Gatlinburg is a rollicking blend of Southern mountain culture and recreation. Several spring-fed streams cascade through the town sequestered in a narrow valley next to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Luxuriant woodlands blanket surrounding slopes of some of the highest peaks in eastern America. Farmers and craftsmen began settling here in the early 1800s. But, it took more than a century for the village to become a renowned travel destination.
Today, the park and mountains, streams and woodlands offer unlimited four-season recreation opportunities. Gatlinburg’s studios, galleries and specialty shops house a treasury of authentic mountain crafts and collectibles. Downtown is a panoply of playful pursuits ranging from bizarre to memorable–like the aquarium. Among abundant restaurants are many with homespun charm. Plentiful lodgings often capture the romance of this frolicsome place with adult-pleasing features like fireplaces, streamside balconies, and whirlpool tubs.
For more information, check with the local Chamber of Commerce.
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