Gatlinburg's Smoky Mountains backdrop offers up the natural beauty of eastern Tennessee as a complementary pairing to the city's busy downtown packed with entertainment options. You can stay in hotels in Gatlinburg or hotels near Gatlinburg to be within easy distance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while also having the amenities of a city and its thriving nightlife.
Gatlinburg resorts offer year-round entertainment, with a focus on winter snow sports and water park fun. In the city, Ober Gatlinburg's Skiing and Sky Tram rides, along with the Wild Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark (the South's largest), are the two biggest attractions. If you love theme parks, check out neighboring Pigeon Forge, which features Dollywood, an easy drive from Gatlinburg hotels. To add in outdoor fun, take in the beautiful scenery of the Smokies at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, look for wildlife at Cade's Cove, or ride the rapids on Big Pigeon River. Mini golf games, several Ripley's museums, and the Arts and Crafts Loop are additional highlights in Gatlinburg.
Hearty, Southern fare is the best way to describe the local cuisine. However, you will find there is a sampling of everything, including national chain restaurants. In the mornings, you'll be delighted to devour mountainous piles of flapjacks perfect for fueling up before a hike, bike, or trek through theme parks. Breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day here, judging by the number of restaurants devoted to perfecting the art of flapjack flipping. Delight in finding a tea house, German cuisine, and steak houses to keep your dining experiences eclectic, and opt for restaurants with outdoor seating so you can pair your meal with a gorgeous view.
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