Visitors can also hike a small portion of the famed Appalachian Trail here. For more information about hiking in the park, visit the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg. 

A vacation to Gatlinburg wouldn't be complete without at least one venture into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you have a vehicle, a remarkable way to experience wonders of the park without straying too far from town is by taking the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. You can see many of the unique natural features of the Smokies while enjoying the ride with your windows down and the fresh mountain air blowing through your hair. There are astounding views of the forest and waterfalls and you may even get a chance to see a wild black bear! Before entering the park, though, be sure to visit an information center and ask about official park rules and follow them carefully! With so much adventure to be had, why wait any longer? Plan your vacation to the beautiful town of Gatlinburg today, and let get you started!

MUST SEE IN Gatlinburg, TN LIST:

  • 1. Gatlinburg Space Needle
  • 2. Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park
  • 3. Gatlinburg Trolley
  • 4. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
  • 5. Ober Aerial Tramway
  • 6. Hollywood Star Cars Museum
  • 7. Mysterious Mansion
  • 8. Tubing
  • 9. Rafting in the Smokies
  • 10. Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook


  • 1. Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament - April
  • 2. Mountain Man Memorial March - April
  • 3. Gatlinburg Gateway Triathlon - May
  • 4. Cinco de Mayo - May
  • 5. Smokey Mountain Tunes & Tales - June to August
  • 6. Fourth of July Midnight Parade - July
  • 7. Gatlinburg's River Raft Regatta - July
  • 8. Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair - July
  • 9. Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival - August
  • 10. Smokey Mountain Harvest Festival - September/October


The Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Gatlinburg
705 Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, TN
By Keleigh M. Quinn

Situated in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park, The Park Vista - a DoubleTree Hotel – Gatlinburg offers unparalleled views and a convenient location. The hotel is within 30 minutes of the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport (GKT), or 60 minutes to Knoxville McGhee-Tyson Airport (TYS). It is also located on the Gatlinburg Trolley route, offering an easy way to get to downtown Gatlinburg, complete with excellent shopping, restaurants and tourist activities. Nearby you will also find Dollywood, Ripley’s Aquarium and the Titanic museum.

The rooms and suites offer top of the line amenities. Each room has a private balcony with a gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains. You will also find a desk, complimentary wireless high-speed internet access and a 42-inch flat panel TV with cable channels. You can choose between a King bed or two Queens, all featuring the Sweet Dreams bedding. Suites also have bunk beds and video games to keep your children entertained throughout the vacation. They will also enjoy the clock radio with MP3 connections. Each room also has a refrigerator and coffee maker for your convenience.

The Park Vista - a DoubleTree Hotel – Gatlinburg offers even more to do outside of your room. Take a splash in the multi-tiered indoor pool, heated for your year-round comfort. There is also a whirlpool and modern fitness center available. Kids will enjoy visiting the arcade and the large outdoor playground. The beautiful surroundings offer endless activities for everyone in your group. You can try whitewater rafting, horseback riding, fishing, or hike on one of the many trails located throughout the area.

Once you work up an appetite, you can head to the Vista Grill, a casual restaurant featuring Southern-inspired dishes, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can try the DoubleTree Breakfast buffet in the morning. For dinner, drinks and appetizers, you can also try Firefly's Patio Lounge, featuring a cozy fireplace setting. can help you plan your exciting vacation today when you click here (


Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg
635 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN
By Jaclyn Bealer

If you’re looking for the perfect blend of the natural world with contemporary amenities, The Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg hotel is the place for you. Flying into Tennessee? The McGhee Tyson Airport is approximately 40 minutes from the hotel. For those driving, the hotel’s removed location offers a scenic drive off of I-80 and past Pigeon Forge. However you get here, you’ll love the fact that The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is only a short walk away. Check-in is at 4 p.m.

The new Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg hotel has 118 stylish rooms, ranging in size and features. Choose a guest room with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds and enjoy a 32” flat screen TV, high-speed Internet access, spacious work area with ergonomic chair, and fireplace upon request. Looking for more space? Upgrade to either a king junior suite, king whirlpool suite with or without 1.5 bath, or 2 queen beds junior suite with a balcony. All suites come with the standard features plus a balcony. For those in the market for grandeur, the executive room is for you. It comes fully equipped with a fireplace, Jacuzzi, and two chairs on the balcony. Accessible rooms are also available upon request.              

The Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg hotel also offers amenities all guests can enjoy: wireless high-speed Internet access in public areas; heated indoor pool and whirlpool; fitness center and Stay Fit Kit® to work out in your room; as well as a fire pit and hot tub in the courtyard. The hotel’s prime location at the foot of the Smoky Mountains lends itself to outdoor pursuits such as jogging paths and golf courses. encourages you to experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains and book a room at the Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg hotel. Click the link ( to get started.